# Cyclotron effective mass

1. Mar 28, 2007

### BeauGeste

could anyone elucidate on how Ashcroft and Mermin get
$$\sqrt{\frac{det M}{M_{zz}}}$$
for the cyclotron effective mass (page 571)?
Is this true for all energy contours or only certain ones? And if that's the case which because they don't seem to specify?
thanks.

Last edited: Mar 28, 2007
2. Dec 6, 2009

### drummerguy

It's from problem 12.2 - essentially it's valid near a maximum or minimum in the band (so you get an approximately quadratic dispersion). I haven't solved the problem yet, but I think the comment on page 568/569 about an ellipsoidal constant energy surface is key (in addition to the fact/assumption that the effective mass tensor is symmetric (this assumption is necessary to solve problem 12.3a)).