Electron transport in isotropic thin metal films

V. Halpern

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It is shown that, by a suitable choice of the basis states with respect to which the Boltzmann distribution function is defined, the spatial anisotropy of a film can be incorporated into the Boltzmann transport equation for electrons in a thin film by a surface scattering term instead of by a spatial dependence of the distribution function. This scattering term can often be represented by a surface relaxation time, provided that the only fields present are a uniform electric field in the plane of the film and a uniform magnetic field perpendicular to this plane. A functional form for this relaxation time is proposed, and simple analytic formulae are derived for the electrical conductivity and Hall coefficient of a film subjected to such fields. The dependence of these quantities on the thickness of the film is found to be similar to that predicted by the standard Fuchs-Sondheimer theory.

Original languageEnglish
Article number314
Pages (from-to)608-617
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Physics F: Metal Physics
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1971


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