Motion of Electrons and Transport Phenomena

  • Harald Ibach
  • Hans Lüth
Part of the Advanced Texts in Physics book series (ADTP)


A number of important phenomena such as electrical and thermal conductivity are based on the motion of electrons in solids. The description of electron motion goes beyond our previous considerations since it involves a time-dependent Schrödinger equation; previously we have discussed only the time-independent Schrödinger equation and results for thermodynamic equilibrium (Fermi statistics, etc.). The present chapter deals with the question of how electrons in bands behave, if, for example, an external electric field is applied, so that thermodynamic equilibrium is disturbed. The simplest case is that of the stationary state, where the external forces, an electric field or temperature gradient for example, are independent of time.


Wave Packet Boltzmann Equation External Field Fermi Surface Fermi Energy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Harald Ibach
    • 1
    • 2
  • Hans Lüth
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Institut für Schichten und GrenzflächenForschungszentrum Jülich GmbHJülichGermany
  2. 2.Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische HochschuleAachenGermany

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