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Why do physicists believe protons and electrons are present in equal numbers?

I tended to consider that negative and positive charges are present in equal numbers in the universe to be a known, obvious fact. But is it so? How can we rule out the possibility that there is some ...
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What are local electrons in a crystal?

I am reading Pekar's "Research in Electron Theory of Crystals" and I came across a passage I find a bit unclear: The theory developed below takes into account the dielectric polarization of a an ...
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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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Consideration of static atomic displacements in electronic structure calculations

I am hoping to discuss some details of electronic structure calculations. I am not an expert on this topic, so please forgive any abuse of terminology. It is my understanding that first principles ...
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Why is a critical quantum system described by a conformal theory in one higher dimension of space?

These questions are linked, so I've asked them in a single post: Why is a critical one-dimensional many-body system a two-dimensional conformal field theory?- Why the switch from 1D to 2D? What does ...
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How to write the Fröhlich Hamiltonian in one dimension?

I am currently working on a (functional) analysis problem refining Pekar's Ansatz (or adiabatic approximation, as it is called in his beautiful 1961 manuscript "Research in Electron Theory of ...
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Derivatives of fluctuations about a condensate

Firstly I am not sure as to whether I am using the word "condensate" in the right context. In QFT contexts I think I see it getting used to mean the space-time independent solution which would solve ...
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Has Chandra Varma explained cuprate superconductivity?

Chandra Varma is a theoretical physicist at University of California, Riverside. A couple years ago, he gave a talk at my institution purporting to explain superconductivity in the cuprates. It all ...
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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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What does an electron's wavevector mean inside of a crystal?

With a plane wave, I always took the direction of the wavevector, $k$, as the direction of propogation (magnitude proportional to the inverse wavelength). Alternatively, it could represent the ...
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Bloch oscillations - Scattering to other bands

In the free electron approximation, a Bloch state $|k\rangle$ is the linear superposition of free plane wave states $\sum_G C_G(k) |k+G\rangle$, where $G$ are the conjugate lattice. Since the ...
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What happens to a Luttinger liquid under time reversal?

Suppose you a have an ordinary Luttinger liquid with $$ H = \int dx \sum _{\eta= \pm 1 , \sigma =\uparrow,\downarrow } \psi^\dagger_{\eta, \sigma} (x) (-i v \eta \partial _x) \psi _{\eta,\sigma} (x). ...
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A physical understanding of fractionalization

all! Is there a physical understanding of fractionalization in condensed matter physics? The textbook approach is theoretical, not physical. I'm thinking of spin-charge separation for electrons, the ...
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Condensed matter physics for mathematicians [duplicate]

What is a good way for me to learn the basics of condensed matter physics? I'd like to get a better understanding of the fundamentals behind recent technological developments like OLEDs, applications ...
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Literature on fractal properties of quasicrystals

At the seminar where the talk was about quasicrystals, I mentioned that some results on their properties remind the fractals. The person who gave the talk was not too fluent in a rigor mathematics ...
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What are some predictions from string theory that say some crystalline materials “will end up in one of many lowest-energy ground states?”

I am referring to this recent "news feature" by Zeeya Merali from Nature magazine www.nature.com/uidfinder/10.1038/478302a. Here is the specific quote: "To make matters worse, some of the testable ...
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Edge theory of FQHE - Unable to produce Green's function from anticommutation relations and equation of motion?

I'm studying the edge theory of the fractional quantum Hall effect (FQHE) and I've stumbled on a peculiar contradiction concerning the bosonization procedure which I am unable to resolve. Help! In ...
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How does quantum trapping with diamagnets work?

I just saw this demonstration by someone from a Tel Aviv University lab. What they achieved there is mind blowing. I myself own a levitron that uses the Hall effect to levitate a magnet, the problem ...
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Canonical averages in a Fermi gas aka generalized Fermi-Dirac distribution

I am in the process of applying Beenakker's tunneling master equation theory of quantum dots (with some generalizations) to some problems of non-adiabatic charge pumping. As a part of this work I ...
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Looking for a good introductory-level review of pseudopotential methods

I'm looking for a good introductory-level review of pseudopotential methods. In particular, I'd like to understand how the self-consistent pseudopotential methods work.
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Renormalization Group for non-equilibrium

For equilibrium/ground state systems, a (Wilson) renormalization group transformation produces a series of systems (flow of Hamiltonians/couplings $H_{\Lambda}$ where $\Lambda$ is the cut-off) such ...
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What is a quantum simulator?

What is the idea behind of quantum simulator aimed to study properties of matter, such as using quantum dots to study the exotic quantum states?
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How can one localize the massless fermions in Dirac materials?

I noticed that finite electric potential cannot localize the low energy excitations in a graphene sheet. Is it possible to localize the massless fermions in the surface band of topological insulators ...
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How Fundamental is Spin-Orbit Coupling to Topological Insulators?

I'm well aware this is a very active area of research so the best answer one can give to this question may be incomplete. Topological states in condensed matter are well-known, even if not always ...
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Limitations in using FLEX as a DMFT solver

When using the fluctuating exchange approximation (FLEX) as a dynamical mean field theory (DMFT) solver, Kotliar, et al. (p. 898) suggest that it is only reliable for when the interaction strength, ...
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Nonlinear anomalous Hall effect

Has there been any research on anomalous Hall effect which would observe or predict a non-constant dependence of the AHE conductivity on the applied electric field?
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I found it strange in case of an egg omlette

Its known to everyone that when a solid is heated up to its melting point it turns into a liquid. What happens when a liquid is heated? Simple, it tends towards becoming gaseous. While making omlettes ...
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How do some substances “get wet”?

For example, paper's structural integrity decreases when it comes into contact with a liquid. What happens at the time of contact?
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Is there a way to directly observe the spin texture of the surface states of topological insulators?

Is there a way to directly, here I means in real space, observe the interaction of the surface states of 3D topological insulators with defects (dopings and adatoms)? How to observe the spin texture ...
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Good reading on the Keldysh formalism

I'd like some suggestions for good reading materials on the Keldysh formalism in a condensed matter context. I'm familiar with the imaginary time, coherent state, and path integral formalisms, but ...
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How do you obtain the commutation relations at non-equal times (for the edge of a fractional quantum Hall state)?

The edge of a fractional quantum Hall state is an example of a chiral Luttinger liquid. Take, for the sake of simplicity, the edge of the Laughlin state. The Hamiltonian is: $$H = ...
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“Classical” limit of Quantum Hall Effect

Imagine a partially filled $\nu=1$ state of the integer quantum Hall effect (IQHE). One way to think about it is to imagine a gas of electrons where each particle is locked to the lowest quantum state ...
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What is the energy functional for $\nu=5/2$ Moore-Read state?

I am trying to do some Monte Carlo simulations for Pfaffian state from Fractional Quantum Hall effect. I am wondering what is the energy functional for $\nu=5/2$ Moore-Read state?
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Heuristic argument for the temeprature dependence of specific heat in the “low” temperature regimes

Here by "low temperature" I meant it in the scale of the characteristic $\hbar \omega$ of the system. One can calculate and show that in the low temperature regime $C_V$ of phonons goes like $T^3$ ...
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Fourier analysis in crystallography

What is the best reference for an introduction to the use of Fourier analysis in crystallography?
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Identifying a critical phenomena?

I have a system with a number of measurables (in time). Some measurables are discrete some are continuous (within the measurement accuracy). How can I determine whether my system experiences ...
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Glass and isotropy

Glasses are amorphous materials. Nevertheless, as far as I know, in some areas of Condensed Matter, they consider that the glass is isotropic. Under what restrictions they can do this assumption? ...
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Free particle in magnetic field / Landau quantization

I have a question concerning a possible derivation of the Landau quantization. In our lecture notes (and some other places as well), the following ansatz is used: $$ \Psi(x,y,z) = ...
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BCS wave function in Neutron stars

I've heard mentioned in various classes that neutron stars, like superconductors, are described by BCS theory. I know that in superconductors a key element in forming cooper pairs is a net attractive ...
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How does spring constant change with resistivity changes

I want to create a set of silicon based materials that have been doped with different materials and/or different amounts of dopants. The purpose of this is to see how the spring constant of silicon ...
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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 $\Delta$ is ...
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A better conceptual model for cooper pairs in a superconductor

The conceptual model I have been introduced to for cooper pairs in a bulk superconductor is what I would call the "wake" model, where one electron deforms the positively charged lattice, changing the ...
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Effect of a external EM field on a dielectric

If an external EM field (a laser, for example) act on a dielectric (a glass, for example) what will be the effect of this field on the dielectric constant and on the refractive index of the material? ...
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Descent equation and anomaly polynomial

I am just reading Ryu, Moore and Ludwig's paper on classifications of topological insulators and quantum anomaly. They are trying to relate the quantum anomaly as a signal of the presence of a ...
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Expansion of multi-particle state vector as a sum of n-entangled states

Physically, quantum entanglement is ranged from full long-range entanglement (Bose-Einstein condensate), described by a basis of states that look like this: $$ |\Psi\rangle = |\phi_{i_{0} i_{1} ... ...
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$\theta$ term of anomaly related with topological insulators

I am reading Ludwig's paper "Electromagnetic and gravitational responses and anomalies in topological insulators and superconductors", and in this paper, although I am clear how they get the descent ...
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When is use of the 'effective mass' concept appropriate?

In textbooks the characteristic length scale of an exciton, or an electron bound to dopant atom, in silicon is calculated by analogy to the vacuum case. Bohr radius in vacuum: $$a_0 = \frac{4 \pi ...
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Mobile “muonic hydrogen”

If we look at the atomic positions in a single crystal sample with a diamond like lattice, there exist directions along which there are long hexagonal "tubes" (I'm not sure if these have a proper ...
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How far away are we from resolving high temperature superconductivity?

What are the major recent findings and their corresponding contributions to an overall picture? How well explained are the various regions of the dome, is there any thing that is pretty well ...
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Is it true that the angular momentum of electromagnetic waves in an anisotropic medium is an integral of motion?

Extending my previous question Angular moment and EM wave, does it make sense to talk about the angular momentum of electromagnetic waves in an anisotropic medium? It is not obvious that the angular ...