A Monte Carlo rejection technique for numerically solving the complete, nonlinear phonon Boltzmann transport equation (BTE) is presented in this work, including three particles interactions. The technique has been developed to explicitly model populationdependent scattering within a full-band cellular Monte Carlo (CMC) framework, to simulate phonon transport in semiconductors, while ensuring conservation of energy and momentum for each scattering event within gridding error. The scattering algorithm directly solves the many-body problem accounting for the instantaneous distribution of the phonons. Our general approach is capable of simulating any nonequilibrium phase space distribution of phonons using the full phonon dispersion without the need of approximations used in previous Monte Carlo simulations. In particular, no assumptions are made on the dominant modes responsible for anharmonic decay, while normal and umklapp scattering are treated on the same footing. In this work, we discuss details of the algorithmic implementation of both the three-particle scattering for the treatment of the anharmonic interactions between phonons, as well as treating isotope and impurity scattering within the same framework. The simulation code was validated by comparison with both analytical and experimental results; in particular, the simulation results show close agreement with a wide range of experimental data such as thermal conductivity as function of the isotopic composition, the temperature, and the thin-film thickness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number032002
JournalJournal of Heat Transfer
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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