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How to derive the Aharonov-Bohm effect result?

In the derivations of the Aharonov-Bohm phase, it is directly mentioned that due to the introduction of the vector potential $A$, an extra phase is introduced into the wavefunction for case $A\neq0$ i....
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How to get conductivity from Green function $\mathcal{G}(x_1,x_2,\tau)$ of inhomogeneous system?

I'd like to study an inhomogeneous system, i.e., momentum is not a good quantum number therein. Therefore, I tried to calculate temperature Green functions like $\mathcal{G}(x_1,x_2;\tau)$, or its ...
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How to determine the orientation of the massive Dirac Hamiltonian?

In the calculation of the Chern number within a 2D lattice model, let's take the Haldane model for example, the Chern number$=\pm1$ has 2 contributions coming from 2 Dirac points described by $$h_1(\...
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What are qubits made of in Wen's string-net theory?

In Prof. Xiaogang Wen's theory, photons and electrons are described as quasi-particles appeared as a result of the existence of the string-net liquid, which is the topological order of the qubits that ...
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Dispersion Relation (e vs. k) clarification (crystal momentum or electron momentum)

If we get the dispersion relation from the Fourier transform of the lattice vectors then how do we get electrons information? Specifically, for the $k=0$ point of the graph, does this mean the ...
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Point group symmetries and unit cell

I was wondering if the unit cell (of a given lattice) had to have every point group symmetries of the lattice it defines ? I guess there is no unique way to define a unit cell and that it may not have ...
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How are superconductors discovered?

How do scientists discover superconductors? Do they test properties of every material available on Earth? Or do they do something mathematically?
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Atomic nearest neighbor notation

I recently got a correction to a paper that I am writing. The correction references a section in which I talk about nearest neighbors. The comment says: Do you mean NN, NNN, etc., or NN, 2NN, 3NN? ...
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spread of fock state distribution and infinite revival time of rabi oscillation in spontaneous emission

In cavity QED for a 2-level atom, the revival time for oscillation b/w the states $\left|\ e\ 0\right\rangle$ and $\left|\ g\ 1\right\rangle$ (absorbing the same photon that is emitted) is said to be ...
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If you suddenly move a piece of metal, will that disturb the free electron density?

If we have a hollow pipe sitting at rest filled with gas and we moved the pipe suddenly along its length to the right, then the gas density will be momentarily higher near the rear of the pipe and ...
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A conceptual question about Green's function's treatment of interaction

Here we have electron gas and some other stuff. We expand the Hamiltonian to the 1st order of one single harmonic oscillator's displacement $\vec{u}$. Its equilibrium position is at the origin. Then ...
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Bravais lattice with sublattices : why multiple bands?

I have a very naive question : given a tight-binding model (with nearest-neighbor hoping) on a lattice defined by a Bravais lattice with a number of sublattices (for instance the honeycomb lattice is ...
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Is crystal momentum an operator?

My teacher has for Bloch waves the notation $\langle \vec{r}|\vec{k} \rangle = e^{i\vec{k}\cdot \vec{r}}u_{\vec{k}}(r)$ and uses it consistently. However, does this not assume that there is an ...
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Qubit in Type 1.5 superconductor?

I'm interested in Type 1.5 superconductors, first proposed by Egor Babaev in 2002 and found in the laboratory in 2009 (magnesium dibromide). Such conductors favor small bundles of vortices. The most ...
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Finding the ground state of the toric code Hamiltonian

How do I write by proof, the ground state of the toric code (by Kitaev) Hamiltonian $ H=-\sum_{v}A(v)-\sum_{p}B(p) $ where $A(v)=\sigma_{v,1}^{x}\sigma_{v,2}^{x}\sigma_{v,3}^{x}\sigma_{v,4}^{x}$ and ...
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Is there a generic term for orbital groups such as $e_g$ and $t_{2g}$?

I am looking for a generic term for sets of atomic orbitals (viz. spherical harmonics) which are grouped by crystal symmetry. The most familiar examples would be $e_g$ and $t_{2g}$ (in cubic symmetry)...
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Simple examples for exchange and correlation

Is there an easy, in the best case intuitive, explanation of the difference of exchange and correlation? Is there a simple way to distinguish whether a certain contribution is due to exchange or ...
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Confusion regarding field operators

Second quantisation of the scalar field leads to an algebra of quantum field operators $$ [\phi(x),\phi(y)] = 0, \ \ [\pi(x), \pi(y)] = 0, \ \ [\phi(x),\pi(y)] = i\hbar \delta(x-y). $$ Where the field ...
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How do I write the Hamiltonian for a 3-level system?

I came across following types of three-level systems like V-system, Λ-system and 2-photon absorption It seems that their Hamiltonians can be written intuitively by checking out the coupled levels ...
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Do we have magnetic monopole? Is charge, according to yesterdays paper on Nature by Ray-Roukokoski-Kandel-Möttönen-Hall (30.01.14) quantized?

As everybody here knows, Maxwell's equation would look more beautiful if a magnetig charge were present. Beyond the aesthetics question, if a single magnetic Dirac monopole would be found, the ...
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Do holes have wavefunctions?

Do holes (as in the absence of an electron) have wavefunctions? In my understanding, when we talk about holes, we are implicitly invoking two multiparticle wavefunctions: $$\tag{1} \Psi(x_1,...,x_N)= ...
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Group analysis forbids band-crossing in 1D?

Group analysis forbids band-crossing in 1D in terms of conventional band theory. I read this in a good solid state physics book. But there's no explanation at all. Can anyone help on this?
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Interpretation of the 1D transverve field Ising model vacuum state in a spin-language

The 1D transverse field Ising model, \begin{equation} H=-J\sum_{i}\sigma_i^z\sigma_{i+1}^z-h\sum_{i}\sigma^x_i, \end{equation} can be solved via the Jordan-Wigner (JW) transformation (for further ...
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Coupling of open and closed channels in Feshbach resonance model

Feshbach resonance is described with coupling of 2 systems differing in the form of potentials :- one is said to produce a bound state (in 'closed' channel) and other is to produce scattering states (...
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Experimental methods for finding London penetration depth

I have been doing some readings on superconductivity and have come across the London penetration depth. I somewhat understand how it comes into play with the London equation and Ampère's law. Right ...
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Why can we quantize macro(meso)scopic harmonic oscillator?

It is well known that we have got many kinds of quantized macro(meso)scopic harmonic oscillators or so in tiny mechanical systems. People are talking about cavity cooling and so on. However, it is ...
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Berry curvature of Landau levels

If we consider an electron on a two dimensional surface with a magnetic field normal to the surface, we know the states the electron can occupy are Landau levels. If we additionally impose periodic ...
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s-wave, p-wave or d-wave collisions in scattering theory

In scattering theory, what is a good intuitive picture to think of s-wave, p-wave or d-wave collisions ? What is their importance and what are the examples where a particular one is assumed to be the ...
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Triangular lattice arrangement of vortices in a superfluid

In a simply connected container containing a superfluid and rotating, there is a net circulation of superfluid. This is found due to the vortices formed, around which the superfluid rotates. These ...
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Falling to closest quantized circulation level in a rotating superfluid

To make a superfluid rotate in an annulus shaped container, we start with a normal fluid, rotate the container, then cool it to below critical temperature to get a rotating superfluid. The allowed ...
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Does the projected spin state of the $d+id$ mean-field Hamiltonian on a triangular lattice has time-reversal(TR) symmetry?

Consider the following $d+id$ mean-field Hamiltonian for a spin-1/2 model on a triangular lattice $$H=\sum_{<ij>}(\psi_i^\dagger\chi_{ij}\psi_j+H.c.)$$, with $\chi_{ij}=\begin{pmatrix} 0 & \...
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Chiral Spin Liquid(CSL), Chern number, and the ground state degeneracy(GSD)

Consider a 2D gapped CSL with a nonzero Chern number $m$, then is the GSD of the system on a torus directly related to the Chern number $m$? For example, see this article, in the last paragraph on ...
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What is the difference between diamagnetism and superconductivity?

Basically, What is the difference diamagnetism and superconductivity? As far as I understand, diamagnetism comes from the fact, that all electrons in a solid, when exerted by an external magnetic ...
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How is Laughlin's gauge argument explaining integer quantum hall effect(IQHE)?

It seems essential in Laughlin's gauge argument that the sample has to be cylindrical(or with similar toplogy), so that we can "thread" a thin solenoid through to control the gauge function on the ...
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Why does a bucket of Water weigh more than a bucket of Air?

Given the numerous chemical compounds found in dry air [compressed into a liquid] of a given volume [lets say $22.4$ L for simplicities sake] whose atomic weights far surpass that of water alone ...
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Phonon mode in canonical and grand canonical ensemble

I derived the averaged energy for phonon mode with frequency $\omega$ in canonical ensemble and in grand canonical ensemble. Averaged energy derived in canonical ensemble is $E_c=\frac{1}{2}\hbar\...
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Overview and doubts about Bloch's theorem and the concept of partial density of states

So I have a large confusion with QM as applied to solid state. The following is a summary of what I know, what I think I know, and what I know I don't know. I hope to stir a discussion that will help ...
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Compute distance between planes in a crystal

I want to compute the distance between two (111) planes in a cubic crystalline structure, in order to do some computations involving Bragg reflection. I have a sketch of which the (111) planes are, ...
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Magnetic field exclusion and retention in superconductors

I'm studying the behaviour of superconductors in different cases, and I can't understand this. We have a superconducting cylinder with a coaxial hole inside (vacuum). When the cylinder is cooled ...
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Generalized tight-binding model - how to solve it?

Consider a generalized 1D tight-binding model (without spin) with the following Hamiltonian \begin{equation} \mathcal{H}\left(\{\chi_{r,r+1}\}\right)=\sum_{r}(\chi_{r,r+1}c^\dagger_rc_{r+1}+h.c.)~, \...
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Which quantum models violate the third law of thermodynamics and have an ergodic ground state?

Which any condensed matter quantum spin models over a finite lattice of size N which violates the third law of thermodynamics with ergodic mixings for the ground state?
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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 ...