Electrical resistivity of alkali metals: Inflation-deflation effect of Fermi surface

A. Ben Abdellah, K. Bouziane*, S. M. Mujibur Rahman, B. Grosdidier, J. G. Gasser

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The electrical resistivity of liquid alkali metals was calculated using the extended Ziman formula. The possible role of Fermi surface (FS) inflation-deflation (ID) was examined. The calculations reveal that replacing the sharp free electron FS by the expanded (respectively, contracted) one substantially improves the results. This was achieved directly by considering a FS correction factor of the Fermi radius and indirectly by a shift in the muffin-tin zero (MTZ) of the potential from its initial values. Consequently, a correlation between the shift of the MTZ of the potential and the FS factor parameter is revealed. The role of this correlation might contribute to a better understanding of the electron transport properties of other liquid metals and their alloys.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)885-893
Number of pages9
JournalPhilosophical Magazine
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2009


  • Electrical resistivity
  • Fermi surface
  • Inflation-deflation effect
  • Liquid alkali metal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics


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