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author | bnewbold <bnewbold@eta.mit.edu> | 2009-02-09 22:57:02 -0500 |
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diff --git a/physics/quantum/fermigas b/physics/quantum/fermigas new file mode 100644 index 0000000..b91c67c --- /dev/null +++ b/physics/quantum/fermigas @@ -0,0 +1,52 @@ +=============== +Fermi Gas +=============== + +Derivation of the Fermi Energy +--------------------------------- +Consider a crystal lattice with an electron gas as a 3 dimensional infinite +square well with dimensions :m:`$l_{x}, l_{y}, l_z$`. The wavefunctions of +individual fermions (pretending they are non-interacting) can be seperated +as :m:`$\psi(x,y)=\psi_{x}(x)\psi_{y}(y)\psi_{z}(z)$`. The solutions will be +the usual ones to the Schrodinger equation: + +:m:`$$\frac{-\hbar^2}{2m}\frac{d^2 \psi_x}{dx}=E_x \psi_x$$` + +with the usual wave numbers :m:`$k_x=\frac{\sqrt{2mE_x}}{\hbar}$`, and quantum +numbers satisfying the boundry conditions :m:`$k_x l_x = n_x \pi$`. The full +wavefunction for each particle will be: + +:m:`$$\psi_{n_{x}n_{y}n_{z}}(x,y,z)=\sqrt{\frac{4}{l_{x}l_{y}}}\sin\left(\frac{n_{x}\pi}{l_{x}}x\right)\sin\left(\frac{n_{y}\pi}{l_{y}}y\right)\sin\left(\frac{n_{z}\pi}{l_{z}}z\right)$$` + +and the associated energies (with :m:`$E = E_x + E_y + E_z$`): + +:m:`$$E_{n_{x}n_{y}n_z}=\frac{\hbar^{2}\pi^{2}}{2m}\left(\frac{n_{x}^{2}}{l_{x}^{2}}+\frac{n_{y}^{2}}{l_{y}^{2}}+\frac{n_{z}^{2}}{l_{z}^{2}}\right)=\frac{\hbar^2|\vec{k}|^2}{2m}$$` + +where :m:`$|\vec{k}|^2$` is the magnitude of the particle's k-vector in k-space. +This k-space can be imagined as a grid of blocks, each representing a possible +particle state (with a double degeneracy for spin). Positions on this grid have +coordinates :m:`$(k_{x},k_{y},k_z)$` corresponding to the positive integer +quantum numbers. These blocks will be filled +from the lowest energy upwards: for large numbers of occupying particles, +the filling pattern can be approximated as an expanding spherical shell with +radius :m:`$|\vec{k_F}|^2$`. + +Note that we're "over counting" the number of occupied states because the +"sides" of the quarter sphere in k-space (where one of the associated quantum +numbers is zero) do not represent valid states. These surfaces can be ignored +for very large N because the surface area to volume ratio is so low, but the +correction can be important. There will then be a second correction due to +removing the states along the individual axes twice (once for each +side-surface), u.s.w. + +The surface of this shell is called the Fermi surface +and represents the most excited states in the gas. The radius can be derived +by calculating the total volume enclosed: each block has volume +:m:`$\frac{\pi^3}{l_x l_y l_z}=\frac{pi^3}{V}$` and there are N/2 blocks occupied by N +fermions, so: + +:m:`$$\frac{1}{8}(\frac{4\pi}{3} |k_{F}|^{3})&=&\frac{Nq}{2}(\frac{\pi^{3}}{V})\\|k_{F}|&=&\sqrt{\frac{3Nq\pi^2}{V}}^3=\sqrt{3\pi^2\rho}^3$$` + +:m:`$\rho$` is the "free fermion density". The corresponding energy is: + +:m:`$$E_{F}=\frac{\hbar^{2}}{2m}|k_{F}|^{2}=\frac{\hbar^{2}}{2m}\sqrt{3\rho \pi}^3$$` |