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What does Fermi level in the band gap mean?

What does it mean that the Fermi level for some semiconductors lie in the band gap? Is Fermi level definition different from what is know as usual? We define the Fermi level as the highest level of ...
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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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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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1st order phase transition, superheating/supercooling, metastable state

I read that superheating and supercooling characterize 1st order phase transitions in papers. Some of them also use the metastable state at the same time as the superheating/supercooling. Are ...
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Rigorous distinction between quasiparticles and collective excitations

I would like to hear your opinion on the question whether there is an accepted distinction between both concepts in condensed matter physics. I would tend to use the word quasiparticle for dressed ...
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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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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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Calculation of number density from material density

Material density is given by $ \rho =m/V$, where $m$ is mass and $V$ is volume. Again number density given by $n=N/V$, where $N$ is the total number of particle. How can I calculate number density $n$ ...
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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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Can someone explain LO-TO Splitting?

LO-TO splitting occurs in an ionic (i.e. polar) solid such as GaAs or NaCl. What happens is that the degeneracy of the transverse optical (TO) and longitudinal optical (LO) phonons at $k=0$ is broken ...
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Why does a superconductor obey particle-hole symmetry?

We normally solve the Bogoliubov-de Gennes (BdG) equations in order to compute the energy spectrum of a superconductor. The Nambu spinor is a common object that is used in formulating these equations. ...
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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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Ising model on lattices with (vertical side length) $\neq$ (horizontal side length)

Consider the Ising model with nearest neighbours interactions on a rectangular lattice $L\times M$. If $L=M$ (2-dimensional square lattice), it is known (e.g. by Peierls argument or Onsager explicit ...
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Does the real part of the inverse dielectric function have to be negative at some point for Cooper pairs to form?

Electrons naturally repel one another. However, in a superconductor, a phonon-mediated interaction causes the electrons to have a weak attractive interaction. Suppose that the interaction between two ...
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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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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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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 ...
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Pedagogical introduction to vertex, domain wall, and kink

Recently, Majorana fermion becomes hot in condensed matter physics. The concepts: vertex, domain wall, and kink often appear in these articles about Majorana fermion. I have no idea about the ...
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Zumino's consistent and covariant anomalies - applied to quantum hall?

What is the `physical' meaning of consistent anomalies and covariant anomalies? Perhaps a good Reference is: Consistent and covariant anomalies in gauge and gravitational theories - William A. ...
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Tight binding model in a magnetic field

The standard way to treat a tight binding method in a magnetic is to replace the hopping matrix element: $t_{i,j}\rightarrow e^{i\int_i^j\mathbf{A(x)}.d\mathbf{x}}$ the so called "Peierls ...
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Hall conductivity from Kubo: Bulk or edge?

Using the Kubo formula, Thouless, Kohmoto, Nightingale, and den Nijs (TKNN, PRL 49 405-408 (1982)), proved that upon summing all the contributions of the filled states of an insulator, the Hall ...
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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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Can a symmetry-preserving unitary transformation that goes from a trivial SPT to a non-trivial SPT be local?

This question concerns the very interesting paper: ''Symmetry protected topological (SPT) orders and the group cohomology of their symmetry group'' by Chen et al., http://arxiv.org/abs/1106.4772 In ...
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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 Si-delta doping? [closed]

I want to know what the delta means in this case. I know the Si means the element used, by some way to doping. I guess the delta means that using some elements to create holes in semiconductor made ...
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Argument of E. Fradkin on the mean-field theory of spin liquids

I have read the chapter 8 of Field Theory of Condensed Matter Physics (2ed.) by E. Fradkin a couple of times, but I still confused by his argument at some points. I hope you can help me with that. ...
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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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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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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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Why the heat capacity doesn't diverge in the Kosterlitz-Thouless (KT) phase transition?

The KT transition has a special properties that, during the phase transition the heat capacity stay finite (so the behaviour of the heat capacity cannot reflect any critical behaviours). However, the ...
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Proof of Kohn's theorem

In 1961 W. Kohn's paper ( Phys. Rev. 123, 1242 (1961) ) first stated that the electron-electron interaction does not change the cyclotron resonance frequency in a bulk three dimensional gas. I can ...
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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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Can water be magnetized?

This may be a stupid question, so feel free to shoot it down. Assuming all atoms have a magnetic moment, I would assume the water molecule too would have a resultant magnetic moment; ergo, it may be ...
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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 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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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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Quantum to classical mapping: quantum criticality and path integral Monte Carlo

I'm trying to understand the connections between quantum models in d dimensions and classical models in (d+1) dimensions within two, possibly related, contexts: (i) in path integral monte carlo, the ...
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What has been observed as the “Hawking radiation” emitted by a black hole analog?

I've noticed this paper which explains that they have observed the "Hawking radiation" emitted by a black hole analog. In which sense the Bose-Einstein condensate described by the paper can be ...
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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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Thomas - Fermi screening

I read in Ashcroft & Mermin's Solid State text that for the Thomas-Fermi approximation to be applicable, the external potential needs to be "slowly varying," What does it mean for a function (in ...