Advances in Polaron Physics

  • Alexandre S. Alexandrov
  • Jozef T. Devreese

Part of the Springer Series in Solid-State Sciences book series (SSSOL, volume 159)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-8
  2. Alexandre S. Alexandrov, Jozef T. Devreese
    Pages 1-9
  3. Alexandre S. Alexandrov, Jozef T. Devreese
    Pages 11-52
  4. Alexandre S. Alexandrov, Jozef T. Devreese
    Pages 53-95
  5. Alexandre S. Alexandrov, Jozef T. Devreese
    Pages 97-113
  6. Alexandre S. Alexandrov, Jozef T. Devreese
    Pages 115-134
  7. Alexandre S. Alexandrov, Jozef T. Devreese
    Pages 135-143
  8. Alexandre S. Alexandrov, Jozef T. Devreese
    Pages 145-148
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 1-18

About this book


While basic features of polarons were well recognized a long time ago and have been described in a number of review papers and textbooks, interest in the role of electron-phonon interactions and polaron dynamics in contemporary materials has recently gone through a vigorous revival. Electron-phonon interactions have been shown to be relevant in high-temperature superconductors and colossal magnetoresistance oxides, and transport through nanowires and quantum dots also often depends on vibronic displacements of ions. The continued interest in polarons extends beyond physical description of advanced materials. The field has been a testing ground for analytical, semi-analytical, and numerical techniques, such as path integrals, strong-coupling perturbation expansion, advanced variational, exact diagonalization, density-matrix renormalization group, dynamic mean-field, and quantum Monte Carlo techniques. Single and multi-polaron theories have offered a new insight in our understanding of high-temperature superconductivity, colossal magnetoresistance, and the correlated transport through molecular quantum dots. This book reviews some recent developments in the field of polarons, starting with the basics and covering a number of active directions of research.


Advanced materials Electron-phonon interaction High-temperature superconductivity Polarons and bipolarons Solid state physics Superconductivity and GMR Superconductor quantum dot

Authors and affiliations

  • Alexandre S. Alexandrov
    • 1
  • Jozef T. Devreese
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. PhysicsLoughborough UniversityLoughboroughUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Universiteit AntwerpenAntwerpenBelgium

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2010
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-01895-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-01896-1
  • Series Print ISSN 0171-1873
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