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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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What kind of free energy do we use for a superconductor in a magnetic field?

My reasoning is as follows (using Gaussian units): Start from the second law: $$dU=TdS+dW,$$ where $dW$ is the work done by the magnetic field. To derive $dW$, we consider a solenoid with current ...
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why do edge states in Graphene exist between the Valence and Conduction band?

I read in a review that there are 2 Dirac points in graphene, where the conduction band and valence band touch each other. Near these points electrons obey a linear dispersion relation. Breaking of ...
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Hartree-Fock correction to $e$-$e$ interaction

The corrections to the energy per electron in a jellium model (uniform distribution of positive ion charge approximation to the regulated long range order ionic array) is given by (in units of Ry) ...
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Meaning of “electrostatic” and “nonresonant laser” fields

I just read the following sentence: The molecule is subjected to an electrostatic field $E$ combined with a nonresonant laser field of intensity $I$, whose linear polarization is collinear with ...
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Does electron-electron scattering contribute to resistivity?

Electron-phonon and electron-defect scattering clearly contributes to resistance, but pure electron-electron scattering conserves the total momentum (and energy) of all the electrons. Then, how is it ...
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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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the difference between magnetic neutron scattering and polarization neutron scattering

recently I have been reading some papers about neutron scattering in High-Tc SC. I'm a little confused by the method of neutron scattering, especially about magnetic neutron scattering and ...
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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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Relaxation time approximation in anisotropic potential scattering event

In relaxation time approximation (RTA) of Boltzmann transport theory, the relaxation time is calculated by $\frac{1}{\tau(\mathbf{k})}=\frac{2 \pi}{\hbar V}\sum_{\mathbf{k^{'}}} \delta ...
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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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Why is the resistivity $\rho_{xy}$ independent of scattering time in the Drude model for the Hall effect

I was reading about the Hall Effect, and how it can be explained through the Drude model of conductivity. I was looking at the 2D model, as I'm mainly interested in 2 dimensional electron gasses. You ...
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Why use class multiplication to describe topological entangling and merging?

I'm studying some references about topological defects in ordered media like Soft matter physics: An introduction by Kleman and the Review modern physics paper The topological theory of defects in ...
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Why does Landau theory not fail when dealing with a first order phase transition?

Here is a problem where I can do the calculation, but I am not understanding the philosophy behind it. It is about Landau theory: The Landau theory of phase transitions is based on the idea that the ...
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Does an iron rich substance stay magnetised?

I am doing research (i.e. playing around) with a dry magnet and a material that has about 10% contained iron. The balance of the material is non-magnetic (i.e. silica and non-magnetic metals). It is ...
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What actually happens when light meets a surface(QED or QM or Condensed matter physics)?

I want to know what actually happens when light meets a surface like water or wood. Quantum mechanics says that objects are neither "transparent" nor "opaque". Rather a system as a whole can accept ...
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Why is there an energy gap in superconductors?

I'm a little out of my depth here... I'm trying to understand quasiparticle tunnelling in superconductor-insulator-superconductor junctions. Many books use the "semiconductor model" to explain this: ...
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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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What is fermion anomaly?

In the proposal of single electron source (PRL 97,116403 (2006)), the author mentioned that "a large momentum transfer $2n\hbar k_F$ associated with an excitation which is slow on the scale of Fermi ...
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Exact expression for the coefficient in Bloch-Grüneisen (BG) formula?

In most representations of the BG formula, there is a coefficient (usually left vague as an experimental parameter, but sometimes written out "analytically") in front of the integral: $$\rho=\rho_0 +A ...
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Atomic physics - lattice energy

Question: Why is ionic lattice energy inversely proportional to the radius of the atom? Most heterogeneous covalent molecules are polar to some extent. The degree of polarity, or the dipole moment, ...
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Quasi-particle and quasi-hole excitations of Laughlin states and generalization of Laughlin states

The Laughlin wave function at filling fraction $\nu=\frac{1}{m}$ is \begin{equation} \Psi_m=\prod_{i<j}(z_i-z_j)^m e^{-\sum|z_i|^2/4l_B^2} \end{equation} It is claimed in section 7.2.3 of Wen's ...
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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 $\Delta$ ...
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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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The relation between spectral function and band structure

I am confused by the wavevector in spectral function A(k,w). How to understand this k for a periodic structure? And how is it related to the k (in first Brillouin Zone) we use in the band structure? ...
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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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Would I get a shock from a Weyl fermion?

I know this is only just a new discovery. I assume this new quasi particle is a form of what "electricians" call current. I wonder though if it is more like AC or DC when it comes to touching the ...
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How to obtain the asymptotic behavior of Green's function?

This question arose from Eq.(9.135) and Eq.(9.136) in Fradkin's Field theories of condensed matter physics (2nd Ed.). The author mapped quantum-dimer models to an action of monopole gas in $(2+1)$ ...
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Phonon spectrum

I had a question regarding phonon spectrum in condensed matter. Consider a cubic lattice with '$p$' atoms per primitive cell. Consider the lattice plane used for derivation of the phonon spectrum to ...
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Evaluation of Green function for two site system?

Let's consider I have two site system whose hamiltonian has $2\times2$ matrix form. In general we can write the Green function for above Hamiltonian as $G^{-1}=i \omega-H $ or $G=[i\omega-H]^{-1}$ and ...
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Meaning of Time Reversal Symmetry

I was wondering if someone could give a simple explanation of what is meant by time reversal invariance. Is it analogous to spatial translational symmetry? If so, how? By spatial translational ...
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Why do we assume electrons experience lattice potentials in solids?

Why don't we assume the protons wave function spreads out uniformly and just provides a uniform background potential?
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Resistance of a cloud of free electron gas by Kubo formula?

How much is the resistance of a cloud of free electron gas, if at all? How much is the resistance of a cloud of free electrons in a periodic potential? Did anyone calculate it using the Kubo ...
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Tight binding in the limit of large system size

Suppose that one has a continuous Hamiltonian with spin-orbit interaction, for example $H=-\dfrac{\mathbf{p}^2}{2m} +\kappa({\boldsymbol\sigma}\times\mathbf{p}) + U(x)$ and want to approximate this ...
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Topological order and entanglement in quantum quench problem

I would like to ask about useful reviews, must-read papers on the study of topological order and entanglement in quantum quench problems that give a good introduction to the topic.
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Peierls substitution vs minimal coupling

In the presence of vector potential (let's assume it's uniform), a tight-binding Hamiltonian will be changed according to the Peierls substitution: $t_{ij}c_i^{\dagger}c_j \to ...
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How to write electron hole Hamiltonian into quasi-boson form?

V Chernyak, Wei Min Zhang, S Mukamel, J Chem Phys Vol. 109, 9587 (can be freely downloaded here http://mukamel.ps.uci.edu/publications/pdfs/347.pdf ) Eq.(2.2), Eq. (B1) Eq.(B4)-(B6). When I substitue ...
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e-e scattering time in graphene

I think its worth writing my second question in this post as a separate one. In normal Fermi liquid, the electron-electron scattering time $\tau_{e-e}$ is about: $$ \tau_{e-e} \approx \frac{\hbar ...
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How is superconducting coherence length measured in experiment?

In a superconductor, the coherence length measure the mean distance between two electrons in the Cooper pair. How is the coherence length experimentally measured?
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Why do we use the Einstein Solid for the heat capacity of metals at high T?

I am not sure how to best formulate this question, but see the title? What physical reason (or what equation can I look at) to see that, at high temperatures, all the electrons will oscillate with the ...
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Ewald summation without repeating one particle periodically?

I need to perform an Ewald summation for a Brownian Dynamics simulation. In the normal Ewald summation procedure, all particles in the simulation box are periodically repeated in the neighbouring ...
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What is the viscosity difference between a solid and a liquid

The pitch drop experiment, for example, shows bitumen as a liquid, even though it appears to be a solid, and then there is the "glass: solid or liquid" debate. Is there a numerical value in viscosity ...
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Time-independence of Hamiltonian of atomic chain

In the first chapter of Atland and Simons book he gives the Hamiltonian of the atomic chain $$ H[\pi,\phi] = \int dx \Bigg(\frac{\pi^2}{2m} + \frac{k_sa^2}{2}(\partial_x\phi)^2\Bigg) $$ After ...
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Why are band maxima / minima often (always?) at high-symmetry points?

(inspired by this question.) In every semiconductor that I can think of, the valence band maximum and conduction band minimum are at a high-symmetry point in the Brillouin Zone (BZ). Often the BZ ...
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What does Fermi level in the band gap mean?

What does it mean that the Fermi level for some semiconductors lie in the band gap? Is Fermi level definition different from what is know as usual? We define the Fermi level as the highest level of ...
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Excitation spectrum of heisenberg model

I understand that ferromagnetic Heisenberg model (lattice of spin variables that can point in any direction) spectrum can be deduced by a $\lambda\phi^4$ theory with $\phi$ being complex. This model ...
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Why does not the bare interaction potential appear in the Bogoliubov theory?

They use some effective potential defined by the s-wave scattering length, but not the bare atom-atom interaction $V(r)$. Why? It is standard practice in second quantization to use the bare ...
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Chern number of a two-level system

The bulk of my question relates to a two-level system, but I have some questions about the Chern number in general as well. The Chern number of a gapped periodic system (free fermions or mean field) ...
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e-e scattering rate in normal fermi liquid and in graphene

In Ashcroft/Mermin's solid state physics, in equation (17.64) they argued that: We expect from lowest-order perturbation theory (Born approximation) that $\tau$ will depend on the ...
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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, ...