Drude model: Deriving the Conductivity and Permittivity of Metals
The Drude model explains the electrodynamic properties of metals. The simple approach is to regard the conduction band electrons as non-interacting electron gas and yields a fairly accurate description of metals like silver, gold or aluminium.
The Faraday Rotation - How an Electron Gas and a Magnetic Field Rotate a Plane Wave
In The Dispersion Relation of a Magnetized Plasma we found that a magnetic field alters the dispersion relation differently for left and right polarized light passing through a plasma. But what about a linear polarized wave? The emerging effect is termed the "Faraday Rotation" and has numerous applications. Find out what we can learn about the cosmos and graphene using this effect.