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Quantum Theory of Conducting Matter

Newtonian Equations of Motion for a Bloch Electron

Quantum Theory of Conducting Matter
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The Bloch electron (wave packet) moves following Newtonian equation of motion. Under an applied magnetic field B the electron circulates around the field B counterclockwise or clockwise depending on the curvature of the Fermi surface. The signs of the Hall coefficient and the Seebeck coefficient are known to give the sign of the major carrier charge. For alkali metals, both are negative, indicating that the carriers are "electrons." These features arise from the Fermi surface difference. The authors show an important connection between the conduction electrons and the Fermi surface in an elementary manner in the text. No currently available text explains this connection. The authors do this by deriving Newtonian equations of motion for the Bloch electron and diagonalizing the inverse mass (symmetric) tensor.
Springer; November 2007
248 pages; ISBN 9780387741031
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