What is the mechanism of metallic conduction

Electrical conduction mechanism

Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering pp 223-297 | Cite as

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In the first considerations about the mechanism of electric flow in Sect.1.1 we use a simple picture of the passage of electricity through solid conductors, especially through metals: The free electrons moving in the conductor move under the influence of the electric field strength except with their own irregular movement the speed v in the direction of the electric field strength \ (\ vec E \). The speed v is the electric field strength E. directly proportional. For the basic consideration of metallic conduction, this idea is sufficient, in which the existence of free electrons is taken as given. We now want to expand it in order to be able to compare the conduction mechanism in solids with the conduction process in semiconductors, in electrolytes, in vacuum and in gases.

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