J. Phys. I France
Volume 6, Numéro 12, December 1996
Page(s) 1711 - 1718
DOI: 10.1051/jp1:1996168
J. Phys. I France 6 (1996) 1711-1718

The Electrodynamics of Low Dimensional Metals

G. Grüner

Department of Physics, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 900095-1547, USA

(Received 3 June 1996, received in final form 15 July 1996, accepted 29 August 1996)

I discuss the unusual electrodynamics observed in the metallic state of various low dimensional metals which at low temperatures develop charge density wave (CDW) and spin density wave (SDW) ground states. In all cases, we observe a low energy mode with a small spectral weight and a finite energy excitation. These results suggest a highly unusual metallic state. The findings will be contrasted with the theoretical models of low dimensional metals.

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