Are electrons of any conductor really free ? I mean are they always already moving or do they move only when electrostatic field of some sort is applied across them. I suppose if they were always moving each and every conductor must have some varying magnetic field around it at all times which though negligible musy be detected. Is that really so ? Or are the so called free electrons not really free ?
Also is there some other experiment which i do not know about by which we have already proven that they are always moving ? does it take into account the earths and other electric fields which may be causing that movement ?
Addendum : the question is not duplicate of Are free electrons in a metal really free as that post talks about ease of electrons to interact with external fields, my question is about the nature of motion of electrons in absense of external field interference as in are electrons in free motion even when they are not under the influence of any electromagnetic field.