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The boundary between polycrystalline and crystalline

My current understanding of solid crystalline-like materials (please correct me if I'm wrong!) is that it is a continuum in terms of crystallinity, from amorphous (basically no periodicity) to single ...
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Can anyons emerge from momentum-space other than spatial dimensions?

So far in condensed matter physics, I only know anyons(abelian or nonabelian) can emerge as quasiparticles in 2D real-space. But is there any possibility to construct anyons in momentum-space ? And ...
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About Dirac cones

This nice image of Dirac cones (from this article), in a ($E,\vec k$ graph) will be an introduction for several questions, in the realm of topological insulators. 1) Does the Dirac cone appears only ...
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Bound states and scattering length

What is the relationship between bound states and scattering length? What is the relationship between scattering states and scattering length? When we say, potential is 'like' repulsive for positive ...
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Experimental signature of topological superconductor

I was wondering if someone can provides some clear experimental signatures of a topological superconductors ? I was thinking about that, because for topological insulator, one of the hallmarks is ...
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Discretization of Hamiltonian using finite difference always justified?

I have this continuum version $$ H_{R}=\int dx\psi^{\dagger}(x)(\frac{p^{2}}{2}+V)\psi(x) $$ with $V$ as constant potential. Is it always justified to go from this to $$ \sum_{i}c_{i}^{ \dagger }\...
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Reconciling topological insulators and topological order

We make an important distinction between the topological insulators (which are essentially uncorrelated band insulators, "with a twist") and topological order (which covers a variety of exotic ...
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Non-equilibrium Green functions

How do we use non-equilibrium Green's functions (NEGF) or the Keldysh formalism in the theory of quantum transport? Please take a simple example like the Hopping model with a non-equilibrium ...
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Kubo formalism application

Suppose I have some pertubative Hamiltonian on the Hubbard Hamiltonian and I want to calculate the change in current in linear response using the Kubo formalism. Now the kind of perturbative ...
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current operator in Hubbard model

How to derive the particle current operators for the non-interacting and interacting Hubbard model ? Hubbard Hamiltonian is given here with the interaction term: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
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spectral function in condensed matter physics

What is the importance of deriving the results of perturbation theory in condensed matter physics in terms of spectral functions ?
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periodic boundary conditions for vortex in a square lattice

I am trying to follow this paper and track the dynamics of vortex motion on a discrete (square) lattice. The idea is to simulate the time evolution of the Gross-Pitaevskii (GP) equation, which reads (...
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Particle current operator in general vs Particle current operator for tight binding Hamiltonian

I am referring Mahan Many-Particle Physics. There are 2 particle current operators -one in general and one for the tight binding Hamiltonian. How do we go from the general current operator (1.195 in ...
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Types of Solitons

In the condensed matter literature, I have seen broadly two types of solitons which are dark and bright corresponding to fall and rise in density. (I know only the number density case ). But among the ...
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Why NPT ensemble is used for solid state phase transitions?

In Monte Carlo simulations of solid state phase transitions, why often Isobaric Isothermal ensemble (NPT) is used ? Why not NVT ? Here, N is number of atoms, P is pressure, T is temperature and V is ...
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Quantum Hall Effect and Edge States

In quantum hall effect we measure the hall conductance (in transverse direction) which is quantized. My question how do they take care of the edge states that are in the longitudinal side?
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Hexagonal Warping

Hexagonal warping had observed in $Bi_2Te_3$. Is it related somehow with the topological insulator type? Is it a characteristic of weak topological insulator or are there other reasons for this ...
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Trivial and Non-trivial topology of band structure

I don't understand the meaning of the expression "trivial topology" or "non-trivial topology" for an electronic band structure. Does anybody have a good explanation?
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Topological band structure, difference between a sphere and a donut

Kohmoto from TKNN(Thouless-Kohmoto-Nightingale-deNijs) who described the topology of the integer quantum hall effect always stressed the importance of the 2D Brillouin zone being a donut due to ...
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Phase diagram of SO(5) rotor model

It was originally a problem from Professor Eugene Demler's problem set. Consider an SO(5) rotor model: \begin{align}\mathcal{H}=\frac{1}{\chi} \sum_{i,ab}L_{ab}^2(i)-J\sum_{<ij>,a}n_a(i)n_a(j)+...
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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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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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Why is the Fermi surface stable?

As a condensed matter physicist, I take it for granted that a Fermi surface is stable. But it is stable with respect to what? For instance, Cooper pairing is known as an instability of the Fermi ...
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How to justify matter-field interaction for non-gauge-invariant Hamiltonian?

I'm wondering how can one formally justify the electromagnetic response of a system which does not verify local U(1) gauge invariance. A good example of what I would like to consider is given by the ...
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Accelerated charged particles produce electromagnetic radiation, but holes (the charge carriers) do not. Is this correct?

Holes are treated as particles in solid-state physics, so I've had some trouble with reasoning through this properly.
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About the microscopic form of magnetocrystalline anisotropy

Currently people write magnetocrystalline anisotropy as $H_{an}=-K s_x^2$ from its classical counterpart: $H_{an}=-K ( \sin \theta)^2$ where $K$ is the anisotropy constant, but for spin 1/2, $s_x^2$ ...
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Imposing anti-commutation relations on fermionic quasi-particles

In many theories of CMT, we assume the nature of quasi-particles (without giving proper justifications). For example, we assume nature of quasi-particles to be fermionic in case of a interacting ...
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The critical point of Bose-Hubbard model

The Hamiltonian of Bose-Hubbard model reads as $$H=-t\sum\limits_{<i,j>}b_i^{\dagger}b_j+h.c.+\frac{U}{2}\sum\limits_{i}n_i(n_i-1)-\mu\sum\limits_in_i$$. In the limit $t\ll U$, the ground ...
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Toward the establishment of non-equilibrium (quasi-equilibrium) magnon BEC theory

In 2006, Demokritov et al have reported that they have achieved the observation of quasi-equilibrium magnon Bose-Einstein condensation (BEC) in YIG at finite (room) temperature by using the method ...
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penetration of a solid body in a liquid

A solid (for example a steel ball) is moving with a certain constant velocity U toward a liquid in a container; I can write the equations of motion of the solid when it has a little part of it in the ...
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The relation between spectral function and band structure

I am confused by the wavevector in spectral function $A(\mathbf k,\omega)$. How to understand this $\mathbf k$ for a periodic structure? And how is it related to the $\mathbf k$ (in first Brillouin ...
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Differences between spin waves and spin density waves

Roughly speaking, in condensed matter systems, spin waves and spin density waves are both low-energy states with spin that varies spatially. What precisely are their differences?
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How does a phonon cause two electrons to attract each other and form a cooper pair?

We know that like charges repel each other. But my professor claimed that two electrons can attract each other as well. What he said was that due to screening an electron travelling at some speed won'...
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How to cut a stone on a White Dwarf?

I've heard that white dwarf stars are extremely dense and hard. So, if I had a piece of white dwarf matter, would it be possible to cut it (or otherwise) into a custom shape? How could one do that?
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How would a diffraction pattern change if the atoms were triangular instead of spheres?

On a related note, what's a good book/source that would answer questions that go very in depth with these kinds of "what if" questions because I am also asked the same if the atoms were long cylinders ...
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Schrödinger equation for many body systems

$$H_{tot}=\sum \dfrac{p_i^2}{2m}+\sum\dfrac{p_I^2}{2M_I}+\sum V_{nucl}(r_i)+\dfrac{1}{2}\sum_{i\ne j} \dfrac{e^2}{|r_i-r_j|}+\dfrac{1}{2}\sum_{I\ne J}\dfrac{z_Iz_Je^2}{|R_I-R_J|} $$ with: $$V_{nuc}...
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Origin of Charge Neutrality

What is the origin of the "charge neutrality" requirement in solids? Why do we require the bulk to be charge neutral, yet the surface can have a net charge?
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Self-consistent field approximation and uniform field approximation?

Can anyone give me explanation of self-consistent field approximation and uniform field approximation? I know self-consistent as when we write the Schrödinger equation as $$[ -\frac{\hbar^2}{2m} \...
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Clarification of Landauer approach

I am trying to understand the Landauer approach. Consider the setup: (left contact)-(conductor)-(right contact). For simplicity, the conductor is a 1d wire (the transverse part is not relevant for ...
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Why we call the ground state of Kitaev model a Spin Liquid?

Now we always talk about the so-called Kitaev spin liquid. One important property of spin liquid is global spin rotation symmetry. Let $\Psi$ represents a spin ground state, if $\Psi$ has global spin ...
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Hall conductivity from Kubo: Bulk or edge?

Using the Kubo formula, Thouless, Kohmoto, Nightingale, and den Nijs (TKNN, PRL 49 405-408 (1982)), proved that upon summing all the contributions of the filled states of an insulator, the Hall ...
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What does the wavevector $\textbf{k}$ mean?

In Ashcroft, Mermin Solid State Physics, Eq. 17.43 is $$ \epsilon(\textbf{k}) = \frac{\hbar^2 k^2}{2m} - e\phi(\textbf{r}) $$ where $\textbf{k}$ is the wavevector and all other symbols have their ...
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Precise statement of Mermin–Wagner theorem

Roughly speaking, Mermin-Wagner theorem states that continuous symmetries cannot be spontaneously broken at finite temperature in systems with sufficiently short-range interactions in dimensions $d\...
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Why is planar geometry preferred to observe ordinary Hall effect?

In the Physics Today article by Avron et.al. "A Topological Look at the Quantum Hall Effect" Physics Today (2003) it is suggested that to observe ordinary Hall effect, planar geometry is preferred to ...
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Some questions about the edge states for time-reversal invariant topological superconductors?

Stimulated by my some recent calculations on edge states(ES) for time-reversal invariant(TRI) topological superconductors(TS) as well as many questions concerning the "edge states" in Physics ...
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NP-completeness of non-planar Ising model versus polynomial time eigenvalue algorithms

From the papers by Barahona and Istrail I understand that a combinatorial approach is followed to prove the NP-completeness of non-planar Ising models. Basic idea is non-planarity here. On the other ...
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Origin of interaction in inelastic neutron scatting

In solid state physics, inelastic neutron scattering is a commonly-used experimental technique for probing the energy spectrum of phonon and magnon excitations. This technique relies on the ...
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Currents and the Speed of Light

Why is it that currents don't flow at the speed of light, but rather significant ratios of the speed of light. I don't have any formal reasoning as to why they would flow at the speed of light-I just ...
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A corollary of Mermin-Wagner Theorem

The picture above shows Mermin-Wagner Theorem and its corollary. How can the corollary be derived from Mermin-Wagner Theorem?
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Fermi level for the bulk of topological insulator

"Fermi level" is the term used to describe the top of the collection of electron energy levels at absolute zero temperature. Why does the Fermi level for the bulk of topological insulator fall within ...