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How can I write the Anderson hamiltonian as a matrix? [closed]

How can I write this Hamiltonian: $$ H = \sum E_d \hat{n}_d + \sum_k \epsilon_k\hat{n}_k + \sum_k V_{kd} (\hat{a}^\dagger_k \hat{a}_d + \hat{a}^\dagger_d \hat{a}_k) $$ in matrix form using its ...
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Conductance measurement of InAs/GaSb Quantum Spin Hall Edges

My questions are related to recent article: http://arxiv.org/ftp/arxiv/papers/1507/1507.08362.pdf I can't figure out how their sample (wafers) actually looked like. In particular I can't understand ...
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Why aren't most ionic/covalent/metallic materials self-healing?

For the most part, only soft-matter materials appear to possess self-healing capabilities (that is, if I cleave the material and then press the two halves together, the material re-forms) at room ...
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Atomic physics - lattice energy

Question: Why is ionic lattice energy inversely proportional to the radius of the atom? Most heterogeneous covalent molecules are polar to some extent. The degree of polarity, or the dipole moment, ...
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Neutralizing Background and Fractional Quantum Hall ground state

The idealized many-body Hamiltonian describing FQH is given by $$ H = \sum_i \left\{\frac{[\vec{p}_i -e/c \vec{A}(\vec{r}_i)]^2}{2m}+V(\vec{r}_i)\right\} + \frac{1}{2}\sum_{i\neq j} \frac{e^2}{|\vec{r}...
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Correspondence between variational method and Feynman diagrams

There are two ways to look at the Hartree or Hartree-Fock equations. One method relies on the variational method for a particular type of the probe function and the second one originates from ...
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Effective mass approximation Wannier function lattice vector operator approximate representation proof. Yu and Cardona

I am having difficulty in Yu and Cardona 4th edition chapter 4 page 164, equation 4.9 to 4.10 I just do not understand how to go from line 4.9 to 4.10. 4.9: $$ R_{op} \psi(\mathbf{r}) = \sum_{n,\...
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To what extent can the superconducting order parameter be thought of as a macroscopic wavefunction?

I know that the order parameter does not obey the Schrodinger equation; it instead obeys the Ginzburg-Landau equation. However, I am unclear as to the situations under which the view of the ...
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Number Conserving Superconductors

Usual BCS theory used to describe superconductors violates particle number conservation, this is allowed since that theory is written in a grand canonical ensemble (i.e particles can be exchanges ...
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Landau level for quadratic band touching in Dirac Hamiltonian

I wonder if there is anyone or any references that have solved the Landau level spectrum and eigenstates with respect to the following Hamiltonian: \begin{equation} H=\frac{k_x^2-k_y^2}{m}\sigma_x+\...
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Why is graphene “gate tunable”?

I am reading Geim and Novoselov's classic paper on electrostatic doping of graphene: http://arxiv.org/abs/cond-mat/0410550 Three parts to the same broad question: 1) I am looking for some rigorous ...
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What is the 'dimensionality' in solid state materials?

In the context of condensed matter physics, when it is referred to a '1D', '2D' or '3D' material, what context is this dimensionality understood in? Real space? momentum space? or something else? We ...
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Static structure function for non-interacting Fermi gas

I'm wondering how would one go on about to calculate the static structure function with the ground state being $|\phi_0\rangle$: $S_\vec{q}=\frac{1}{N}\langle \phi_0|\hat{n}_{\vec{q}}\hat{n}_{-\vec{q}...
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Inuitive analogy for localization?

I'm looking for a plain English analogy for electron/wave localization. And in particular weak localization and Anderson/strong localization. Is it possible to describe these phenomena in simple terms ...
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Can magnetization measurement give dimensionless susceptibility without knowledge of volume and density of the material

In a magnetization measurement (as a function of temperature) experiment, M is measured in emu (1 emu = 1 erg/G). Weight of the sample used in the experiment is known. Without knowing the volume and ...
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Can mercury evaporate if it's covered by water?

I was recently watching a video about elemental mercury and how it's cleaned up in water (fish tanks), and it was mentioned how mercury can be toxic in vapor form. My question is, if I were to drop a ...
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Nuclear Cusp Condition

Suppose I write a Hamiltonian for an atom, it will contain electron-electron repulsion term and nucleus-electron attraction term. But, these terms will diverge, for example, position of an electron ...
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Why can, or can not, a perfectly incompressible fluid exist?

Water is normally assumed to be an incompressible fluid - for example in the context of calculations involving water pressure. I wondered whether that is strictly true, or an approximation? Later I ...
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Hubbard model in the t>>U limit

I know one can obtain the t-J model from the Hubbard one by taking the limit $t\ll U$ in the following Hamiltonian: $H= -t\sum_{i\neq j}a_{i\sigma}^\dagger a_{j\sigma}+U\sum_i n_{i\uparrow}n_{i\...
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What can we learn from a band structure diagram?

Other than the band gap and its magnitude, what are the things that we can immediately learn about the properties of the material just by glancing at its band structure? Can we say something about ...
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Ground state of AKLT chain invariant under time-reversal?

The AKLT chain is an example of an SPT phase protected by time-reversal symmetry. The Hamiltonian of the system has time-reversal symmetry. The ground state wave function can be pictured as follows (...
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Wavefunction for Anti-Pfaffian state

What is the most general form of a wavefunction for anti-Pfaffian in variables $\{z_i\}$ which represent the positions of electrons on a two dimensional plane?
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How does electricity propagate in a conductor?

On a systems level, I understand that as electrons are pushed into a wire, there is a net field and a net electron velocity. And I've read that the net electron drift is slow. But electricity ...
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Wannier functions on a ring

Let's say I have a single particle hamiltonian in a periodic potential, for example a 1D lattice such that: $$H = -\frac{\partial_x^2}{2m} + V(x) $$ with $ V(x+a) = V(x)$ where $a$ is the lattice ...
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Are critical exponents below and above the critical point always same?

The scaling relations don't distinguish the the critical exponents below and above the critical value. In the mean field level, I understand these critical exponents are same whatever one approaches ...
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String operator in the string-net model

The string operator is a way to study the quasiparticle excitations in the string-net model http://arxiv.org/abs/cond-mat/0404617. It is claimed in the above reference (Eq.(19), p.9) that for string ...
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Time Reversal Bulk Hamiltonian

This questions is from pages 68 and 69 of: http://fizipedia.bme.hu/images/1/14/Topological_insulators.pdf For a lattice, time reversal invariance of the bulk corresponds to the equation (Eqn 6.11): $$...
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why are quantum vortices so large?

Quantum vortices in helium are almost macroscopic, and can be be imaged in a light microscope: http://www.aps.org/units/dfd/pressroom/papers/gaff09.cfm How can vorticity be quantized on such a large ...
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Hamiltonian in Majorana basis

I read (for example here: cond-mat/0010440) very often that if we transform the Hamiltonian from a fermionic basis to the basis of Majorana operators by expanding the fermionic operators in real and ...
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Underdoped Cuprates

What does underdoped cuprates mean? I guess cuprate is underdoped when hole concentration is less then optimal doping. Am I Right?. or it is something difference?
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How to do continuum approximation?

Assume you have $N$ matrix fields $T_{j}$ on a 1d lattice with lattice constant unity. Now consider a sum like the following (you can think of the traces as supertraces), and subject it to a continuum ...
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Different electrons, why aren't they all the same?

Why do we say that there are different kinds of electrons when discussing different situations in physics? For instance the Weyl electron, Dirac electron etc. From my exceedingly basic knowledge isn't ...
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why doesn't liquid metal vaporize in a vacuum?

I am wondering why molten metal in a vacuum of electron beam and machines never turns to gas like liquid water does when exposed to a vacuum.
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6j symbols with Majorana indices

The Levin-Wen model is a Hamiltonian formulation of Turaev-Viro (2 + 1)d TQFTs. It can be constructed from a unitary fusion category $\mathcal{C}$, which can be equivalently defined using $6j$ symbols:...
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Are strange metals described by a quantum critical theory?

Are strange metals -- metallic states that are not describable by the traditional theory of metals (Landau's Fermi liquid theory) -- described by a quantum critical theory?
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Why can gold be drawn out finer than light?

The metal gold is extremely malleable. Gold is also ductile and one ounce can be drawn into 80 km (50 miles) of thin gold wire (5 microns diameter) to make electrical contacts and bonding wire. I ...
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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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Reference request on condensed matter field theory including Classical Field Theory

I was hoping for a reference request for a book on basic/introductory condensed matter field theory. In addition to the usual topics I am looking for books with reference to classical physics (...
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Jet turbine blades from single crystals, how are they formed?

I know about nothing about crystals, although I do know a bit more about jet turbine engines, and I definitely know that you don't want the fan blade hitting the fan housing. The reason given in the ...
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Why is there longitudinal conductance in a partially-filled Landau level?

Suppose I consider an infinite, non-interacting (so no FQHE should happen) 2DEG in the magnetic field $\vec B=B\hat z$ with a non-integer filling factor, say 0.13 or whatever. Suppose I apply an ...
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Can excitons be understood in terms of classical quantum physics?

From what I understand, an exciton is an electron-hole pair in a semiconductor that exists in a bound state (through the electrostatic potential). I have seen it stated that this pair behaves in a way ...
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Eigenvalue of Hamiltonian under gauge transform of Bloch state

$H = \sum_{k} V(q) a_{k4}^{\dagger}b_{k3}^{\dagger}b_{k2}a_{k1}$ where $q$ is the transfer momentum, $a$ $b$ are two orbits or two sublattice sites. Will the eigenvalues of the above Hamiltonian ...
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Would condensed matter physicists need more than three dimensional calculus? [closed]

The difference between "multivariable" and "vector" calculus, as stated on Yale's website, is that multivariable would only go through 2 or 3 dimensions, and so would rely heavily on geometric ...
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Exciton in semi-conductor

I don't understand why an exciton describes only the interaction between an electron hole and an electron in the conduction band? How is this interaction different from the interaction between an ...
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Time-reversal transformation for two-component bosonic models

Consider a two-component bosonic model $\mathcal{H}=-t\sum_{i\sigma}{b_{i\sigma}b_{i+1\sigma}^\dagger}+h.c. +\sum_{i\sigma\sigma^\prime}U_{\sigma\sigma^\prime}n_{i\sigma}n_{i\sigma^\prime}$. Here $\...
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What is the relation between scattering amplitudes, fluctuations, response functions and correlations in macroscopic equilibrium systems?

In Kardar's book Statistical Physics of Fields, he mentions that that correlations at different length scales can be measured by scattering. If its electric correlations, you would scatter light and ...
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Free phonon propagator in imaginary time

The free phonon propagator in Matsubara space is given by $$D^0(i\omega_n)=\frac{1}{M}\frac{1}{(i\omega_n)^2-\Omega^2}.$$ I want to derive its representation in imaginary time. I know the result ...
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Why is the plaquette operator in the string-net model a projection operator?

In the string-net model, the plaquette operator is defined as $B_P = \sum_{s}a_s B_{P}^{s}$, where $s$ runs over the string types $\{0,1,2,\dots,n\}$. It is claimed on page 19 of http://arxiv.org/abs/...
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How to conserve energy with electrical noise?

If a resistor experiences thermal noise, it will dissipate energy to the environment. But where does the resistor's energy come from? It seems that it will just lose energy until ran out.
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Interpretation of negative mass in condensed matter physics

I am reading the book "Topological insulator: Dirac equation in condensed matters" by Shun-Qing Sheng. I do not know much about this topic and this is the first time I am confronted with it, so this ...