This book provides a comprehensive review of the subject of polaron and a thorough account of the sophisticated theories of the polaron. It explains the concept of the polaron physics in as simple a manner as possible and presents the theoretical techniques and mathematical derivations in great detail. Anybody who follows this book will develop a solid command over the subject both conceptually and technically and will be in a position to contribute to this field.
BASIC POLARON CONCEPTS. Qualitative Picture. CONTINUUM POLARON. The Frohlich Hamiltonian. Exactly Soluble Polaron Models. Weak and Intermediate Coupling Solutions of the Frohlich Hamiltonian. Strong-Coupling Solutions of the Frohlich Hamiltonian. Path Integral Solutions of the Frohlich Hamiltonian. Green Function Theories for the Frohlich Polaron. Optical Absorption by Polarons. The Bound Polaron Problem. Polarons at Finite Temperature. Magneto-Optics of Polarons. Instabilities in the Polaron Models. The Acoustic Polaron. The Piezoelectric Polaron. Optical Bipolarons. POLARONS IN ARBITRARY DIMENSIONS AND IN CONFINED SYSTEMS. Polarons in Two Dimensions and at Surfaces. Multi-Dimensional Polarons and Bipolarons. Polarons in Confined Geometries. Polarons in a Quantum Dot in the Presence of a Magnetic Field. Bipolarons in Quantum Dots and Wires. Luttinger Liquid with Polaronic Interactions. POLARON IN TIGHT-BINDING MODELS. Small Polaron. Polaron in a Single-Impurity Anderson-Holstein Model. A Few More Polaron Models of Interest.