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Calculate the ratio of the Fermi wavevector to the radius of the largest sphere

  1. Mar 12, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Sodium is, to a good approximation, a monovalent free-electron metal which has the
    body-centred cubic structure.
    (a) Calculate the ratio of the Fermi wavevector to the radius of the largest sphere that
    can be inscribed in the first Brillouin zone. Remember that the reciprocal lattice of bcc
    is fcc, and that the Brillouin zone is the cell formed in reciprocal space by the bisector
    planes of the vectors from the origin to every reciprocal lattice point.
    (b) If the cubic cell side of Sodium is 0.4225 nm, calculate its Fermi energy.
    (c) Calculate the change in the Fermi energy of Sodium per degree temperature rise if
    its linear thermal expansion coefficient is [itex]\alpha[/itex]= 7 × 10[itex]^{-5}[/itex] K[itex]^{-1}[/itex].
    (The linear thermal expansion coefficient is related to the lattice parameter, a, by
    [itex]\frac{da}{dT}[/itex]=[itex]\alpha[/itex]a)

    3. The attempt at a solution

    a) Fermi wavevector:
    k[itex]_{F}[/itex]=[itex]\sqrt{\frac{2}{\pi}}[/itex]([itex]\frac{\pi}{a}[/itex])

    r=[itex]\frac{\pi}{a}[/itex]

    so the ratio is [itex]\sqrt{\frac{2}{\pi}}[/itex]:1

    Is it really as simple as that or have I done something wrong?
     
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