Helicon Propagation in Metals: Quantum Oscillations in Tin

  • W. L. McLean


The propagation of electromagnetic waves through a medium containing free carriers in a magnetic field is discussed in other chapters of this volume. The emphasis there, however, is on the case of high-frequency waves in semiconductors, whereas here we shall be concerned with low-frequency waves in metallic single crystals. The special considerations that arise in this case will be reviewed and illustrated by reference to experiments in tin(1), a metal which exhibits most of the special effects. In addition, the origin of and some deductions from the quantum oscillations observed in the propagation in tin (1,2) will be discussed. An excellent series of papers on many aspects of electromagnetic waves in solids can be found in (3).


Magnetic Field Fermi Surface Conductivity Tensor Quantum Oscillation Open Orbit 
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  • W. L. McLean
    • 1
  1. 1.Rutgers UniversityNew BrunswickUSA

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