Effect of interactions on determination of Fermi surfaces

Edward A. Stern

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The effect of both electron-electron and electron-phonon interactions on a degenerate electron gas in a uniform positive background is considered. It is shown that when electron-electron interactions alone are considered the free-electron mass is still measured by cyclotron resonance, the Faraday effect, and optical constants. However, the period of the de Haas-van Alphen oscillations is changed from what one calculates neglecting interactions and is changed in the same way that the specific heat is. When electron-phonon interactions are added everything changes. In particular, it is shown that the cyclotron mass is no longer the free value, and the de Haas-van Alphen period and the specific heat are changed in different ways. Comparison with measurements on aluminum which approximates the model used shows that both electron-phonon and electron-electron effects are important and of the same magnitude.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1773-1780
Number of pages8
JournalPhysical Review
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1961
Externally publishedYes


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