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Why spin-1/2 objects doesn't have quadrupolar magnetic moment?

I'm asking myself more generally why a spin of size S will feature multipolar states of degrees k up to 2S ? (This implies the question in the title : spin-1/2 can't have any quadrupolar ...
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At what densities the many-body approaches are valid?

Suppose we have a n-particle interacting system with a potential $V=a/(r1-r2)$, it is a pseudo-coulomb potential: you can choose it fermion or boson. Then, at what densities the many-body approaches ...
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How to verify/falsify the existence of localised edge states numerically?

I have to consider a Hamiltonian given in second quantized form in real space $$H = \sum c_k^\dagger h_{kl} c_l \, ,$$ describing fermions on a 2d hypercubic lattice. The concrete form of the matrix ...
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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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Does exciting an electron across the band gap change either its position or its localization?

I suspect that exciting an electron from its valence band to conduction band doesn't change its position, since the difference between the two bands are just their energies, but I want to know for ...
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Topological term under electron-electron interaction

By integrating out fermions in gapped Dirac Hamiltonian, one can obtain a topological term for topological insulator. Why there is no further correction to this term when electron-electron interaction ...
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How geometry, and hence, a tight-binding Hamiltonian dictates the eigenvalues?

Considering an 'N' atom system, how should we understand the geometric dependence on the calculated eigenvalue spectrum by solving the nearest neighbor tight-binding Hamiltonian? A simple example ...
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Random walk with self-transitions taking continuum limit

does anyone have any suggestions regarding how to correctly treat the continuum limit of a random walk that has non-zero self-transition probabilities? To put this concretely, let's say that the ...
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Macroscopic polarization operator (Berry's phase?)

I am faced with the problem of extracting the velocity from a density matrix which has a periodic nature with infinite spatial extent. This density matrix has time harmonic terms which hold the ...
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On the Bogoliubov transformation in the BCS

I have a question regarding the diagonalization of the BCS-Hamiltonian using the Bogoliubov-DeGennes-transformation. I hope someone can help me, so I start with the following Hamiltonian, it is ...
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Anderson-Higgs mechanism for the (non-relativistic) $U(1)$ gauge theory under the unitarity gauge

On Page 138, Quantum Field Theory of Many-body Systems: From the Origin of Sound to an Origin of Light and Electrons by Xiaogang Wen, when he demonstrates the Anderson-Higgs mechanism for the $U(1)$ ...
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How to expand free energy of Heisenberg spin chain?

In Dasgupta & Ma's 1979 paper "Low-temperature properties of the random Heisenberg antiferromagnetic chain", they give the free energy of a few interacting Heisenberg spins on a chain. I can't ...
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Destroying currents in superconducting rings by vortex tunneling

Consider a superconducting metal ring in which there is a persisting current $I$. I am interested in the failure of this current to remain "persisting" in the ring, although this will occur at ...
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Argument of E. Fradkin on the mean-field theory of spin liquids

I have read the chapter 8 of Field Theory of Condensed Matter Physics (2ed.) by E. Fradkin a couple of times, but I still confused by his argument at some points. I hope you can help me with that. ...
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Fourier Transforms Related to Green's Functions

I'm reading a text on field theory where there are a number of assertions made about Fourier transforms that I'm finding confusing. For example, let $G^R = -i \theta(t - t')e^{-i \omega_0 (t - t')}$. ...
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How the Vortex containing majorana bound state is non-abelian statistics

Recently,I read some papers about non-abelian statistics of majorana fermion, such as: Majorana Returns F. Wilczek http://www.nature.com/nphys/journal/v5/n9/full/nphys1380.html and Non-Abelian ...
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Winding number for SSH model

The Hamiltonian for SSH model can be written as $h(k)=\begin {pmatrix}0&t_1+t_2exp^{-ika}\\t_1+t_2 exp^{ika}&0 \end{pmatrix}$ for finding the topological invariant Why we only calculate the ...
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Topology of Fermi surface

In The universe in a Helium droplet, Grigory Volovik relates the stability of a fermi surface to topology of a Green function. There he gives the example of a Fermi gas and says that the Green ...
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Is density functional theory a mean-field theory?

Is density functional theory exact or just a mean-field theory?
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Topological invariant for interacting systems using single particle green functions?

Why Single particle green's function is (preferred) used to find topological for interacting systems? $N_1 =\frac{\epsilon_{ijk}}{24 \Pi ^2} \int dw d^3k G \partial_i ...
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Can we say an atom is ferromagnetic?

Some atoms have nonzero magnetic moments. Does it make sense to say they are ferromagnetic? Or should we say it is paramagnetic?
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Anomaly for Majorana fermion?

In 4-spacetime dimension, is there U(1) gauge field chiral anomaly associated with Majorana fermion (or I am not sure if it is equivalent, majorana representation)? Besides, I have read from several ...
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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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what is the difference between the trivial SPT phase and nontrivial SPT phase?

I read some paper and found two terms "trivial SPT" and "nontrivial SPT". I am wondering what is the difference between trivial SPT and nontrivial SPT. Thank you! SPT stands for symmetry-protected ...
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Effect of applying a gate voltage to a strongly correlated system

In strongly correlated systems, there are different ways of driving a metal-insulator transition (MIT), say, bandwidth control, filling control and dimensionality control (See MIT). As for the method ...
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How can I calculate the character table for double group in spin-orbit interaction

When I read the book(Group theory: application to condensed matter physics) page 347, I found I don't know how to derive the new irreducible representations in the double group.
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Density of energy eigenstates in Heisenberg model

Consider the Heisenberg model for spin-$\frac{1}{2}$ particles in 1 dimension. Take the case described by the hamiltonian: $J\sum_{i,i+1}(\sigma^x_i\sigma^x_{i+1} + \sigma^y_i\sigma^y_{i+1} + ...
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Confusion between band structure and energy gap of conventional superconductor

Can anyone please clarify my confusion? Why does a superconducting state conducts electricity even if it has an energy gap? The difference between metals and insulators is that there is a gap at the ...
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Precisely speaking, does photon become massive or the phonon become massive, due to Higgs mechanism in superconductor?

Consider the low-energy field theories of superfluids and superconductors. In superfluids, the spontaneous breaking of the order parameter's phase creates phonons as the massless Goldstone ...
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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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How is the current equation calculated from Ginzburg-Landau (GL) free energy?

In the Ginzburg-Landau theory, we can get the current expression from GL free energy: $$F = \int dV \left \{\alpha |\psi|^2 + \frac{\beta}{2}|\psi|^4 + \frac{1}{2m^*} \mid (\frac{\hbar}{i}\nabla - ...
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A naive question about topologically ordered wavefunction?

Topological entanglement entropy (TEE, proposed by Levin, Wen, Kitaev, and Preskill) is a direct characterization of the topological order encoded in a wavefunction. Here I have some confusions, and ...
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What is the physical significance of the Curie constant?

What is the physical significance of the Curie constant? I understand it depends on the effective moment of the ion and hence must be some measure of it, but what is it exactly? Like some average ...
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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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What is the spin of a magnetic impurity?

I am reading this seemingly important paper Local Magnetic Moment Associated with an Iron Atom Dissolved in Various Transition Metal Alloys. It is strange to me that the magnetic impurity has ...
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Dielectric constant of Transition Metal Dichalcogenides (TMD)

Why is the in-plane dielectric constant of transition metal dichalcogenides larger than the out-of-plane dielectric constant? Is this because of the spacing between monolayers of the TMD? Why do ...
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Can a conformal field theory with chiral central charge be gapped out?

Consider a 2-dimensional conformal field theory with nonzero chiral central charge (that is, the central charges of the holomorphic and antiholomorphic sectors are different.) I think that ...
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What makes a superconductor topological?

I have read a fair bit about topological insulators and proximity induced Majorana bound states when placing a superconductor in proximity to a topological insulator. I've also read a bit about ...
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Normal modes and lattice symmetry

In chapter 22 of Ashcroft & Mermin, it says: Theorem: any transformation that leaves $\mathbf{k}$ and the lattice invariant must transform one normal mode with wave-vector $\mathbf{k}$ to ...
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Why do objects have size? [closed]

What is the reason objects, like coffee mugs, have size?
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why doesn't liquid metal vaporize in a vacuum?

I am wondering why molten metal in a vacuum of electron beam and machines never turns to gas like liquid water does when exposed to a vacuum.
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ZnO nanorods synthesis

Could someone please let me know the steps to be used for sol-gel method synthesis of ZnO nanorod arrays using PVA as solvent and Zn acetate as precursor? I need vertical and uniformly aligned NR ...
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Debye-Huekel Theory and the continuum approximation

This question stems from a problem I was doing on the Debye-Hueckel theory. It says that the continuum approximation which underlies the Debye-Hueckel theory is valid provided that $\lambda_D \gg ...
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Equivalence classes of mappings from $T^{2}$ to an arbitrary space $X$

I was reading the paper "Homotopy and quantization in condensed matter physics", by J.E Avron et al. ( http://journals.aps.org/prl/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevLett.51.51). There they have classified the ...
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Phase Transition at Zero Temperature (Not QPT)

As is well known the Ising model exhibits a phase transition, except the one dimensional case in which the phase transition occurs strictly at $T=0$. Now I have always thought that this makes the case ...
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Relation between scattering matrix and an effective Hamiltonian

Could somebody provide the proof (or reference to some accessible literature) of relation $$S(E) = 1 + 2πiW^{†} (H_M − E − iπW W^{†} )^{−1} W \tag{2}$$ of arXiv:0806.4889, which relates $S$-matrix to ...
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Hartree Fock equations

I don't understand how the Hartree Fock equations define an iterative method! For this discussion, I am referring to the HF equations as described here: click me! Basically if you guess a bunch of ...
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How to calculate phonon decay rate?

Here, the authors calculate the quality factor for a resonator. They take it as one over phonon decay rate, given by (24). Simplified, (24) looks like this: \begin{equation} \Gamma = \gamma_{N-1,N} - ...
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Is it possible to write the Lorentz oscillator model using Green's functions concepts?

Is it possible to write: $$\lim_{\gamma_j\rightarrow0}Im\left(\frac{1}{\omega_j^2 - \omega^2 - i\omega \gamma_j}\right)$$ which occurs, for example, in the Drude-Lorentz oscillator model for ...
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What does a correlation function measure and how does it do this mathematically?

I would really appreciate if someone could explain. What does a correlation function like a density-density correlation function $$C_{nn}(\vec x_1, \vec x_2)= \langle n(\vec x_1) n(\vec x_2)\rangle$$ ...