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Neil W. Ashcroft N. David Mermin
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Ashcroft , Neil W.
Solid state physics.
I. Solids.
II. Title.
QC176.A83
I. Mermin, N . David. joint author.
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SOLJD STATE PHYSICS
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We began this project in 1968 to fill a gap we each felt acutely after several years of teaching introductory solid stare physics to Cornell students of physics, chemistry, engineering, and materials science. In both undergraduate and graduate courses we had to r esort to a patchwork array of reading assignments, assembled from some half dozen texts and treatises. This was only partly because of the great diversity of the subject ; the main problem lay in i1s dual nature. On the one hand an introduction to solid state physics must describe in some detail the vast range of real solids, with an emphasis on representative data and illustrative examples. On the other hand there is now a weBestablished basic theory of solids, with which any seriousl y interested student must become familiar. Rather to our surprise, it has taken us seven years to produce what we needed: a single introductory text presenting both aspects of the subject, descriptive and ana lytical. Our aim has been to explore the variety of phenomena associated with the major forms of crystalline matter. while laying the foundation for a working under standing of solids through clear, detailed, and elementary treatments of fundamental theoretical concepts. Our book is designed for introductory courses at either the undergraduate or graduate level. ^{1} Statistical mechanics and the quantum theory lie at the heart of solid state physics. Although these subjects are used as needed, we have tried, especially in the more elementary chapters, to recognize that many readers. particularly under graduates, will not yet have acquired expertise. When it is natural to do so, we have clearly separated topics based entirely on classical methods from those demanding a quantum treatmenL In the latter case, and in applications of statistical mechanics, we have proceeded carefully from explicitly stated first principles. The book is therefore suitable for an introductory course taken concurrently with first courses in quantu m theory and statistical mechanics. On ly in the more advanced chapters and appendices do we assume a more experienced readership. The problems that foil ow each chapter are tied rather closely to the text. and are of three general kinds : (a) routine steps in analytical development are sometimes relegated to problems, partly to avoid burdening the text with formulas of no intrinsic interest, but, more importantly, because such steps are better understood ifcompleted by the reader with the aid of h ints and suggestions; (b) extensions of the chapter (which the spectre of a two volume work prevented us from including) are presented as problems when they lend themselves to this type ofexposition ; (c) further numerical and analytical applications are given as problems, either to communicate additional
^{1} Sugf!CStion~ for how t o use t he tex t in cou~ of varying le ng th and level ore gh·~n on pp . xviii  xxt.
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vii
,·iii
Preface
information or to exercise newly acquired skills. Readers should therefore examine the problems. even if they do not intend to attempt their solution. Although we have respected the adage that one picture i~ wonh a tho u sand \\Ords. we are also aware that an uninformative illustration, though decorative, takes up the space that could usefully be filled by several hundred . The reader will rhus cncowuer stretches of expository prose unrelieved by figures, when none are necessary, as well as sections that can profitably be perused entirely by looking at the figures and their captions. We anticipate use of the book at different levels with different areas of major emphasis. A particular course is unlikely to follow the chapters (or even selected chapters) in the order in which they are presented here, and we have written them in a way that permitseasy selection and rearrangement. ^{2} Our particularchoice ofsequence follows certain major strands of the subject from their first elementary exposition to their more advanced aspects, with a minimum of digression. We begin the book ^{3} with the elementary classical [I] and quantum [2] aspects of the free electron theory of metals because this requires a minimum of background and immediately introduces, through a particular class of examples, almost all of the phenomena with which thcorie~of insulators. semiconductors. and metals mu~tcome to grips. The reader is thereby spared the impression that nothing can be understood tlntil a host of arcane definitions (relating to periodic strucll!res) and elaborate quantum mechanical explorations (of periodic systems) have been mastered. Periodic structures are introduced only after a survey (3) of those metallic prop erties that can and cannot be understood without investigating the consequences of periodicity. We have tried to alleviate the tedium induced by a first exposure to the language of periodic systems by (a) separating the very importan~ conse quences of purely translational symmetry [4. 5] from the remaining but rather less essential rotational aspects [7), (b) separating the description in ordinary space [4] from that in the less familiar reciprocal space [5), and (c) separating the abstract
a nd descriptive treatment of periodicity from its elementary application
diffraction [6]. Armed with the terminology of periodic systems, readers can pursue to whatever point seems appropriate the resolution of the difficulties in the free e lectron model of metals or. alternatively, can embark directly upon the investigation of lattice vibra tions. The book follows the first line. Bloch·s theorem is described and its implications examined [8] in general tenns, to emphasize that its consequences transcend the illustrative and very impo rtant practical cases of nearly free electrons (9] and tigh t binding [10]. Much of the content of these two chapters is suitable for a more advanced c:ourse, as is the following survey of methods used to compute real band structures [II]. The remarkable subject of semiclassical mechanics is introduced and given elementary applications [I 2] before being incorporated into the more elaborate semi classical theory of transport (I 3]. The description of methods by which Fcm1i surfaces arc measured [14] may be more stlitable for advanced readt:rs, but m uch of the survey
to Xray
: The Tabh: o n pp. xi"
x><i lists th<! prerequisites for each chapter. to aid those interest~ prim<~r
ol y in one as pect oft he subjec t. or Lhoq~ preferring a diffCR>nt order of pr~,.cnuuion. ' Referenet.'S to chapter nurnbe~are given in bnu::ko:~.
Preface
Lx
of the ba nd structures of actual metals [15] is readily incorpo rated into an elementary course. Except for the discussion of screening, an elementary course might also bypass 1he essays on wha t is overlooked by the relaxationtime approx imation [16] and by rhe neglect of electronelectron interactions [17]. Work fu nctions and other surface properties (18] can be taken up at any time after the d iscussion of translational symmetry in real space. Our descripti on of the conventiona l classification of solids [19) has been separated from the analysis of cohesive energies [20). Both have been placed after the introduction to band structure, because i t i~ in terms of electronic struc ture that the categories are most clearly distinguished. To motl\atc the study of lattice vibrations (at whatever point after Chapter 5 readers choose to begin the subject) a sttmmary [21] lists those solid propcnics tha t cannot be understood without the ir consideration. Latttce dynamics is given an elementar) introduction, v. ith the classical [22] and quantum [23] aspects of the harmonic crystal treated separately. The ways in which phonon spectra are measured [24). the consequences of anharmonicity [25], and the special problems associated with phonons in metals [26) and ionic crystals [27] are surveyed at an elementary level, though some parts of these last fottr chapters might well be reserved for a more advanced course . None of the chapters on lattice vibrat ions rely on the usc of normal mode raising and lowering operators; these are described in several appendices for readers wantmg a more advanced treatment. Homogeneous [28] a nd inhomogeneous [29] semiconductors can be examined at any point after the introduction ofBloch's theorem and the elementary discussion of semiclassical mechanics. Crystalline defects [30] can be studied as soon as crystals themselves have been introduced , though parts of earlier c hapters are occasionally referred to. Following a review of atomic magnetism, we examine how it is modified in a solid environment [31], explore exchange and other magnetic interactions [32], and apply the resulting models to magnetic ordering [33]. This brief introduction to magnetism and the co ncluding essay on superconductivity [34] are la rgely selfcontained. They are pla<.cd at the end of the book so the phenomena can be viewed, not in terms of abstract models but as striking propcnies of real solids. To our dismay, we discovered that it is impos.~ibleat the end of a seven year project, labored u p on not on ly at Cornell , but a lso during extended stays in Cambridge, London, Rome, Wellington, and J iilich, to recall all the occasions when students, postdoctoral fellows, visitors, and colleagues gave us invaluable criticism, advice, and instruction. Among others we are indebted to V. Ambcgaok.ar, B. W. Battcm1an, D . Beagleho lc, R . Bowers, A B. Bringer, C. di Castr o , R. G. Chambers. G . V. Chester, R . M. Colts, R. A. Cowley, G. Eilenberger, D . B. Fitchen, C. Friedli, V. Heine. R. L. Henderson, D. F. Holcomb, R. 0. Jones, B. D . Josephson, J . A. Krumhansl, C . A. Kukkon en, D . C. Langreth, W . L. McLean , H . Mahr, B. W. Maxfield, R . Monnier, L. G . Parratt, 0 . Penrose, R. 0 . Pohl, J . J. Quinn. J . J. Rehr, M . V. Romerio, A. L. Ruoff. G . Russakoff. H . S. Sack, W . L. Schaich, J. R. Sehricffcr. J . W . Serene. A J . Sievers, J . Silcox, R . H . Sil sbee, J.P . Straley, 0 . M . Straus, D . Stroud. K. Sturm, and J . W. Wilkins.
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Preface
One person, however. has influenced almost every chapter. Michael E. Fisher, Horace White Professor of Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics, friend and neigh bor. gadfly and troubadour. began to read the manuscript six years ago and has followed ever since. hard upon our tracks. through chapter. and, on occasion, through revision and rerevision. pouncing on obscurities, condemning dishonesties, decrying omissions, La beling axes. correcting misspellings, redrawing figures, and often making our lives very much more difficult by his unrelenting insistence that we cou ld be more literate . accurate, intelligible, and thorough. We hope be wiU be pleased at how many of his illegible red marginalia have found their way into our text, and expect to be hearing from him about those that have not. One of us (NDM) is most gratefuJ to the A lf red P . S loan Foundation a n d the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation for their generous suppon at critical stages of this project, and to friends at Imperial Col.lege London and the Istituto di Fisica '·G. Marconi•., where parts of the book were written. He is also deeply indebted to R . E . Peierls. whose lectures converted him to the view that solid state physics is a discipline of beauty. clarity, and coherence. The other (NWA), having learnt the subject from J. M. Ziman and A. B. Pippard. has never been in need of conversion. He also wishes to acknowledge with gra titude the support and h ospitality of the Kernforschungsanlage Ji.ilich. the Victoria University of Wellington. a nd the Cavendish Laboratory and Clare Hall. Cambridge.
Ithaca J une 1975
N . W . Ashcroft N. D. Mermin
Cuntents
Preface
Important Tables Suggestions for Using
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xiv
the Book
x~·iii
1. The Drude Theory of Metals I
2.
Sommerfeld Theory of Metals
3. Failures of the Free Electron Model 57
The
29
4. Crystal Lattices 63
5. The Ret:iprocal lAttice
85
6. Determination of Crystal Structw·es by XRay
Diffraction 95
7. Classification of Brm•ais Lattices and Crystal Structures I 11
8. Electron Let•el s in a Periodic Potential:
General Properties 131
9. 
Electrons in a Weak Periodic Potential 151 

10. 
The TightBinding Method 
175 
11. 
Other Methods fo•· Calculating Band 
Structure 191
12. 
The Semiclassical Model ofElectron Dynamics 2 13 

13. 
The Semiclassical Theory of Conduction in Metals 243 

14. 
Measuring the Fe1·mi Surface 263 

IS. 
Band Structure of Selected Metals 
283 
16. 
Beyond the RelaxationTime 
Approximation
313
17. Beyond the Independent Electron
Approximation
18. Su•face Effects
329
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XI
xii
Contents
19. 
Classification ofSolids 373 

20. 
Cohesive Ene1·gy 395 

21. 
Failures ofthe Static Lattice Model 
415 
22. 
Classical Themy ofthe Harmonic Crystal 421 

23. 
Quantum TheoJ·y of the Harmonic 
Crystal
45/
24. 
Measuring Phonon Dispersion Relations 469 
25. 
Anharmonic Effects in Crystals 487 
26. 
Phonons in Metals 5/1 
27. 
Dielectric Properties of Insulators 533 
28. 
Homogeneous Semiconductors 561 
29. 
lnholtlbgeneous Semiconductors 589 
30. 
Defects in CrystalS 615 
31. 
Diamagnetism and Pm·amagnetism 643 
32. 
Electron Interactions and Magnetic Structure 671 
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Magnetic Orderi11g 693 
34. 
Superconductivity 725 
APPENDICES
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A. 
Summary of Important Nume1·ical Relations ut the Free ElectJ•on Theory of Metals 757 
B. 
The Chemical Potential 759 
C. 
The Sommerfeld Expansio11 760 
D. 
PlaneWave Expansions of Periodic Functio11s in More Than One Dimemion 762 
E. 
The Velocity and Effective Mass ofBloch Electrons 765 
F. 
Some Identities Related to Fourier A11alysis ofPeriodic Systems 767 
G. 
The Variational P1·inciplefor Schrodinger's Equation 769 
Cootents
xiii
H . 
Hamiltonian Formulation ofthe 
I. 
Semiclassical Equations of Motion, and Lioua·ille's Tlzeorem 771 Green's Theorem for Periodic 
J . 
Functions 772 Conditions for the Absence ofbzterhand T,·ansitions in Uniform Electric or Magnetic Fields 773 
K. 
Optical Pmpe~·ties ofSolids 776 
L. 
Quantum Theory ofthe Harmonic Crystal 780 
M. 
Conservation ofCrystal Momentum 784 
N. 
Theo•y of the Scattel"ing of Neutrons hy a Clystal 790 
0. 
Anha.monic Terms and nPhonon Pl"ocesses 796 
P. 
Evaluation ofthe Lande gFactor 797 
INDEX
799
I~nportant Table;,
The more important tables of data ^{1} or theoretical results are listed below. the reader in hunting down a particula r table we have grouped them into
To aid
several broad categories. Theoretical results are listed only under that heading, and data on magr.etic and superconducting metals are listed under magnetism and super conductivity, rather than under metals. Accurate values of the fundamental constants are given in the end paper and on page 757.
Theoretical Results
The noncu bic crystallographic point groups 122
The cubic crystallographic point groups 121
Comparison of properties of Sommerfeld and Bloch
electrons
214
Comparison of the general treatment of collisions
with the relaxationtime approxim ation
3 18
Lattice sums o f inverse 11th powers for the cubic
Bravais Lattices
400
Madelung constants for some cubic crysta l structures
405
Numbers of independent elastic constants for the seven
crystal systems
445
Values of the Debye specific heat 461
Comparison of phonons and photons 466
Comparison of a gas of molecules and a gas of phonons
Characteristic lengths in a p11 junction 607
G round states of ions with panially filled d or
fshells
652
506
Comparison of exact and mean field critical temperatures
for several Ising models
717
Major numerical formulas of free electron theory 757
' The data in the tables arc presented with the aim of giving the reader an appreciation for orders of magnitude and relative si7.<.'S. v;c have therefo re been content to quote numbers to one or two significant plac~s and have not made special efforts to give t he most p r eci se: values . Readers requiring da \ a fo r funda mental research should consult the a ppropriate sources.
xiv
lmportant Tables
xv
Crystal Structure
The facecentered cubic elemenls 70
The bodycentered cubic elements 70
The trigonal (rhombohedral) elements
The tetragonal elements
The hexagonal dosepacked elements 77
Elements with the diamond structure 76
Some compounds with lhe sodium chloride structure 80
Some compounds with the cesium chloride structure 81
Some compounds with the 7jncblende structure 81
127
127
Metals
Free electron densities and rj tlo 5
Ele<:trical resistivities 8
Some typical relaxation times 10
Thermal conductivities 21
Fermi energies, temperatures, wave vectors, and
velocities
38
Bulk moduli 39
Low temperature specific heats _{4}_{8}
Work functions 364
Elastic constants _{4}_{4}_{7}
Dcbye temperatures 461
Linear el{pansion coeftkients 496
Insulators anti Senlicontluctm,·s
Alkali halide ionic radii
Ionic radii of 11 VI compounds 386
384
Lattice constants of some lT1V compounds 389
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ln•portanl Tables
Radii of metallic ions compared with nearestneighbor
distances in the metal
391
Cohesive energies of the alkali halides 406
Bulk moduli of the alkali halides 408
Debye temperatures of some alkali halides 459
Griineiscn parameters and linear expansion coeftkients
for some alkali halides
494
Atomic polarizabilities of the noble gas atoms and
the a lkali halide ions
544
Static and optical dielectric constants and transverse optical phonon frequencies of the alkali halides
LennardJones parameters for the noble gases 398
Lattice constants, cohesive energies, and bulk moduli

of the solid noble gases
401
553
De Boer parameters for the noble gases 412
Elastic constants 447
Debye temperatures 459, 461
Static dielectric constants for covalent and
covalentionic crvstals

553
Ferroelectric crystals 557
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Energy gaps of semiconductors 566
Impurity levels in silicon and germanium 580
Magnetism
Molar susceptibilities of the poble gas atoms and alkali
halide ions
649
Effective Bohr magneron numbers for the rare earth
ions
657
Effective Bohr magneton numbers for the iron group
tons
658
Pauli susceptibilities of the alkali metals
Some dilute alloys with (and without) local momems 686
Critical temperatures and saturation magnetizations
664
of ferromagnets
697
Important ·rabies
X\ II
Critical temperatures and saturatiOn magnetizations
or ferrimagnets
698
Critical temperatures of antiferromagnets 697
Superco11ductivity
The superconducting elements
726
C ritical temperatures and critical fields of the
su percond uct i ng el ements
729
Energy gaps of selected superconducting elements
Specific heat discontinuities of selected superconducting
745
elements
747
Suggestions
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Using the Book
It is in the nature of books that chapters must be linearly ordered. We have tried to select a sequence that least obscures several interwoven lines o f develop ment. The accompanying Ta ble (pp. xix  xxi) is designed to help readers with specia l interests (in la ttice vibrations. semiconductors, o r metals, for example) or teac h e rs of courses with particular constr aints on time or leve l. The prerequisites for each chapter are given in the Table according to the fo llowing conventions: (a) lf "M"' is listed after Chapter N . then the contents of Chapter M (as
well, o f course. as its essential prerequisites) are essential for understanding much o r
a ll of Chapte r N ; (b) I f "(M )" a ppea rs afte r Chapter N , then Chap ter M is not an
essential prer:equisite: either a smaI! part o f
few parts ofChapter M may be o f some help in reading Chapter N; (c) The absence o f
 M "
Chapter N is based on Chapter M. or a
or
(M)"
a ft er Chapte r N does not mean that no re ference back t o Chapte r M
is made: however. such references as may occur are primarily because N illuminates the subject of M , rather than beca use M aids in the development o f N. ^{1} The rest of the Table indicates how the book might be used in a one semester (40 to 50 lectures) or twosemester (80 to 100 lectures) introductory undergraduate course. C hapters (or selections from a chapter) are listed fo r reading ^{2} if they a re almost entirely descriptive, or, alternatively, if we felt that an introductory course
shou ld at least m<tke students aware of a top ic. even if time was not available for its
ca reful explorat.ion . The al though a twosemester
prefer to fo llow the pattern of the onesemester course for the first term . filling in the more advanced topics in the second. An introductory course a t the graduate level. or a graduate course following a one semester undergraduate survey, would probably make use of sect ions omitted in the t wosemeste r undergradu ate course, as well as many o ft he sixteen a ppendi ces.
order o f presentation is, of course. flexible. For example, co u rse co uld fo llow the order o f the book , one mtght well
^{1} Thus to pr oce<.d to C h apter 12 \>ilh a mmimum uf dig..,.s io n i t i~ n ccc l. and
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The Drude Theory ofMetals
Basic Assumptions of the Model Collision or Relaxation Times DC Electrical Conductivity Hall Effect and Magnetoresistance AC Electrical Conductivity D ielectric Function and Plasma Resonance Thermal Conductivity Thermoelectric Effects
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( Iupfer I The Orudc Thcor~ uf \h·taf,
Metals occupy a rathe r spccwl pm.tllon m the stud~ or soltd s. <; harmg a 'anet~ o f :.tnking properties that other sohd'> 1such as quanz. sulfur. or common saltl lacJ
They are
striking l uste r on fresh I) expose d surfaces . The challenge of accoun t ing fCir these metallic features gave the :.tarting impetus to the modern theory of solids. Although the majori ty o f common ly encountered solids arc nonmetallic. mewls h;,l\ e co nt in ued to ph.ty a prominent role in the theory o f ~olids from th o: late ninet.:enth century to the present day. Indeed. the metallic s tate has prO\ cd to be one of the great fundamental sta tes of matter. T he clements. for e'ample. delitutel) favor the me ta li te ~tate. over two thirds are metal<;. E'en to underqand nt>nmet a ls one must abo understand metals. for m explaining w h } copper conduc t s ~o '' d l. ~1ne b.:g111:. t o learn why common salt docs not. During the last hundred )C3fS ph~'icists h<ne tned to con:.truct s1mple models of the metallic sta te tha t account in a qualitatl\'e. and e\t:n quam itat ive, "ay for the characteristic metallic prop.:ntcs. In the cour:.e ofthi~ search bnlhant :.uccesscs have appeared hand in hand \\ith apparent!~ hopeless fa tlurt:s. ume and again . E'en the earliest models. tho ugh stnkmgly wrong in some rc~pe~ts. remain. when properly used. of immense value to so ltd sta te ph)SicJsts tock1~. In this chapter we shall C::ll.<tmtne the th eory o f metallic conduct icm put forth by P. D rude ^{1} at the turn of the centur~ The succ.:s!es of the Drude model were con· stdcrable. and tt is still used today as a quiet pracucal "3) to form !>imple picture:. and rough estimates of properties "hose more prec•~c compn:hcnston may require analysis of considerable complex H) . The failures of 1he Drude model to account f,>r some experiments. a nd t he conceptual puzz.les it rat~ed. defined the problems \\llh which 1he theory of metals was to grapple over the ne'\1 q uancr century. These found their resolution on ly in the rich and ~ubtle structure o f the quantum theory of solid:
displa~ a
excellent co nductors of heat and electricll~.are ducttle and malleable. and
BASIC ASSUMPTIONS OF THE ORL"DE !\lOD EL
J. J . Thomson's discovery of the e lectron in 1897 bad a vast :111d unmcdiare impact on theories of the structure of maller. a nd suggested an ob,•ious mechanism fo r con duction in metals. Three years after Th omson's disCO\'ery Urudc constructed hts
o f elect rical and th erm a l conduct ion by applymg the h1ghly successful kinetic
theory of gases to a metal. considered as a gas of electrons. In its simplest form kmettc theory treats the molecules of a gas as identical solid spheres. which move in stra tght lines until they collide \nth one anot her. ^{2} The time taken up by a sing le colliston IS assumed to be negligtblc. and. e>.cept for the forces commg momentaril} m to pia} during each coll ision. no o t her forces are assumed to act between the panicles. Alth o ugh the re IS on ly one kind of panicle presem in the stmp lest gases. in a metal there must be a t least two. for the electrons are negaurely charged. yet the metal is e lectrically neutral. Drude a ssumed that the compensating positive charge wa s at·
theory
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Basic .\ s.'<umplions of lhe Drude :\lode!
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Coro electrons 
Valence electrons 
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Core
§ Comlucllon electrons
(b)
Figure 1.1
(a ) Schcnuuic pic.:wrc of an bolatcd ate>m (not to scale). !b) In a metal the nucleu~ and iun
core rct;un their conligurauon 111 the free :11om. but the valence electrons leave the a tom to
form the electron l!ill>.

tached to much heavier particles, wh ich he considered to be immobilt:. At his time, however, there was no precise notion of the origin of the light. mobile electrons a nd the heavier. immobile, positively charged panicles. The solution to this problem is o ne of the fundamental achievements of the mode rn quantum theory o f solids. ln this discussion of th e Drudc model however, we shall s imply assume (and in man y metals this assumption can be justified) that when atoms o f a meta llic element are brought together to fo r m a me ta l. the valence electro ns become detached and wander
freely through the metal. while tbe metallic ions remain intact and play the role of the immobile positive pan ides in Drudc·s theory. This model is indica ted schematically
has a nucleus of charge
eZ _{0} _{•} where Zo is the a tomic nu mber and e is the magnitude of the electro nic charge ^{3} :
in Figure L l. A single isolated atom of the metallic element
e =
4.80
x
10 ^{1}^{0} e lectrostatic units (csu) = 1.60 x
10 ' ^{9} coulombs. Surrounding
the nucleus are Za e lectron s of total charge  eZa. A few of these, Z, are the relatively weak ly bound valence electron s. The rem a iningZa  Z electrons art: relatively tightly
bo und to the nucleus, play much less of a
as the core electrons. When these isolated atoms condense to form a metal, the core electrons remain bound to the nucleus to form the metallic ion, but the valence electrons a re a llowed to wander far away from their parent atoms. In the meta lli c context they are cal h:d conduction elecuons. ^{4}
role in chemical reac tions. and are known
• We shall al"'a}'S take(' to be a pos11JVC number.
• When. as in the Drude model. the core elect rons play a pa:.,•ve role a nd the iun ucts as an indivisible
inert entity. one often refers to the conduction electrons simply as ··thc electrons." s;.l\ing the fullterm for
Lim~'Swhen the distincllon bel ween conduction and core electrons is to be emphasized.
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Chapcer 1 The Drude Theory of Metals
Drude applied kinetic theory to this ~gas"of conduction electrons of mass m, which (in contrast to the molecules of an ordinary gas) move against a background of heavy immobile ions. The density of the electron gas can be calculated as follows:
A metatlic clement contains 0.6022 x 10 ^{2}^{4} atoms per mole (Avogadro's number) and p,.,j A moles per cm ^{3} • where p,., is the mass density (in grams per cubic centimeter} and A is the atomic mass of the clement. Since each atom contributes Z electrons, the number of electrons per cubic centimeter. n = N / V. is
, = 0.6022
x
10 ^{2}^{4} z;,.,.
_{(}_{1}_{.}_{1}_{)}
Table 1.1 shows the conduction electron densities for some selected metals. They are typically of order IOn conduction electrons per cubic centimeter, varying
from 0.91 x 10 ^{2}^{2} for
Table 1.1 is a widely used measure of the electronic density. rs defined as the radius of a sphere whose volume is equal to the volume per conduction electron.
Thus
cesium up to 24.7 x 10 ^{2}^{2} for beryll ium. ^{5} Also listed in
V
I
N = n=
4nr/
3
~

rs
(
4
3 )I 3
.
7UJ
(1.2)
Table 1.1 lists rs both in angstroms (lo  s em) and in units of the Bohr radius a _{0} =
h ^{2} f me ^{2} = 0.529 x 10 ^{8} em ; the latter length, being a measure of the radius of a hydrogen atom in its ground state, is often used as a scaJe for measuring atomic distances. Note that rjc1 _{0} is between 2 and 3 in most cases. although it ranges between
3 and 6 in the alkali metals (and can be as large as 10 in
These densities are typically a thousand times greater than those of a classical gas at normal temperatures and pressures. In spite of this and in spite of the strong electronelectron and electronion electromagnetic interactions, the Orude model
boldly treats the dense metallic electron gas by the methods of the kinetic theory of
a neutral dilute gas, with only slight modifications. The basic assumptions are these:
some metallic compou nds).
l. Between collisions the
interaction
of a given electron, both
with
the others
and with the ions, is neglected. Thus in the absence of externally applied electro magnetic fields each e lectron is taken to move unifom1ly in a stratght line. In the presence of externaUy applied fields each electron is taken to move as determined
by Newton's laws of motion in the presenet: of those external fields, but neglecting the additional complicated fields produced by the other electrons and ions. ^{6} The neglect of e lectronelectron interactions between collisions is known as the indepen dent electron approximation. The correspondjng neglect of electronion interactions
is knovm as the.free electron appmximation. We shall find in subsequent chapters that
• This is the range for metallic elemen"'~ under nonnal conduions. Htgher densttics can be anajned
by application of pressure (which tend~ to favor the metallic shue) Lo wcr densities are found in com pounds.
" Strictly speaking. the electronion interaction is not enure!) tgno rcd. for the Orude model im
pli cit l y assumes that the electron s :ne confined t o the interior of th e m.:tal . Evidentl y th i~ confinement is brought about by their attra<·tion to the positively charged ions. Gross effects of the electronion and electron<:lectron interaction like this arc often taken into accoun t by adding t o the e:o(terna l fields a suttably defined internal field representing the average e!Tect oft he electronelectron and cltX"tro nion interaction~.
Basic Assumptions of tbr Drude Model
_{5}
T aole 1.1 FREE
ELECTRON
.ME.VfSd
DENSITJES
OF
SELECfED
_{M}_{E}_{T}_{A}_{L}_{L}_{I}_{C}
_{E}_{L}_{E}_{}
ElEMENT 
z 
" (10 ^{2}^{2} jcm ^{3} ) 
r,(A) 
rJn _{0} 

Li 
(78 K) 
I 
4.70 
_{1}_{.}_{7}_{2} 
_{3}_{.}_{2}_{5} 
Na 
(5 K) 
I 
2.65 
_{2}_{0}_{8} 
_{3}_{.}_{9}_{3} 
_{K} 
_{(}_{5} _{K}_{l} 
I 
1.40 
2. 57 
_{4}_{.}_{8}_{6} 
Rb 
(5 K) 
I 
1.15 
2.75 
5.20 
Cs 
(5 K) 
I 
0.91 
2.98 
5.62 
Cu 
I 
8.47 
1.41 
_{2}_{.}_{6}_{7} 

Ag 
I 
5.86 
1.60 
3.02 

Au 
I 
5.90 
1.59 
3.01 

_{B}_{e} 
2 
24.7 
0.99 
_{1}_{.}_{8}_{7} 

Mg 
_{2}_{·} 
8.61 
1.41 
2.66 

Ca 
2 
4.61 
1.73 
3.27 

Sr 
2 
3.55 
1.89 
3.57 

Ba 
2 
3. 15 
1.96 
3.7 1 

Nb 
I 
5.56 
1.63 
3.07 

Fe 
2 
17 .0 
1.1 2 
2.12 

Mn (oc) 
2 
16.5 
_{1}_{.}_{1}_{3} 
2. 14 

Zn 
_{2} 
13.2 
1.22 
_{2}_{.}_{3}_{0} 

Cd 
2 
9.27 
1.37 
2.59 

Hg 
(78 K) 
_{2} 
_{8}_{.}_{6}_{5} 
1.40 
_{2}_{.}_{6}_{5} 
AI 
3 
18.1 
1.10 
2.07 

Ga 
3 
15.4 
1.16 
_{2}_{.}_{1}_{9} 

In 
_{3} 
11.5 
1.27 
2.41 

Tl 
3 
10.5 
1.31 
2.48 

Sn 
4 
14.8 
1.17 
2.22 

Pb 
4 
13.2 
1.22 
2.30 

Bi 
5 
14. 1 
1.19 
2.25 

Sb 
5 
16.5 
1.13 
2 14 
u At room temperature (about 300 K) and am10spheric pressure, unless otherwise noted 1l1e radius r, orthe free electron s phere is defined in L:q. (1.2). W e have arbitrarily selected one value of Z for those elements that display more than one chemical valence. The Orude model gives no theoretical basis for the choice. Valu es of 11 are based on data from R . W. G . Wyckoff, Crystal Structures, 2nd ed I ntcr.;aence, New York. 1963.
although the independent electro n approximation is in many contexts surprisingly good, the free electron approxunatton must be abandoned if one is to arrive at even a qualitative understanding of much of metallic behavior.
2. Collisions in the Drude m od el, as in kinetic theory, a rc instantaneous events
that abruptly alter the velocity of an electron. Drudc attri buted them to the electrons bouncing off t he impenetrable ion cores (rather than to electron electron collisions. the a nalogue of t he predominant coll ision mechanism in an ordinary gas). We shall find later tha t clectronclcctron sca u cring is indeed one of the least important of the !icveral scau ering mechanisms in a metal, excep t under unusual conditio ns. However,
6
Ch.:1pter J TI1e Drude Theory of :\fctals
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•
Figure 1.2 Trajcctory of a
ions. according lO the muvc p icture of Drudc.
conduction electron scattering o ff the
the simple mechanical picture (Figure 1.2) of an electron bumping along from ion to 100 is very far off the mark.' Fortunately. this does not matter for many purposes:
a qualitative tand often a quantitative) understanding of metallic conduction can be achieved by simply assuming tl1at there is some scattering mechanism, without
inquiring too closely into just what that mechanism might be. By appealing, in our analysis. to only a few general effects oft he collision process. we can avoid committing ourselves to any specific picture of how electron scattering actually takes place. These broad features are described in the following two assumptions.
3. We s hall assume that an electron e xperiences a collision (i.e
change in its velocity) with a probability per unit time l/ r. We mean by this that the
probability of an electron undergoing a collision in any infinitesimal
length dr is just tlt/ T. The time T is variously known as the relaxation time, the collision time, or the mean free Lime. and it plays a fundamental role in the theo ry of metaJiic conduction. It follows from this assumption that an electron picked at random at a
and
given moment wi ll, o n the average, travel for a time T before its next collision,
will. on the average, have been traveLing for a time t since its last collision. ^{8} ln the simplest applications of the Drude model the collision time t is taken to be inde pendent of an electron's position and velocity. We shaJI see later that this tums out
to be a surprisingly good assumption for many (but by no means all) applications.
4. Electrons are assumed to achieve thermal equilibrium with their surroupdings
suffers a n abrupt
time interval of
on ly through collisions. ^{9} These collisions a re assumed to maintain local thermo dynamic equiJibrium in a particularly simple way : immediately after each collision an electron is taken to emerge with a velocity that is not related to its velocity just before the collision, but ra11domly directed and with a speed appropriate to the temperature prevailing at the place where the collision occurred. Thus the bouer the region in which a collision occu rs, the faster a typical electron will emerge from the collision.
In the rest of this chapter we shall illustrate these notions through their most important applications. noting the extent to which they succeed or fail to describe the observed phenomena.

DC ELECTRICAL CONDUCTIVITY OF A METAL
According to Ohm's law, the current 1flowing in a wire is proportional to the potential
drop V along the wire: V =
JR. where R, the resistance of the wire, depends on its
' For some time people were led .nto difficult but 1rrelcvant problems connected " ith the proper
n1ming o f an electron :tl an 10 0 10 each collision. So literal an interprewtion of Figure 1.2 is strenuously
to be avoided.
•
^{9}
Sec Problem 1.
Gtvcn the free and independent dcctron approximation. this is Ihe only possible mecllanism left.
DC Electrical Conduclhily of a MelaJ
7
dimensions, but is independent oft he size of the current or potential drop. The Drude model accounts for this beha\'ior and provides an estimate of the size of the resistance. One generally eliminates the dependence of R on the shape of the wire by intro ducing a quanti ty characteristic only o f the metal of which the wire is composed. The resistivity p is defined to be the proportionality constant bet ween the electric field Eat a poilll in the metal and the current density j that it induces ^{1}^{0} :
E =
pj .
(1.3)
The current density j is a \'OCtor. para llel to the flow o f char ge. whose magnitude is the amount of charge per unit time crossing a unit area perpendicular to the flow.
Thus if a uniform current 1 flows
through a wire of length Land crosssectional a rea
A, the current density wiU be j = I , A. Since the potential drop along the wire will be
V = EL. Eq.(1.3) gives V =
lpL /.4, and .hence R = pLf A .
lf n electrons per unit volume all move with velocity v, then the current density they give ri se to will be parallel to v. Furthermore, in a time dt the electrons will advance by a distance r de in the direction of v. so that n(L· dt)A electrons will cross an area A perpendicular to r.he direction of flow. Since each electron carries a charge e. the c harge crossing .4 10 the ume cit wiU be  nel' A tit, and hence the current density is
.
J =

1/ev.
(1.4)
At any point in a metaL electro ns are always moving in a variety of directions with a variety of thermal energies. The net current density is thus given by (1.4). where" is the average electronic vclocity. ln the absence of an electric field. electrons are as likely to be moving in any one direction as in a n y other, v averages to zero, and. as expected, there is no net electric current density. In the presence of a field E, however, there will be a mean electronic velocity directed opposite to the field (the electronic charge being negati,·e), which we can compute as follows :
Consider a typical clcctroJl at time zero. Let t be the time ela psed since irs last collision. Its velocit y at time zero wi ll be its velocity v _{0} immediately after that collision plus the addit ional velocity eEcjm it has subsequently acquired. S ince we assume that an electron emerges from a collision in a random direction, there will be no contribution from ' 'o to the average electronic velocity, which must therefore be given entirely by the average of eEtfm. However, the average oft is the relaxation time r. Therefore
(1 .5)
1l1is result is usually stated in tcnns of the inverse of the resistivity, the conductivity
(1
=
lfp:
j =
u E;
_{a}
_{=}
m
(1.6)
to
In genernl. E andJ need not be parallel. One then defines a resistivity tensor. See Chapters 12 and 13.
8
Chapter l The Orude Theory of Metals
TI1is establishes the linear dependence of j on E and gives an estimate of the conductivity CT in terms of quantities that are all known except for the relaxation timer. We may therefore usc (1.6) and the observed resistivities to estimate the size of the relaxation time:
m
r= _{p}_{n}_{e} _{2} _{•}
(1.7)
Table 1.2 gives the resistivities of several representative metals at several temper atures. Note the strong temperature dependence. At room temperature the resistivity is roughly linear in T, but it falls away much more s teeply as low temper a tures a.rc
Table 1.2
ELECI RICAL RESfSTIVITIES OF SELECfED ELEMENTS"
77K
273K
373 K
(p/ T):,73 K
(p/ Th73 K
Li 
1.04 
8.55 
12.4 
1.06 
Na 
0.8 
4.2 
Melted 

K 
1.38 
6.1 
Melted 

Rb 
22 
11.0 
Melted 

Cs 
4.5 
18.8 
Melted 

Cu 
0.2 
1.56 
2.24 
1.05 
Ag 
0.3 
1.51 
2.13 
1.03 
Au 
0 .5 
2.04 
2.84 
1.02 
Be 
2.8 
5.3 
1.39 

Mg 
0.62 
3.9 
5.6 
1.05 
Ca 
3.43 
5.0 
1.07 

Sr 
_{7} 
23 

Ba 
17 
60 

Nb 
3.0 
15.2 
19.2 
0 .92 
Fe 
0 .66 
8.9 
14.7 
1.21 
Zn 
1.1 
5.5 
7.8 
1.04 
Cd 
1.6 
6.8 

Hg 
5.8 
Melted 
Melted 

AJ 
0.3 
2.45 
355 
1.06 
Ga 
2.75 
13.6 
Melted 

In 
1.8 
8.0 
12.1 
1.11 
_{T}_{I} 
3.7 
15 
22.8 
Lll 
Sn 
2.1 
10.6 
15.8 
1.09 
Pb 
4.7 
19.0 
27.0 
1.04 
B i 
35 
107 
156 
1.07 
Sb 
8 
39 
59 
1. 11 
" Resistivities in microhm centimeters are given at 77 K (the boiling point ofJ.iquid nitrogen at atmospheric pressure}. 273 K. and 373 K . The last column gives the rat10 of p; T at 373 K and 273 K to display the approximate linear temperature dependence of the resistivity near room temperature.
Soun;:e: G . W. C. Kaye and T. H . Laby. Table of Physical and Chemical ConsUJnts,
L.ongmans Green, London. 1966.
DC
Electric~I Condudh il) of a 1\letal 9
reached. Room temperature resistivities ar~ typically of the order of microhm centi meters (11ohmcm) or. in atomic unil<;. o f order 10  ^{1}^{8} statohmcm. ^{1}^{1} If p,. is the resistivit} in microhm centimeters., then a convement \\ay ofexpressing the relaxation tune implied by ( I.7) IS
T =
(
22) (r,)J
0 .
p,.
;;;
x w
14
sec.
(1.8)
Rel axation times calculated from (l.8) and the resistivities in Table 1.2 arc displayed in Table 1.3. l'ote that at room temperatures t is typi cally 10 ^{1}^{4} to 10 ^{1}^{5} sec. In considering whether this is a reasonable number. it is mo re instruct ive to contemplate the mean free path, ( = v _{0} t, where v _{0} is the average electronic speed The length t measures the average dtstance an electron travels between collisions. In Dn1de's time
it was 
natural to estimate t• _{0} from classical equrpartit1on of energy: !mv _{0} ^{2} = }k _{8} T. 
Usmg 
the known electronic ma!;.c;. we find a t· _{0} o f order 10~ cm t sec at room tem  
perature , and h ence a mean fr ee pa th of I t o 10 A. Since thts distanc e i s comparable to the interatomic s pacing, Lhe result is qu ite consistent with Drudc's original viC\\ Lhat collisions are due to the electron bumping into the large heavy ions. H owever, we s hall see in Chapter 2 that thts classical estimate of t• _{0} IS an order of magnitude too small at room temperatures. Furthermore, at the lowest tempera tures in Table 1.3, t is an order of magnitude larger than at room temperature, while (as we shall see in Chapter 2) t· _{0} IS actually temperatureindependent. This can raise the lowtemperature mean free pa th to 10 ^{3} or more angstroms, about a thousand times the spacing between ions. T oday, by working at sufficiently low temperatures
8
with care fully prepared samples, mean frt:t: paths of the order of centimeters (i.e
interatorn ic spacings) can be achieved. Th is is s trong evidence that the e lectrons do
not stmply bump ofT t he ioru., as Drude supposed. Fortunately. however, we may <:ontinuc to calculate with the Drude model without
any precise understanding of the cause of collisions. In the absence of a theory of the collision ti me it becomes im portant to find predictions of the Drud e model tha t arc independent of the value of the relaxation time t. As tt happens. there are several
10
quantities. \\ hich even today remain o f fundamental interest., fo r
in many respects the precise quantitative treatment of the relaxation time remains the weakest link in modern treatments o f metallic conduct ivity. As a res ult, rinde
pendent quanti ti es arc highly va lued. for they o fte n yidd considerably more re liable informati on. T wo cases of particular interest a re the calculation of the electrical conductivity
such rmdependent
when a spatial!~ uniform stati
•
:
magnetic field is present . and when the electric field
" To convert r c::.i•t ivities from mo~rohm ccntomctc:r' to s tat oh m u:nllmctcrs note thnt ;1 n:.,istivn~ ,,r
I pohmcm yields an de<.1roc field of 10
• voh em'" lhc prcseO<
,.
ofu current of I amp em>. Since I amp
C. 3 >< to• csu se c. a nd 1 \ ol t ~ ,t;, stut\oll. o resL\h"IY of I JIOhm<m) oeld s a field of t stahoh ·em "hen the current dcnSII) os 300 >< 10' x 3 x 10• csucm J.scc ^{1} . T he <rntohmcentimc l er ;, lhc ck'\."'ro>tU II~ unn of roistivit). and therefore giv~ I stut\olt em with n current dcnsily of Ol'll) 1 esut·m >sec• Thu'
1 JIOhm c m is e q ul\':oknt to I, x 10 • stntohnN:m. T o avotd mmg the ~mtohm"cntimcu~r. one mny
C\'aluatc ( I 71 taktn{! p 1n ohm met er< m on kil osm ms. 11 tn electrons per cuhic meter and<' tn coult•mb
( Vor~ The most important formulas. constants
and con,er
ion
fa<1t>r.> from Clwptcr
I and :! are 'urn·
~mtn7ed tn Appendi\ A I
_{1}_{0}
Chapt ('r I ' I he Dr udr Throry of \I eiah
Table 1.3
O RLDE REL,\ \ATION T I' I ES IN L;oo.;JTS O F 10
•• SECO:'o.D·
El.f\le7
Lt
77K
7.3
273 K
0 .88
_{3}_{7}_{3} _{K}
0 61
Na 
I 7 
3.2 
K 
18 
4.1 
Rb 
14 
2 .8 
Cs 
8.Co 
2.1 

Cu 
21 
2.7 
1.9 

Ag 
_{2}_{0} 
4.0 
2.8 

Au 
12 
3.0 
2.1 

Be 
0 .51 
0.27 

_{M}_{g} 
_{6}_{.}_{7} 
_{I} 
_{I} 
0.7l 

Ca 
2.2 
1.5 

Sr 
1.4 
0.44 

Ba 
_{o}_{.}_{c}_{m} 
0 .19 

Nb 
2.1 
0.42 
0_13 

Fe 
_{3}_{.}_{2} 
0.:!4 
0.14 

Zn 
2.4 
0.49 
O.J.:l 

Cd 
2.4 
0.56 

Hg 
0 .71 

AI 
6.5 
0.80 
0 .55 

Ga 
0.84 
017 

In 
I 
7 
0.38 
0.25 

n 
0 .91 
0 .22 
0 . 1s 

_{S}_{n} 
_{1}_{.}_{1} 
0.23 
0. 15 
_{•} 

Pb 
0.57 
0 .14 
0.099 

Bi 
0.072 
0.023 
0 .0 16 

Sb 
0.27 
0.055 
0.036 
" Relaxation times are calculated from the dllta in Tabks 1.1 and 1.2. and Eq. (1.8). "I he slight ternpcmiUre dependence of u i:. Ignored.
is spatially umform but timedepeudent. Both of these cases arc most simply dealt wi th by the fo llowing observation :
At any time t the ave rage electrome velocity v ts just p( t)/ 111, where p IS the roral momentum per elect ron. Hence the current density rs
.
J =
nep(t)
(1.9)
G1ven that the momentum per electron IS p(r) at time r,let us calculate the momentum per electron p(t + dt) an mfinitesimal ttme dt later. An electron taken at random at
trme 1 will have a coll ision before timet + dt, with probability dt/ r , and wJ!I therefore survive to time L + dr without suffcnng a colltsion with probability 1  dt /r. If tt experiences no collision, however, it s1mply evoh·cs unde r the mfluence or the fo rce
uniform electric ;md/or magnetic fields! and will therefore
f (r) (due to the spatially
Hall Uffi:l and M a~:netoresistance II
acquire an additional momentum ^{1}^{2} ftr) dr  0 {dr) ^{2} _{•} The contribution of all those electrons that do not collide between t and t + dt to the momentum per electron at timet + dt is the fraction (l  dtl c) they constitute of all electrons, times their a\·erage momentum per electron, p( r) + f( r)dt + 01Jr) ^{2} _{.}
t he con t rtbution to Pl t + dt) from those electrons
that do undergo a coll ision in
Thus neglecting fo r the moment
the time between t and 1 +
dt,
we ha ve ^{1} ^{3}
p (r +de)=
( 1 ~)[pill + f(t)dt + Oldt) ^{2} _{]}
= p(t) (~)ptt)+ f(t)dt + O(cltf .
_{1}_{1}_{.}_{1}_{0}_{)}
The correction to (1.10) due to those electrons that haxe had a collision in the
intervale tor + dt is only of the ordcrof(drJ ^{1} _{.} To see this, first note that s uch electrons constitute a fraction dtfr of the total numbc:r of electrons. Furthermore, since the electr on ic velocity (and momentum) is randomly directed immediatdy after a col lis ion, each such e lectron wi ll cont ribute to the average momentum p(r + Jrl on ly to the extent that it has acquired momentum from the force f since its last collision.
acquired over a time no longer than dr. and is therefore of o rde r
Such momentum is
f(r)dt. Thus lhe correction to (1.101 is of order (dr 'r )f(t ldr. and de>es not affect the terms of linear order inch. We may therefore'' rite:
p( r + dt)
p(t) =

_{(} dt)
~
pftl + f(r)dt
,
O(drl.
.
(1.11)
where the contribution of all electrons to pit + dt) is accounted for. Dividing this by dt and taking the limit as dt + 0, we find
d p(l) =
dr

p ill
r
+ f(r ).
( 1.12)
This sim ply states that the effect o f individua l electron collisions is to introduce a frictional damping term into the equation of motion for the momentum per electron. W e now apply (1 .12} to several cases of interest.
HALL EFFECT AND MAGNETORESISTANCE
l n 1879 E. H. Hall tried to determine whether the fo rce experienced by a current carrying wire io a magnetic field was exerted oo the whole wire or only upon lwhat we would now call) the moving e lectro ns in the wire. H e suspected it was the latter, and his experiment was based on the argument that "if the current of electricity in a fixed conductor is itself attracted by a magnet, the current should be drawn to one side or the wire, and therefore the resistance experienced should be increased:·t' His
^{1}^{2} By O(dr) ^{1} we mean a term of the orde( of (dr}'.
u 1f the force on the electrons is not the same for every dectron. (1. 10) will rem uin valid pro,·ided that we interpret f as the ow!rogf! fo rce per ei~:Ctron.
••
Am . J . M01h 2. 287 ( 1879}.
12
Chapter 1 The Orude Throry of J\letals
efforts to detect this extra resistance were unsuccessful, ^{1}^{5} but Hall did not regard this
as conclusive:
so. It is evident that in this case there wou ld exist a s tate of stress in the conductor.
This state of stress
should appear as a transverse voltage (known today as the Hall voltage), which Hall was able to observe. J laJI's expenmeot is depicted in Frgure 1.3. An electric field £,. is applied to a wire extending in the xdircctton and a current density j,. flows in the wire. In addition, a magnetic field H points in Lhc pos itive zdircction. As a result the Loremz force"'
the electricity pressing, as it were, toward one side of the wtrc
magnet may te11d t o de fl ect the current w tt hout being able to do
The
e
 v x H
c
(1.13)
acts to deflect electro ns m Lhe negative ydircction (an electron's dnft velocity is opposite to the current flow). However the electrons cannot move very far in the ydtrectton before running up against the stdcs of the wire. As they accumulate there, an electric field bllllds up in the ydtrcction that opposes their motion and their further accumu lation. In equilibrium this transverse fie ld (or H all field)£,. wi ll balance the LorenLZ force, and current will flow only in th e xdtrcction.
^{z}
y
H
/"7"J,
Figure 1.3
Schematic ' icv. of Hairs eJtperimcnt.
There a re two quantities of interest. One is the rati o of the field a long. the wi re £, to the current density ix·
piHI =
£,
.
),.
.
(1.l4)
This is the magnetorcsistance. ^{1} ^{7} which Hall found to be fieldindependent. The other
is the size of the tram.verse field Er
expect it to be proportional both to the applied field H and to the current along the
Since it balances the Lorentz force, one might
The increase m resoslllncc {kno" n a" the rn<t!!OCtor~istancc)does occur . "• \\e shall sec 10 Chapters 12 ;Jnd I 3. The Drudc model. howc"er predicrs Hall's null result.
^{1}^{0} When dealinJ:! with nonmagnetic {or weukly magnetic) mu tcnliiS. we shall a lwa}·s call the field H . the difference bct\\cen B and H being extremely ~mall
' M ore pre<:i~cly. ol ~~ the transverse mu@ncton:sistance . There IS a l so a l on!! olu dina l magnclo rc:soslance_ measured w1th the magncuc field parallel 10 the current .
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HaU Effec1 and Magnecorcsis1ance
13
wireJ• . One therefore defines a quantity known as the H a ll coefficient by
•
Ey
RH = j,H·
Note that since the Hall field is in the negative ydirection (Figure 1.3),
(1.15)
RH shou ld
be negative. If, o n the other hand, the charge carriers were positive, then the sign of
their xvclocity would be reversed, and the Lorentz force would therefore be un changed. As a consequence the Hall field would be opposite to the direction it has fo r negatively charged carriers. This is of great importance, for it means that a measure.
ment of the Ha ll field dete rmines the sign o f the charge carriers. Ha ll's original data agreed with the sign of the electronic charge tater determined by Thomson. One of the remarkable aspects of the Hall effect, however, is that in some metals the Halt coefficient is positive, suggest ing that the carriers have a charge o pposite to that of the elect ron. This is another mystery "'hose solution had to av.a it the full quantum theory of solids. In this chapter '"'e shall conSider only the stmple Drude model analysis, wh ich though incapable o faceouming for positive Hall ooellidents. is often in fairly good agreement with experiment. T o calculate the Hall coefficient and magnetoresistance we first fi nd the curren t densities j x and jy in the presence o f a n electric field With arbi tra ry components Ex
, a nd in the presence o f a magnetic field H along the zaxis. The (positiOn
independent) fo rce acting o n each e lect ron is r = e(F: + ' x H/c), and therefore Eq. (1 . 12) fo r the momentum per e lectron bccomcst ^{8}
and
^{E} 1
dp =
dt
 e (E + R x H) 
me
~
_{t}
(1.16)
In the steady state the current is independent of time, and therefore Px and p _{1} \\>ill satisfy
where
0 
= 
 e E " 
 m,p _{1}  

0 
= 
e E _{1} 
+ w,.p 
 
m, =
eH
.
me
p,.
,
T
Pr

t
.
(1.17)
(1.18)
We multiply these equations by  mn/m and introduce the current densrty com ponents through (1.4) to find
unE.x =
uo£ _{1} 
m,rj,. + f •. m,Tjx + j,.,
(
1.1 9)
where a _{0} is just the Drude model DC conductivity in the absence of a magnetic field, given by (1.6).
" Note that the Lorentz Ioree IS n ot the same for each electron since it depends on th~ elect rome
veloci t y ' · Therefore the force r in (I 12) is to be wken as the a\·crage force p¢r ck
:tron
IM!e Footm>tc 13)
llecause. however. the force depends on the electron on which ll acts only throu&h a term linear in the
electron's ' 'elocity. th e average force IS obUhncd simply by replacing that .elodt.t by th e uver~ge velocit~.
p,'m.
14 Chapter I The Drude Theory of Metals
The Hall field El is determined by the requi rement that there be no transverse current j _{1} _{•} Setting Ir to zero in the second eq uation of ( 1.19) we find that
£)_= _ (WcT)j"=
a
0
_
(
H )jx
nee
Therefore the HaU coefficient (1.15) is
R,
=
_{}
_{•}
nee
(1. _{2} 0)
(1.21)
This 1s a \' C:ry striking result. for it asserts that the HaU cocmcic:nt depends on no parameters of the metal except the density of carriers. Since we have already calcu Lated n assuming that the atomic valence e lectrons become the metallic conduction electrons. a measurement of the Hall constant provides a direct test of the validity of this assumption. r n tr~ing to extract the electron density 11 from measured H all coefficients one is faced with the problem t hat. contrary to the prediction of ( 1. 211. they generally do depend on magnetic field. Furthermore, they depend on tempctaturc and on the care with which the sample has been prepared. This result is somewhat unexpected, since the relar.ation time r. which can depend strongly on temperature and the condition of the sample. docs no t appear in ( 1.21 ). H owever. at very low temperatures in very pure. carefully prepared samples at very high fields. the measured Hall constants do appear to approach a limiting value. The more elaborate theory of Chapters 12 amll3
predicts that for many (but not a U) metal s this limiting value is precisely the simp le
Drude result
Some Hall coefficients at high and moderate fields are listed in Table 1.4·. Note the occurrence of cases in which R _{1}_{1} is actually positive, apparently corresponding
to carriers "ith a positive charge. A striking example of observed field dependence
totally unexplained by D r ude theory is shown in Figure
( 1.2 1).
1.4.
The Drude result confmns Hall's observation that the resistance does nor depend on field, for when j). = 0 (as is the case in the steady state when the Hall field has been
established), tile first equation of (1.19) reduces to ix = a _{0} E". the expected result for the conductivity in zero magnetic field. However, more careful experiments on a variety of metals have revealed that there is a magnetic field dependence to the re sistance. which can be quite dramatic in some ca<;es. Here again the quantum theory of solids is needed to explain why tbe Drude result applies in some metals and to account for some truly extraordinary deviations from it in o thers. Before leaving the subject of DC phenomena in a uniform magnetic field, we note for future applications that the quantity wer is an important, dimensionless mea<;ure
of the strength of a
parallel to E, as in the absence of a magnetic field. In general, however. j is at an angle¢ (known as the HaU angle) to E. where (1.19) gives tan cJ> = WeT· The quantity l'J,. known as the cyclotron frequency. is simply the angular frequency of revolution ^{1}^{9}
magnetic field When w.T is small, Eq. (1.19) gives j very nearly
•• In a uni ronn magnetidield th~orbit or an electron is a spirul along the field whose projc:ction in 11
The an gular frequency w, is determined by the condition that the
plane perpendicular to the field 1s a circle
CCntnpcta l ,u:ccler:ll ion :o, ^{2} r be prO\ idcd by tbe Lorentz rorcc. (<', t )(c:1,1·)H.
^{I}
Ball Effcc:t and Magnetore11istance
1.5
Table 1.4 HALL COEFFICIENTS OF SELECTED ELEMEI'TS IN MODERATE TO HIGH FIELDS"
METAL
VALENCE
_{}
_{l} _{t}_{R} _{1}_{1} _{n}_{e}_{c}
Li 
I 
0.8 
Na 
I 
1.2 
K 
I 
1.1 
Rb 
1 
1.0 
Cs 
I 
0.9 
Cu 
I 
1.5 
Ag 
I 
I.J 
Au 
I 
1. 5 
Be 
2 
0.2 
Mg 
2 
0.4 
ln 
_{3} 
0.3 
Al 
_{3} 
0.3 
• These are roughly the limiting values a.'(SUmL'CI by R _{1}_{1} as the
fi eld becomes very large (o r order I 0 ^{4} G), and the temperature very low. in carefully prepared specimens. The data are quoted in L11e form nofn, where n _{0} is the density for which the Drude form (1.21) agrees with the measured RH : n _{0} =  l / R _{1}_{1} ec. Evidently the alkali metals obey the Drude result re4Sonably well, t he noble metals (Cu. Ag, Au) less well, and the rernaming entries, not at all.
of a free electron in the magnetic field f/ . Thus c.t>cr will be small if electrons complete on ly a small part of a revolution between colli:o>ions. and large if they complete many revolutions. Alternatively, when w,t is small the magnetic field de forms the electronic o r bit s only sligh tly, but when w,t is comparable to unity o r larger, the effect of the magnetic field on the electronic orbits is quite drastic. A useful numerir.al evaluauon of the cyclotron frequency is
can
can
vc (I 0 ^{9} hertz) =
2.80 x H (kilogauss),
_{W}_{e}
_{=}
_{2}_{n}_{v}
_{(}_{1}_{.}_{2}_{2}_{)}
Figure 1.4 The quantity n _{0} fn
1 /R _{1}_{1} 11ec, for aluminum, as
a function of w.t. The free
electron dem;iry n is based on
a nominal chemical valence
of 3. The h1gh
suggests only one earner per primitive cell, with a positive charge. (From R. Luck, Phys.
Suu. Sol. 18 . 49 (1966).)
field value
100
1000
10
_{}_{0}_{3}_{3}_{~}_{}_{}_{}_{}_{}_{}_{}_{}_{}_{}_{}_{} _{}_{}_{}_{}_{}_{}_{}_{}_{}_{}
•
16
Chapter I The Drucie Theory of Metals
AC ELECI'RICAL CONDUCTIVITY OF A METAL
T o calculate the current induced in a metal by a timedependent electric field, we write Lhc field in the form
E( t)
=
Re (E(w)e ^{1} "'').
_{(} _{1}_{.}_{2}_{3}_{)}
Th e equation of mo t ion ( 1.1 2) for the momentum per elect ron becomes
dp

dt
=

p

"C

eE.
We seck a steadystate solution of the form
p(t) =
Re (p(w)e  ^{1} "'').
(1.24)
(1.25)
Substituting the complex p and E into ( 1.24), which must be satisfied by both the real and imaginary parts of any complex solution. we find that p(m) must satisfy

irop(w) =

p(ro)
r

eE(w).
Since j =  nepj m, the current density is just
j(r)

j(w) =
Re (j(w)l! ^{1} "" ),
nep{w)
(ne ^{2} /m)E{w)

m (1 / r)

iw ·
One customarily writes this result as
j(w) =
o(w)E({I)),
(J .26)
(1.27)
_{(}_{1}_{.}_{2}_{8}_{)}
•
where o(w). known as the frequen cydependent (or AC) conductivi ty, is given by
o(w) =
1

oo
.
•
IWT
_{<}_{r}_{o} _{=}
_{m}
(L29)
Note Lhat this correctl y reduces to the D C D rude result (1.6) a t zero frequency. The m ost important application of this result is to the propagation of electro magnetic radiation in a metal. It m igbt appear that the assumptio ns we made to derive ( L29) wou ld render it inapplicable to this case, since (a) the E field in an electro magnetic wave is accompanied by a perpendicular magnetic field H of the same magnitude, ^{2}^{0} which we have not included in (1.24). and {b) the fields in a n electro magnetic wave vary in space as well as time. whereas Eq. ( I.J 2) was derived by assuming a spatially uniform force. The first complication can always be ignored. It leads to an additional term  ep/mc x H in ( 124), which is smaller than the term in E by a factor t"/C, where t" is the magnitude of the mean electr onic velocity. But even in a currem as large as I amp/mm ^{2} _{•} v = j f ne •s on ly of order 0. 1 cm,'sec. H ence the term in the magnetic::
field is typically 10 ^{1}^{0} of the term in the electric field and can quite correctly be ignored.
><>
One uf I h e m o rt: appealing features of CGS units.
AC [lecuical Conducthit~ or a l\lctal
17
The second point raises more serious questions. Equation (1.12) was derived by assuming that at any t1me the same force acts on each electron, which is not the case if the electric field vanes in space. Note, however. that the current density at point r is entirely determined by what the electric field has done to each electron at r since its last collision . This last collision. in the overwhelming majority of cases, takes pl ace no more than a few mean free paths away from r. Therefore if the field does not vary appreciably over d1stances comparable to the electronic mean free path. we may correctly calculate j (r. r). the current density at pomt r, by taking the field everywhere in space to be given b} its value E(r, r) at the point r. The result,
jtr. <r)) = G(t:.~)f.(r, en).
_{(} _{1}_{.}_{3}_{0}_{)}
is therefore va l id whenever the wavelength ). of the field is large compared t o the electronic mean free path f . This is ordinarily satisfied in a metal by visible light (whose wavelength is of the order of 10 ^{3} to J{)1 AI. When iris not satisfied, one must resort to socalled nonlocal theories, of greater complexity. Assuming, then, that the wavelength is large compared to the mean free path, we may proceed as follows : in the presence of a specified current density j we may write Maw>ell' s equations as! ^{1}
v . E =
0:
~
. H
=
0:
4n.
v X
E =
I cE
H = J +
C
c
Ct
^{I} ^{C}^{H}
'
C<l
~
(1.31)
We look for a solution with time dependence e •w. noting that in a metal we can write j in terms of E \IJ 11 .28) . \\ e then find
or
v X
(V
X
_,
El =
~E
_


w~

cz
•
VE =
(
1 +
iw

c
'
X
4nicr) E
(:)
H
=
i(!) (4mr

('
("
E 
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