The transfer of energy between electrons and ions in solids

A.P. Horsfield, D.R. Bowler, H. Ness, Tchavdar Todorov, A.J. Fisher

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In this review we consider those processes in condensed matter that involve the irreversible flow of energy between electrons and nuclei that follows from a system being taken out of equilibrium. We survey some of the more important experimental phenomena associated with these processes, followed by a number of theoretical techniques for studying them. The techniques considered are those that can be applied to systems containing many nonequivalent atoms. They include both perturbative approaches (Fermi's Golden Rule and non-equilibrium Green's functions) and molecular dynamics based (the Ehrenfest approximation, surface hopping, semi-classical Gaussian wavefunction methods and correlated electron-ion dynamics). These methods are described and characterized, with indications of their relative merits.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1195-1234
Number of pages40
JournalReports on Progress in Physics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 01 Apr 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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