This work focuses on modeling nanoscale phononic crystals by setting up the appropriate Lagrangian equations of motion. The atomic structure and force constants are accounted for by means of a lumped parameter mass-spring model. In particular we focus on a simple cubic lattice with one mass per primitive unit cell. We use the model to predict the wave propagation frequency spectrum. We then use the model to conduct a series of studies on the influence of defects intentionally introduced to the lattice at a supercell level. One area of interest is the effect of such alterations on the size and location of band gaps.

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