Electron-phonon relaxation mechanism and kinetic effects in two-dimensional conducting systems

  • R. N. Gurzhi
  • A. I. Kopeliovich
  • S. B. Rutkevich
Invited Talks III. Electron-Phonon Interaction
Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 285)


The two-dimensional degenerate Fermi gas of electrons interacting with phonons is considered. The basic mechanisms of momentum relaxation in such a system, associated with electron-phonon, phonon-phonon and electron-electron collisions, are shown to be qualitatively different from similar mechanisms of the ordinary three-dimensional metal. The physical reason of the difference is that the two-dimensional system of interacting electrons and phonons breaks down into almost isolated groups between which the momentum transfer occurs through very slow, staged superdiffusion (mixing) processes. In this paper, the authors propose an efficient method for deriving superdiffusion equations, based on the detailed balancing conditions in the electron-phonon system. As has been found, the electric and thermal conductivity coefficients under certain conditions may be anomalously high, showing behaviour qualitatively different from that in three-dimensional metals. The effect of specifically two-dimensional relaxation mechanisms upon sound absorption and electric conductivity of thin samples is analyzed. The possibility of observing such effects experimentally in layered metal compounds of intercalated graphite type is discussed.


Fermi Surface Sound Absorption Detailed Balance Condition Phonon Drag Umklapp Process 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. N. Gurzhi
    • 1
  • A. I. Kopeliovich
    • 1
  • S. B. Rutkevich
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Low Temperature Physics and EngineeringAcademy of Sciences of the Ukrainian SSRKharkovUSSR

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