Life on the edge: A beginner's guide to the Fermi surface

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Abstract

The concept of the Fermi surface is at the very heart of our understanding of the metallic state. Displaying intricate and often complicated shapes, the Fermi surfaces of real metals are both aesthetically beautiful and subtly powerful. A range of examples is presented of the startling array of physical phenomena whose origin can be traced to the shape of the Fermi surface, together with experimental observations of the particular Fermi surface features.
Original languageEnglish
Article number053009
Number of pages13
JournalPhysica Scripta
Volume91
Issue number5
Early online date18 Apr 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2016

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