Free Electrons and Heat Capacity


The quantum theory of the free-electron model resolves the heat capacity paradox, that is, the apparent absence of electron contribution to heat capacity.


Heat Capacity Free Electron Fermi Energy Molar Heat Capacity Momentum State 


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    A. Sommerfeld, Zeits. f. Physik 47, 1 (1928).CrossRefADSGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversity at Buffalo, The State University of New YorkBuffaloUSA
  2. 2.Research DivisionThe National Center for University Entrance ExaminationsTokyoJapan

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