The Mott Metal-Insulator Transition: Models and Methods by Florian Gebhard

By Florian Gebhard

The metal-insulator transition as a result of electron-electron interactions is among the so much celebrated yet least understood difficulties in condensed topic physics. the following this topic is comprehensively reviewed for the 1st time because Sir Nevill Mott's monograph of 1990. A pedagogical creation to the fundamental ideas for the Mott transition, the Hubbard version, and diverse analytical ways to correlated electron structures is gifted. a brand new type scheme for Mott insulators as Mott-Hubbard and Mott-Heisenberg insulators is proposed. conventional equipment are significantly tested for his or her strength to explain the Mott transition. This publication will make a superb reference for scientists gaining knowledge of within the box of electron shipping in condensed matter.

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Electrons with like spin are already kept apart from each other by the Pauli principle, and this in turn reduces their mutual Coulomb interaction. To lowest order in perturbation theory the electron wave functions remain unchanged such that the electron–electron interaction among σ electrons is reduced compared to the interaction between σ and −σ electrons. The corresponding (lowestorder) “energy gain” is called “exchange interaction” [5, Chap. 17]. In atoms the exchange interaction is responsible for the parallel orientation of the electron spins in open shells (Hund’s first rule [5, Chap.

Instead, the polymer is a Peierls insulator with a new unit cell twice as big as the original one. The electron charge-density wave is commensurate with the new lattice structure of alternating short and long bonds. This effect has been proven to persist even in the presence of short-range electron–electron interactions [31]. Lattice deformations and changes in the crystal structure can also be induced by the interaction of electrostatic (crystal) fields with localized electrons. In crystals the angular momentum at the position of an atom is not a good quantum number and corresponding atomic degeneracies are lifted by electrical fields of the surrounding atoms (crystal field effect).

To keep a transparent notation we consider s electrons with spin σ =↑, ↓ and electron density n (n is the ratio of the number of electrons to the number of ions, n = Ne /NI ). In second quantization [89, Chap. 1] we denote the Fermi creation and annihilation operators for σ electrons in position space as ψˆσ+ (r) ˆ σ (r) = ψˆσ+ (r)ψˆσ (r), n ˆ (r) = σ n ˆ σ (r) are the and ψˆσ (r), respectively, and n corresponding particle density operators; see also Sect. 1. 15) where . . denotes a thermal average over the quantum-mechanical states.

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