A Wigner-function approach to (semi)classical limits: Electrons in a periodic potential

P. A. Markowich*, N. J. Mauser, F. Poupaud

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A rigorous derivation of the semiclassical Liouville equation for electrons which move in a crystal lattice (without the influence of an external field) is presented herein. The approach is based on carrying out the semiclassical limit in the band-structure Wigner equation. The semiclassical macroscopic densities are also obtained as limits of the corresponding quantum quantities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1066-1094
Number of pages29
JournalJournal of Mathematical Physics
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Mathematical Physics


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