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List of experimental band gap

does anyone know where one can find a list, database, book of experimental bandgap values of semiconductors? Is there such a collection? Or do I need to scour papers one at a time to get the values?
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Degenerate perturbation theory applied to topological degeneracy?

Consider a quantum system described by a gapped Hamiltonian $H_0$ with degenerate ground states (GS), adding a perturbation term $V$ to $H_0$, then the low-energy physics can be described by an ...
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How to distinguish Bose glass and superfluid phases in a harmonic trap?

In mean-field study of Bose-Hubbard model in an optical lattice, what parameter can be calculated to distinguish Bose glass and superfluid in a harmonic trap?
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Do metals have their distinctive look because of the electron sea which surrounds the metal atoms?

are metals shiny because of the electron sea which surrounds the atomic lattice of the metal sample. are metals more shiny because the electron are more evenly distributed on the surface?
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Is an object's color/shine/texture dependent on its electrons only? If electrons are same then why are there so many different colors?

when we look at an object be it a metal or a non-metal are we looking at its electrons only, so then if all electrons are same then why do different chemicals or elements or objects have different ...
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When can we take the Brillouin zone to be a sphere?

When reading some literatures on topological insulators, I've seen authors taking Brillouin zone(BZ) to be a sphere sometimes, especially when it comes to strong topological insulators. Also I've seen ...
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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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Why is an optical magnon with k=0 not an eigenenergy state?

I found in a paper the following explanation. Unfortunately, I can't understand it. Can anyone help me on this? In the limit of equal spins an optical magnon with k=0 gets an acoustical one at the ...
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Is the magnetization direction of a permanent magnet fixed?

I am now playing with a permanent magnet made of Neodymium. It is impressively strong. A question is, is the magnetization direction of the magnet fixed relative to its crystal structure?
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Physical, intuitive reason for divergence of dielectric constant at electronic percolation transition?

Several papers such as this (warning, PDF) and this (PDF again) talk about how, near the electronic percolation transition for a metallic 2D film, the real part of the dielectric constant diverges ...
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What do we mean when we say Bose condensation? And why can't fermions condense if they don't pair?

In common textbooks, we are told that bosons can condense in a single-particle state because of bose statistics and when the system undergoes a bose condensation, the bose field operator obtains a ...
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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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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 to understand topological order at finite temperature?

I have heard that in 2+1D, there are no topological order in finite temperature. Topological entanglement entropy $\gamma$ is zero except in zero temperature. However, we still observe some features ...
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Definition for Chiral Spin Liquid

What is the definition of chiral spin liquid? Especially what does chiral mean here? I encounter a lot of terminologies with chiral. It seems they mean differently in different contexts. If you could ...
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What is the general conditions for non-zero polarization?

I only know that for a system to have non-zero polarization it should break inversion symmetry. What about others requirements?
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Topological insulators: why K-theory classification rather than homotopy classification?

I am reading a 2009 paper by Kitaev on K-theory classification of topological insulators. In the 4th page, 1st paragraph in the section "Classification principles", he says, Continuous ...
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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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What is the meaning of Non-Relativistic theory in Condensed Matter Physics?

I an attempt to evade the Goldstone Theorem, it is argued in Gilbert and Klein and Lee's paper that in a non-relativistic field there exists a preferred direction which can be used to evade ...
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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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An approachable example of a field with a “mass gap”

Preamble: I have come to believe that alot of difficulties in explaining physics to people of all levels comes from the relatively mundane idea of a wave equation with a mass gap $$\left(-\partial^2_t ...
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Does the Night Mode of the screen display (LCD) save more energy?

In some cases, we can enable the Night Mode (reversing the bright and dark color of the display; such as White Text, Black Background) for the screen display. LCD(Liquid-crystal display) seems to be ...
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Difference between the 'phonons and virtual photons'

I understand what are virtual photons and the difference between the real and virtual photons. However, I am not able to clearly distinguish the difference between the 'phonons and virtual photons'. ...
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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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Energy band diagram for solid state: what is the meaning of $k$?

I am having trouble with the meaning of the $k$ vectors in an energy diagram. If I want to populate some band, let say using a laser, what will be the significance of $k$? Does it correspond to the ...
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Ashcroft Mermin Eq. 17.47ff

In "Solid State Physics" by said authors, Eq. 17.46 is $$ \rho^{ind}(\textbf{r}) = - e[n_0(\mu + e\phi(\textbf{r})) - n_0(\mu)]$$ and then the authors write In the present case we assume that ...
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What is tricritical point?

Critical point is the transition temperature of a second order phase transition. But what does tricritical point mean? WIki says that a tricritical point is a point in the phase diagram of a system at ...
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Material implementations of the holographic principle

I'm afraid this question is a little too open-ended, but bear with me while I find a better formulation. carbon allotropes (like fullerenes and graphene) are regular patterned. Conduction bands of ...
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Why do ferromagnetic thermocouples change their behaviour near the Curie point?

Having read Wikipedia's current explanation that certain types of thermocouple (specifically Type K thermocouples) experience a step-change in their potential when they reach the Curie point of the ...
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Locality in Condensed Matter Lattice Model

What is a proper definition of locality in condensed matter lattice model? I emphasize "condensed matter" because there is no Lorentz symmetry or "speed of light". I think it is quite important ...
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Are there new states of matter at ultrahigh temperatures and densities?

Under extreme energetic conditions, matter undergoes a series of transitions, and atoms break down into their smallest constituent parts. Those parts are elementary particles called quarks and ...
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What are the current contenders/most promising approaches to High Tc Superconductivity?

I want to know what kinds of things theorists are currently looking at. Specifically, I want to know more about the promise that field-theoretic methods are showing. I am studying superconductivity at ...
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Why is the canonical ($NVT$) ensemble often used for (classical) molecular dynamics (MD) simulations?

Molecular dynamics (MD) simulation is a common approach to the (classical) many-body problem. It relies on integration of Newton's equations of motion to simulate the trajectories of many (e.g., ...
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Graphene Chern number for Dirac nodes

Why do we add winding number at two Dirac nodes to determine topological phase?
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Matsubara Frequencie

I have to evaluate the following Matsubara sum: $$\frac1\beta \sum \left(\omega^2 +a^2\right)^{-1}$$ for Bosonic-Matsubara frequencies. I know contour integration it the way to go. Therefore, I ...
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Subtleties in the exact solution to the 1D quantum XY model, in particular the Bogoliubov transformation

I am writing programs to construct the spectra of models with known exact solutions, and soon noticed some subtleties that are not often mentioned in most references. These subtleties are not ...
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Interchaging boson and fermion on an infinite 1 dimensional line

In 1+1 dim bosonization, one introduce the Klein factors, which are Hermitian and satisfies Clifford algebra. (1) In the case of 1 dim space is a 1D ring ($S^1$ circle), then one have left-right ...
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Mean-field theory : variational approach versus self-consistency

I have a general question concerning mean-field approaches for condensed matter classical of quantum statistical mechanic systems. Does determining the mean-field by a variational approach always ...
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How to isolate and verify the source of optical absorption/effects?

This is similar to my other question, but not the same -- that one was about the energy ranges of various absorption mechanisms, and this one is more about experimental techniques to find them. Let's ...
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Condensate fraction and momentum distribution in cold atom experiments

In ultrcold atom experiments, people usually use time-of-flight technique to measure the momentum distribution, then get the condensate fraction information from the interference pattern. What is the ...
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Number of Goldstone bosons in paramagnetic-to-ferromagnetic phase transitions

In paramagnetic-to-ferromagnetic phase transitions, the symmetry spontaneously breaks down from SO(3) to the subgroup SO(2) below $T_\text{crit}$. This implies that there should be two Goldstone modes ...
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What does it mean for electrons to be “diffusive”?

I'm reading this paper and it has the line (end of 3rd paragraph, page 2): It turns out that the simple fact that electrons are diffusive instead of freely propagating leads to a profound ...
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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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Proximity effect and integrating out the quasiparticle degrees of freedom

I am reading at the moment the paper http://arxiv.org/abs/1401.5203 and try to reproduce the results. One result is the proximity correction $S_{\Sigma}$ to the system $$ e^{-S_{\Sigma}} ...
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Should a polyatomic crystal behave similarly to the bulk of each/either of its constituent elements?

Generally, metals are usually fairly conductive, but their oxides aren't. I know conductivity is just one attribute, but in general, should you expect a, say, diatomic bulk crystal's properties to be ...
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Neel order and O(3) model

The coarse grained fluctuations of the Neel order parameter in the half integer spin anti-ferromagnetic Heisenberg model is described by the O(3) non-linear sigma model with a strange berry phase ...
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Topolgical insulators order parameter

For topological insulators Is there any way to define order parameter for topological phase transitions?
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Chern bands and HEP Lattice Fermions: the emergence and the exact map

Chern bands or Chern insulators in 2 spatial dimensional(2D) are a way to construct the bulk insulating gap, but with edge or surfaces with gapless fermions. Such gapless fermions are emergent, and ...
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No Lagrangian description v.s. No quasi-particle description

This post is aimed to stimulate some discussions. We are familiar with many physical descriptions and theories of the (many-body quantum) system, with both quasi-particle description and Lagrangian ...
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Strong interacting v.s. Strong Coupling v.s. Strong Correlated

One of the active research areas in present is Strong interacting, Strong Coupling, Strong Correlated regime of the phases of matters. It seems to me that some physicists in the fields often mix the ...