Aspects of Linear and Nonlinear Electronic Conduction in Dissipative Media

  • K. K. Thornber
Part of the NATO Advanced Study Institutes Series book series (NSSB, volume 17)


We review a general approach to the calculation of electronic transport properties under steady-state but nonequilibrium conditions. Of particular interest is the velocity acquired by an electron in a finite electric field in a polar crystal as a (nonlinear) function of the applied electric field. The effect of finite magnetic fields applied in addition to the electric field is also considered. In solving the problem use is made of a dynamic self-consistency, the significance of which is indicated by an analysis of approximate solutions satisfying the free-energy sum rule. Emphasis throughout is on the choice of what one is calculating in addition to how one is to calculate.


Electronic Conduction Applied Electric Field Transport Problem Boson Field Phonon Emission 
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  • K. K. Thornber
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  1. 1.Bell Laboratories, IncorporatedMurray HillUSA

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