Chapter 1.4 Thermal expansion

Physical properties of crystals

First Online Edition (2006)

Part 1. Tensorial aspects of physical properties

  1. H. Küppers

Published Online: 1 JAN 2006

DOI: 10.1107/97809553602060000631

International Tables for Crystallography

International Tables for Crystallography

How to Cite

Küppers, H. 2006. Thermal expansion. International Tables for Crystallography. D:1:1.4:99–104.

Author Information

  1. Institut für Geowissenshaften, Universität Kiel, Olshausenstrasse 40, D-24098 Kiel, Germany

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 JAN 2006


This chapter discusses the reduction in the number of independent tensor components by crystal symmetry, representation surfaces, the quasiharmonic approximation and the Grüneisen relation. Experimental methods including diffraction, optical and electrical methods are presented. Finally, the relation between thermal expansion and crystal structure is discussed.


  • Grüneisen relation;
  • acoustic branches;
  • anharmonicity;
  • capacitance method;
  • interferometry;
  • pushrod dilatometry;
  • thermal expansion