Fermi-Dirac statistics

behaviour of many identical fermions, particles with half-integer spin

Fermi-Dirac statistics is a branch of quantum statistics. It is named after Enrico Fermi and Paul Dirac. It is used to describe the macroscopic state of a system which is made of many simliar particles (Fermions). One example is to describe the state of electrons in metals and semimetals, to describe electrical conductivity.

Fermi-Dirac statistics makes the following assumptions:

  • None of the states of the particles can hold more than one particle (known as Pauli exclusion principle)
  • Exchanging a particle for another similar particle will not lead to a new state, but will give the same state (known as Identical particles)

The Fermi distribution tells with what probability, a Fermi gas, at a given temperature and energy level, will have a particle in the given state.