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Electron–Lattice Interactions in Semiconductors

by Yuzo Shinozuka

“This precious textbook takes the readers to the frontiers of semiconductor physics, starting from very basic formulations of the electron and lattice systems of solids, like mountain climbing from the sea level to the top, where we will have a panorama. The author places a special emphasis on photonic processes indispensable for physics and device applications of semiconductors. The book impressively shows that most of the interesting properties and phenomena in solids are understood under the concept of ‘electron–lattice interactions’.”

Dr. Tohru Suemoto, Emeritus Professor, The University of Tokyo, Japan
  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 9789814800969
  • Subject: Condensed Matter Physics
  • Published: June 2020
  • Pages: 246

This book presents theoretical treatments on various electronic and atomic processes in non-metallic materials from a unified point of view. It starts with the basic properties of semiconductors, treating the system as a macroscopic association of electrons and ions. In their ground state, fruitful results are derived, such as the band theory for electrons in a periodic lattice and a useful concept of “hole.” The electron–lattice interaction is then introduced as a dynamical response of condensed matter when it is electronically excited. With the aid of proper configuration coordinate diagrams, various phenomena are precisely examined, including carrier scattering, polaron formation, lattice relaxation, Stokes shift and phonon side band in optical spectrum, intrinsic and extrinsic self-trapping, and structural changes. The book provides readers a deep understanding of the physics underlying these phenomena and excellent insight to develop their further research. Graduate students who have finished the basic study on solid-state physics and quantum mechanics and research scientists and engineers in materials science and engineering will benefit immensely from it.