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Looking for a good introductory-level review of pseudopotential methods

I'm looking for a good introductory-level review of pseudopotential methods. In particular, I'd like to understand how the self-consistent pseudopotential methods work.
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Renormalization Group for non-equilibrium

For equilibrium/ground state systems, a (Wilson) renormalization group transformation produces a series of systems (flow of Hamiltonians/couplings $H_{\Lambda}$ where $\Lambda$ is the cut-off) such ...
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What is a quantum simulator?

What is the idea behind of quantum simulator aimed to study properties of matter, such as using quantum dots to study the exotic quantum states?
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How can one localize the massless fermions in Dirac materials?

I noticed that finite electric potential cannot localize the low energy excitations in a graphene sheet. Is it possible to localize the massless fermions in the surface band of topological insulators ...
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How Fundamental is Spin-Orbit Coupling to Topological Insulators?

I'm well aware this is a very active area of research so the best answer one can give to this question may be incomplete. Topological states in condensed matter are well-known, even if not always ...
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Limitations in using FLEX as a DMFT solver

When using the fluctuating exchange approximation (FLEX) as a dynamical mean field theory (DMFT) solver, Kotliar, et al. (p. 898) suggest that it is only reliable for when the interaction strength, ...
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Nonlinear anomalous Hall effect

Has there been any research on anomalous Hall effect which would observe or predict a non-constant dependence of the AHE conductivity on the applied electric field?
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I found it strange in case of an egg omlette

Its known to everyone that when a solid is heated up to its melting point it turns into a liquid. What happens when a liquid is heated? Simple, it tends towards becoming gaseous. While making omlettes ...
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How do some substances “get wet”?

For example, paper's structural integrity decreases when it comes into contact with a liquid. What happens at the time of contact?
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Is there a way to directly observe the spin texture of the surface states of topological insulators?

Is there a way to directly, here I means in real space, observe the interaction of the surface states of 3D topological insulators with defects (dopings and adatoms)? How to observe the spin texture ...
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Good reading on the Keldysh formalism

I'd like some suggestions for good reading materials on the Keldysh formalism in a condensed matter context. I'm familiar with the imaginary time, coherent state, and path integral formalisms, but ...
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How do you obtain the commutation relations at non-equal times (for the edge of a fractional quantum Hall state)?

The edge of a fractional quantum Hall state is an example of a chiral Luttinger liquid. Take, for the sake of simplicity, the edge of the Laughlin state. The Hamiltonian is: $$H = ...
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“Classical” limit of Quantum Hall Effect

Imagine a partially filled $\nu=1$ state of the integer quantum Hall effect (IQHE). One way to think about it is to imagine a gas of electrons where each particle is locked to the lowest quantum state ...
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What is the energy functional for $\nu=5/2$ Moore-Read state?

I am trying to do some Monte Carlo simulations for Pfaffian state from Fractional Quantum Hall effect. I am wondering what is the energy functional for $\nu=5/2$ Moore-Read state?
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Heuristic argument for the temeprature dependence of specific heat in the “low” temperature regimes

Here by "low temperature" I meant it in the scale of the characteristic $\hbar \omega$ of the system. One can calculate and show that in the low temperature regime $C_V$ of phonons goes like $T^3$ ...
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Fourier analysis in crystallography

What is the best reference for an introduction to the use of Fourier analysis in crystallography?
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Identifying a critical phenomena?

I have a system with a number of measurables (in time). Some measurables are discrete some are continuous (within the measurement accuracy). How can I determine whether my system experiences ...
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Glass and isotropy

Glasses are amorphous materials. Nevertheless, as far as I know, in some areas of Condensed Matter, they consider that the glass is isotropic. Under what restrictions they can do this assumption? ...
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Free particle in magnetic field / Landau quantization

I have a question concerning a possible derivation of the Landau quantization. In our lecture notes (and some other places as well), the following ansatz is used: $$ \Psi(x,y,z) = ...
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BCS wave function in Neutron stars

I've heard mentioned in various classes that neutron stars, like superconductors, are described by BCS theory. I know that in superconductors a key element in forming cooper pairs is a net attractive ...
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How does spring constant change with resistivity changes

I want to create a set of silicon based materials that have been doped with different materials and/or different amounts of dopants. The purpose of this is to see how the spring constant of silicon ...
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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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A better conceptual model for cooper pairs in a superconductor

The conceptual model I have been introduced to for cooper pairs in a bulk superconductor is what I would call the "wake" model, where one electron deforms the positively charged lattice, changing the ...
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Effect of a external EM field on a dielectric

If an external EM field (a laser, for example) act on a dielectric (a glass, for example) what will be the effect of this field on the dielectric constant and on the refractive index of the material? ...
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Descent equation and anomaly polynomial

I am just reading Ryu, Moore and Ludwig's paper on classifications of topological insulators and quantum anomaly. They are trying to relate the quantum anomaly as a signal of the presence of a ...
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Expansion of multi-particle state vector as a sum of n-entangled states

Physically, quantum entanglement is ranged from full long-range entanglement (Bose-Einstein condensate), described by a basis of states that look like this: $$ |\Psi\rangle = |\phi_{i_{0} i_{1} ... ...
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$\theta$ term of anomaly related with topological insulators

I am reading Ludwig's paper "Electromagnetic and gravitational responses and anomalies in topological insulators and superconductors", and in this paper, although I am clear how they get the descent ...
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When is use of the 'effective mass' concept appropriate?

In textbooks the characteristic length scale of an exciton, or an electron bound to dopant atom, in silicon is calculated by analogy to the vacuum case. Bohr radius in vacuum: $$a_0 = \frac{4 \pi ...
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Mobile “muonic hydrogen”

If we look at the atomic positions in a single crystal sample with a diamond like lattice, there exist directions along which there are long hexagonal "tubes" (I'm not sure if these have a proper ...
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How far away are we from resolving high temperature superconductivity?

What are the major recent findings and their corresponding contributions to an overall picture? How well explained are the various regions of the dome, is there any thing that is pretty well ...
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Is it true that the angular momentum of electromagnetic waves in an anisotropic medium is an integral of motion?

Extending my previous question Angular moment and EM wave, does it make sense to talk about the angular momentum of electromagnetic waves in an anisotropic medium? It is not obvious that the angular ...
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Chemical potential interpretation

Something that has bothered me for a while regards the interpretation of chemical potential for different statistics. While I understand its meaning in metals (and its relation with the Fermi ...
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A question about Dirac operator

The Dirac operator at 2 dimension can be written as $$ D=\sum_{k=1,2}\sigma^{k}D_{k}=\left( \begin{array}{cc} 0 & \partial_{x}-i\partial_{y}-i(A_x-iA_y)\\ ...
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Phonons in non-crystalline media

Do sound waves in a gas consist of phonons? What about a glass? Or other non-crystalline materials such as quasicrystals? How does the lack of translational symmetry affect the quantization of the ...
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effective theory of graphene

This is a question about deriving effective mass theory for graphene. For the two sub-lattice atoms, the wave equation can be written as the massless Dirac equation: $ \displaystyle -i\hbar v_F ...
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References on the physics of anyons

Anyone know some good introductory references on the physics of anyons?
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Axion related questions

I have several question regarding axion. Could anyone give me some brief introduction to what is a axion string, axion field and how is this related to fermion zero mode and chiral zero mode?
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Fermi level in disordered amorphous and/or organic semiconductors

So, the Fermi level in crystals is pretty easy to understand. Been using it and talking about it in terms of the highest occupied level forever. However, I'm now reading about disordered systems. A ...
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Quantum Hall effect for dummies

In the past few days I've become increasingly intrigued by the QHE, mainly thanks to very interesting questions and answers that have appeared here. Unfortunately, I am as of yet very confused by all ...
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Relationship between magnetic resonance linewidth and spin relaxation

First of all, what is the mathematical relationship between measured linewidth (usually in units of magnetic field) and spin relaxation time? I see papers talk about spin relaxation times in terms of ...
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How much can AdS/CMT tell us?

I will begin my research on AdS/CMT, however I find AdS/CMT is only a phenomelogical method, so I want to know can AdS/CMT give some results the condensed matter physicists can not give, or even ...
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1D topological insulator

This question is inspired by another one about the simplest model of topological insulator, where 4tnemele showed a nice two band model in the answer. I read that and am wondering if we and push that ...
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What is the boundary condition of graphene flake with zigzag edges?

It is a question about free carrier behavior in graphene flakes. (or may be called charge confinement) Say if we have a perfect hexagonal free standing graphene flake terminated with zigzag edges. ...
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Why are so many condensed matter phenomena so dependent upon impurities?

Why are so many condensed matter phenomena so sensitive to impurities? In fact, quite a number of them depend upon impurities for their very existence!
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What is Fermi surface and why is this concept so useful in metals research?

What is Fermi surface and why is this concept so useful in metals research? Particularly, I can somewhat appreciate the Fermi energy idea - the radius of Fermi surface which is a sphere. But is there ...
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Are strange metals described by a quantum critical theory?

Are strange metals described by a quantum critical theory?
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On-site repulsion and Pauli exclusion

Been studying hopping conduction and something that everyone is taking for granted is bothering me. Let's say we have a bunch of sites that are either unoccupied, singly occupied, or doubly occupied. ...
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Energy levels in disordered organic semiconductors?

Now in disordered organics, the band picture is thrown out the window, from what I can tell (due to lack of symmetry). But don't HOMO/LUMO levels basically take the place of conduction/valence bands ...
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Do derivatives anticommute with Grassmann variables and complex numbers in a many-body path integral?

I'm trying to learn how to do a many-body path integral for both fermions and bosons, and I'm stuck. I'm following Altland and Simons - Condensed Matter Field Theory, chapter 4. On page 167, equation ...
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trying to understand Bose-Einstein Condensate (BEC)

I am a computer scientist interested in network theory. I have come across the Bose-Einstein Condensate (BEC) because of its connections to complex networks. What I know about condensation is the ...