FORMAL TRANSPORT THEORY
The analysis of the microscopic processes by which electrons and phonons are scattered is only half the calculation of the macroscopic transport coefficients. To discuss the flow of electric and thermal currents, a further complicated calculation with its own special methods may be needed. This chapter presents a general discussion of these methods, which will be applied in later chapters to different types of solid under various physical conditions. Topics covered include the kinetic method, distribution functions, the Boltzmann equation, macroscopic transport coefficients, Kelvin-Onsager relations, the variational principle, and Matthiesson's rule.
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