Title

MEAN-FIELD AND SPIN-ROTATION PHENOMENA IN FERMI SYSTEMS - THE RELATION BETWEEN THE LEGGETT-RICE AND LHUILLIER-LALOE EFFECTS

Publication Date

1985

Journal or Book Title

JOURNAL DE PHYSIQUE

Abstract

The term in the Boltzmann equation collision integral causing identical-particle spin rotation in the Lhuillier-Laloë (LL) theory of a non-degenerate quantum gas is shown to be equivalent in the dilute limit to the molecular field precessional term giving rise to the Leggett-Rice (LR) effect in a degenerate Fermi system. This equivalence is shown (a) by considering the spin-rotation term at low temperatures and (b) by deriving hydrodynamic equations valid for all temperatures from the Landau-Silin equation in the s-wave approximation. The spin-rotation factor μ resulting from (b) is found to agree with the LR value at low temperatures and with the LL value at high temperatures. The diffusion constant Do that results has the proper low temperature behaviour, including the standard mean-field correction factor ; at high temperatures Do has the LL form times a the mean-field correction factor. The importance of the missing mean-field term is illustrated by showing that it gives rise to second virial corrections to the pressure.

Comments

published version is located at http://jphys.journaldephysique.org/index.php?option=com_article&access=doi&doi=10.1051/jphys:01985004605066300&Itemid=129

Volume

46

Pages

663-671

Issue

5

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