Energy Scales for Noise Processes in Metals

P. Dutta*, P. Dimon, P. M. Horn

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We ascribe the excess noise in metals to random fluctuations with thermally activated characteristic times. From the known temperature dependence of the magnitude of the noise in Ag we infer a narrow distribution of activation energies that peaks in the vicinity of 1 eV. Frequency power laws close to f-1 are deduced and the small variations with temperature are consistent with observations. The predicted spectrum, like the observed one, has an apparent power-law nature throughout the frequency region accessible to experiment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)646-649
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number9
StatePublished - 1979

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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