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Is diamagnetism a static or dynamic effect?

When we put a diamagnetic material in the presence of an external magnetic field $\vec B_0$, the magnetic field inside the material decreases to $$\vec B=(1+\chi_m)\vec B_0,$$ where the magnetic ...
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Rest mass of phonon: is this concept definable?

Phonons are obtaied by non-relativistic quantization of the lattice vibration. The dispersion relation is given by $\omega=c_s k$ where $c_s$ is the velocity of sound. What can we say about the mass ...
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Why should the Fermi level of a n-doped semiconductor be below the one of a p-doped?

In a pn-junction, the difference in Fermi level between the p doped and the n doped regions causes the apparition of a built-in electric field at equilibrium. This electric field goes from the n to ...
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Why identical particle states are multiplied?

In case of identical particles we multiply the individual wave functions of the particles to get the system wave funtion. But why are we not adding? Or performing any other operation to get the system ...
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How to calculate the contour integration with branch point? [closed]

The question come from a Mutusbara Sum like this $${ \sum _{ { z=i\omega }_{ n } } { \frac { -\alpha E\pi }{ 4{ z }^{ 3 }\sqrt { -\alpha -z } } } }$$ it equal a contour integral around Imaginary ...
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How should I interpret the x-axis of an electronic band structure diagram ? Is it the direction an electron is moving?

Recently I've come in contact with electronic structure diagrams for my thesis and I have some difficulties getting an intuitive interpretation of reading these diagrams. What I think is happening: ...
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Schrödinger equation for many body systems

$$H_{tot}=\sum \dfrac{p_i^2}{2m}+\sum\dfrac{p_I^2}{2M_I}+\sum V_{nucl}(r_i)+\dfrac{1}{2}\sum_{i\ne j} \dfrac{e^2}{|r_i-r_j|}+\dfrac{1}{2}\sum_{I\ne J}\dfrac{z_Iz_Je^2}{|R_I-R_J|} $$ with: $$V_{nuc}...
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Anisotropic Hiesenberg model

I am reading the review article, "Quantum spin chains and Haldane gap" by I Affleck (http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/0953-8984/1/19/001/pdf). At one point of the discussion, he considers an ...
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Triangular and Kagome lattice anti ferromagnet at zero temperature

The triangular lattice with anti ferromagnetically coupled nearest neighbour ising spins has a power law ordered zero temperature state at the three sublattice wavevector. Kagome lattice, with the ...
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Can anyons emerge from momentum-space other than spatial dimensions?

So far in condensed matter physics, I only know anyons(abelian or nonabelian) can emerge as quasiparticles in 2D real-space. But is there any possibility to construct anyons in momentum-space ? And ...
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Why are there gapless excitations in the anti-ferromagnetic Heisenberg model while the true ground state is a singlet?

The true ground state of the anti ferromagnetic quantum Heisenberg Model (nearest neighbor only)is known to be a singlet (I think this is Liebs theorem.) Since a singlet is invariant under rotations, ...
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Is electron phonon interaction important away from fermi surface?

In weak coupling superconductor, the effective electron phonon interaction can be written as $$ H_{eff}=\frac{1}{2}\sum_{q,k_1,k_2,\sigma_1,\sigma_2} V_{k_1,q}C^{\dagger}_{k_1+q,\sigma_1} C^{\dagger}...
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Calculating the matrix element for interband absorption

I am reading the book by Fox 'optical properties of solids'. In chapter 3, he considers the interband absorption of photons in an direct band solid. It is necessary to calculate the matrix element ...
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Are symmetries of a degenerate ground-state manifold always broken?

If a Hamiltonian has a global symmetry and a degenerate ground state, then in the thermodynamic limit, the ground states $| \psi \rangle$ that are eigenstates of the symmetry operator typically become ...
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Ohm's law deviation

In terms of superconductivities and diodes (I do not know anything else except these), Ohm's law deviate from a linear relation. I search many titles or tags for this but I did not understand properly ...
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What is a Dirac semimetal?

What is the precise definition of a Dirac semimetal? Is it sufficient for two bands to touch at a single k point with a linear crossing, or are more conditions required for a material to be called a ...
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Relationship between energy bands, DOS and magnetic ordering

I'm struggling to understand whether we can tell if a system will have magnetic ordering (e.g. antiferromagnetic) based on the aspect of an energy bands plot or/and the form of the DOS. My thought ...
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Relation between Berry phase and degeneracies, the example of Hall effect in graphene

In principle, the Berry-curvature can be related to the degeneracy of some underlying energy levels, using the adiabatic picture and expanding the Berry's expression in the language of instantaneous ...
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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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Conformational Analysis of Ethane and Butane

How does a condensed matter theorist explain conformations of Ethane and Butane using tools from Quantum field theory? If they don't how do they calculate energy differences and predict differences ...
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Why electron phonon interaction happends near fermi surface?

Usually the energy correction to electron by electron phonon interaction in metals at zero tempreture has the form(Gerald D.Mahan Many-Particle Physics, Third Edition, Sec. 7.4) $$ \sum(k,u)=\int\frac{...
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How to understand the idea of functional renormalization group?

I have been looking at how to use the functional RG method in many-body systems, but I don't quiet get the idea of it, it look different from Wilson's RG approach (eg. why shall we integrate out the ...
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Why use coherent state path integral? What is its motivation or goal?

In almost all textbooks of quantum field theory for high energy, they insert the position and momentum eigenstate to formulate the path integral. While in condensed matter field theory, they insert ...
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Antiunitary operators in the tenfold way

In the classification of free fermion systems in condensed matter, physicists usually divide the systems into ten symmetry classes, first discovered by Altland and Zirnbauer. In their classification, ...
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Phonon softening explanation

Is there a simple, intuitive answer of why phonons soften with strain? I am aware of the Grüneisen parameter but it just tells us there is a negative sign.
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Showing that the Yang operator creates an elementary excitation in the 1D Hubbard model using EOM approach

Hamiltonian of the 1D Hubbard model: $ H = -t \sum_{\langle i,j \rangle,\sigma}( c^{\dagger}_{i,\sigma} c_{j,\sigma}+ c^\dagger_{j,\sigma}c_{i,\sigma}) + U \sum_{i=1}^N n_{i\uparrow} n_{i\downarrow} $...
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Weaker Formulations of Bulk-boundary Correspondence for Interacting Systems

From this post, it seems that bulk-boundary correspondence does not hold in general for interacting systems. What is meant by bulk-boundary correspondence there appears to be the existence of robust (...
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What is the difference between Bosonic and Fermionic symmetry protected topological phases (SPT)

I am reading the paper ``Braiding statistics approach to Symmetry Protected Topological Phases'' by Levin and Gu. In this paper two spin models considered describe spin-1/2 particles in (1+2) ...
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difference between weak and strong topologiccal insulators

Does someone know what the difference is between weak and strong topological insulators? (And do both exist in any dimension?).
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Fermi surface reconstruction and fermi pockets

Certain quantum phase transitions are characterized by the emergence of some ordering wavevector $K$ : antiferromagnetism, charge or spin density waves, among others. In the case of Néel ...
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Does the low-energy gauge structure depend on the choice of $SU(2)$ gauge freedom?

The starting point and notations used here are presented in Two puzzles on the Projective Symmetry Group(PSG)?. As we know, Invariant Gauge Group(IGG) is a normal subgroup of Projective Symmetry ...
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Paradox in topological phase of SSH model

Consider the SSH model, i.e. the dimerized tight-binding model with Hamiltonian $$H = \sum_i (t+\delta t) c^\dagger_{Ai} c_{Bi} + (t-\delta t) c_{A(i+1)}^\dagger c_{Bi} + \text{h.c.}.$$ This describes ...
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What is Landau-deGenes Expansion?

I am an undergraduate student in an introduction to condensed matter physics course and I am struggling to understand the process of Landau expansion of order parameter S as it relates to liquid ...
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Majorara zero mode in Ising chain, not exactly zero subtlety

We know the transverse field Ising model with N sites(open boundary), can be mapped into N free fermions(there are 2N modes if including the negative energy counterparts) With property: $$\gamma^\...
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Kitaev chaing, time reversel symmetry, particle hole symmetry

I was wondering if the Kitaev chain has time reversal symmetry. I think it probably doesn't because by staking Kitaev chains it is possible to create a so called Chern insulator with propagating ...
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Energy (voltage) correction on energy level between metallic electrodes with dielectric and accounting for work function difference

My goal is to understand how to correct for the field drop and the work function difference when performing electrical measurements on a certain energy level of a sandwiched system. The situation is ...
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Why is hot wood ash more fluid than cold ash?

When I remove ash from my fireplace I do so by scraping it away through holes about 5 millimeters wide in the fireplace floor. Whenever the ash is hot, it definitely feels much more fluid than when it ...
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Lowest energy product state of a local hamiltonian

Lets consider one-dimensional spin chain with periodic boundary condition and $N$ sites. We are given a translationally-invariant local hamiltonian $H$ which is defined as $H=\sum_{i=1}^N h_{i,i+1}$, ...
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Exponential decay of correlation in PEPS

PEPS (Projected Entangled Pair State) is a tensor network that plays the same role in two dimensional lattice as MPS (Matrix Product State) plays in one dimensional spin chain. A good introduction can ...
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Is the photon truly not absorbed in Raman scattering?

In reading about Raman Scattering, I was thinking while reading it "okay, incident photo absorbed by molecule, molecule goes to higher energy vibrational state, molecule re-emits photon with either ...
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Inversion symmetry points of graphene

I have question about graphene. When you have the graphene lattice two types of atoms can be distinguished, let's call them type A and B.You can draw a unit cell that has the shape of a parallelogram....
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Cooper pairing from repulsive potential

Suppose the Hamiltonian of a many-electron system consists of a potential which is repulsive : $\langle k_1, k_2 |\hat V |k_1',k_2' \rangle > 0$ where $k_1, k_2, \cdots$ are possible momenta that ...
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Understanding various types of motion

In classical statistical mechanics, given a system of particles, one often goes about classifying various dynamics (or types of motion) the system may exhibit on different time scales, but studying ...
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Adiabatic transition from superfluid to Mott insulator?

I have a question about the dynamical passage from superfluid to Mott insulator state in the Bose-Hubbard model. Is it possible to go from superfluid region to the Mott insulator by changing the ...
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Reason behind heating the substrate in Pulsed Laser Deposition

Why do we need to supply a constant heat to the substrate while depositing thin films in Pulsed Laser Deposition technique?
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Why do electron and hole mobilities decrease with temperature?

From page 35 of "Microelectronics" by Millman Grabel Mobility $\mu$ decreases with temperature because more carriers are present and these carriers are more energetic at higher temperatures. ...
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Derivation of TKNN's main result from Kubo formula

I have a question about a small but meaningful (to me at least) step in the original TKNN paper (http://journals.aps.org/prl/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevLett.49.405). I understand the construction of the ...
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Drude Conductivity of Graphene

Use the Drude model to estimate the low temperature conductivity of a sheet of graphene, up to a dimensionless constant. (Assume the electron dispersion relation is $E(\mathbf{k})=\hbar v_F|\mathbf{k}|...
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Is a phason a Goldstone mode?

Suppose we have a lattice system whose ground state is an incommensurate charge-density wave. Strictly speaking, this ground state does not have Goldstone modes because the only symmetry that is ...
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Quantum Hall effect in a Corbino disk

I'm a little bit confused about the Quantum Hall effect. I follow a course in condensed matter physics and the Quantum Hall effect is seen as the mother of all effects in condensed matter physics ...