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The phonon thermal conductivity of a multilayer is calculated for transport perpendicular to the layers. There is a crossover between particle transport for thick layers to wave transport for thin layers. The calculations show that the conductivity has a minimum value for a layer thickness somewhat smaller then the mean free path of the phonons.
J. K. Freericks,1 Mark Jarrell,2 and G. D. Mahan3 1Department of Physics, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. 20057-0995 2Department of Physics, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio 45221 3Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-1200 and Solid State Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, P.O. Box(More)