Systems consisting of electrons coupled to lattice vibrations or phonons constitute some of the simplest yet richest dynamical structures in condensed matter physics. Ted Holstein made fundamental contributions to these problems, as many of the speakers in this symposium will describe. These problems include the structure and dynamics of polarons, charge transport in metals, localization, charge density waves, etc. In each area Ted sought to answer questions which could be clearly stated and which have fundamental significance for the understanding of real world problems. His standards were uncommonly high, standards which he applied equally to his own work and to that of others. Nevertheless he was a scientific realist, pursuing specific results, often taking years of focussed effort. His style and his humanity have made us all stand a little taller.
KeywordsCharge Density Wave Quasi Particle Quantum Field Theory Model Phonon Occupation Number Italian Physical Society
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