Electrical Conductivity

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electrical conductivity

[ə′lek·trə·kəl ‚kän‚dək′tiv·əd·ē]

Conductivity, Electrical


(or conductivity), a physical quantity equal to the electrical conductance of a cylindrical conductor of unit length and unit cross-sectional area. The relation between conductivity σ and resistivity ρ is given by the equation σ = 1/p. Conductivity is usually measured in units of mho/m or mho/cm. The mho, also called the Siemens, is equal to the reciprocal of the ohm.

electrical conductivity

A measure of the ability of a material to conduct electric current.
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Drude model of the electrical conductivity of metals [1,2], considers that in this medium the free electrons (the electrons in conductors) undergo Brownian motion with an average characteristic time [tau] between collisions.
There are two characteristics linear momenta that we can associate to the free electrons responsible for the electrical conductivity of metals.
Drude formula for the electrical conductivity of metals can be written as 2

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