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what is the clear cut difference between isotropic and anisotropic spin exchanges

when are spin exchanges said to be isotropic or anisotropic? I have read several articles on this and can not differentiate these concepts properly.
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Why can, or can not, a perfectly incompressible fluid exist?

Water is normally assumed to be an incompressible fluid - for example in the context of calculations involving water pressure. I wondered whether that is strictly true, or an approximation? Later I ...
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What challenges needed to be overcome to create (blue) LEDs?

In light of today's announcement of the 2014 Nobel laureates, and because of a discussion among colleagues about the physical significance of these devices, let me ask: What is the physical ...
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Eigenvalue of the adiabatic Hamiltonian of Farhi's three qubit 2-SAT problem

I was trying to reproduce example 3.3 of Quantum Computation by Adiabatic Evolution by Edward Farhi et. al. This is an adiabatic algorithm to solve an instance of three qubits 2-SAT problem. I think ...
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Lecture notes of many body theory of solids [duplicate]

Can anyone help me to get a complete and comprehensive lecture note of the "many body theory of solids" according to the book written by John C. Inkson, please?
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What is the relation between pseudogap and time reversal symmetry breaking?

Some papers concerning high-$T_c$ superconductor discuss the pseudogap and time reversal symmetry breaking. My questions are: What is the characteristic of order-parameter in pseudogap? How to ...
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Is a gapless system always conducting and a gapped system insulating?

In an answer to this question, @user566 mentioned that there is a qualitative difference between gapped and gapless systems; that gapless systems are conducting and gapped system are insulating. Is ...
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Hamiltonian governing liquid to a solid transition

What is the Hamiltonian 'H' (at the atomic or molecular level) that governs the phase transition from a liquid to a solid state? Actually, I want to explicitly verify the Hamiltonian 'H' admits the ...
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What is the mathematical reason for topological edge states?

There are many free fermion systems that possess topological edge/boundary states. Examples include quantum Hall insulators and topological insulators. No matter chiral or non-chiral, 2D or 3D, ...
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Guinier regime for form factor

Why is it such a good idea to plot the logarithm of the form factor vs $Q^2$ in Guinier plots. It seems arbitrary to me.
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Potential Energy in solids: Why are different equations used for deriving lattice constants and for deriving the properties of phonons?

While deriving the equilibrium lattice constants we use expressions for potential like Lennard-Jones potential which have 6th and 12th order terms or Madelung energy for ionic crystals. While ...
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What sort of things do condensed matter experimentalists measure and how?

What sort of things do condensed matter experimentalists measure and how? Do they do scattering experiments? If voltages are measured then how? I want to know what specific experiments are done. The ...
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A puzzle of thermalization in simulating the 3D XY-model

I am learning the classical Monte Carlo simulation. When I simulate the 3D XY-model $$ \beta H = -\beta J \sum_{<i,j>} cos(\theta_i-\theta_j) $$ where $\beta$ is the inverse of the temperature ...
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What is $\epsilon_\infty$ in this equation and why can it be neglected in the IR?

I'm reading this paper (warning, PDF) and they mention that the complex permittivity $\epsilon$ and complex conductivity $\sigma$ are related through the equation $$\epsilon - \epsilon_\infty = (4\pi ...
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Will all physical quantities unchanged by this transformation?

I am reading an article about Bloch-Floquet state. My questions is in Part II.B and Appendix A of this paper, I will describe them below. The original Schordinger equation we consider is: ...
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Non-trivial solution for a linear set of coefficients involved in the phonon modes of a semiconductor quantum dot

I am trying to use the method outlined in this linked paper (T. Takagahara, Journal of Luminescence, 70 (1996), pp. 129-143) to find the phonon-exciton coupling in a spherical PbS quantum dot. In Eq ...
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Does the q-states Potts become the XY model in large q state?

I have met several times in papers, the order of the phase transition of the $q$-state Potts model depends on $q$. E.g., in two dimensions, for $q = 2$ (the Ising model), $3$, $4$ the order-disorder ...
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Disclinations, dislocations, lattices, Displacement fields and scaling

I am looking up Frank, and Burger vectors and associated material on dislocation/disclination. It seems straightforward describing a lattice and what dislocation means. It is even possible to restrict ...
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Does the relation between entropy and temperature depend on the ensemble?

If we change the temperature of a given system, there will be a relation between its entropy and temperature S(T). Is S(T) the same in a canonical ensemble and a grand canonical ensemble? If not, is ...
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1st order phase transition, superheating/supercooling, metastable state

I read that superheating and supercooling characterize 1st order phase transitions in papers. Some of them also use the metastable state at the same time as the superheating/supercooling. Are ...
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Fermi Energy Variation

What would be a good Internet link that would properly explain Fermi Energy? How does the Fermi Energy of a material vary with external influence, such as doping of the material, and applied ...
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Packing fraction of atoms in a HCP structure

I am looking to find the ratio of atomic sphere to unit cell volume in a HCP (hexagonal close packing) arrangement. Some sources I have say it is 0.74 My unit cell structure is that shown below. I ...
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Torque between Nematic Disclinations

I am looking at a liquid crystal system in 2 dimensions well in the nematic phase. Say the system has been quenched rapidly or is confined on some geometry due to which there are disclinations ...
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How to deal with $\vec{j}\cdot\vec{A}$ or $\rho A^2$ interaction when utilizing Kubo formula? Gauge invariance?

If there exist electromagnetic fields in solids, electrons can feel interactions like $\vec{j} \cdot \vec{A}$ or $\rho A^2$ (these are not regarded as perturbations). But these are not gauge ...
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Why do some ionic compounds form in the NaCl structure vs the CsCl structure?

Everything else the same, I'd expect two monoatomic ions to form an ionic structure in the CsCl structure because with more atoms bonded to each atom, it would seem to be more stable. And yet I ...
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compressibility of cold atoms in optical lattices

The compressibility of cold bosons in an optical lattice is defined as $\kappa = \frac{\partial \langle n\rangle}{\partial \mu}$, where $\langle n\rangle$ is the density and $\mu$ is the chemical ...
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How to derive electron number equation of Bogoliubov Hamiltonian using thermodynamic relations.

My question arise from this article: Edge superconducting correlation in the attractive-U Kane-Mele-Hubbard model. I will describe my question in detail so that you might not need to look into that ...
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SPTs and systems with Topological Order

I am an undergrad interested in Condensed Matter Theory. Particularly topological phases and systems exhibiting topological order. A potential research advisor doing a lot of work in Symmetry ...
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Confusion about duality transformation in 1+1D Ising model in a transverse field

In 1+1D Ising model with a transverse field defined by the Hamiltonian \begin{equation} H(J,h)=-J\sum_i\sigma^z_i\sigma_{i+1}^z-h\sum_i\sigma_i^x \end{equation} There is a duality transformation which ...
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Strange definition of microcanonical partition function

I always thought that the microcanonical partition function would measure the number of states that correspond to some fixed energy. Despite, I found in this paper (equation 3.4) that we integrate ...
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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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Can someone explain LO-TO Splitting?

LO-TO splitting occurs in an ionic (i.e. polar) solid such as GaAs or NaCl. What happens is that the degeneracy of the transverse optical (TO) and longitudinal optical (LO) phonons at $k=0$ is broken ...
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Superfluid-Mott insulator transition in Bose-Hubbard model in terms of vortex condensation

I have heard that there is some effective field theoretic type understanding of the superfluid-Mott insulator transition in Bose-Hubbard model. It says if the system is in a superfluid phase where the ...
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Topological insulator vs. topological superconductors in any dimension

My question today is simple. What is the difference between a topological insulator and a topological superconductor? How that difference depends on the dimensionality of space(time)? What is the ...
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Does the real part of the inverse dielectric function have to be negative at some point for Cooper pairs to form?

Electrons naturally repel one another. However, in a superconductor, a phonon-mediated interaction causes the electrons to have a weak attractive interaction. Suppose that the interaction between two ...
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Phonon-phonon-interaction as higher order terms in the potential

Is there a simple way to understand why phonon-phonon-interaction is described by higher order terms in the potential? I mean: Having a quadratic potential is essential for the definition of the ...
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Why we never observe superposition of up and down ferromagnetic ground state of Ising model?

I thought it is due to spontaneous symmetry breaking. But isn't that because we never observe the superposition states, then we claim that there is spontaneous symmetry breaking. It looks like ...
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Is diffraction through an aperture similar to diffraction by a plane of atoms?

I'm asking because I have a problem asking me what the diffraction pattern would be if instead of spherical atoms I'd have triangular atoms. I can't find anything about this in my X-ray diffraction ...
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What happens when we cut objects?

What is the role of the molecular bonds in the process of cutting something? What is the role of the Pauli exclusion principle, responsible for the "hardness" of matter? Moreover, is all the energy ...
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can gapped systems have gravitational anomalies?

The question is in the title. If it is possible, what are some examples of gapped systems--either quantum field theories or condensed matter systems--which exhibit some kind of anomaly when coupled ...
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Is there Johnson noise in superconductor?

For conductor, the Johnson Noise is $v_n = \sqrt { 4 k_B T R \Delta f }$. It is clear that the noise depends on $R$. I'm curious whether this noise will appear in supercondutor? That is for ...
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Benefit of using Matsubara Green function

Physicists often calculate Matsubara Green function and then perform an analytic continuation $i\omega_n \rightarrow \omega +i\eta$ to obtain the retarded Green function. Why is doing so better than ...
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Matsubara Frequencies

I have to evaluate the following Matsubara sum: $$\frac1\beta \sum \left(\omega^2 +a^2\right)^{-1}$$ for Bosonic-Matsubara frequencies. I know contour integration it the way to go. Therefore, I ...
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Maximum voltage on metal sphere? [duplicate]

What is the maximum voltage that can be put on a metal sphere before electrons fly off it or the metal itself explodes due to electrostatic forces?
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Logarithmic discretization in Anderson´s model

Is there some motivation for the construction of Ladder operator that compound the recursive halmitonian of the Anderson model for numerical renormalization contained is this paper?
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Help with 1D and 2D density of states

I am currently looking at changes in DOS when sampling recipocal space finely. More precisely, I am looking at the expressions $$\rho_\text{1D}(E)\text{d}E = \frac{m}{\pi \hbar} \sum_i ...
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kitaev-honeycomb : can't get wilson loop squared to yield +1

I'm new here, loving this website and I'm having some difficulty with the wilson-loop operator in kitaev's honeycomb model. problem statement The Kitaev model (Kitaev, 2006 is the original paper) ...
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Axioms behind entropy!

The concept of entropy is very ubiquitous, we learn about its uses starting from Information Theory (Shannon entropy) up to its basic definition in statistical mechanics in terms of number of ...
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Is there a way to obtain an RG flow equation for Quantum spin systems using MERA

We restrict ourselves to ground states of translationally invariant 1d quantum systems. I understand that there is the scale invariant MERA(multiscale entanglement renormalization ansatz) which ...