Accurate Evaluation of the Specific Heat Capacity of Solids and its Application to MgO and ZnO Crystals

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Mamedov B. A., ESER E., Koc H., Askerov I. M.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF THERMOPHYSICS, vol.30, no.3, pp.1048-1054, 2009 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 30 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s10765-009-0601-7
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.1048-1054
  • Keywords: Binomial coefficient, Debye function, Specific heat capacity, DEBYE TEMPERATURE
  • Ankara Haci Bayram Veli University Affiliated: No


Using binomial coefficients, new, simple, and efficient algorithms are presented for the accurate and fast calculation of the heat capacity of solids depending on the Debye temperature. As will be seen, the present formulation yields compact, closed-form expressions which enable the straightforward calculation of the heat capacity of solids for arbitrary temperature values. Finally, the algorithm is used to simulate the variation of the specific heat capacity with temperature of MgO and ZnO crystals. The results were compared with those reported in the literature and found to be in close agreement with those of other studies.