## Elasticity of an electron liquid

##### Abstract

The zero-temperature response of an interacting electron liquid to a time-dependent vector potential of wave vector q and frequency ω, such that q≪qF, qvF≪ω≪EF/ħ (where qF, vF, and EF are the Fermi wave vector, velocity, and energy, respectively), is equivalent to that of a continuous elastic medium with nonvanishing shear modulus μ, bulk modulus K, and viscosity coefficients η and ζ. We establish the relationship between the viscoelastic coefficients and the long-wavelength limit of the “dynamical local-field factors” GL(T)(q,ω), which are widely used to describe exchange-correlation effects in electron liquids. We present several exact results for μ, including its expression in terms of Landau parameters, and practical approximate formulas for μ, η, and ζ as functions of density. These are used to discuss the possibility of a transverse collective mode in the electron liquid at sufficiently low density. Finally, we consider impurity scattering and/or quasiparticle collisions at nonzero temperature. Treating these effects in the relaxation-time (τ) approximation, explicit expressions are derived for μ and η as functions of frequency. These formulas exhibit a crossover from the collisional regime (ωτ≪1), where μ∼0 and η∼nEFτ, to the collisionless regime (ωτ≫1), where μ∼nEF and η∼0.

##### Citation

Phys. Rev. B 60, 7966-7980 (1999)