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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 ...
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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 ...
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meaning of $k$ in $k\cdot p$ approximation in condensed matter physics

Sometimes, I encounter such a practice in condensed matter literature: One takes a $k\cdot p$ hamiltonian $H(k)$ and substitute $k$ for $\nabla_r$, and then he solves the equation: ...
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What is the physical meaning of an electronic system evolving adiabatically through a closed path?

I am trying to understand Physics behind the Weyl Fermion in Condensed Matter Systems. Electrons show Weyl fermionic behaviour in the vicinity of so called 'Diabolical Points' in the band structure. ...
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When do gauge theories have protected gapless excitations?

Goldstone's theorem states that a system in which a continuous symmetry is spontaneously broken necessarily has gapless excitations. (A hand-waving "proof" of Goldstone's theorem can be given by ...
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How can a phosphorous ion dope silicon when it is already ionized?

In ion implantation dopant ions are directly bombarded into the semiconductor (silicon for example)? But if say P ions (P+) were implanted then it does not have an extra electron to donate into the ...
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What is continuum limit (low energy limit) in condense matter physics?

In condensed matter theory, I can sometimes encounter such a term as continuum limit, also known as low energy limit. I have a question about this term, let me illustrate my question through an ...
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Holography with wave functionals rather than partition functions

Roughly speaking Gubser-Klebanov-Polyakov Witten's (GKPW) prescription in the context of holography tells us partition function of CFT is "equal" to that of the gravity theory in one higher dimension ...
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Second order pole in Feynman diagrams

Hi, I am calculating density-density correlation function for a homogeneous electron gas. The Green's function for one of three first order connected diagrams(see attached figure) is, $$ ...
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Physical meaning of magnetic length

What is the physical meaning of magnetic length $\ell_B=\frac{\hbar c}{e B}$ in 2D electron system under magnetic field? When $\ell_B \longrightarrow a$, where $a$ is the lattice constant, does that ...
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Self-teaching Green's function approach to quantum many-body systems

My question is where can I find a good book, review, online course, or all of them for self-teaching Green's function in quantum many-body problems (if it has problems with solutions for ...
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Why classical open system and Bose-Einstein condensate are not fundamentally the same?

The classical partition function for an open system is given as $$ Z_{\text{max}} = \sum_{N=0}^{\infty} \dfrac{h^{-N}}{N! } \prod_{j=1}^{N} \left( \sum_{i=0}^{\infty} e^{-\beta (E_{ij}-\mu)} g_{i} ...
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What does the particle to volume density physically mean for Bose-Eisenstein condensate?

The average number of particles $\langle N\rangle$ for a Bose-Eisenstein condensate in 3D is given as $$ \dfrac{\langle N\rangle}{V} = \dfrac{V^{-1}}{e^{\beta (0-\mu)}-1} + \int_{0}^{\infty} ...
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Meaning of the term 'bulk'

I have recently started reading literature on 2 dimensional systems in Condensed matter. While reading, I frequently came across the word 'bulk'. Sometimes it referred to 2-D and sometimes to 3-D. I ...
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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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$U(1)$ gauge symmetry in superfluid

The conventional superfluid phase in a Bose-Hubbard ground state has $U(1)$ symmetry. In the presence of spin-orbit coupling (SOC), the superfluid ground state has non-uniform phases. Why do people in ...
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why do edge states in Graphene exist between the Valence and Conduction band?

I read in a review that there are 2 Dirac points in graphene, where the conduction band and valence band touch each other. Near these points electrons obey a linear dispersion relation. Breaking of ...
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Meaning of “electrostatic” and “nonresonant laser” fields

I just read the following sentence: The molecule is subjected to an electrostatic field $E$ combined with a nonresonant laser field of intensity $I$, whose linear polarization is collinear with ...
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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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the difference between magnetic neutron scattering and polarization neutron scattering

recently I have been reading some papers about neutron scattering in High-Tc SC. I'm a little confused by the method of neutron scattering, especially about magnetic neutron scattering and ...
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Relaxation time approximation in anisotropic potential scattering event

In relaxation time approximation (RTA) of Boltzmann transport theory, the relaxation time is calculated by $\frac{1}{\tau(\mathbf{k})}=\frac{2 \pi}{\hbar V}\sum_{\mathbf{k^{'}}} \delta ...
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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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Why is the resistivity $\rho_{xy}$ independent of scattering time in the Drude model for the Hall effect

I was reading about the Hall Effect, and how it can be explained through the Drude model of conductivity. I was looking at the 2D model, as I'm mainly interested in 2 dimensional electron gasses. You ...
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Why use class multiplication to describe topological entangling and merging?

I'm studying some references about topological defects in ordered media like Soft matter physics: An introduction by Kleman and the Review modern physics paper The topological theory of defects in ...
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Does an iron rich substance stay magnetised?

I am doing research (i.e. playing around) with a dry magnet and a material that has about 10% contained iron. The balance of the material is non-magnetic (i.e. silica and non-magnetic metals). It is ...
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What actually happens when light meets a surface(QED or QM or Condensed matter physics)?

I want to know what actually happens when light meets a surface like water or wood. Quantum mechanics says that objects are neither "transparent" nor "opaque". Rather a system as a whole can accept ...
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Why is there an energy gap in superconductors?

I'm a little out of my depth here... I'm trying to understand quasiparticle tunnelling in superconductor-insulator-superconductor junctions. Many books use the "semiconductor model" to explain this: ...
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What is fermion anomaly?

In the proposal of single electron source (PRL 97,116403 (2006)), the author mentioned that "a large momentum transfer $2n\hbar k_F$ associated with an excitation which is slow on the scale of Fermi ...
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Exact expression for the coefficient in Bloch-Grüneisen (BG) formula?

In most representations of the BG formula, there is a coefficient (usually left vague as an experimental parameter, but sometimes written out "analytically") in front of the integral: $$\rho=\rho_0 +A ...
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1D Topological insulator with PT symmetry

Assume I have the Hamiltonian for a 1D topological insulators as: $$H=\sin(P_x) \sigma_x+i \Delta \sigma_{y}+[1-m-\cos(P_x)] \sigma_z $$ where $m$ is the mass term, $P_x$ is the momentum and $\Delta$ ...
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How can rising bubbles shrink and disappear?

I was recently looking at a Wurlitzer juke box, and noticed something strange. It's decorated with liquid-filled tubes. Gas bubbles are injected at the bottoms of the tubes, and the bubbles naturally ...
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How to obtain the asymptotic behavior of Green's function?

This question arose from Eq.(9.135) and Eq.(9.136) in Fradkin's Field theories of condensed matter physics (2nd Ed.). The author mapped quantum-dimer models to an action of monopole gas in $(2+1)$ ...
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Meaning of Time Reversal Symmetry

I was wondering if someone could give a simple explanation of what is meant by time reversal invariance. Is it analogous to spatial translational symmetry? If so, how? By spatial translational ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...