Semiconductor-metal transitions

  • T. M. Rice
Phase Transition
Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 57)


The theory of the semiconductor-metal transition is reviewed. The study of electron-hole fluid has shed new light on the problem and revived the old idea that the long-range Coulomb force makes the semiconductor-metal transition inrinsically first order. Recent theoretical work supports the idea of separate liquid-gas and metal-nonmetal critical points in the electron-hole fluid in germanium.


Ground State Energy Metallic Phase Random Phase Approximation Orbital Degeneracy Excitonic Insulator 
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  • T. M. Rice
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  1. 1.Bell LaboratoriesMurray HillU.S.A.

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