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Conductivity vs. Speed

  1. Mar 23, 2010 #1
    Is the conductivity affected by the speed? Let's suppose that one linear conductor is going with c/2 speed which it's axis indicate the direction of speed. What will be the conductivity of this conductor in this case? The conductor will behave as an semiconductor?

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  3. Mar 23, 2010 #2
    There's no such thing as a perfect conductor ; some materials have a very low band gap.
    The band gap ,being the energy difference,obviously changes with speed. (Such shifts have been observed.)
     
  4. Mar 23, 2010 #3

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    This is a rather strange question that will require that you explain yourself a bit more, especially the context. Why would the speed that the conductor is moving affect its conductivity? Is this viewed in the context of special relativity? Or is there a part of solid state physics that you're aiming for?

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  5. Mar 23, 2010 #4
    One of the point view, the electrons will have a bigger mass when the conductor is moving with speeds comparable with c, that could affect the conductivity. Is this point of view correct, taking in consideration the Einstein relativity theory?
     
  6. Mar 23, 2010 #5

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    The increase in "mass" for electrons is very small, even when it gets close to c. We hardly need to do a lot of mass corrections even for electron accelerators. Furthermore, as with any of the physical properties, the only non-ambiguous values are the ones one measures in the rest frame of the object. When we give you all the masses of various elementary particles that you can find in the Particle Data Book, you'll notice that they don't cite at what speed or velocity these are measured.

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