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Normal coordinates for harmonic approximation (classical lattice vibration)

I am reading Jenő Sólyom's "Fundamentals of the Physcs of Solids" vol. 1. and i am very much stuck at this point (chapter 11.3.2 in the book): In the harmonic approximation the potential energy of a ...
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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 does Kohn's theorem demonstrate that a rotating microwave field can only connect the ground state with the cyclotron mode?

This is a follow-up question to Proof of Kohn's theorem. I am confused about a point in the answer given by @NowIGetToLearnWhatAHeadIs. It is noted that the perturbing Hamiltonian in Equation 12 ...
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Ground state symmetry breaking in Bose-Hubbard model with spin-orbit coupling

The Hamiltonian for 2D Bose-Hubbard model with spin-orbit coupling on a square lattice is written as $ H = -t\sum_{\langle ij \rangle}\Psi_i^{\dagger}\Psi_j^{\vphantom{\dagger}} + ...
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Why the heat capacity doesn't diverge in the Kosterlitz-Thouless (KT) phase transition?

The KT transition has a special properties that, during the phase transition the heat capacity stay finite (so the behaviour of the heat capacity cannot reflect any critical behaviours). However, the ...
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Proof of Kohn's theorem

In 1961 W. Kohn's paper ( Phys. Rev. 123, 1242 (1961) ) first stated that the electron-electron interaction does not change the cyclotron resonance frequency in a bulk three dimensional gas. I can ...
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Topological superconductors: what is the role of spin-orbit coupling? Are there topological non-trivial states without spin-orbit?

Let's say I have a one-dimensional system with particle-hole symmetry and with broken time-reversal symmetry. As a consequence, the chiral symmetry is also broken in this case (the chiral symmetry ...
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Can water be magnetized?

This may be a stupid question, so feel free to shoot it down. Assuming all atoms have a magnetic moment, I would assume the water molecule too would have a resultant magnetic moment; ergo, it may be ...
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Wigner-Dyson vs Poisson level statistics in MBL effective Hamiltonian

Many-body localization (MBL) has been a hot topic recently. It was proposed that the MBL system can be describe by the following fixed-point Hamiltonian ...
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How do I evaluate the angular momentum of the wave function?

I'm working with Bose-Einstein condensates and running a 2D single component Gross-Pitaevskii equation solver for the simulations in MATLAB. The way it works is that it numerically solves the GP ...
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Reciprocal Plane diagram of body-centered cell?

I was reading that the reciprocal lattice of a body-centered cell (BCC) is simply the face-centered cell(FCC), right? Would each of the reciprocal lattice vectors be the FCC lattice vectors, but with ...
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What is the difference between primary and non primary order parameter?

I found that antiferomagnet has non-primary order parameter and I don't know what is the main feature of (non-)primary order parameter?
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Is there any relation between temperature dependence of resistance and fermi energy in metals?

Given that the resistance varies linearly with temperature in metals, is there any way we can calculate the Fermi energy from this information?
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effective field theory of the projective semion model

The "projective semion" model was considered in http://arxiv.org/abs/1403.6491 (page 2). It is a symmetry enriched topological (SET) phase. There is one non-trivial anyon, a semion $s$ which induces a ...
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How are topological invariants constructed?

I've seen several different definitions for what are called topological invariants, for instance in the context of Majorana unpaired modes, by Kitaev: http://arxiv.org/abs/cond-mat/0010440 ...
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Definition of Topological Order in terms of categories

I have a question regarding the definition of topological order as defined in Wen's review article http://www.hindawi.com/journals/isrn/2013/198710/. Is the distinction between boundary-gapped ...
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How to determine film thickness in a multilayer sample

What is the mathematical derivation or formula to determine thickness of each film in a multilayer sample with the help of X-Ray Reflectivity technique?
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Convert discrete sum to principal integral

I'm studying IQHE beginning with Laughlin's famous gauge argument. I referred to his Nobel Lecture, in which he mentioned a paper that enlightened him. It is Phys.Rev.B.23.5632(1981) which talked ...
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Quantum to classical mapping: quantum criticality and path integral Monte Carlo

I'm trying to understand the connections between quantum models in d dimensions and classical models in (d+1) dimensions within two, possibly related, contexts: (i) in path integral monte carlo, the ...
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What has been observed as the “Hawking radiation” emitted by a black hole analog?

I've noticed this paper which explains that they have observed the "Hawking radiation" emitted by a black hole analog. In which sense the Bose-Einstein condensate described by the paper can be ...
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Entanglement between the electrons in the Laughlin wave function

Consider the $1/3$-Laughlin wave function $$ \Psi \propto \exp \left(-\sum_i |z_i|^2 \right) \prod_{1\leq i<j\leq N} (z_i-z_j)^3 . $$ It cannot be written in the form of a Slater determinant, ...
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Spectral function with negative value

How does one understand a negative value in the spectral function $$\chi=-\mathrm{Im(G)}$$ where $G$ is the Green function and $\chi$ is a spectral function?
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Thomas - Fermi screening

I read in Ashcroft & Mermin's Solid State text that for the Thomas-Fermi approximation to be applicable, the external potential needs to be "slowly varying," What does it mean for a function (in ...
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What is the physical origin of van Hove singularity?

I am trying to build physical intuition about van Hove singularities. The density of states for a system with energy dispersion $E_\vec{k}$ is defined as $$ D(E) = \int_{S(E)} \frac{dS}{4\pi^3} ...
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Do photons gain mass when they travel through glass?

Please correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe that photons slow down when travelling through glass. Does this mean they gain mass? Otherwise, what happens to extra kinetic energy? I understand now ...
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Problem in deriving the second term in perturbation expansion the quantum ising model

So I'm trying to derive the perturbation expansion for one particle states in the quantum ising model (Sachdev 2011 QPTs which this is derived from ) $$ H_I= - J g \sum_i \sigma_i^x - J ...
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If a liquid is compressed enough, would it become solid?

If a liquid were to be compressed so tensely that the particles had no room to move, would it then become a solid? Also, would the same happen with a gas?
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Electric polarization in terms of berry phase?

I was reading a text in which Electric polarization in terms of Berry phase was defined as $P=\frac{e}{2\pi}\sum_{n}\int A_n (k) dk$ under gauge transformation $P\rightarrow P+ne$ (which means ...
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Do indirect optical transitions “cool” the material a little?

So I'm reading in Ashcroft and Mermin about indirect optical transitions: So, a photon comes in, and it only excites the electron across the indirect band gap if a phonon with the appropriate wave ...
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Four dimensional Bravais lattice

I am wondering if there are any reference on four dimensional Bravais lattice and their primitive vectors, even an example will help.
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Graphene and relativistic dynamics

Is it possible to rewrite the Lorentz-transformations (for quantum particles) in terms of effective mass m* known from condensed matter physics? "From pencil lead to relativistic quantum physics" "A ...
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Is the speed of sound almost as high as the speed of light in neutron stars?

Have you ever wondered about the elastic properties of neutron stars? Such stars, being immensely dense, in which neutrons are bound together by the strong nuclear force on top of the strong gravity ...
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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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which are the non-abelian anyons for universal quantum computation

I am trying to get a list of non-abelian anyons that can be used for universal quantum computation by implementing gates via braiding. I found that Majorana fermions and para-fermions (not sure about ...
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Chiral Fermion Problem and the String Net Model

In Xiao-Gang Wen's book "Quantum Field Theory of Many-Body Systems", he mentions that (the string-net condensation picture)...has a problem: we do not yet know how to produce the $SU(2)$ part of ...
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Is Chern-number for free fermion system always limited by total band number, i.e. number of orbits with a unit cell?

If so, how to see that? Also I think it has been proven that the total Chern-number for free fermion system is 0? If you know how to prove it, please make some comment or hopefully a sketch of ...
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Recommendations for Advanced Books on the Interface between CMT and Quantum Information

I am looking for a book/review article/website which covers applications of condensed matter theory to quantum information. In particular, I am interested in such topics as a mathematical description ...
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Particle hole symmetry of single site?

Let's consider I have a system with equal number of spin up and spin down particles Now I consider a single site of system,I have a state $c_{i\uparrow} ^{\dagger}\mid 0\rangle$ under particle hole ...
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Symmetry of Bloch Hamiltonian

If a crystal system preserve a symmetry C, why its Bloch Hamiltonian satisfy $H(C\vec k)=CH(\vec k)C^{-1} $
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How to compute the density of state from the Green function?

I'd like to plot the density of state (DOS) for a specific system, say an s-wave BCS superconductor, the Green function of which is ...
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Has anyone experimentally shown the quantized thermal hall conductivity in Quantum Hall systems?

For background: In a $D=2+1$ state with edge modes described by a chiral $( c_L \neq c_R )$ CFT there is a predicted thermal Hall conductance associated with the gravitational anomaly at the edge. ...
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Is the photon truly not absorbed in Raman scattering?

In reading about Raman Scattering, I was thinking while reading it "okay, incident photo absorbed by molecule, molecule goes to higher energy vibrational state, molecule re-emits photon with either ...
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Definition of Fourier Transform on a Lattice

I am reading a book(EDIT: the book is Czyholls theoretical condensed matter physics, though i am not sure if there is an english version) where for periodic functions $f(x_l+L)=f(x_l)$ the Fourier ...
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Is molecular vibration just phonon modes for a single molecule?

I'm reading about Raman Scattering, of which a big part is measuring the energy lost to/gained from Molecular Vibrations. I wasn't totally clear on exactly what is "vibrating" in vibrational modes (is ...
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How can one reasonably theoretically model polycrystalline materials?

Many techniques are taught in advanced solid state courses but they are almost all derived for perfectly crystalline materials. For example, band structure really only appears theoretically when you ...
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why is DFT(Density Functional Theory) weak in evaluating semiconductor and insulator bandgaps?

we say that the DFT (Density Functional Theory) is to obtain the ground state properties of a quantum system and then we say: so, we can not use it to obtain the semiconductors and insulators band ...
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Effects of cutting carbon nanotube buckypaper

Carbon nanotube buckypaper is a film/paper made from a mesh of carbon nanotube fibers, where each fiber is a bundle of a couple hundred nanotubes. This paper is flexible and tough like normal paper, ...
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How to show time reversal symmetry does not break in the tight binding Hamiltonian for the honeycomb lattice?

The Hamiltonian of the honeycomb lattice is $$ H=\sum_{k\sigma}t(k) a_{k\sigma}^\dagger b_{k\sigma}+h.c $$ Where $t(-k)=t^*(k)$. If we do a time reversal transformation(according the answer to this ...
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Does graphene have a honeycomb lattice?

In my grand ignorance I would state that graphene has a honeycomb lattice. Some tend to agree with me and some others do not. I'm curious to know what members of the SE community think is the right ...
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How to find dielectric constants of ferroelectric materials experimentally?

What is the procedure to find out dielectric constant of barium titanate at different temperatures ?