The development of the quantum mechanical electron theory of metals: 1900-28

@article{Hoddeson1980TheDO,
  title={The development of the quantum mechanical electron theory of metals: 1900-28},
  author={Lillian Hoddeson and Gordon Baym},
  journal={Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. A. Mathematical and Physical Sciences},
  year={1980},
  volume={371},
  pages={23 - 8}
}
  • L. Hoddeson, G. Baym
  • Published 10 June 1980
  • Physics
  • Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. A. Mathematical and Physical Sciences
The development of the electron theory of metals from Drude’s free electron picture to Bloch’s quantum mechanical treatment of electrons in crystal lattices reflects in structure the evolution of quantum mechanics itself. As in that development, the steps leading to the quantum theory of metals may be divided into three periods: classical, 1900-26; semi-classical, 1926-8; and modern, late 1928 onwards. The classical period was dominated by the model of Drude and Lorentz in which a metal… 
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