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effect of inversion symmetry on the bandstructure

I have a very general question, but I hope that someone can answer it. Can someone describe what the effect of inversion symmetry is on the bandstructure. (Or is there not a general effect?). ...
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What does it mean for a topological phase to be “symmetry protected”?

I have seen some very nice and enlightening awnsers to questions related to topological order and insulators, such as here, or here. However, I'm still puzzled by the concept of "symmetry protection" ...
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What's the origin of electrical resistance?

i know relation ohm : $$R=\rho\frac{L}{A} $$ i want to know about resistance from view point small particle like atom,dipole: when we have a resistor,with a special voltage it has loss power: whats ...
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Symmetries in physics (specifically condensed matter physics)

Symmetries play a big role in physics. Some symmetries are translation symmetry, rotation symmetry, time translation symmetry, timereversal symmetry etc. It seems that in condensed matter physics ...
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Super conductivity and energy gap in fermionic/bosonic subspaces

I am trying to understand the phenomena of super-conductivity from a broader level. What I understand for now is that for super-conductivity to be possible in a system, a necessary requirement is that ...
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Construction of a lattice structure and the Wyckoff positions

I would like to build a unit cell of a Cmcm (no. 63) lattice structure. It is a orthorhombic crystal and my lattice vectors are $\vec a_1 = (1,0,0)\,,\; \vec a_2 = (0,3,0)\,, \;\vec a_3 = (0,0,2)\,.$ ...
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Where should I start learning Landau's theory of superfluidity?

Where should I start learning Landau's theory of superfluidity? For a second year undergraduate.
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Why does Landau theory not fail when dealing with a first order phase transition?

Here is a problem where I can do the calculation, but I am not understanding the philosophy behind it. It is about Landau theory: The Landau theory of phase transitions is based on the idea that the ...
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Bogoliubov transformation with two pairing terms

Let us assume that we have a Hamiltonian of the form: $$ H = \sum_{k,\sigma,s}\epsilon_{\sigma s}\left(k\right)c_{k\sigma s}^{\dagger}c_{k\sigma s} + \sum_{k,s}\Delta_{0}\left(k\right)c_{k\uparrow ...
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Lattice parameters and basis vectors of crystal lattice structures

Does someone know where I can find lattice parameters and basis vectors of crystal lattice structures (Strukturbericht Designation) for different materials? In particular I am searching the lattice ...
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Free electron Gas shortcomings

I am studying surface states and the Rashba effect. A common model I keep coming across is to implement the free electron model. In this model we get the spin orbit interaction Hamiltonian by ...
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How does the surface of a material always break inversion symmetry?

I am trying to visualize this for an HCP structure. Take the profile view as such: just working in 2d. So my understanding is if we can take a point (x,y) -> (-x,-y) and get the same crystal than ...
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Can orbital angular momentum of an electron be changed?

In a lab at my university they are working on a project that deals with changing the "net magnetization" of a material by "flipping" the spins on some electrons. Is orbital angular momentum not ...
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Manking sense of an entropy equal $k_B\frac{1}{2}\ln(2)$

In problems of impurities coupled with electrons in a conduction band, like the Kondo model, is common to represent the entropy contributed by the impurity, in terms of bits, i.e. in units of ...
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Surface potential and symmetry breaking

I am studying surface states currently and am a little confused about something. If I consider p-orbits on a surface state that is the top layer of an HCP structure -- I understand the hopping terms ...
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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 is the source of the Curie point?

I'm seriously revisiting my knowledge on magnetism, and the Curie point has been both enlightening and mystifying. I understand what it does ((ferro)magnetism disappears above it), and have a faint ...
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Energy gap in phonons and violation of perturbation theory

In a 1 dimensional chain of similar ions which are connected to each other with similar springs there is just one corresponding frequency for each wave vector. But solving the problem of one ...
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Calculation of Berry's phase due to monopole tunneling event of $O(3)$ NLSM on square lattice

I am currently reading the seminal paper by Duncan Haldane: http://journals.aps.org/prl/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevLett.61.1029 In this paper, he asserts that for a unit-vector field ...
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Hubbard model within mean-field: three different approaches

While reading doi:10.1016/j.carbon.2012.03.009 , the authors mention three types of Hubbard models within mean-field approximation. The first one describes the electron-electron interaction, and to my ...
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A pedestrian explanation of conformal blocks

I would be very happy if someone could take a stab at conveying what conformal blocks are and how they are used in conformal field theory (CFT). I'm finally getting the glimmerings of understanding ...
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What physical properties can't be predicted based on index of refraction? [closed]

If I tell you the real and imaginary parts of the index of refraction for all frequencies, name a property that can't be predicted based on that information. If you're assuming this is a gas, specify ...
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why pseudo wave functions can be used to calculate berry connection

Berry connection plays a very important role in topological insulators. Berry connection $A(k)$ is defined to be $i\langle u(k)|\nabla_k|u(k)\rangle$, where $|u(k)\rangle$ is the periodic part of ...
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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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Do indirect optical transitions “cool” the material a little?

So I'm reading in Ashcroft and Mermin about indirect optical transitions: So, a photon comes in, and it only excites the electron across the indirect band gap if a phonon with the appropriate wave ...
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What do we know about the strength of the electron-phonon coupling in high-temperature superconductors?

I would like to clarify the situation of the electron-phonon coupling in high-temperature superconductors (or considering only the cuprates). The main question is what do we know about the strength of ...
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What would be the hardest material in the universe

I wonder to ask what is the potentially hardest, most solid, man-known material in the universe. I search for the most unbreakable material in the univirse. Resistant to heating included. I've heard ...
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Is there a spontaneous $U(1)$ symmetry breaking in atomic BECs?

In the theory of Bose-Einstein condensation, one way to define the order parameter is by using the concept of spontaneous symmetry breaking. One says that, below the critical temperature, the ...
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Why is the symmetric phase in a Bose gas not superfluid?

In the theory of superfluidity in weakly interacting Bose gases, one finds that in the symmetric phase the exctitations have the dispersion relation $\omega = \frac{k^2}{2m}-\mu$ with gap ...
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Difference Between Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida (RKKY) Interaction and Kondo Effect

The question is in the title. I don't understand the difference between these two effects. Based on my understanding, the Kondo Effect is where the conduction electrons effectively screen a local ...
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Qualitative understanding of excess heat capacity in ferroics

I'm looking to understand what an excess heat capacity in a ferroelectric (FE) can correspond to qualitatively. Typically one starts with a Landau expansion of the free energy if you want to study the ...
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Will Anderson's Poor Man's Scaling loose its effect when band width is small?

The s-d interaction Hamiltonian is as fellows $H_I=Js.S$, J is the coupling strength. We focus on the antiferromagnetic case, where $J>0$. According Anderson's poor man's scaling, the ...
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Linear Classical Field Theories: a Mathematical Classification

Central to a mathematical understanding of the Bogolyubov transformation is the study and classification of linear lattice field theories. What follows might be familiar to many people, but I just ...
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Role of Cavity Resonators in continuous wavelength-electron paramagnetic resonance(CW-EPR)

Why is it necessary to place the sample in a cavity resonator for obtaining EPR spectrum in CW-EPR? What role does a cavity resonator play in a CW-EPR spectrometer?
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Dopants vs impurities

The question is related to terminology. What is the difference between dopants and impurities in condensed matter (semiconductor) physics?
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Boundaries in superconductors

In quantum mechanics we have the famous example of a particle in a box. The finite size of the System leads to a quantization of the momentum of the particle due to the Formation of standing waves in ...
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Ambiguity on the notion of potential in electrical circuits?

As everybody else I have been taught elementary electrical circuits from secondary school to engineering level in analog electronics at university. Invariably, the notion of potential used to ...
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Localized Phonon Vibrational Modes and Thermal Conductivity

I chanced upon this 1D chain Mass Impurity model: At the end of all the derivations, it concludes that Case 1: $ 0 < M_0 < M$ The impurity is lighter than the host atoms. The frequencies ...
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What is the meaning of the zero point of the real part of the dielectric function for a semiconductor?

I basically understand the zero point of the real part of the dielectric function for a metal. It generally corresponds to plasmon. For a metal, if the frequency is lower, the real part is negative ...
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Tight binding hamiltonian (semi empirical) for a doubly degenerate band

For some monoclinic crystal, which has two atoms per unit cell, and its HOMO described by the doubly degenerate representation, E2u: how does one deduce the tight binding parameters from ab initio DFT ...
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How to write BdG Hamiltonian in graphene?

In Beenakker's paper:Specular Andreev Reflection in Graphene, the BdG Hamiltonian is written as: $$ H_{BdG}=\begin{pmatrix}H-E_F&\Delta\\ \Delta^*& E_F-H\end{pmatrix} $$ from equation (1). ...
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Few questions regarding String-Net theory and the Standard Model

A friend today showed me this post and after reading Prof. Wen's answer, few questions came to my mind. Prof. Wen says: all fermions (elementary or composite) must carry gauge charges (see ...
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Systems with these temperature dependence of thermal-conductivity

I want to find out examples for systems (of any kind) in which the temperature dependence of thermal-conductivity($\kappa_{T}$) is of type- \begin{equation} T^{-\alpha}~~~~~ where ~~~~~\alpha>0 ...
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What is a marginal fermi liquid in a nutshell?

I would like to know what are the main differences between the normal Fermi liquid theory and a marginal fermi liquid theory. What kind of systems can be described by the marginal liquid theory? What ...
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Tight-binding model parameters fitting from ab-initio calculation results

Or the problem can be rephrased as: How to extract the tight-binding parameters from first principle calculations? I have searched some articles but all of them just give vague descriptions when ...
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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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Effect of Phonon Density change

I am trying to figure out the phonon density change effect on anharmonic decay of phonons. How this two phenomena could be related and what could be the possible effect in such case. Moreover ...
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Jordan Wigner Transformation in 1d Majorana chain

So, I was reading the paper by Fidkowski and Kitaev on 1d fermionic phase http://arxiv.org/abs/1008.4138. It explains the classification of 1d fermionic SPT phases with $\mathbb{Z}_2^T$ symmetry for ...
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What is physically irreducible representation?

When I use bilbao crystallographic server recently, I noticed a notation called physically irreducible representation. Paper says it is a direct sum of two complex conjugate representations (if ...
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Second law of thermodynamics in linear response theory

I am wondering about the appearance of irreversibility in the response functions or equivalently the correlation functions in a statistical mechanics system. The main principle that I have seen where ...