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Construction of a spin chain Hamiltonian invariant under a finite subgroup of SO(3)

I would like to construct a 2-local Hamiltonian that acts on a 1D spin chain where each spin transforms as the 3D irrep of $A_4$ which is a subgroup of $SO(3)$. I know that an $SO(3)$ invariant ...
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Why can't a dislocation terminate in the bulk?

We are told that they can only terminate on surfaces, grain boundaries or other dislocations but we are not told why they can't terminate inside the crystal.
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Effective Theory of FQH Edge State

When I was learning Xiao-Gang Wen's paper about the edge theory of Fractional Quantum Hall(FQH) state, I had one question. The paper's link is as below:\ http://dao.mit.edu/~wen/pub/edgere.pdf As ...
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$Z_2$ topological insulator: odd vs. even number of edge state pairs

I am having trouble in understanding why in $Z_2$ topological insulators odd number of Kramers' pairs on one edge are protected by time reversal symmetry against elastic backscattering while even ...
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Why does proximity to a superconductor open a gap in the surface states of topological insulators

I have read in many places that the gapless surface states of 3D topological insulators are robust to perturbations which do not break time-reversal symmetry. I have recently also seen many papers ...
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What exactly are crystal planes and how do they reflect x-rays?

What exactly are crystal planes and how do they reflect x-rays? Are crystal planes real physical planes or just an abstract concept? What are these planes made of? If they are an abstraction, what ...
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Magnetic field associated with edge currents in IQHE?

According to some theory, currents in IQHE are due to the edge states. The edge current on the upper edge flows from left to right, that on the lower edge flows from right to left. Did anyone detect ...
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How can we determine the inbuilt barrierpotential and electric feld for a given band diagram?

Suppose I have got two p type silicon materials of different concentrations (the difference in thier concentrations is small but considerable enough that their fermi levels differ by noticeable ...
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Is it possible for quasiparticles to form charge density wave of quasiparticles?

What if the quasiparticle has fractional charge? -----UPDATE------ For example, 1d kink has e/2 charge, if view kink like electrons in 1d (we know there is 1d charge density wave of electrons), is ...
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Ambiguity on the notion of potential in electrical circuits?

As everybody else I have been taught elementary electrical circuits from secondary school to engineering level in analog electronics at university. Invariably, the notion of potential used to ...
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Some questions about anyons?

(1) As we know, we have theories of second quantization for both bosons and fermions. That is, let $W_N$ be the $N$ identical particle Hilbert space of bosons or fermions, then the "many particle" ...
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The conduction electrons in metals is a thermal phenomenon?

When applying an external electric field in a metal at absolute zero, there is electrical current? There must be thermal fluctuations in the electron's band to be occurs current?
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Does fractional charge imply fractional statistics?

Does fractional charge imply fractional statistics (e.g. anyons)? If not, are there some relations between them?
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How should semiconductors be understood? [duplicate]

In the chemistry setting, a doped semiconductor is a crystal lattice with holes/extra electrons in it. In the band/quantum mechanical picture, these holes/extra electrons can be seen as the amount ...
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Phase transition water

The water-gas phase transition is said to be similar to the ferromagnetic-paramagnetic phase transition (same set of critical exponents = same universality class). In the former case the order ...
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Why no thermal expansion for camping tents?

I know that solid materials expand when heated, which is called thermal expansion. But what is happening to tent square or tent canvas of (plastic?) camping tents? I have noticed, that during the ...
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Effective Potential of experienced by a particle with contact interaction in an optical lattice

Suppose i have an optical lattice with particles loaded onto it, the potential due to the optical lattice is $V_{0}Cos\left(x\right)$. Assume that the particles interact with eachother through contact ...
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From Berry's phase to artificial Gauge potential

How a nonzero geometric phase in a loop is used to generate artificial gauge potentials? If possible, can you also tell how to generate the non-abelian artificial gauge potentials.
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Why does inelastic X-ray scattering probe the longitudinal dielectric function as opposed to the transverse dielectric function?

Light is a transverse wave. Therefore, light in the optical range (i.e. visible light) couples to transverse collective excitations of a material when measuring the optical conductivity for instance. ...
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Development/history of Mesoscopic Physics/quantum transport

I am studying mesoscopic physics/quantum transport. Now I am wondering (out of interest): how did this field emerge and what made it such a huge field? I couldn't find this somewhere clear on the web ...
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What does “optical conductivity” mean?

Does it just mean "AC electric conductivity"? If so, why have a special name for it, and why mention optical specifically? The wikipedia page on it is very sparse. This (warning, PDF) document just ...
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Ohm's Law: Drude Model

For a very long time now, I've been thinking about the Drude Model derivation of Ohm's Law. I know that a rigorous derivation requires a Quantum Mechanical approach. However, the mere fact that the ...
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How does pressure influence temperature in liquids?

Lets say we have a tank with a fixed mass of liquid at atmospheric pressure and room temperature. How do we influence the temperature when we exert pressure (e. g., with a piston) on the liquid? Are ...
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Correlation in electron gas

In the textbooks that I read (namely Ashcroft/Mermin , Marder, etc.) it seems that a distinction is made between the correlations in electron gas and a Couloumb interaction between the electrons. What ...
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Entanglement entropy of 1D chiral Fermion

I was told that the entanglement entropy $S_E$ on the ground state of a (1+1)D conformal field theory (CFT) follows the logarithmic behavior $S_E=\frac{c}{12}\ln L$ where $L$ is the length scale ...
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Spin wave theory for 1D spin systems

In general, when one performs spin-wave theory, he has to assume some kind of long-range ordered state and perform spin-wave theory (using for instance Holstein-Primakoff bosons) around that state. ...
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Cellular structure in solid phase detonations

For gaseous and liquid detonations, the detonation propagates by the energy released at the triple-points which form a cellular structure. This structure is traced using a soot foil during ...
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Chirality of Weyl Semimetal

For Weyl semimetal, the effective Hamiltonian reads: $$H=E_0 \mathbb{1} + v_0 \cdot \mathrm{q} \mathbb{1}+\sum_{i=1}^{3} \mathrm{v}_i \cdot \mathrm{q} \sigma_i$$ Why is the chirality given by ...
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Evaluating low-temperature dependence of the BCS gap function

How does one go about evaluating the behavior of the BCS gap $ \Delta = \Delta(T) $ for $ T \to 0^+ $ under the weak coupling approximation $ \Delta/\hbar\omega_D \ll 1 $? In Fetter & Walecka, ...
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Sum of Green's functions in Condensed Matter

I am working on the Ginzburg-Landau model for Charge density waves, and I am carrying out the sum of Green's functions to calculate the terms in the GL model. I have the following question: Is the ...
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Mapping a continuum XY model to a discrete one

A low energy expansion of a system I am currently investigating is described by this XY-like model: $$ H_1 = \int_0^\beta \mathrm{d} \tau \int_{\left[ 0, L \right]^2} \mathrm{d}^2 x \left( J \left( ...
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Do all the electrons form Cooper pairs at absolute zero?

At $T=0K$, do all the electrons form Cooper pairs, or just the electrons near the Fermi Surface do?
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Ground state Phase Diagram of Bose-Hubbard Model

The Hamiltonian of Bose-Hubbard model reads as $$H=-J\sum\limits_{<i,j>}b_i^{\dagger}b_j+h.c.+\frac{U}{2}\sum\limits_{i}n_i(n_i-1)-\mu\sum\limits_in_i~~~~~~~~~(1)$$ For this we plot phase ...
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Excitations of a quantum spin-liquid

I have a simple (yet perhaps profound ?) question related to the physics of quantum spin liquids (QSL). These states of matter are "defined" as state that do not break any symmetry of the Hamiltonian ...
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Mean field theory = large-N approximation?

Wikipedia entry of 1/N expansion (or 't Hooft large-N expansion) mentions that It (large-N) is also extensively used in condensed matter physics where it can be used to provide a rigorous basis ...
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Is that possible to derive Landau-Fermi liquid theory from microscopic equation?

The question arised from reading Wen's book "Quantum Field Theory of Many-body Systems (Oxford 2004)" p204 To appreciate the brilliance of Landau-Fermi liquid theory, let us look at the ...
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How does the speed of electrons change around a circuit?

I have been thinking about ways of teaching electronics and I'm wondering if the following is true... For starters, when we talk about voltage as energy per unit charge, is this energy manifest ...
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Ising formulation of the graph isomorphism problem

Context I have been going through Ising formulations of many NP problems by Andrew Lucas. In section 9 on page 22, the author gave an Ising formulation of the graph isomorphism problem. Here I ...
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How does band gap vary with the cell volume?

How does band gap vary with the cell volume? is there a relation? If the volume is compressed, the interaction between atoms would be more, therefore the perturbation is higher hence the splitting ...
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Question about bosonization method

I have a question about bosonization method used in 1D system. Generally the bosonized field is assume to the following form \begin{equation} \psi = e^{i\phi}, \quad \phi = \phi^\dagger ...
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A formula in Sung-Sik Lee's paper

I want to ask if anyone has gone through the derivation of the second equality in the following formula which comes from http://journals.aps.org/prb/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevB.80.165102.
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Neutron Diffraction Device

I was just wondering if we have a beam of neutrons, lets say of various energies meeting or colliding with a powder of monoatomic crystallites, what would happen to the neutron beam and the energies ...
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Does electron-electron scattering contribute to resistivity?

Electron-phonon and electron-defect scattering clearly contributes to resistance, but pure electron-electron scattering conserves the total momentum (and energy) of all the electrons. Then, how is it ...
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List of experimental band gap

does anyone know where one can find a list, database, book of experimental bandgap values of semiconductors? Is there such a collection? Or do I need to scour papers one at a time to get the values?
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Degenerate perturbation theory applied to topological degeneracy?

Consider a quantum system described by a gapped Hamiltonian $H_0$ with degenerate ground states (GS), adding a perturbation term $V$ to $H_0$, then the low-energy physics can be described by an ...
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How to distinguish Bose glass and superfluid phases in a harmonic trap?

In mean-field study of Bose-Hubbard model in an optical lattice, what parameter can be calculated to distinguish Bose glass and superfluid in a harmonic trap?
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Is an object's color/shine/texture dependent on its electrons only? If electrons are same then why are there so many different colors?

when we look at an object be it a metal or a non-metal are we looking at its electrons only, so then if all electrons are same then why do different chemicals or elements or objects have different ...
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When can we take the Brillouin zone to be a sphere?

When reading some literatures on topological insulators, I've seen authors taking Brillouin zone(BZ) to be a sphere sometimes, especially when it comes to strong topological insulators. Also I've seen ...
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s-wave, p-wave or d-wave collisions in scattering theory

In scattering theory, what is a good intuitive picture to think of s-wave, p-wave or d-wave collisions ? What is their importance and what are the examples where a particular one is assumed to be the ...
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Why is an optical magnon with k=0 not an eigenenergy state?

I found in a paper the following explanation. Unfortunately, I can't understand it. Can anyone help me on this? In the limit of equal spins an optical magnon with k=0 gets an acoustical one at the ...