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Constructing uniform mesh in reciprocal space?

This is a bit of a mental exercise for me to get comfortable with the math of reciprocal spaces since I am going to start doing some research that requires knowledge of reciprocal spaces. Let's say I ...
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Deriving effective model without integrating out degrees of freedom in path integral formalism?

In path integral formalism of quantum field theory (particle physics or condensed matter), one can in principle integrate out part of the degrees of freedom so as to attain an effective model ...
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What is the importance of reciprocal lattice?

Reciprocal lattice is the diffraction plot of a crystal. Now with the STM instrument we can get the get the topology of the crystal, so what is the importance of reciprocal lattice or the Brillouin ...
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Why does the superconductivity hamiltonian have a µ term, while the superfluid does not?

In every discussion of SC and SF that I read (e.g. Simons), the SC Hamiltonian (BCS) has a $\epsilon_k - \mu$ in the kinetic part of the Hamiltonian, while the SF Hamiltonian has just a $\epsilon_k + ...
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Question regarding NaCl equilibrium separation

So I am tutoring someone later and one of the problems is from Eisberg/Resnick Ch 12. The potential energy $V$ of NaCl can be described emperically by $$V = \frac{-e^2}{4\pi\epsilon_0 ...
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How is Meissner effect explained by BCS theory?

Someone says we can derive the GL equations from BCS theory, which can explain Meissner effect, but I want a more clear physical picture of this phenomena.
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Is time reversal symmetry broken in (conventional) superconductors?

How can one see it from BCS wavefunction and BCS Hamiltonian? i.e. $$H_{BCS}=\sum_{k\sigma}\epsilon_k c_{k\sigma}^\dagger c_{k\sigma}-\Delta^*\sum_k c_{k\uparrow}^\dagger ...
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Why talking BCS Hamiltonian doesn't conserve particle number?

The BCS Hamiltonian reads: $$H_{BCS}=\sum_{k\sigma}\epsilon_k c_{k\sigma}^\dagger c_{k\sigma}-\Delta^*\sum_k c_{k\uparrow}^\dagger c_{-k\downarrow}^\dagger+h.c.$$ The particle number operator reads: ...
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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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Donors/Acceptors in Metal Oxides

Can anyone explain to me why most articles describe chromium as an acceptor in titanium dioxide? In TiO2, titanium has the charge state Ti$^{4+}$ and oxygen has the charge state O$^{2-}$. When Cr ...
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How does one find the phonon frequencies for a 1D anharmonic interaction potential?

Suppose there is a one-dimensional crystal with an anharmonic interaction potential between particles (e.g. $U = ax^2+bx^3$ where $x = d-a$ with $d$ as the distance between two particles and $a$ as ...
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Is the superconducting current made up of Cooper pairs?

Inside the superconductor it should be $\mu_0\mathbf{j} = \mathbf{\nabla} \times \mathbf{B} = 0$, since B is 0 due to the Messner effect. This means that the current is carried by the surface. But ...
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Angle-resolved photoemission spectral (ARPES) function from band Hamiltonian

I am trying to derive spectral function for a band Hamiltonian. I am using http://arxiv.org/abs/cond-mat/0306084 as a prototype reference. I do not understand how the coherence factors $u_k$ and $v_k$ ...
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Chiral anomaly in Weyl semimetal

In the presence of electromagnetic fields $E$ and $B$, four current is not conserved in a Weyl semimetal i.e. $\partial_{\mu} j^{\mu}\propto E\cdot B \neq 0$. There are some proofs in the literature ...
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Does exciting an electron across the band gap change either its position or its localization?

I suspect that exciting an electron from its valence band to conduction band doesn't change its position, since the difference between the two bands are just their energies, but I want to know for ...
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“Bosons are either gapped or condensated, except physical principle protected cases (Goldstone boson, photon).”?

Bosons are either gapped or condensated, except physical principle protected cases (Goldstone boson, photon, etc.). I read this in a paper (version1 of http://arxiv.org/abs/1404.3728v1, 1st page 1st ...
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What makes a superconductor topological?

I have read a fair bit about topological insulators and proximity induced Majorana bound states when placing a superconductor in proximity to a topological insulator. I've also read a bit about ...
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XRD of Graphene Foam

At what 2$\theta$ values Graphene Foam shows the peaks in XRD ? I got two peaks at 2$\theta$ values 14.7 degree and 17.2 degree..
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How to derive the critical temperature for Bose-Einstein condensation of photon?

I found in Nature magazine that photon can have Bose-Einstein condensation. But I have a question how to derive the critical temperature for photon? Because the chemical potential of photon is zero ...
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Why spin-1/2 objects doesn't have quadrupolar magnetic moment?

I'm asking myself more generally why a spin of size S will feature multipolar states of degrees k up to 2S ? (This implies the question in the title : spin-1/2 can't have any quadrupolar ...
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What is the difference between finite displacement and linear response for calculating vibrational properties?

I see these concepts appearing in the context of calculating phonons and other vibrational properties, but I can't find a concrete explanation of the differences between linear response (DFPT) and the ...
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Why doesn't topological phase transition break any symmetry? Hidden symmetry?

This question may be superficial. However why all people saying this without a proof? Just like the "hidden variables" assumption in quantum mechanics, can one disproof that there is no hidden ...
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How does the Wigner-Eckart theorem rule Multipole Expansion?

I am wondering why a spin-S particle have only the term up to $k=2S$ in his multipole expansion ? It seems that the Wigner-Eckart theorem shows the relation between spin and multipole expansion but I ...
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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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At what densities the many-body approaches are valid?

Suppose we have a n-particle interacting system with a potential $V=a/(r1-r2)$, it is a pseudo-coulomb potential: you can choose it fermion or boson. Then, at what densities the many-body approaches ...
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How are resonating valence bond (RVB) states related to fractional quantum Hall (FQH) states?

In Kalmeyer and Laughlin's paper, there is an argument made for a frustrated two-dimensional Heisenberg antiferromagnet on a triangular lattice that if one uses a FQH wavefunction for bosons to ...
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How to verify/falsify the existence of localised edge states numerically?

I have to consider a Hamiltonian given in second quantized form in real space $$H = \sum c_k^\dagger h_{kl} c_l \, ,$$ describing fermions on a 2d hypercubic lattice. The concrete form of the matrix ...
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How geometry, and hence, a tight-binding Hamiltonian dictates the eigenvalues?

Considering an 'N' atom system, how should we understand the geometric dependence on the calculated eigenvalue spectrum by solving the nearest neighbor tight-binding Hamiltonian? A simple example ...
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Anderson-Higgs mechanism for the (non-relativistic) $U(1)$ gauge theory under the unitarity gauge

On Page 138, Quantum Field Theory of Many-body Systems: From the Origin of Sound to an Origin of Light and Electrons by Xiaogang Wen, when he demonstrates the Anderson-Higgs mechanism for the $U(1)$ ...
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Topological term under electron-electron interaction

By integrating out fermions in gapped Dirac Hamiltonian, one can obtain a topological term for topological insulator. Why there is no further correction to this term when electron-electron interaction ...
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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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Macroscopic polarization operator (Berry's phase?)

I am faced with the problem of extracting the velocity from a density matrix which has a periodic nature with infinite spatial extent. This density matrix has time harmonic terms which hold the ...
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What's the difference between insulators and topological insulators?

What's the difference between insulators and topological insulators? When I asked some people about this, they told me that "because the topological insulators have gapless edge states,...", but what ...
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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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On the Bogoliubov transformation in the BCS

I have a question regarding the diagonalization of the BCS-Hamiltonian using the Bogoliubov-DeGennes-transformation. I hope someone can help me, so I start with the following Hamiltonian, it is ...
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Precise statement of Mermin–Wagner theorem

Roughly speaking, Mermin-Wagner theorem states that continuous symmetries cannot be spontaneously broken at finite temperature in systems with sufficiently short-range interactions in dimensions ...
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Destroying currents in superconducting rings by vortex tunneling

Consider a superconducting metal ring in which there is a persisting current $I$. I am interested in the failure of this current to remain "persisting" in the ring, although this will occur at ...
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How to expand free energy of Heisenberg spin chain?

In Dasgupta & Ma's 1979 paper "Low-temperature properties of the random Heisenberg antiferromagnetic chain", they give the free energy of a few interacting Heisenberg spins on a chain. I can't ...
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What observables are indicative of BCS Cooper pair condensation?

What observables are indicative of BCS Cooper pair condensation? "Thought" experiments and "numerical" experiments are allowed. This question is motivated by the question Has BCS Cooper pair ...
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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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Fourier Transforms Related to Green's Functions

I'm reading a text on field theory where there are a number of assertions made about Fourier transforms that I'm finding confusing. For example, let $G^R = -i \theta(t - t')e^{-i \omega_0 (t - t')}$. ...
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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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Kramers-Kronig relations for the electron Self-Energy Σ

I'm currently studying an article by Maslov, in particular the first section about higher corrections to Fermi-liquid behavior of interacting electron systems. Unfortunately, I've hit a snag when ...
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How the Vortex containing majorana bound state is non-abelian statistics

Recently,I read some papers about non-abelian statistics of majorana fermion, such as: Majorana Returns F. Wilczek http://www.nature.com/nphys/journal/v5/n9/full/nphys1380.html and Non-Abelian ...
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Topology of Fermi surface

In The universe in a Helium droplet, Grigory Volovik relates the stability of a fermi surface to topology of a Green function. There he gives the example of a Fermi gas and says that the Green ...
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Why does the “counting rule” of band theory fail to predict the conduction properties of some materials?

I'm a little confused by the description I commonly hear about the electron counting rule in band theory. The general statement I find is that a "solid with an odd number of electrons per unit cell ...
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Winding number for SSH model

The Hamiltonian for SSH model can be written as $h(k)=\begin {pmatrix}0&t_1+t_2exp^{-ika}\\t_1+t_2 exp^{ika}&0 \end{pmatrix}$ for finding the topological invariant Why we only calculate the ...
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How to obtain band dispersion from a band structure diagram?

Reading about bands dispersion, I came across the following (Computational Chemsitry of Solid State Materials): ...
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Analytic continuation of imaginary time Greens function in the time domain

Consider the imaginary time Greens function of a fermion field $\Psi(x,τ)$ at zero temperature $$ G^τ = -\langle \theta(τ)\Psi(x,τ)\Psi^\dagger(0,0) - \theta(-τ)\Psi^\dagger(0,0)\Psi(x,τ) \rangle $$ ...