Theory of interband optical absorption in a quasiclassical random field
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Green's functions are used to study interband transitions in a quasiclassical (i.e. slowly varying in space) irregular field. It is assumed that the irregular field is random, i.e., the mean square of the fluctuation of the potential energy of an electron in such a field is much less than the width of the forbidden band. Explicit expressions are obtained for the coefficient of interband optical absorption for the case of an anisotropic irregular field and for the case when the irregular fields that act on electrons in the conduction and the valence band are different. As examples, we consider a fluctuation random field in ferroelectrics and a random field produced by long-wave acoustic lattice vibrations. The behavior of the tail of the optical absorption coefficient in ferroelectrics in the region of a phase transition is discussed.
KeywordsPhase Transition Absorption Coefficient Potential Energy Valence Band Optical Absorption
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