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A Magnetic Study of the Metallic State and the Fermi-Dirac Statistics

Naturevolume 134pages774775 (1934) | Download Citation



IT was a signal contribution to the chance of an experimental test of the Fermi-Dirac statistics when Bloch1 included the interaction of the electrons and the lattice in the representation of a metal. This representation is much nearer to actual metals than an abstraction such as a free electron gas. Fortunately, the theory leads to a paramagnetism of the metal electrons, which does not differ radically from the paramagnetism of free electrons, approximating the latter as the binding between the positive ions and electrons becomes weaker.

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  1. 1

    F. Bloch, Z. Phys., 53, 216; 1929.

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    W. Pauli, Jr., Z. Phys., 41, 81; 1927.

  3. 3

    L. Farkas (Z. phys. Chem., A, 161, 355; 1932) has made a theoretical study of these conductivities.

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  1. George Herbert Jones Laboratory, University of Chicago

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