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definition of Hamiltonian in statistics

Is there any advantage to use $\hat H-\mu \hat N$ instead of $\hat H$ as the hamiltonian in statistical mechanics?
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What is the $D_{x^2-y^2}$ symmetry/channel/instabilitied referred to with regards to super-conductivity?

I have been reading various articles on Renormalization group where they compute the flow of some parameter which becomes increasingly attractive and then say that parameter is responsible for Cooper ...
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Why do we assume electrons experience lattice potentials in solids?

Why don't we assume the protons wave function spreads out uniformly and just provides a uniform background potential?
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Resistance of a cloud of free electron gas by Kubo formula?

How much is the resistance of a cloud of free electron gas, if at all? How much is the resistance of a cloud of free electrons in a periodic potential? Did anyone calculate it using the Kubo ...
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How to write electron hole Hamiltonian into quasi-boson form?

V Chernyak, Wei Min Zhang, S Mukamel, J Chem Phys Vol. 109, 9587 (can be freely downloaded here http://mukamel.ps.uci.edu/publications/pdfs/347.pdf ) Eq.(2.2), Eq. (B1) Eq.(B4)-(B6). When I substitue ...
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e-e scattering time in graphene

I think its worth writing my second question in this post as a separate one. In normal Fermi liquid, the electron-electron scattering time $\tau_{e-e}$ is about: $$ \tau_{e-e} \approx \frac{\hbar ...
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Why do we use the Einstein Solid for the heat capacity of metals at high T?

I am not sure how to best formulate this question, but see the title? What physical reason (or what equation can I look at) to see that, at high temperatures, all the electrons will oscillate with the ...
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Topological order and entanglement in quantum quench problem

I would like to ask about useful reviews, must-read papers on the study of topological order and entanglement in quantum quench problems that give a good introduction to the topic.
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Ewald summation without repeating one particle periodically?

I need to perform an Ewald summation for a Brownian Dynamics simulation. In the normal Ewald summation procedure, all particles in the simulation box are periodically repeated in the neighbouring ...
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Time-independence of Hamiltonian of atomic chain

In the first chapter of Atland and Simons book he gives the Hamiltonian of the atomic chain $$ H[\pi,\phi] = \int dx \Bigg(\frac{\pi^2}{2m} + \frac{k_sa^2}{2}(\partial_x\phi)^2\Bigg) $$ After ...
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What is the viscosity difference between a solid and a liquid

The pitch drop experiment, for example, shows bitumen as a liquid, even though it appears to be a solid, and then there is the "glass: solid or liquid" debate. Is there a numerical value in viscosity ...
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Would I get a shock from a Weyl fermion?

I know this is only just a new discovery. I assume this new quasi particle is a form of what "electricians" call current. I wonder though if it is more like AC or DC when it comes to touching the ...
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How is superconducting coherence length measured in experiment?

In a superconductor, the coherence length measure the mean distance between two electrons in the Cooper pair. How is the coherence length experimentally measured?
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Excitation spectrum of heisenberg model

I understand that ferromagnetic Heisenberg model (lattice of spin variables that can point in any direction) spectrum can be deduced by a $\lambda\phi^4$ theory with $\phi$ being complex. This model ...
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Why does not the bare interaction potential appear in the Bogoliubov theory?

They use some effective potential defined by the s-wave scattering length, but not the bare atom-atom interaction $V(r)$. Why? It is standard practice in second quantization to use the bare ...
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e-e scattering rate in normal fermi liquid and in graphene

In Ashcroft/Mermin's solid state physics, in equation (17.64) they argued that: We expect from lowest-order perturbation theory (Born approximation) that $\tau$ will depend on the ...
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Localized zero modes and chiral symmetry in graphene

In the simplest model for graphene, the nearest-neighbour model, there is an unphysical symmetry, called chiral (or sublattice) symmetry in the literature. In the nearest-neighbour model, the Bloch ...
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Chern number of a two-level system

The bulk of my question relates to a two-level system, but I have some questions about the Chern number in general as well. The Chern number of a gapped periodic system (free fermions or mean field) ...
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Why are band maxima / minima often (always?) at high-symmetry points?

(inspired by this question.) In every semiconductor that I can think of, the valence band maximum and conduction band minimum are at a high-symmetry point in the Brillouin Zone (BZ). Often the BZ ...
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About the definition of the spin current

People have been talking about the spin current for a while. But there is a fundamental problem. Unlike charge, or mass, spin is not conserved. Let us take the 1d spin-1/2 Heisenberg chain as an ...
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Connection between bond-dimension of a matrix product state and entanglement

The bond dimension is the dimension of the truncated matrix product state (MPS). Let us assume that I am simulating some many-body system with high entanglement via the density matrix renormalization ...
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When metal solidified, why is its surface not flat like polished?

I expect that what one can see on the outside of a just solidified piece of metal is just the "raw" surface of the inner stucture. Solidifying metals or alloys arranges in partial christal latices ...
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Is interaction a relevant perturbation for 1d Anderson localization of fermions?

Disorder is a relevant perturbation in 1d, which drives the system to Anderson localization. My question is if I am already at the Anderson localization fixed point, how to analyze the scaling ...
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Superconductor in a parallel vs perpendicular magnetic field

My question concern's the huge difference in critical fields regarding a thin superconductor(SC) which is surrounded by a magnetic field. lets imagine the SC is a thin film in the x-y Plane: Applying ...
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Gauge invariance of classical XY spin model

I am trying to understand gauge invariance as it is applied to a XY model Any ideas if it is in fact gauge invariant? Examples of how it is or isn't would be very helpful. If it is not gauge ...
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Hopping on a lattice?

Usually hopping on a lattice written as $$H=-tc_i ^{\dagger} c_{i+1} + h.c$$ where $t$ represent hopping amplitude When we consider hopping on a lattice than, Do we need at least the empty orbitals ...
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How are lattice parameters determined from reciprocal space maps?

It seems that the papers speak of reciprocal space maps with very high praise because of its ability to study strain in epitaxial films and determine the amount of relaxation. Also one can determine ...
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Chemical potential of Cooper pairs

Consider a BCS Hamiltonian with an additional term that reads: $i\mu c_k^+c_{-k}^+ + H.c$. What is the meaning of $\mu$? How one can write this term in real space, and does this term show up in the ...
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physics of the beaker experiment for superfluid helium

here is an illustration and explanation of the beaker experiment over superfluid helium: So, according to this experiment, can anyone say what is the cause? I mean the superfluids are disconnected ...
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Has a phonon, a formal quasi-particle, ever been observed as a point particle?

Phonons are a nice tool to simplify the quantum-mechanical description of lattice vibrations by identifying the ladder operator of normal modes as creation operators of a certain quasi-particle. In ...
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What is the theory behind spin-transfer torque?

I would like to get a layman's understanding of STT (Spin-transfer torque). By that I mean I don't have time to understand the mathematical and exact physical theory, but I would still very much like ...
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How is spring steel so hard?

The mechanical properties of a steel object are influenced by the metal composition, the manufacturing process, and the final heat treatment of the object. Spring steel is a steel that was heat ...
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Parent hamiltonian of AKLT state

Given a translationally invariant Matrix Product State (assuming periodic boundary condition) on $N$ sites of dimension $d$ each, which takes the form $\sum_{i_1,i_2\ldots ...
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Normal coordinates for harmonic approximation (classical lattice vibration)

I am reading Jenő Sólyom's "Fundamentals of the Physcs of Solids" vol. 1. and i am very much stuck at this point (chapter 11.3.2 in the book): In the harmonic approximation the potential energy of a ...
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Ground state symmetry breaking in Bose-Hubbard model with spin-orbit coupling

The Hamiltonian for 2D Bose-Hubbard model with spin-orbit coupling on a square lattice is written as $ H = -t\sum_{\langle ij \rangle}\Psi_i^{\dagger}\Psi_j^{\vphantom{\dagger}} + ...
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Wigner-Dyson vs Poisson level statistics in MBL effective Hamiltonian

Many-body localization (MBL) has been a hot topic recently. It was proposed that the MBL system can be describe by the following fixed-point Hamiltonian ...
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How does Kohn's theorem demonstrate that a rotating microwave field can only connect the ground state with the cyclotron mode?

This is a follow-up question to Proof of Kohn's theorem. I am confused about a point in the answer given by @NowIGetToLearnWhatAHeadIs. It is noted that the perturbing Hamiltonian in Equation 12 ...
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How do I evaluate the angular momentum of the wave function?

I'm working with Bose-Einstein condensates and running a 2D single component Gross-Pitaevskii equation solver for the simulations in MATLAB. The way it works is that it numerically solves the GP ...
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Reciprocal Plane diagram of body-centered cell?

I was reading that the reciprocal lattice of a body-centered cell (BCC) is simply the face-centered cell(FCC), right? Would each of the reciprocal lattice vectors be the FCC lattice vectors, but with ...
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What is the difference between primary and non primary order parameter?

I found that antiferomagnet has non-primary order parameter and I don't know what is the main feature of (non-)primary order parameter?
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Definition of Topological Order in terms of categories

I have a question regarding the definition of topological order as defined in Wen's review article http://www.hindawi.com/journals/isrn/2013/198710/. Is the distinction between boundary-gapped ...
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Topological superconductors: what is the role of spin-orbit coupling? Are there topological non-trivial states without spin-orbit?

Let's say I have a one-dimensional system with particle-hole symmetry and with broken time-reversal symmetry. As a consequence, the chiral symmetry is also broken in this case (the chiral symmetry ...
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How to determine film thickness in a multilayer sample

What is the mathematical derivation or formula to determine thickness of each film in a multilayer sample with the help of X-Ray Reflectivity technique?
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Convert discrete sum to principal integral

I'm studying IQHE beginning with Laughlin's famous gauge argument. I referred to his Nobel Lecture, in which he mentioned a paper that enlightened him. It is Phys.Rev.B.23.5632(1981) which talked ...
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Entanglement between the electrons in the Laughlin wave function

Consider the $1/3$-Laughlin wave function $$ \Psi \propto \exp \left(-\sum_i |z_i|^2 \right) \prod_{1\leq i<j\leq N} (z_i-z_j)^3 . $$ It cannot be written in the form of a Slater determinant, ...
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Spectral function with negative value

How does one understand a negative value in the spectral function $$\chi=-\mathrm{Im(G)}$$ where $G$ is the Green function and $\chi$ is a spectral function?
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What is the physical origin of van Hove singularity?

I am trying to build physical intuition about van Hove singularities. The density of states for a system with energy dispersion $E_\vec{k}$ is defined as $$ D(E) = \int_{S(E)} \frac{dS}{4\pi^3} ...
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Problem in deriving the second term in perturbation expansion the quantum ising model

So I'm trying to derive the perturbation expansion for one particle states in the quantum ising model (Sachdev 2011 QPTs which this is derived from ) $$ H_I= - J g \sum_i \sigma_i^x - J ...
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If a liquid is compressed enough, would it become solid?

If a liquid were to be compressed so tensely that the particles had no room to move, would it then become a solid? Also, would the same happen with a gas?
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Deformation in the nematic phase of a liquid crystal survived in solid state

Does anyone know if I cool a liquid crystal with a deformed nematic phase quickly it will preserve the deformation in the crystal lattice? I didn't never see that in classical books on liquid ...