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How is domain wall formation related to spontaneous symmetry breaking?

It is said that domain wall formation is the signature of in spontaneous symmetry breaking but not explicit symmetry breaking. Why is this so?
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Electron-electron interaction in solids

We always consider a Coulomb interactions between electrons in the Hamiltonian to modelize a solid. Why not to take into account retardation effects of the electromagnetic interaction which go beyond ...
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Phonon-phonon-interaction as higher order terms in the potential

Is there a simple way to understand why phonon-phonon-interaction is described by higher order terms in the potential? I mean: Having a quadratic potential is essential for the definition of the ...
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How do you justify neglecting electron-electron interaction in the Drude model?

I'm sure there's some way to justify it. Maybe a screening effect?
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Does Fluctuation-exchange (FLEX) approximation including spin-orbit coupling (SOC) exist?

FLEX method was invented by N.E.Bickers and D.J.Scalapino in 1989 (PRL 62,961; Ann. Phys. 193,206). Later it was extended to multi-orbital system (T.Takimoto,PRB,69,104504). But I don't find FLEX ...
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Form factor and Guinier regime [duplicate]

sorry for reposting. I dont get why it is such a good idea to plot the logarithm of the form factor vs $Q^2$ in Guinier plots. It seems arbitrary to me.
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Guinier regime for form factor

Why is it such a good idea to plot the logarithm of the form factor vs $Q^2$ in Guinier plots. It seems arbitrary to me.
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Moving between degenerate vacua?

In spontaneous symmetry breaking, moving round the circular valley of Mexican hat potential doesn’t cost energy. These angular excitations are called Goldstone bosons. But doesn't the angular ...
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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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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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Is the spin-rotation symmetry of Kitaev model $D_2$ or $Q_8$?

It is known that the Kitaev Hamiltonian and its spin-liquid ground state both break the $SU(2)$ spin-rotation symmetry. So what's the spin-rotation-symmetry group for the Kitaev model? It's obvious ...
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Edge states in the “half BHZ” model

Consider the "half BHZ" Hamiltonian $${\cal H}=\sum_{\mathbf{k}}\left(A\sin(k_{x})\sigma_{x}+A\sin(k_{y})\sigma_{y}+{\cal M}(\mathbf{k})\sigma_{z}\right)c_{\mathbf{k}}^{\dagger}c_{\mathbf{k}}$$ where ...
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Do Cooper pairs act like Cheshire cats?

Could the pairing up of electrons be explained by their spin being in a different position? What would separating the spin from an electron in matter do in theory?
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Do we have a fundamental Hamiltonian for the system of H$_2$O molecules?

From the quantum mechanics(QM) viewpoint, does there exist a Hamiltonian $H$ for the system of H$_2$O molecules? Assume that the number of H$_2$O molecules is fixed. Imagine that by calculating the ...
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Is it possible to determine the universality class of phase transitions by just analysing symmetry?

Since phase transition is closely connected with symmetry, I am wondering whether it is possible to determine the universality class of phase transitions just by symmetry? Actually, I found it is ...
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Quantum Quench Problem

I read about the quantum quench problem in condensed matter physics. But what does really mean? Has anybody a good explanation about the origin of quantum quench problem?
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What happens when molten metal cools within a strong magnetic field?

What happens when molten metal cools within a strong magnetic field? I don't know what more say, don't remember anything relevant to this in my uni text books.
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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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Derivation of Lagrangian density for an infinite classical dielectric in interaction with the EM field

I am tasked with reading and reproducing all the steps in J.J. Hopfield's 1958 paper "Theory of the Contribution of Excitons to the Complex Dielectric Constant of Crystals". Embarrassingly I am stuck ...
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Understanding Wikipedia's “Semiconductor Band Structure” diagram where the bandgap appears to increase with increasing density of states

I'm having a bit of trouble understanding the semiconductor band gap diagram on Wikipedia: (from Band gap article). Why is the size of the band gap increasing with the Density of States (DOS) in the ...
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Frequency dependence of permittivity — why not monotonic?

I naively thought that most materials were transparent to radiation of frequencies above their plasma frequency, and opaque to radiation below it. The most intuitive (and analyzed lightly in ...
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Topological Insulators: is HgX a special case?

I got confused by reading this article: Francois Virot, Roland Hayn, Manuel Richter, and Jeroen van den Brink. “Engineering topological surface-states: HgS, HgSe and HgTe.” arXiv preprint ...
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Why does total spin conservation law forbid the spin wave gap in Heisenberg magnets?

What is the explanation for total spin conservation forbidding the spin wave gap in Heisenberg magnets?
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When is quasiparticle same as elementary excitation, and when is not?

Can anyone shed light on the comparison between these two concepts?
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Two particles state of a 1D massive scalar field

Perfectly localized states are not normalized so do not belong to the Fock space (they belong to the rigged version). Suppose we approximate localized states with gaussians, what is the mathematical ...
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Why Landau Level quantization is observed only in low temperature and strong magnetic field in real experiment?

I know that Quantum Hall Effect and Fractional Quantum Hall Effect origin from Landau Level quantization. In magnetic field, the energy of in-plane(plane perpendicular to magnetic field) degree of ...
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Why there is a flat band for Kagome lattice?

For the nearest neighbor hopping model on the Kagome lattice, there is a flat band among the three energy bands. Is there some reason, such as symmetry or the special structure of the model, to ...
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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 ...
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Topology and Majorana bound states

I'm working at the moment on Majorana Bound states and their topological properties. Now I have a question about it. The Altland-Zirnbauer symmetry classes says us how many topological different ...
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What is the definition of a charge-neutral operator?

What is the definition of a charge-neutral operator? I guess it means something like: it is invariant under charge conjugation. It that correct?
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What is the universality class of transition in one-dimensional XXZ Heisenberg at $\Delta$ = -1?

In the one-dimensional spin-$\frac12$ XXZ Heisenberg model, $$H=J\sum_i{S_i^x S_{i+1}^x + S_i^y S_{i+1}^y+\Delta S_i^z S_{i+1}^z},$$ with $J>0$. There are two transition points: $\Delta=1$ ...
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Is the spin-singlet state also a Resonating-Valence-Bond(RVB) state?

The spin-singlet state of a lattice spin-1/2 system is defined as $S_x\Psi=S_y\Psi=S_z\Psi=0$, where $S_\alpha=\sum S_i^\alpha(\alpha=x,y,z)$ are the total spin operators, in other words, a ...
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Questions on the elementary excitations in the resonating-valence-bond(RVB) states?

It is known that the RVB states can support spin-charge separations and its elementary excitations are spinons and holons. But it seems that there are some different possibilities for the nature of ...
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Is there a difference in binding energy between a regular material and a doped one?

Say Silicon and boron doped silicon. Would the doping affect the binding energy? Could I see this in an XPS spectra?
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Exact diagonalization by Bogoliubov transformation

I am developing a model of multiple gaps in a square lattice. I simplified the associated Hamiltonian to make it quadratic. In this approximation it is given by, $$ H = \begin{pmatrix} \xi_\mathbf{k} ...
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Semiconductors: why the mass action law is not valid for very low temperatures?

I thought that it was valid for very low temperatures since for it to be valid I think that it is necessary to be in the non-degeneracy condition, which requires $E_G >> k_B T$ (with $E_G$ being ...
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low frequency permittivity of metals from Drude's model

In reference to the Optical constants of noble metals: the Drude model for microwave modelling regarding Drude's model these parameters were listed $$ \omega_P=1.36\times 10^{16} \text{ rad/s} $$ $$ ...
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Third-order topological quantum phase transition in p+ip superfluid

A two-dimensional spinless non-relativistic p+ip superfluid undergoes a quantum phase transition between the BCS (weakly-coupled) and BEC (strongly-coupled) regimes. This transition is driven by ...
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Bulk modulus of Liquid helium and first sound

Does anyone know where to find the bulk modulus of liquid helium ? I've been looking all over the internet but everywhere I get N/A. Any tips ? I'd need it to estimate the speed of first sound in ...
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Typical time scales for spin dynamics and lattice vibrations in magnetic solids

In a paper from the 1990s ([1]) on magnetovolume effects in ferromagnets, it is written that in most real situations, the moment (or spin) autocorrelation time is much larger than the period for ...
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Approaches to Fault tolerant quantum computation

What are the various approaches to fault tolerant quantum computation ? Two examples are 1. topological quantum computation which uses topological phases in quantum states (2-Dimensional for ...
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More physical explanation of impurity energy levels in a doped semiconductor?

I'm reading about doped semiconductors in Ashcroft and Mermin. They tell you that when donor impurities are added to a semiconductor, their energy level $E_d$ is just slightly below the conduction ...
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Why does water ($\mathrm{H_2O}$) only have two distinct fluid phases?

Water (and other substances) can exist in many distinct solid phases (with different crystallic micro-structure), but only in two fluid phases - liquid and gaseous, in which the molecules are oriented ...
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Why does the $\pi$-flux state have time-reversal symmetry?

It's known that the $\pi$-flux state of the antiferromagnetic Heisenberg model on the square lattice is an important concept. The $\pi$-flux state is described by the (simplified) mean-field ...
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Determining spectra of edge states numerically

Normally we write a Bloch Hamiltonian $H(\mathbf{k})$ for the bulk and determine the spectrum which gives us various bands i.e we basically obtain $E=E(\mathbf{k})$ for the bulk only. Also in the ...
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Difference between primitive unit cell and the associated basis?

As I understand it, the basis is the group of atoms whilst the primitive unit cell is the unit space that fits the total space without any gaps, and only containing one lattice point? How do the two ...
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Derive non-linear $\sigma$ model from a theory of SU(2) matirx

It's said in Chapter VI.4 of A. Zee's book Quantum Field Theory in a Nutshell, a theory defined as $L(U(x))=\frac{f^2}{4}Tr(\partial_{\mu}U^{\dagger}\cdot\partial^{\mu}U)$, can be write in the form of ...
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What's the necessary and sufficient condition for gauge equivalence in the projective construction?

The definition of gauge equivalence and notations used here is the same as those in my previous question. As we know, the condition $\chi_{ij}'=G_i\chi_{ij}G_j^\dagger$(where $G_i\in SU(2)$) is a ...
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Some question on the definition of flux in the projective construction?

Here I have some confusing points about the definition of flux in the projective construction. For example, consider the same mean-field Hamiltonian in my previous question, and assume the $2\times 2$ ...
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How many kinds of topological degeneracy are there?

Here I want to summarize the various kinds of topological ground-state degeneracy in condensed matter physics and want to know whether there exists any other kind of topological degeneracy. For ...