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How to define the order parameter of the q-state Potts model?

The order parameter of Ising model can be defined as $m=\frac{N_1-N_2}{N}$, if $N$ is the total number of lattice points, $N_1$ and $N_2$ is the number of lattice points spin up and down respectively, ...
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In what direction does a frustrated magnetic moment get aligned?

Consider 3 layers of Ferromagnetic materials stacked on top of each other with appropriate spacer layers in between. Let the top and bottom layers be pinned to layers of Anti Ferromagnets adjacent to ...
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Do EM waves transmit spin polarization?

Suppose you have a normal dipole antennae (transmitter and receiver) . Spin polarized current (as opposed to normal current) is sent into the transmitter, it emits an EM wave and the Receiver receives ...
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How to charge a field?

In a previous post [ Noether theorem, gauge symmetry and conservation of charge ] we were discussing the different ways to demonstrate the current conservation: via the first Noether theorem applied ...
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Spin Liquid in a band insulator?

In the literature, spin liquids are only possible in Mott insulators, however, I'm not entirely sure why the nuclear spin can't create a spin liquid in a band insulator. Is this possible? If so, is ...
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Why does a superconductor obey particle-hole symmetry?

We normally solve the Bogoliubov-de Gennes (BdG) equations in order to compute the energy spectrum of a superconductor. The Nambu spinor is a common object that is used in formulating these equations. ...
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What observables are indicative of BCS Cooper pair condensation?

What observables are indicative of BCS Cooper pair condensation? "Thought" experiments and "numerical" experiments are allowed. This question is motivated by the question Has BCS Cooper pair ...
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Introduction to Anderson localization

I find Anderson's original paper too terse. I am looking for something that introduces me gently to the subject so that I can understand Anderson's paper and other literature. What references are out ...
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Flow of supercurrent in a superconductor

I have two questions one practical and one theoretical. Even though I have a decent understanding of superconductivity both phenomenological as well as theoretical (i.e. BCS), some things just slipped ...
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Graphene with a disclination and the spin-orbit coupling

I am trying to follow the methods used in this paper (http://arxiv.org/pdf/1208.3023.pdf) to construct the Hamiltonian of a graphene cone, but taking into account the spin-orbit coupling. The paper ...
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Is edge state of topological insulator really robust?

I am a little confused! Some people are arguing that the gapless edge state of Topological insulator is robust as long as the time reversal symmetry is not broken,while other people say that it is ...
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Basic questions in Majorana fermions

Why any fermion can be written as a combination of two Majorana fermions? Is there any physical meaning in it? Why Majorana fermion can be used for topological quantum computation?
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What limits the maximum attainable Fermi Energy for a material experimentally?

Either through doping or gating. What are some good terms to search for if I'm looking for some experimentally obtained values for particular materials? I'm particularly interested in what the limit ...
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Ground and first excited state of non interacting spin system Hamiltonian

For a non interacting spin system containing two $\frac{1}{2}$ spin particles I am trying to determine its Hamiltonian. If the energy of a up spin is $+\mu {\bf B}$ and a down spin is $-\mu {\bf B}$, ...
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Ground states of the Hamiltonian of a two spin system

For the spin system shown in this graph (http://i.stack.imgur.com/3lg1R.png), the Hamiltonian is $$S^{(1)}_z\cdot S^{(1)}_z=\frac{1}{4}\begin{pmatrix} 1 & 0 &0 &0 \\ 0&-1 &0 &...
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Why FQHE need a lower energy state?

There are a lot papers explaining why Laughlin's wavefunction are energetically favorable, but seldom explain why a lower energy state could explain the plateau at $\nu=1/3$. I met at several places ...
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Electron Relaxation/Polarization for and n-type Semiconductor

Please help me understand the following (general) statement, referring to electrons in a full valence band of an n-type semiconductor: "An electron filling up the last empty state in the valence band ...
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Eigenfunctions in periodic potential

For Hamiltonian $\operatorname H$ and lattice translation operator $\operatorname T$, if $$\operatorname H\psi=E\psi, \qquad \operatorname T\psi=e^{ik\cdot R}\psi,$$ and $$\operatorname H\phi=E\...
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Hamiltonian of a simple graph

I have a spin system: As shown in the picture, there are two spins S1 and S2, and a pair of interactions between them. One is a ferromagnetic interaction and the other is anti ferromagnetic ...
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Difference between Monte Carlo and Quantum Monte Carlo methods?

What are the differences between Classical Monte Carlo methods and Quantum Monte Carlo methods in condensed matter physics? If one want to study strongly correlated systems with Quantum Monte Carlo ...
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The orthogonalized plane waves

An orthogonal plane wave with wave number $k$ is written as $$ OPW_k=e^{ ik\cdot r}-\sum_\alpha \psi_\alpha(r) \int \psi^*_\alpha (r'') e^{ik\cdot r''} d\tau'',$$ where index $\alpha$ and $k$ ...
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Why path integral approach may suffer from operator ordering problem?

In Assa Auerbach's book (Ref. 1), he gave an argument saying that in the normal process of path integral, we lose information about ordering of operators by ignoring the discontinuous path. What did ...
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Toric Code and Random Bond Ising Model

It was established by Dennis, Kitaev et al. that the 2D Toric Code can be mapped to a 2D Random Bond Ising Model. The original derivation was given in the paper "Topological quantum memory" which ...
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Emergent symmetries

As we know, spontaneous symmetry breaking(SSB) is a very important concept in physics. Loosely speaking, zero temprature SSB says that the Hamiltonian of a quantum system has some symmetry, but the ...
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Is the “particle number” of “electrons” well defined in Wen's string-net theory of elementary particles?

According to professor Wen's string-net theory, electrons can be viewed as the elementary excitations of string-net objects. Just like the phonons and magnons are the elementary excitations of ...
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Crystal Angular Momentum

In a crystal, we don't have full translational symmetry, but we still have discrete translations. This allows us to define "crystal momentum" that is conserved modulo a reciprocal lattice vector. In ...
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In the big crunch theory, when the big crunch singularity forms, can the resulting black hole decay through hawking's radiation?

I've been pondering about this and I couldn't really find the answer for this. The big crunch theory postulates that the universe will eventually stop expanding and reverse back in on its self into a ...
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What favors island growth of a sputtered material?

What would be the best choice of parameters in general if one would like to get pure island growth (i.e. Volmer-Weber growth) in a sputtering deposition process and what would be a good estimate of ...
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What happens to atoms inside a black hole?

Black holes have very high gravitational force that tends to crush everything. So as we know atoms in a molecule have inter-atomic spacing between them and further electrons also revolve at a certain ...
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Is the speed of sound almost as high as the speed of light in neutron stars?

Have you ever wondered about the elastic properties of neutron stars? Such stars, being immensely dense, in which neutrons are bound together by the strong nuclear force on top of the strong gravity ...
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Dynamic structure factor

Dynamic structure factor is the spatial and temporal Fourier transform of Van Hoves time dependent pair correlation function. It is written as $$ S(k,\omega)= \frac{1}{2\pi}\int F(k,t)\exp(i\omega t)...
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Phonon Momentum

I am reading Charles Kittel's solid state physics and wondering what's the mechanism that neutron waves and photons can interact with phonons and the process obey the generalized momentum-energy ...
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How are X-rays focused? Specifically in XRD. Well do they even focus X-rays in XRD?

I read in a government website that reflecting an x-ray from a parabolic mirror followed by a reflection from a hyperbolic mirror results in focusing the x-ray, but this was for astronomical purposes. ...
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Is the index of refraction dependent on the wavelength of light?

I just read in some class notes for a crystallography class that there are no refractive lenses for X-rays because the index of refraction of most materials is close to 1. Is the index of refraction ...
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What are some ways of inducing spin polarization?

I saw a talk today and they mentioned how nitrogen-vacancy diamond centers can be used to optically induce spin polarization and now I wonder what other ways there are to induce a spin polarization. ...
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Phonon wavevector $q\le 2k_{F}$ for Electron-Phonon Scattering

I am reading "Supercollision cooling in undoped graphene." There the authors write: ``Above $T_{BG}$ (the Bloch-Gruneisen temperature), only a fraction of acoustic phonons with wave vector $q\le 2k_{F}...
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Calculation of number density from material density

Material density is given by $ \rho =m/V$, where $m$ is mass and $V$ is volume. Again number density given by $n=N/V$, where $N$ is the total number of particle. How can I calculate number density $n$ ...
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Semi-conductor band-gap and deformation potential

Submitting a semi-conductor to stress leads to a deformation in the energy-bands, roughly described by:$$H_{ij} = {\cal{D}}_{ij}^{\alpha\beta}\;\epsilon_{\alpha\beta}$$ $\epsilon$ being the strain (...
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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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Rewriting Creation and Annihilation Operators

I am playing with the Landau Level problem and Algebraic solutions to it. I am given $$a=\frac{l_{b}}{\sqrt{2}\hbar}(\pi_{x}-i\pi_{y}) ~~~~~~~~\text{and}~~~~~~~~~a^{\dagger}=\frac{l_{b}}{\sqrt{2}\...
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Residual symmetries of the superposition of two fcc lattices

Fcc lattices are Bravais lattices and so are invariant under a set of discrete translations plus inversions over the 3 axis ($x\rightarrow -x$,$y\rightarrow -y$,$z\rightarrow -z$). When one superposes ...
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How to judge whether a symmetry will be spontaneously broken while only given a Hamiltonian preserving this symmety

As asked in the title, is Hamiltonian containing enough information to judge the existence of spontaneously symmetry breaking? Any examples?
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Typical operators in tight binding

Let the tight-binding Hamiltonian be $\sum\limits_{ij} {{t_{ij}}\left| i \right\rangle \left\langle j \right|}$. Where ${\left| i \right\rangle }$ is the atomic orbit at lattice site $i$. My question ...
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Partition function of a gas of $N$ identical classical particles

Partition function of a gas of $N$ identical classical particles is given by $$ Z~=~\frac {1}{N! h^{3N}} \int \exp[-\beta H(p_1.......p_n, x_1....x_n)]d^3p_1...d^3p_n,d^3x_1...d^3x_n $$ in this ...
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Validity of Bogoliubov transformation

In condensed matter physics, one often encounter a Hamiltonian of the form $$\mathcal{H}=\sum_{\bf{k}} \begin{pmatrix}a_{\bf{k}}^\dagger & a_{-\bf{k}}\end{pmatrix} \begin{pmatrix}A_{\bf{k}} &...
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Zero Resistance in Quantum Hall Effect and Superconductivity

What is the difference between the zero resistance of $R_{xx}$ in integer quantum Hall effect and the zero resistance in superconductivity?
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Why is the BCS trial function valid across the BEC-BCS crossover?

In one of the two main theoretical approaches used in describing ultracold Fermi gases and the BEC-BCS crossover, the so-called BCS-Leggett approach, the starting point is the BCS trial wavefunction: ...
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Why the peak of spectrum gets vague when the dimension is lower?

In a many-body system, we can know the spectrum function at a particular temperature from Green function. It means density of states. A peak of spectrum represents one mode. My question is that in the ...
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Chiral edge state as topological properity of bulk state

As far as I know, quantum hall effect and quantum spin hall effect has chiral edge state. Chiral edge state is usually closely related with delocalization, since back scattering is forbidden. However, ...
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The difference between the Wannier function and atomic orbit in a tight binding model

In a tight binding model, we usually start from the atomic orbits and linearly combine them to get the wave function of the crystal energy band. My questions are: Since this kind of tight binding ...