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Difference between a Hamiltonian and its mean-field form?

In most solid state physics text books, BCS theory is introduced in the following way: The authors introduce a mean-field parameter (based on the superconduncting pair) and upon that, they reduce the ...
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Dualities in 2+1D lattice gauge theories

A nice way to understand $\mathbb{Z}_2$ gauge theories is via duality transformations. For example, it is illustrated in http://arxiv.org/abs/1202.3120 that a $\mathbb{Z}_2$ gauge theory (with Ising ...
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Why does the characteristic curve (V vs I) for a light bulb backbend?

When teaching Ohm's Law, I have students do an exploration of a small, incandescent light bulb with a low frequency (1-2 Hz) sine wave. It's a simple series circuit of source and light bulb, ...
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why are quantum vortices so large?

Quantum vortices in helium are almost macroscopic, and can be be imaged in a light microscope: http://www.aps.org/units/dfd/pressroom/papers/gaff09.cfm How can vorticity be quantized on such a large ...
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6j symbols with Majorana indices

The Levin-Wen model is a Hamiltonian formulation of Turaev-Viro (2 + 1)d TQFTs. It can be constructed from a unitary fusion category $\mathcal{C}$, which can be equivalently defined using $6j$ ...
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Time-reversal transformation for two-component bosonic models

Consider a two-component bosonic model $\mathcal{H}=-t\sum_{i\sigma}{b_{i\sigma}b_{i+1\sigma}^\dagger}+h.c. +\sum_{i\sigma\sigma^\prime}U_{\sigma\sigma^\prime}n_{i\sigma}n_{i\sigma^\prime}$. Here ...
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What is a Fermi arc?

What is meant with a Fermi arc in the context of Weyl semimetals? Is this the just a one-dimensional Fermi surface? For example, in electron-doped graphene, the Fermi surface consists of 2 disjoint ...
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Second order pole in Feynman diagrams

Hi, I am calculating density-density correlation function for a homogeneous electron gas. The Green's function for one of three first order connected diagrams(see attached figure) is, $$ ...
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Topological order and entanglement in quantum quench problem

I would like to ask about useful reviews, must-read papers on the study of topological order and entanglement in quantum quench problems that give a good introduction to the topic.
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Time-independence of Hamiltonian of atomic chain

In the first chapter of Atland and Simons book he gives the Hamiltonian of the atomic chain $$ H[\pi,\phi] = \int dx \Bigg(\frac{\pi^2}{2m} + \frac{k_sa^2}{2}(\partial_x\phi)^2\Bigg) $$ After ...
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About the definition of the spin current

People have been talking about the spin current for a while. But there is a fundamental problem. Unlike charge, or mass, spin is not conserved. Let us take the 1d spin-1/2 Heisenberg chain as an ...
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Ground state symmetry breaking in Bose-Hubbard model with spin-orbit coupling

The Hamiltonian for 2D Bose-Hubbard model with spin-orbit coupling on a square lattice is written as $ H = -t\sum_{\langle ij \rangle}\Psi_i^{\dagger}\Psi_j^{\vphantom{\dagger}} + ...
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Convert discrete sum to principal integral

I'm studying IQHE beginning with Laughlin's famous gauge argument. I referred to his Nobel Lecture, in which he mentioned a paper that enlightened him. It is Phys.Rev.B.23.5632(1981) which talked ...
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Effects of cutting carbon nanotube buckypaper

Carbon nanotube buckypaper is a film/paper made from a mesh of carbon nanotube fibers, where each fiber is a bundle of a couple hundred nanotubes. This paper is flexible and tough like normal paper, ...
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What is the volume magnetization of Fe3O4 (magnetite) monodomains at room temperature?

Magnetite is great stuff for making ferrofluids and has a huge amount of literature. Yet I can't seem to find an answer to the simple question in the title. The magnetization of various bulk ...
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Isotope effect in BCS Theory

The BCS theory for supercondictivity says that the effect of variation of lattice ion mass (M) and its effect on transition temperature is given as $T_{c} \space\alpha\space M^{-\beta}$ . The ...
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Random walk with self-transitions taking continuum limit

does anyone have any suggestions regarding how to correctly treat the continuum limit of a random walk that has non-zero self-transition probabilities? To put this concretely, let's say that the ...
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How can I calculate the character table for double group in spin-orbit interaction

When I read the book(Group theory: application to condensed matter physics) page 347, I found I don't know how to derive the new irreducible representations in the double group.
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Precisely speaking, does photon become massive or the phonon become massive, due to Higgs mechanism in superconductor?

Consider the low-energy field theories of superfluids and superconductors. In superfluids, the spontaneous breaking of the order parameter's phase creates phonons as the massless Goldstone ...
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Proof of equivalence between soundwaves and phonons in large wavelength limit (Ashcroft-Mermin, ch. 22)

In chapter 22, Ashcrof and Mermin argue that the normal modes of a harmonic crystal are not only formal but precisely equal to the large wavelength limit of acoustic phonons (which sounds, of course, ...
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Majorana zero mode and 1D Ising model

It is known that the one-dimensional (1D) Ising model can be mapped to a free Majorana model using a Jordan-Wigner transformation and its two degenerated ground states are well interpreted by the two ...
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How can Multiple Andreev Reflections be explained as a succession of individual Andreev reflections?

I have understood the mechanisms at work in single Andreev reflections (N(ormal)-S(uperconducter) interface) and Andreev bound states (N-S-N). For multiple Andreev reflections of order 3, the ...
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Fermion 1D Hubbard Model ground state in the U = 0 limit

I am trying to determine the ground state of the 1D fermionic Hubbard model at half-filling of $2L$ sites with $L$ electrons with spin-$\uparrow$ and $L$ electrons with spin-$\downarrow$ in the $U=0$ ...
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Validity of the static limit of a dielectric function

In general, the dielectric function $\epsilon(q,\omega)$ reflects the spatial and temporal response of a condensed matter system to an applied potential. If we put an electron into an electron sea, ...
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Why does Pressure Increase the Tc (Critical Temperature) of a Superconductor?

Just a heads up - please make this answer understandable to around 1st year degree level physics - not PhD research. So I can understand it - thanks. I was wondering why they Critical Temperature ...
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Is many-body Hamiltonian valid in strong-correlated system

Condensed-matter textbook often states that there is a many-body Hamiltonian $$ H= \sum_i \frac{ p_i^2}{2m_i} + \sum_{i>j} V_{ij} \tag{1} $$ where $V_{ij} = Z_i Z_j/r_{ij}$. This Hamiltonian ...
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Discrete Symmetries: Breaking and Preserving

This is not a question, let's list down all the effects resulting from breaking or preserving of various discrete symmetries, on various observables, be it in condensed matter or in high energy. ...
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Hartree-Fock MFT & Large-N MFT

My question may be similar to the one in this post, but the motivation for me to raise this one is that, in strongly correlated systems, physicists sometimes seem to prefer the "large-$N$" MFT to the ...
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Detailed Balance for Quantum Master Equations from System Hamiltonians with Degenerate Spectrum

Kossakowski, Andrzej, et al. ("Quantum detailed balance and KMS condition." Communications in Mathematical Physics 57.2 (1977): 97-110) gave a proof that the stationary state of a quantum dynamical ...
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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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Construction of a spin chain Hamiltonian invariant under a finite subgroup of SO(3)

I would like to construct a 2-local Hamiltonian that acts on a 1D spin chain where each spin transforms as the 3D irrep of $A_4$ which is a subgroup of $SO(3)$. I know that an $SO(3)$ invariant ...
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Is that possible to derive Landau-Fermi liquid theory from microscopic equation?

The question arised from reading Wen's book "Quantum Field Theory of Many-body Systems (Oxford 2004)" p204 To appreciate the brilliance of Landau-Fermi liquid theory, let us look at the ...
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Proximity effect and integrating out the quasiparticle degrees of freedom

I am reading at the moment the paper http://arxiv.org/abs/1401.5203 and try to reproduce the results. One result is the proximity correction $S_{\Sigma}$ to the system $$ e^{-S_{\Sigma}} ...
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How to understand the equivalence between Andreev reflection and Cooper pair injection?

It is well know that Andreev reflection dominates the subgap transport at the normal metal-superconductor interface. An incident electron can be reflected as a hole in the Nambu space, which ...
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What is the minimal symmetry required for a spin Hamiltonian to describe a spin-liquid ground state?

Let's restrict to the case of spin-1/2 system. As we know, a spin-liquid (SL) state is the ground state of a lattice spin Hamiltonian with no spontaneous broken symmetries (sometime it may ...
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In k$\cdot$p theory, how does one calculate the bulk inversion asymmetry coefficients given in table 6.3 in Winkler?

In k$\cdot$p theory, how does one calculate the bulk inversion asymmetry coefficients given in table 6.3 in Winkler? Winkler's book on spin-orbit coupling effects is available free online. In ...
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What is a “charged order parameter”?

In condensed matter physics, especially in the context of superconductors, if an author uses the phrase "charged order parameter", what does it refer to? Since the superconductor has a close relation ...
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Approximation of skeleton diagrams

I'm studying the diagrammatics for a Bose system (in the superfluid phase) developed by Gavoret and Nozieres (Annals of Physics 28 349 (1964)). In this paper, they show how to solve the problem using ...
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Pseudocubic unit cells: how to construct one?

I keep coming across the term pseudocubic unit cell while reading about orthorhombic perovskite structures. No clear explanation ...
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Why p-wave superconductors are rare in nature?

I have the basic question that why so many superconducting materials are s-wave and d-wave pairing, but the p-wave superconductors are so rare in nature? An equivalent question may be that why ...
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How Does The Macroscopic Wavefunction Build Up?

How does the macroscopic wavefunction (the order parameter) builds up from zero value to the a finite value when liquid He undergoes a transition from normal to the superfluid state? How does it ...
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Does the Fermi sea have plane waves, or wave packets?

Consider a zero-temperature, one-dimensional crystal with allowed electron momenta $k_n = \frac{2\pi n}{L}$. Question: Which is the more correct way to think about the Fermi sea? Sharp plane ...
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Why is there a Majorana zero mode in the $\pi$ flux core of the p+ip superconductor?

In this review paper (http://arxiv.org/pdf/1202.1293.pdf), the author shows that threading a $\pi$ flux through a 2D $p_x+ip_y$ superconductor will trap a Majorana zero mode at the flux center. The ...
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Fractional quantum number induced in a soliton profile

It has been known there is fractional quantum number induced in a soliton profile, such as this Jeffrey Goldstone and Frank Wilczek paper and many works of Jackiw. For example the electric charge ...
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Bogoliubov - de Gennes Hamiltonian and Zeeman energy

For my system I can write down the Hamiltonian in this form: $$ H = \begin{pmatrix} \epsilon_{1\downarrow}-\mu_{B}B & 0 & 0 & 0 \\ 0 & \epsilon_{2\uparrow}+\mu_{B}B & 0 & 0 \\ ...
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Chiral Landau's fermi liquid theory in 3+1D

In standard LFL theory, the effect mass of quasiparticle is different from the composite Fermion's mass. It seems that this is no longer true in Chiral case (e.g. a finite density system with ...
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Qubit in Type 1.5 superconductor?

I'm interested in Type 1.5 superconductors, first proposed by Egor Babaev in 2002 and found in the laboratory in 2009 (magnesium dibromide). Such conductors favor small bundles of vortices. The most ...
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Does Fluctuation-exchange (FLEX) approximation including spin-orbit coupling (SOC) exist?

FLEX method was invented by N.E.Bickers and D.J.Scalapino in 1989 (PRL 62,961; Ann. Phys. 193,206). Later it was extended to multi-orbital system (T.Takimoto,PRB,69,104504). But I don't find FLEX ...
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Questions on the elementary excitations in the resonating-valence-bond(RVB) states?

It is known that the RVB states can support spin-charge separations and its elementary excitations are spinons and holons. But it seems that there are some different possibilities for the nature of ...
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Typical time scales for spin dynamics and lattice vibrations in magnetic solids

In a paper from the 1990s ([1]) on magnetovolume effects in ferromagnets, it is written that in most real situations, the moment (or spin) autocorrelation time is much larger than the period for ...