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Kane and Mele's argument on the existence of edge states in quantum spin Hall effect of graphene

Borrowing from Laughlin's argument on quantum Hall effect, Kane and Mele argued why there must be edge states in graphene with spin-orbit coupling in one paragraph, which is above the one with ...
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Any easily available ferromagentic material with $T_c$ in room temperature?

I want to experiment it in my house or office. I think it would be of great fun to see the transition in real life.
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Why are the bounds to the permittivity $\epsilon$ a circular arc in the complex plane?

I'm reading this paper which is essentially about connecting the complex permittivity $\epsilon$ with the microstructure of a thin film. They talk about how you can place limits on the possible values ...
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How does temperature affect an electrical current

Synopsis I have read an interesting article J. Halderman et al. "Lest we remember: cold boot attacks on encryption keys" in computer science regarding cold booting. The paper discusses how the use ...
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Generalization of a spin-glass order parameter definition

I am going through the paper, Solving the graph-isomorphism problem with a quantum annealer, by Hen et. al. Equation 4 on the second page gives the definition of the spin-glass order parameter as ...
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Difference of the O(N) Non-linear Sigma model and SO(N) Non-linearSigma model

The Hamiltonian \begin{equation} H=J\sum_{i,j}\vec{n}_i\cdot\vec{n}_j \end{equation} is invariant under a global rotation $\vec{n}_i\rightarrow R\vec{n}_i$, where $\vec{n}$ is a $N$ component rotor ...
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Two-Dimensional Tight-Binding Dispersion Relation

As in my last post, I am doing out a calculation in Giamarchi's Many-Body text: http://dpmc.unige.ch/gr_giamarchi/Solides/Files/many-body.pdf. This time, I am going through the derivation of the ...
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Hamiltonian for the Periodic Kitaev Model

The Hamiltonian for a system of spinless fermions on a 1D chain (with chemical potential $\mu=0$) is given by $$ H=-\sum_j\left( c^\dagger_{j+1} c_j+h.c.\right)+\Delta \sum_j \left( ...
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Difference between charge density wave and charge distribution

We can always see modulated charge density, the Friedel Oscillation, around an probe charge due to other electrons' response. Can this be called charge density wave (I believe not)? If not, what is ...
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For the gapped phase of Kitaev model, where does the first excited state reside in, the zero-flux sector or not?

As we know, there are both gapless and gapped ground states of the Kitaev model, and let's fix the couplings $J_x,J_y,J_z$ such that the model being in the gapped phase. My question is, does the first ...
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Naive questions on the ground states of Kitaev model

I got some naive questions on the ground states of honeycomb Kitaev model (with open boundary conditions): (1) Consider a simple case that $J_x=J_y=0$, then the model reduces to $$H=J_z\sum_{z\text{ ...
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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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Solving the BCS Hamiltonian via the Bogoliubov Transformation

I was doing a calculation in Giamarchi's Introduction to Many Body Physics, chapter 3, on BCS theory and second quantization, and ran into some confusion with the BCS Hamiltonian. The pdf is here for ...
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When is use of the 'effective mass' concept appropriate?

In textbooks the characteristic length scale of an exciton, or an electron bound to dopant atom, in silicon is calculated by analogy to the vacuum case. Bohr radius in vacuum: $$a_0 = \frac{4 \pi ...
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Can I integrate out the fermion field that is not gapped?

This piece of argument has been repeated again and again by experts, that is Since the fermions are gapped, then I can integrate it out. but I have no idea of what will happen if the fermions ...
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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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Phase coherence and interference effects in Anderson localization

Anderson localization results from wave interference of the between multiple-scattering paths from random impurities, yielding wavefunctions with exponentially decaying tails and absence of diffusion. ...
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Higgs Boson and its relation to the vacuum

The Higgs boson and the electroweak theory used symmetry breaking from condensed matter physics as its inspiration. The BCS theory of superconductivity is one such condensed matter symmetry breaking ...
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Diagonalization of Hamiltonian

Typically, one way of understanding the physics of an interacting quantum system is by diagonalizing the Hamiltonian. In principle, can we always diagonalize a Hamiltonian, such that it is expressed ...
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Gutzwiller mean-field method in Bose Hubbard model

Gutzwiller mean-felid method is an efficient way to study Bose-Hubabrd model in optical lattice with a harmonic trap. Gutzwiller method assumes there is no spatial correlation within the trap, so ...
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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 linear momentum conserved in a system with open boundary conditions?

In a one dimensional lattice system with periodic boundary conditions, in which the last and the first site of the lattice are the same site, momentum is conserved modulo a vector of the reciprocal ...
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What is a Zero-Phonon Line (ZPL)?

I am trying to understand the electronic structure of the negatively charged NV centre in diamond, where there is a so-called Zero-Phonon Line (ZPL) in the spectrum. Can anybody explain what a ZPL is? ...
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Superfluid momentum distribution

Bosons confined in a optical lattice under some conditions can enter a superfluid phase. Momentum distribution can be measured using time of flight method. But why is there a sharp peak in momentum ...
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Understanding Elitzur's theorem from Polyakov's simple argument?

I was reading through the first chapter of Polyakov's book "Gauge-fields and Strings" and couldn't understand a hand-wavy argument he makes to explain why in systems with discrete gauge-symmetry only ...
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Question about Bose-Hubbard Model

By using an optical lattice, how can one change the interaction term $U$? And how is the superfluid phase achieved in the hard-core boson regime? Why are these phases identified as superfluid or mott ...
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Order of Monte Carlo integration and frequency summation

I am currently trying to calculate an integration formula of a linear response function by Monte Carlo method. It is a multiple integration over three 3D vectors, i.e., nine dimensions in all. And ...
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Why are Cooper pairs formed by electrons of opposite momentum and spin?

I understand that Cooper pair in low-temperature superconductivity are formed by electron-phonon interaction. Normally one then assumes that electrons of opposite momentum and spin are paired. This is ...
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Majorana wavefunction

I'm trying to compute the wavefunction for a Majorana state in an nanowire/superconductor hybrid system, like arXiv: Majorana Fermions and a Topological Phase Transition in ...
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Should Brillouin zone be a continuous object rather than a discrete one in the thermodynamic limit?

For example, just consider a 1D atom chain with $N$ sites and lattice constant $a=2\pi$, under periodic boundary conditions, the crystal momentum reads as $k=\frac{n}{N}\frac{2\pi}{a}=\frac{n}{N}$, ...
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Is the spin-rotation symmetry of Kitaev model $D_2$ or $Q_8$?

It is known that the Kitaev Hamiltonian and its spin-liquid ground state both break the $SU(2)$ spin-rotation symmetry. So what's the spin-rotation-symmetry group for the Kitaev model? It's obvious ...
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1D Hubbard model in the negative U limit

In the 1D Hubbard model at half-filling, is the ground state considered as a charge-density wave (CDW) state in the very negative U limit? Is there a long range order exist in this case? Is a CDW ...
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Snowmaking in the tropics - an estimate of water evaporation

If I set up a snowmaker in the tropics and sprayed water with it how much water would I evaporate? How would I calculate?
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Difference between non-collinear systems and paramagnetic ones?

Non-collinear magnetism and paramagnetism, are they the same thing?
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Functional field integral in condensed matter field theory (Altland)

This is the action for the 1+1 dimensional interacting electron system; $$S_{cl}[\theta , \phi]= \frac{1}{2\pi} \int dxd\tau \left(g^{-1}v(\partial_x \theta)^2 + gv(\partial_x \phi)^2 + ...
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Anyons only in 2+1 spacetime dimensions - better explanation

Regrading why anyons exist only in 2+1 spacetime dimensions (which have an arbitrary phase on exchange), I read the reason that the paths for exchange in 3D are deformable into each other while in ...
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How to calculate energy in two-band Hubbard model

It might be a very easy question for you, but I am confused and I need helps. In the simplest Hubbard model at one-dimensional lattice, I ignore the $U$ term and only remain the hopping term. ...
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Why do He-3 atoms repel each other much more strongly than electrons?

Is there a simple answer to this question ? see last line of this paragraph http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fermionic_condensate#Fermionic_superfluids
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What happens to the free energy of the two-dimensional ising model with vortices?

The classical 2d Ising model has a Hamiltonian of the form: \begin{equation} H = -\sum_{m,n = 0}^{M,N} J_1 x_{m,n}x_{m+1,n} + J_2 x_{m,n}x_{m,n+1} \end{equation} The partition function for the model ...
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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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'Pseudo-Relativistic' behavior in Graphene

I've read that electrons in Graphene behave 'pseudo-relativistically'; what does this mean? how do they behave differently from electrons in other materials?
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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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Questions on degenerate ground states and the thermodynamic limit?

For example, let's consider a $N$ spin-1/2 system on a lattice described by the Hamiltonian $H$. My questions are: (1) If $H$ has either global $SU(2)$ spin-rotation symmetry or time-reversal ...
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Proving a step in this field-theoretic derivation of the Bogoliubov de Gennes (BdG) equations

In derivation of the BdG mean field Hamiltonian as follows, I have a confusion here in the second step: $H_{MF-eff} = \int ...
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Interacting fermionic SPT phases in 2d with time-reversal symmetry

Interacting fermionic SPT phases in 1d and 3d with $\mathbb{Z}_2^T$ symmetry are classified by $\mathbb{Z}_8$ and $\mathbb{Z}_{16}$ respectively, as shown in the paper by Fidkowski and Kitaev ...
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Graphene +1 extra carbon bond

I'm not a physicist just a curious mind, so please go easy! I was just watching a BBC Horizon Documentary that featured a piece on the recently discovered material Graphene. One of the facts ...
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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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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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Numerical Tools to find Braiding Statistics of Quasiparticles

While certain classes of systems that exhibit topological order can be solved exactly (such as the Toric Code, Abelian FQH Edges, etc.) there also exist systems (think of perturbed versions of the ...
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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 ...