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Topic: SVP Notes
Section: Electron Gas
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The extremely small size of electrons enables them to travel more or less freely throughout the whole of the metal crystal. In this connection, the latter may be regarded as a space lattice of neutral atoms and positive ions in an atmosphere of an "electron gas." Since each of the structural elements of the metallic crystal is not linked preferentially with any other, the crystal as a whole is a gigantic single particle.