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Computing the density operator commutation relations (Atland & Simons)

I'm trying to work through Altland and Simons' example of interacting fermions in one dimension. It's in chapter 2, page 70 (you can find it here). They define fermionic operators $$ a_{sk}^\dagger $$...
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Questions on the Lechner-Hauke-Zoller quantum annealing architecture

The Lechner-Hauke-Zoller quantum annealing architecture was first introduced in A quantum annealing architecture with all-to-all connectivity from local interactions. While going through the paper, I ...
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Eigenstates of 2D harmonic oscillator in a constant magnetic field

I want to find the eigenstates of the 2D harmonic oscillator in a constant magnetic field $\vec B = \vec B(x,y)$. My Hamiltonian reads $H_0 = H_{xy} + H_z$ where $H_{xy}$, is the hamiltonian of the ...
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Derivation of effective mass equation in carbon nanotubes

I am trying to reproduce the calculations in the paper here by Ando and Nakanishi and am already stuck on equation 1. It is stated that in the vicinity of $\epsilon=0$ the amplitude of the ...
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bare Phonon and Symmetry Breaking

In condensed matter physics, the phonon is considered as a quasiparticle which is a result of the quantization of lattice vibrations. In many textbooks on solid state physics, it can be done if we ...
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How to calculate the string order parameter (for Haldane phase) in density matrix renormalization group?

The ground state of the spin-1 chain is the Haldane phase, which is known to be a symmetry protected topological phase and cannot be detected by conventional order parameter (beyond the Landau-...
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Topological insulators and high symmetry points

I've been reading about topological insulators (topological systems in general) and one signature (or the defining signature?) is that an odd number of surface states cross the Fermi energy between ...
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Wick's theorem and transverse field Ising model

I am trying to understand calculation of correlation function in the ground state of the Transverse Field Ising model, from the following book, which is freely available: http://link.springer.com/book/...
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Temperature dependent chemical potential

Chemical potential is determined by the number of electrons in the system and coincides with the Fermi energy at zero temperature. The chemical potential can shift as temperature changes if the ...
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How Periodic Boundary Condition (PBC) is related to Band Structure of Quantum Dot?

I am reading about relationship between different lattices and their band structures.I have few questions about them: Q 1. Is is possible to find out band structure of a quantum dot (which is a ...
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quantum and thermal fluctuations in 1D, 2D, 3D

Why do thermal and quantum fluctuations destroy long-range order in 1D and 2D? Why not in 3D? If the answer is quite elaborated (with many formulas) perhaps a reference would be better. Sorry if this ...
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Why thermal conductivity increases with temperature?

what is the molecular mechanism with which thermal conductivity increases by increasing temperature? at least for metals? I know that heat increases the oscillations of the atoms in the crystal. But ...
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Validity of mean-field approximation

In mean-field approximation we replace the interaction term of the Hamiltonian by a term, which is quadratic in creation and annihilation operators. For example, in the case of the BCS theory, where $...
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Is Mott insulator the same as non-compressible quantum fluid?

In the field of ultracold quantum gases we study the so called Bose-Hubbard model given in second quantization: $$\hat{\mathcal{H}} = -t\sum_{\langle i,j\rangle}\hat{a}^{\dagger}_{i}\hat{a}_{j} + \...
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Rest mass of phonon: is this concept definable?

Phonons are obtaied by non-relativistic quantization of the lattice vibration. The dispersion relation is given by $\omega=c_s k$ where $c_s$ is the velocity of sound. What can we say about the mass ...
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Why identical particle states are multiplied?

In case of identical particles we multiply the individual wave functions of the particles to get the system wave funtion. But why are we not adding? Or performing any other operation to get the system ...
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Is diamagnetism a static or dynamic effect?

When we put a diamagnetic material in the presence of an external magnetic field $\vec B_0$, the magnetic field inside the material decreases to $$\vec B=(1+\chi_m)\vec B_0,$$ where the magnetic ...
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How to calculate the contour integration with branch point? [closed]

The question come from a Mutusbara Sum like this $${ \sum _{ { z=i\omega }_{ n } } { \frac { -\alpha E\pi }{ 4{ z }^{ 3 }\sqrt { -\alpha -z } } } }$$ it equal a contour integral around Imaginary ...
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How should I interpret the x-axis of an electronic band structure diagram ? Is it the direction an electron is moving?

Recently I've come in contact with electronic structure diagrams for my thesis and I have some difficulties getting an intuitive interpretation of reading these diagrams. What I think is happening: ...
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Anisotropic Hiesenberg model

I am reading the review article, "Quantum spin chains and Haldane gap" by I Affleck (http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/0953-8984/1/19/001/pdf). At one point of the discussion, he considers an ...
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Triangular and Kagome lattice anti ferromagnet at zero temperature

The triangular lattice with anti ferromagnetically coupled nearest neighbour ising spins has a power law ordered zero temperature state at the three sublattice wavevector. Kagome lattice, with the ...
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Is electron phonon interaction important away from fermi surface?

In weak coupling superconductor, the effective electron phonon interaction can be written as $$ H_{eff}=\frac{1}{2}\sum_{q,k_1,k_2,\sigma_1,\sigma_2} V_{k_1,q}C^{\dagger}_{k_1+q,\sigma_1} C^{\dagger}...
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Calculating the matrix element for interband absorption

I am reading the book by Fox 'optical properties of solids'. In chapter 3, he considers the interband absorption of photons in an direct band solid. It is necessary to calculate the matrix element ...
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Relationship between energy bands, DOS and magnetic ordering

I'm struggling to understand whether we can tell if a system will have magnetic ordering (e.g. antiferromagnetic) based on the aspect of an energy bands plot or/and the form of the DOS. My thought ...
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Conformational Analysis of Ethane and Butane

How does a condensed matter theorist explain conformations of Ethane and Butane using tools from Quantum field theory? If they don't how do they calculate energy differences and predict differences ...
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Why electron phonon interaction happends near fermi surface?

Usually the energy correction to electron by electron phonon interaction in metals at zero tempreture has the form(Gerald D.Mahan Many-Particle Physics, Third Edition, Sec. 7.4) $$ \sum(k,u)=\int\frac{...
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How to understand the idea of functional renormalization group?

I have been looking at how to use the functional RG method in many-body systems, but I don't quiet get the idea of it, it look different from Wilson's RG approach (eg. why shall we integrate out the ...
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Antiunitary operators in the tenfold way

In the classification of free fermion systems in condensed matter, physicists usually divide the systems into ten symmetry classes, first discovered by Altland and Zirnbauer. In their classification, ...
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Are symmetries of a degenerate ground-state manifold always broken?

If a Hamiltonian has a global symmetry and a degenerate ground state, then in the thermodynamic limit, the ground states $| \psi \rangle$ that are eigenstates of the symmetry operator typically become ...
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Phonon softening explanation

Is there a simple, intuitive answer of why phonons soften with strain? I am aware of the Grüneisen parameter but it just tells us there is a negative sign.
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Showing that the Yang operator creates an elementary excitation in the 1D Hubbard model using EOM approach

Hamiltonian of the 1D Hubbard model: $ H = -t \sum_{\langle i,j \rangle,\sigma}( c^{\dagger}_{i,\sigma} c_{j,\sigma}+ c^\dagger_{j,\sigma}c_{i,\sigma}) + U \sum_{i=1}^N n_{i\uparrow} n_{i\downarrow} $...
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difference between weak and strong topologiccal insulators

Does someone know what the difference is between weak and strong topological insulators? (And do both exist in any dimension?).
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Fermi surface reconstruction and fermi pockets

Certain quantum phase transitions are characterized by the emergence of some ordering wavevector $K$ : antiferromagnetism, charge or spin density waves, among others. In the case of Néel ...
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What is Landau-deGenes Expansion?

I am an undergraduate student in an introduction to condensed matter physics course and I am struggling to understand the process of Landau expansion of order parameter S as it relates to liquid ...
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What is the difference between Bosonic and Fermionic symmetry protected topological phases (SPT)

I am reading the paper ``Braiding statistics approach to Symmetry Protected Topological Phases'' by Levin and Gu. In this paper two spin models considered describe spin-1/2 particles in (1+2) ...
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Paradox in topological phase of SSH model

Consider the SSH model, i.e. the dimerized tight-binding model with Hamiltonian $$H = \sum_i (t+\delta t) c^\dagger_{Ai} c_{Bi} + (t-\delta t) c_{A(i+1)}^\dagger c_{Bi} + \text{h.c.}.$$ This describes ...
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Majorara zero mode in Ising chain, not exactly zero subtlety

We know the transverse field Ising model with N sites(open boundary), can be mapped into N free fermions(there are 2N modes if including the negative energy counterparts) With property: $$\gamma^\...
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Velocity matrix and non-local pseudo potentials

It is known that velocity of bloch wave functions are related to band energy derivatives: $$v(k)=\frac{1}{\hbar}\frac{\partial \epsilon}{\partial k}$$ However, in the following paper, it is given ...
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Kitaev chaing, time reversel symmetry, particle hole symmetry

I was wondering if the Kitaev chain has time reversal symmetry. I think it probably doesn't because by staking Kitaev chains it is possible to create a so called Chern insulator with propagating ...
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Why is hot wood ash more fluid than cold ash?

When I remove ash from my fireplace I do so by scraping it away through holes about 5 millimeters wide in the fireplace floor. Whenever the ash is hot, it definitely feels much more fluid than when it ...
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Exponential decay of correlation in PEPS

PEPS (Projected Entangled Pair State) is a tensor network that plays the same role in two dimensional lattice as MPS (Matrix Product State) plays in one dimensional spin chain. A good introduction can ...
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Energy (voltage) correction on energy level between metallic electrodes with dielectric and accounting for work function difference

My goal is to understand how to correct for the field drop and the work function difference when performing electrical measurements on a certain energy level of a sandwiched system. The situation is ...
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Inversion symmetry points of graphene

I have question about graphene. When you have the graphene lattice two types of atoms can be distinguished, let's call them type A and B.You can draw a unit cell that has the shape of a parallelogram....
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Cooper pairing from repulsive potential

Suppose the Hamiltonian of a many-electron system consists of a potential which is repulsive : $\langle k_1, k_2 |\hat V |k_1',k_2' \rangle > 0$ where $k_1, k_2, \cdots$ are possible momenta that ...
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Understanding various types of motion

In classical statistical mechanics, given a system of particles, one often goes about classifying various dynamics (or types of motion) the system may exhibit on different time scales, but studying ...
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Derivation of TKNN's main result from Kubo formula

I have a question about a small but meaningful (to me at least) step in the original TKNN paper (http://journals.aps.org/prl/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevLett.49.405). I understand the construction of the ...
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Is a phason a Goldstone mode?

Suppose we have a lattice system whose ground state is an incommensurate charge-density wave. Strictly speaking, this ground state does not have Goldstone modes because the only symmetry that is ...
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Drude Conductivity of Graphene

Use the Drude model to estimate the low temperature conductivity of a sheet of graphene, up to a dimensionless constant. (Assume the electron dispersion relation is $E(\mathbf{k})=\hbar v_F|\mathbf{k}|...
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Quantum Hall effect in a Corbino disk

I'm a little bit confused about the Quantum Hall effect. I follow a course in condensed matter physics and the Quantum Hall effect is seen as the mother of all effects in condensed matter physics ...
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Reason behind heating the substrate in Pulsed Laser Deposition

Why do we need to supply a constant heat to the substrate while depositing thin films in Pulsed Laser Deposition technique?