# Drude model

1. Nov 4, 2013

### aaaa202

As far as I understand: In the Drude model we take the electron to be moving in a random direction after each collision (*), such that the mean velocity is simply the average of -eEt/m, which is just -eEτ/m, where τ is the relaxation time.
But Im very confused about this basic assumption (*), if the electron has a velocity in the direction of the field and suffers collision with another electron, it does not seem likely that the direction of the velocity of the 2 electrons after collision will be completely random.

2. Nov 4, 2013

3. Nov 5, 2013

### aaaa202

That was quite helpful. Now I don't suppose you could help me interpreting another
l) states that the equation for the displacement of a Fermi sphere is (all h's are hbars):
h(d/dt + 1/τ)δk = F
Now Newtons law for a completely free electron is:
hdk/dt = F
Why have they put in a δk, and how is the equation to be interpreted? Does it represent the motion of the Fermi sphere in steady state?

4. Nov 5, 2013

### UltrafastPED

Probably the variation of k ...

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