Reprinted from the June 2008 edition of the Mössbauer Spectroscopy Newsletter, published as part of Volume 31, Issue 6 of the Mössbauer Effect Reference and Data Journal
By Yi-Long Chen and De-Ping Yang

Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim (2007)
$215 hard cover (424 pp.), ISBN 978-3-527-40712-5

This up-to-date review closes an important gap in the existing literature by providing a comprehensive description of the applications of Mössbauer effect in lattice dynamics, along with a collection of applications in metals, alloys, amorphous solids, molecular crystals, thin films, and nanocrystals. It is the first book to systematically compare Mössbauer spectroscopy using synchrotron radiation to conventional Mössbauer spectroscopy, discussing in detail its advantages and capabilities, backed by the latest theoretical developments and experimental examples.

Intended as a self-contained volume that may be used as a complete reference or textbook, Mössbauer Effect in Lattice Dynamics adopts new pedagogical approaches with several non-traditional and refreshing theoretical expositions, while all quantitative relations are derived with the necessary details so as to be easily followed by the reader. Two entire chapters are devoted to the study of the dynamics of impurity atoms in solids, while a thorough description of the Mannheim model as a theoretical method is presented and its predictions compared to experimental results. Finally, an in-depth analysis of absorption of Mössbauer radiation is presented, based on recent research by one of the authors, resulting in an exact expression of fractional absorption and a method to determine the optimal thickness of an absorber.

Supplemented by elaborate appendices containing constants and parameters.

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