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Goldstone mode in O(N) (non-linear $\sigma$ model)

The question is does the Non-linear $\sigma$ model have a Goldstone mode? Consider a $O(N)$ mode for which the Hamiltonian is $H=J\sum_{i,j}\vec{n}_i \cdot \vec{n}_j$, where ...
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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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Valence band and conduction band, trying to get a clear picture!

I am trying to get a clear picture of the valence band, conduction band, and the band gap. Now I've been researching it for a little while now and understand most of what's going on. I'm still a ...
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Physical Interpretation of Relationship Between Hall Conductivity and Berry Curvature?

Why is the Hall conductivity in a 2D material $$\tag{1} \sigma_{xy}=\frac{e^2}{2\pi h} \int dk_x dk_y F_{xy}(k)$$ where the integral is taken over the Brillouin Zone and $F_{xy}(k)$ is the Berry ...
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What is the definition of particle-hole symmetry in condensed matter physics?

People often talk about particle-hole symmetry in solid state physics. What are the exact definition and physics picture of particle-hole symmetry? How to define the density of particles and holes?
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Probability of Different States - Canonical Ensemble - Partition Function

Consider a canonical ensemble of $N$ ideal gas atoms, which could have spin up or spin down. Why is it that the probability of finding the particle in a spin up state generally only involves the ...
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Dopant Charge Transfer and Fermi Level shift

When a system has a dopant, how much does the Fermi level shift? For example, say a finite concentration of substitutional dopants replace some bulk atoms, and each has one extra electron. Ignore any ...
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Average number of spin up particles

In a paramagnetic system, where $N = N_\uparrow + N_\downarrow$ is fixed, how does one calculate the average number of spin-up particles $\langle N_\uparrow \rangle$? You can assume we have the ...
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Partition Function for Two Level System

I have a system with $N_s$ sites and $N$ particles, such that $N_s >> N >> 1$. If a site has no particle, then there is zero energy associated with that site. The $N$ particles occupy the ...
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Is water a gas at critical density, room temperature?

I am quoting Chaikin, Lubensky, Principles of Condensed Matter Physics, p. 4. Now suppose we have a closed container of water vapor at a density of 0.322 g/cc at room temperature. As the ...
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Definition for Chiral Spin Liquid

What is the definition of chiral spin liquid? Especially what does chiral mean here? I encounter a lot of terminologies with chiral. It seems they mean differently in different contexts. If you could ...
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Holes in a P-type semiconductor under external force E

Basically in almost every semiconductor texts, there will be all these concepts concerning electrons, holes, dopants, fermi-levels. However, I have been always confused about the picture of hole ...
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Paramagnetism and large N

In a paramagnetic system, we have: $$N = N_\uparrow + N_\downarrow$$. If we have a large system, with $N >> 1$, is it generally okay to assume $N_\uparrow \approx \frac{N}{2}$ and ...
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Distinguishable, Indistinguishable Paramagnetic Ideal Gas

In the canonical ensemble, the partition function for an ideal gas is given by: $$\frac{Z}{N!}$$ The factor $N!$ accounts for the indistinguishability of the particles of the ideal gas. What ...
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What is a Zero-Phonon Line (ZPL)?

I am trying to understand the electronic structure of the negatively charged NV centre in diamond, where there is a so-called Zero-Phonon Line (ZPL) in the spectrum. Can anybody explain what a ZPL is? ...
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How are the finite speed of light and the atomic nature of mater related to the end of Moore's law?

In this article from 2007, Moore talks about the end of his Law. Can someone throw more light as to how the finite speed of light and the atomic nature of mater are related to the end of Moore's law?
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Paramagnetism Spin-1/2 Particles - Partition Function

I'm trying to come up with an expression for the partition function of a system of spin-1/2 ideal gas particles on a line of length $L$. The total number of particles $N$ is fixed, with $N = ...
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Long range repulsion in anomalous solids

As far as I know things like rocks, walls, rubber balls, polished tables etc. exert a short range repulsive force on other everyday objects that is responsible for hardness, softness, collisions, ...
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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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Ergodicity of the Drude model

The Drude model of electric conduction in solids deals with independent free electrons subject to random collisions with the crystal lattice (the direction where the electrons are scattered after a ...
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What is many body localization?

Is there any good definition of many body localization? It is the property of one state or it is the property of a Hamiltonian? Why does disorder play an important role in many body localization? ...
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is it possible to condense an object to a point?

When matter is condensed the mass stays the same and we also know that only the volume and density are the only other two effected variables. But is there a point in which the matter cannot condense ...
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Why do quasicrystals have well-defined Fourier transforms?

I was recently reading about quasicrystals, and I was really surprised to learn that even though they do not have a periodic structure, and only have long range order in a very different sense to the ...
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Ground State Degeneracy in ferromagnetic Heisenberg model

I am reading the book "Lecture notes on Electron Correlation and Magnetism" by Patrik Fazekas. It says, "The ground state (of Heisenberg FM model) is not unique. We have just found that the system ...
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What does the term 'a uniform RVB spin-liquid state' mean?

I encountered this term a uniform RVB spin-liquid state in some articles, for example, see the paragraph under Eq.(29) on page 9 in this paper. What does the word 'uniform ' mean? Simply from the ...
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Why do excitonic absorptions have small bandwidth?

Below is an image of the optical density (proportional to the absorption coefficient) of KBr crystal at low temperature. Indicated at 6.6 ev and 7.7 eV are the absorption by excitons. As you can see, ...
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Majorana wavefunction

I'm trying to compute the wavefunction for a Majorana state in an nanowire/superconductor hybrid system, like arXiv: Majorana Fermions and a Topological Phase Transition in ...
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Anderson localization in 1d, 2d and 3d

Why in 1d and 2d systems, all states will be localized for infinitesimal disorder, but in 3d only states with energy lower below mobility edge will be localized?
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How to derive the Mott gap mathematically

From the one-band Hubbard model, $H=-t\sum\limits_{<ij>, \sigma}c_{i\sigma}^{\dagger}c_{j\sigma}+U\sum\limits_{i}n_{i\uparrow}n_{i\downarrow}$, we know if $U\gg t$, the energy cost of two ...
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Bloch's theorem and Bloch's state

The question is not so much about the theorem, but more about what it means in this context: see this link. So yes, because of Bloch's theorem the Hamiltonian eigenstates in a crystalline system can ...
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What determines Phonon - Phonon collisions?

I was in Solid State Physics lecture yesterday and we BRIEFLY went over what causes phonons to collide with one another. Things such as crystal imperfections, boundaries, Temperature, but I was ...
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Two Photon Absorption dependence on Semiconductor Band Gap

It's well known that Two Photon Absorption coefficient is scaling with $E_g^{-3}$. Does anyone know what is the physical reason for this scaling? What is the physical theory behind this mathematics?
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What does it mean for a Hamiltonian to be SU(2) invariant?

Can somebody explain what it means when one says a Hamiltonian is SU(2) invariant? I know Heisenberg Hamiltonian is SU(2) invariant but why?
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Topological disorder in condensed matter?

What is meant by topological disorder in condensed matter (both crystalline and amorphous)? For example, please see the following two papers from arxiv.org http://arxiv.org/pdf/0906.3848.pdf ...
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Systems with different particle statistics

Is there a way to describe interactions between systems with particles of different species, that is to say with different statistics? For example: I am placing a boson next to a free fermion gas. ...
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Is the $SU(2)$ flux defined in the context of Projective Symmetry Group(PSG) an observable quantity?

The $SU(2)$ flux defined in the context of PSG is as follows: Consider the mean-field Hamiltonian $H_{MF}=\sum(\psi_i^\dagger\chi_{ij}\psi_j+H.c.)$ description of a 2D lattice spin-model, the ...
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A naive question on the Quantum Hall Effect(QHE) and the confinement in gauge theory?

The non-interacting 2D lattice QH system is described by the Hamiltonian $H=\sum t_{ij}e^{iA_{ij}}c_i^\dagger c_j+H.c$ My confusion is: Does this imply that the $2D$ lattice QHE is described by the ...
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Bose-Einstein condensate and nonlinear waves

Can Bose-Einstein condensate be written as non-linear wave equation (in terms of mean field approximation theory)? the equation is: source: http://xxx.tau.ac.il/abs/1308.2288 What I do ...
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A naive question on the $U(1)$ gauge transformation of electromagnetic field?

For simplicity, in the following we set the electric charge $e=1$ and consider a lattice spinless free electron system in an external static magnetic field $\mathbf{B}=\nabla\times\mathbf{A}$ ...
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Some ambiguous points on Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking (SSB)?

Almost in every textbook of condensed matter physics, the standard description of SSB could be formulated as follows: Consider the lattice Heisenberg model in an external magnetic field ...
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Dehn twists and topological order

I am trying to understand notion of a "Dehn twist" and how it relates to topological order. In particular refering to http://arxiv.org/abs/1208.4834 it is stated that Xiao Gang Wen's paper on ...
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Mean-field approximation of the disordered state of Heisenberg model

Consider a 1D ferromagnetic Heisenberg model with the Hamiltonian $$\mathcal H=-J\sum_i \vec S_i\cdot \vec S_{i+1}.$$ For $|\vec S|=\frac{1}{2}$, we have the usual fermionic representation $\vec ...
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Hubbard-Stratonovich transformation and mean-field approximation

For an interacting quantum system, Hubbard-Stratonovich transformation and mean-field field approximation are methods often used to decouple interaction terms in the Hamiltonian. In the first method, ...
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Is the thickness of a sample related to the intensity of x-ray diffraction?

I understand that in general if we're adding more planes of atoms (increasing thickness of sample) then the intensity would increase because we have more constructive interference. But isn't there a ...
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Does the low-energy gauge structure depend on the choice of $SU(2)$ gauge freedom?

The starting point and notations used here are presented in Two puzzles on the Projective Symmetry Group(PSG)?. As we know, Invariant Gauge Group(IGG) is a normal subgroup of Projective Symmetry ...
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Non-abelian behavior of vortices in p-wave superconductors

I am trying to understand why vortices in p-wave superconductors are actually non-abelian anyons and how this relates to Majorana modes. However I am having a hard time finding proper resources (in ...
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Why does bringing N 1-orbital atoms together yield N levels?

A common example of this is that when bringing N hydrogen atoms together into a ring. Far apart, assume each electron exists in the 1s state. As we bring them together, instead of each electron ...
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Connecting Fermi levels and band diagrams to potential diagrams?

I'm trying to make sense of how you can find the potential diagram given the band diagrams of a few adjacent materials. As a simple example, in semiconducting heterostructures, if you have sandwich ...
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Spinor and Scalar Bose-Einstein condensate

I read about an order paramater that describes a Bose-Einstein condensate. But I don't understand, the classification into "scalar" condensate and "spinor" one. Is it linked with spin of atoms that ...
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Symmetry breaking in Bose-Hubbard model

According to Landau's symmetry breaking theory, there is a symmetry breaking when phase transition occurs. What is the symmetry breaking of superfluid-Mott insulator transition in Bose-Hubbard ...