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Measurement of topological spin

How do you measure the topological spin of an anyon? So how could an experimental setup look like? Is topological spin an observable at all?
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Simulating the evolution of a wavepacket through a crystal lattice

I am interested simulating the evolution of an electronic wave packet through a crystal lattice which does not exhibit perfect translational symmetry. Specifically, in the Hamiltonian below, the ...
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Two-fluid description of superfluidity

I'm trying to teach myself about superfluidity and I'm slightly confused on the ''two-fluid'' description. From what I understand, the superfluid is considered to be a mixture of two fluids, a ...
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Bose-Einstein condensation in systems with a degenerate ground state

I understand that when a system enters the BEC phase a sizable fraction of the total number of particles enters the ground state, until at some point almost all of your particles are in the ground ...
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String-net condensation in 3D

In 2D and 3D quibit models, string-net condensation can happen. In 3D or higher models, is it possible for surfaces (instead of just strings) to condense?
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What conductance is measured for the quantum spin Hall state when the Hall conductance vanishes?

It's probably just a definition, but what did König et al. actually measure when he confirmed the existence of surface states in CdTe/HgTe/CdTe quantum wells (see http://arxiv.org/abs/0710.0582)? ...
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Optical constants of noble metals: the Drude model for microwave modelling

I have a question regarding the optical constants of noble metals. According to Johnson and Christy's paper Optical Constants of Noble Metals (Phys. Rev. B 6, 4370–4379 (1972), ...
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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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Optical equivalent of a superconductor

Is there some material state that can propagate light indefinitely without dissipation or absorption, like superconductors are able to transmit current indefinitely? If not, then the question is, why ...
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Is the liquid/solid line infinite?

Starting from the triple point, is the melting line between solid-phase and liquid-phase infinite? If not, why does it end? Because pressures are so high that classical inter-molecular interactions ...
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Lagrangian for Goldstone mode + topological excitation

The XY-model Hamiltonian is the following, $${\cal H}~=~-J\sum_{\langle i,j\rangle} \cos (\theta_i -\theta_j).$$ The Goldstone mode corresponds to term $(\nabla \theta)^2$ in the effective ...
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Why do phonons cause excellent heat conduction in diamonds?

Phonons are the quantum of lattice vibrations in crystals and are not to be confused with photons, the gauge bosons of the electromagnetic force. Apparently, they contribute to heat conduction, but I ...
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Impurity scattering [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Impurity scattering temperature dependence Is there any temperature dependence of relaxation time in impurity scattering of conducting electrons? It seems to me that ...
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How is the topological $Z_2$ invariant related to the Chern number? (e.g. for a topological insulator)

This question relates to the $Z_2$ invariant defined e.g. for topological insulators: Is it correct to relate $Z_2$ = 1 to an odd Chern number and $Z_2$ = 0 to an even Chern number? If yes, is it ...
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Are there any good reading materials for variational approach in many-body theory? [closed]

I need something like a summary of existing results, including the treatment of BCS Hamiltonian and Hubbard model. Auerbach's book is a good one but I still hope to get more comprehensive review. My ...
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Fermi surface nesting and CDW/SDW/SC orders

Fermi surface nesting and CDW/SDW/SC orders. What is the definition of a nesting vector? And why Fermi surface nesting gives rise to different orders at $T=0$? (CDW: charge density wave; SDW: spin ...
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Chern number in condensed matter physics

In mathematics, the Chern number is defined in terms of the Chern class of a manifold. What is the exact definition of Chern number in condensed matter physics, i.e. quantum hall system?
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Meissner Effect for Type-II Superconductors

I was wondering whether the breakdown field strength for the Meissner effect may be attributed to the Zeeman effect? I can see the latter (along with the Stark effect) to be more analogous to electron ...
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Asking for references on the variational treatment of spin wave

My idea is the following: We have a system with Hamiltonian $H$, and we know that there is spin wave in this system by some symmetry-breaking arguments. Now we start from the ground state ...
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What is Curie-Weiss temperature?

What is Curie-Weiss temperature? What is the difference between Curie-Weiss temperature and Curie temperature?
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About Efimov States and Halo-Nuclei

I read that Halo nuclei could be seen as special Efimov states, depending on the subtle definitions. (The last sentence in the second to last paragraph of this Wikipedia article.) This does ...
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Simple model of edge states for a two-dimensional topological insulator

Quantum spin Hall states or, topological insulators are novel states of matter that have insulating bulk and gapless edge states. Are there any simple models that show these features? See e.g. the ...
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What is different between resolvent and green function

I bumped into a book, where Resolvent $R^{\pm}(E)$ is defined as $e^{\mp iHt/\hbar}=\pm\frac{i}{2\pi}\int_{-\infty}^{\infty}dER^{\pm}(E)e^{\mp iEt/\hbar}$ and $R^{\pm}(E)=\frac{1}{\pm ...
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Where can I find a complete list of metamaterials up to today?

Where might I find a list of all the metamaterials up-to-date?
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$J_1$-$J_2$ Heisenberg antiferromagnet

In this paper, the authors solve for the excitation spectrum in a $J_1$-$J_2$ Heisenberg antiferromagnet using the modified spin-wave theory in the Dyson-Maleev representation. As an intermediate ...
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What is spin stiffness?

I read the defination of spin stiffness here But I can't understand how to twist an angle. Any help will be appreciated!
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How to derive the divergence leading to Kohn anomalies?

I'm trying to understand the mathematical derivation given in the book "A Quantum Approach to Condensed Matter Physics" on page 215 (see 1), for explaining how the phonon-energy perturbed by ...
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What does “particle number conservation” mean in condensed matter physics?

What exactly does it imply about a condensed matter system to have particle number conserved or not conserved? For example, why does the superconducting phase break particle number conservation while ...
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Variational approach to search the excitations. What will happen if start from wrong reference state?

By 'wrong reference state' I mean a state which cannot be transformed into desired ones via variational ansatz $\left|\Psi\left[\mathbf{n}\right]\right\rangle ...
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Applications of QFT in theoretical physics

I would like to know which fields in physics have seen growth or benefited by applying QFT? I know that approaches to quantum gravity such as string theory use QFT, HEP and also some branches of ...
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Griffiths phase

What are Griffiths effects in the context of condensed matter physics? From a cursory examination of the literature I've gathered the following: it seems that ordered systems have a "clean" critical ...
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What papers detail the early research on heavy fermion superconductors?

Can someone point me to the papers detailing when/where/how heavy fermion superconductors were first synthesized, tested and documented?
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Thomas-Fermi approximation and the dielectric function (+ small bit on graphene)

1) With the dielectric function, which is a function of wavenumber and frequency,how is it possible to take the limit of either to zero without changing the other one? I thought that frequency and ...
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Many faces of linear response theory

I have seen two forms of linear response: One is in the calculation of susceptibilities using Green functions. The other is in the evaluation of response currents, say, London current of a ...
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What's the differences among the concepts: binding energy, cohesive energy and formation energy?

In the papers about first principles (or ab initio) calculations, there are three energies which are often calculated: "binding energy", "cohesive energy" and "formation energy". Their meanings are ...
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Has BCS Cooper pair condensate been observed in experiment?

Feshbach resonance in s-wave scattering states a BCS Cooper pair condensation at B-field just above the resonance where the scattering length a <0. Just wondering if the condensation has been ...
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Why are Topological Superconductors hard to make?

Topological insulators (TI) have already been made in lab. Topological superconductors (TSC), being close cousins of TI, seem harder to make. Why is that? It seems that materials in connection with ...
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vacuum level alignment

When two materials are connected like the case in heterojunctions, we always firstly align the so called vacuum level[1], and then decide the relative position of other energy levels like conductance ...
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Why is the spinor wave function of graphene what it is?

Why is the spinor wave function of graphene $[e^{-i\theta/2}, e^{i\theta/2}]$? Could it be $[e^{-i\theta/}, 1]$?
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Orbital momentum and spin transfer through gauge mediator

I study the jellium model: conduction electrons free except for their mutual repulsion. We have the following vertex: ...
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Realization of Witten-type topological quantum field theory in condensed matter physics

It is well-known that some exotic phases in condensed matter physics are described by Schwarz-type TQFTs, such as Chern-Simons theory of quantum Hall states. My question is whether there are condensed ...
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heavy nuclei surface exposed to positron gas

Suppose there is a material with heavy nuclei attached on its surface, presumably binded by the outer shell electrons. Now, the surface is exposed to a cold positron gas, which annihilates against ...
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Where does Computer Science background students fit in Theoretical Physics [closed]

I am basically an Electronics student - background in computer science (that's where I want to work). I applied for an internship in USA in a research institute where the group is focused in ...
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Feynman diagrams and Hartree-Fock

I am puzzled by some lines I read in Mattuck's book on Feynman diagrams in many-body problems ( http://www.amazon.com/Feynman-Diagrams-Many-Body-Problem-Physics/dp/0486670473 ) Page 21 (1.14) for ...
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Could someone introduce books or reviews on electron-electron interaction to me? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Books for Condensed Matter Physics Could someone introduce books or reviews on electron-electron interaction to me? Especially its effects on screening and transport?
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Is it possible to make statements about bosonic/fermionic systems by taking the limit $\theta\to \pi$ or $\theta\to 0$, of an anyonic system?

One might naïvely write the (anti-)commutation relations for bosonic/fermionic ladder operators as limits $$ \delta_{k,\ell} = \bigl[ \hat{b}_{k}, \hat{b}_{\ell}^\dagger \bigr] = ...
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Ultracold atoms and General theory of Relativty

I am looking for good reviews for the subject of Ultracold atoms and it's application in test of General theory of relativity. I am planning to pick up this topic as a semester project, can somebody ...
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Inelastic Scattering and coherent scatterng

Another Scattering Question So I have this Bravais Lattice of sites R vibrating with some normal mode with a small displacement amplitude $u_o$, some wave vector k and some frequency $\omega$. We can ...
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limits of diamond anvils for high pressure research

in this wikipedia article regarding diamond anvils, it mentions that the pressure peaks roughly at 300 GPa. My question is why is this so? is the diamond crystal structure collapsing if higher ...