Publication

Physical Review A

Paper

# Computation of phonon spectral functions and ground-state energy of solid helium. I. bcc phase

## Abstract

Computations incorporating the three-phonon interaction process are presented of phonon spectral functions, yielding frequency and lifetime dispersion curves, for the bcc solid phase of both He3 and He4. Comparison of the compressibilities obtained from ground-state energy and elastic constants as functions of molar volume quantify the effects of certain analytical approximations. A model calculation shows the sensitivity of elastic anisotropy and long-wavelength dispersions to the precise form of the three-phonon vertex. © 1972 The American Physical Society.