We study the dynamics of an electron weakly coupled to a phonon gas. The initial state of the electron is the superposition of two spatially localized distant bumps moving towards each other, and the phonons are in a thermal state. We investigate the dynamics of the system in the kinetic regime and show that the time evolution makes the non-diagonal terms of the density matrix of the electron decay, destroying the interference between the two bumps. We show that such a damping effect is exponential in time, and the related decay rate is proportional to the total scattering cross section of the electron-phonon interaction. © 2008 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.

Adami, R., & Erdos, L. (2008). Rate of decoherence for an electron weakly coupled to a phonon gas. JOURNAL OF STATISTICAL PHYSICS, 132(2), 301-328 [10.1007/s10955-008-9561-8].

Rate of decoherence for an electron weakly coupled to a phonon gas

ADAMI, RICCARDO;
2008

Abstract

We study the dynamics of an electron weakly coupled to a phonon gas. The initial state of the electron is the superposition of two spatially localized distant bumps moving towards each other, and the phonons are in a thermal state. We investigate the dynamics of the system in the kinetic regime and show that the time evolution makes the non-diagonal terms of the density matrix of the electron decay, destroying the interference between the two bumps. We show that such a damping effect is exponential in time, and the related decay rate is proportional to the total scattering cross section of the electron-phonon interaction. © 2008 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.
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quantum mechanics, kinetic limit, Feynman diagrams
English
Adami, R., & Erdos, L. (2008). Rate of decoherence for an electron weakly coupled to a phonon gas. JOURNAL OF STATISTICAL PHYSICS, 132(2), 301-328 [10.1007/s10955-008-9561-8].
Adami, R; Erdos, L
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