Exercise 2.1-7

Quick Questions to

2.1. Intrinsic Point Defects and Equilibrium

2.1.1 Simple Vacancies and Interstitials

Here are some quick questions:
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Write down the free enthalpy of a crystal with N atoms for
- 1 vacancy
- n vacancies
in terms of the relevant quantities "G", "H", "S" for a single vacancy.
The binomial coefficient as defined below gives the number of possibilities that one has in selecting n different elements from a given set of N elements with the condition that different arrangements of the same elements do not count ("Indistinguishable arrangements").
Example: Set = {1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9}; i.e. N = 9, Selected elements = {1,5,8}, i.e. n = 3 = equivalent to {5,1, 8}; {1,8,5}, ...
How do you have to phrase the question for the vacancy arrangement so that the answer is immediately obvious?
 =  Binomial
 =  N!
(Nk)! · k!
Write the entropy of mixing with the binomial coefficient from above and then express it with the help of the Stirling equation.
What is the chemical potential µ, and what must be valid for n vacancies in equilibrium?
In the famous Boltzmann entropy equation S = kB · ln P the number P could be a probability for a state; i.e. a number between 0 and 1, or the number of arrangements, i.e. a huge number. Explain why this doesn't matter.
How is the formation entropy defined formally? Why and how is it connected to a single vacancy? What does it describe or measure in practical terms? How large is it (order of magnitude)?
Give some numbers for formation enthalpies of vacancies in common crystals.
Give some numbers for formation enthalpies of self-interstitials in common crystals.
Draw some conclusion.
What kind of difference DH = HiHV of the formation enthalpy of vacancy and self interstitial produces a concentration ratio of nV/ni > 10? Do a quick and dirty estimation!
Write down the basic equation for the concentration of single vacancies. Produce a graph of this equation with some numbers on the axes:
- in a direct representation.
- in an Arrhenius representation.
Describe how you can tell from the nV curves for two crystals in one Arrhenius plot which one has the larger HV and SV.
What is the relation between the Boltzmann distribution (or Boltzmann factor) and the vacancy concentration? How does on have to pose the question for the vacancy concentration to obtain the result directly from this?
Write down the free enthalpy n2v and the resulting concentration c2v for divacancies in a crystal with N atoms.
Generalize for nxv and cxv, i.e. for multiple vacancy clusters. Use two different approaches for this.
Discuss the relative concentration of cxv/c1v in equilibrium.
Describe the use of the mass action law for obtaining vacancy concentrations.

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