Polarons near the C̆erenkov velocity

Author(s): J. H. Jensen and J. A. Sauls
Comments: 21 pages with 6 figures
Journal: Physical Review B38, 13387 (1988)
We derive a set of nonlinear equations which describe the transport of optical polarons in strong electric fields. In the limit of weak electron-phonon coupling, the equations are used to calculate the external force required to maintain a constant polaron velocity and the velocity dependence of the polaron's effective mass for the velocities comparable to the C̆erenkov velocity. The predictions of the transport equations are compared with mobility measurements in InSb and with the theory of Thornber and Feynman. The derivation of the transport equations is based upon a complex-time path integral formulation of the transport of an electron interacting with a phonon field.

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