Obtaining the Drude Equation for Electrons in Metals Using a Fractional Variational Principle

13 Jan 2020  ·  Mora Luis Fernando Mora ·

A fractional variational principle was derived in order to be used with lagrangians containing fractional derivatives of order 1/2. By forcing the action associated to this type of lagrangian to be stationary, a modified fractional Euler-Lagrange equation was obtained... This was shown to reproduce the equations of motion of two basic 1-dimensional energy-dissipative systems: a spring-mass system damped by friction, and a RLC circuit connected in series. Finally, by using the fractional Euler-Lagrange equation, the Drude relationship for electrons in metals was recovered when a fractional kinetic energy was taken into consideration in the electron's associated energies. read more

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