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I Fermi Function at High Temperature

  1. Jun 11, 2016 #1
    Hello,

    A question I can't seem to find a simple answer to is, what happens to the Fermi-Dirac distribution at T grows large? Mathematics suggests that it approaches 1/2, like it does when the energy becomes equal to the Fermi energy. Or, are we not allowed to use the F-D distribution for high temperatures and have to use the Boltzmann distribution instead?
     
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  3. Jun 12, 2016 #2

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    The transition, which is sharp for T near 0, broadens and flattens. In the extreme limit, it indeed approaches the constant 1/2. The Fermi-Dirac distribution approaches a Boltzmann distribution when the energy density is low (few particles per state) and the temperature is high.
     
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