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why pseudo wave functions can be used to calculate berry connection

Berry connection plays a very important role in topological insulators. Berry connection $A(k)$ is defined to be $i\langle u(k)|\nabla_k|u(k)\rangle$, where $|u(k)\rangle$ is the periodic part of ...
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What physical properties can't be predicted based on index of refraction? [closed]

If I tell you the real and imaginary parts of the index of refraction for all frequencies, name a property that can't be predicted based on that information. If you're assuming this is a gas, specify ...
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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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What would be the hardest material in the universe

I wonder to ask what is the potentially hardest, most solid, man-known material in the universe. I search for the most unbreakable material in the univirse. Resistant to heating included. I've heard ...
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Why is the symmetric phase in a Bose gas not superfluid?

In the theory of superfluidity in weakly interacting Bose gases, one finds that in the symmetric phase the exctitations have the dispersion relation $\omega = \frac{k^2}{2m}-\mu$ with gap $\Delta=-\...
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Is there a spontaneous $U(1)$ symmetry breaking in atomic BECs?

In the theory of Bose-Einstein condensation, one way to define the order parameter is by using the concept of spontaneous symmetry breaking. One says that, below the critical temperature, the ...
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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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Is there a classification scheme for linear classical field theories?

Central to a mathematical understanding of the Bogolyubov transformation is the study and classification of linear lattice field theories. What follows might be familiar to many people, but I just ...
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Role of Cavity Resonators in continuous wavelength-electron paramagnetic resonance(CW-EPR)

Why is it necessary to place the sample in a cavity resonator for obtaining EPR spectrum in CW-EPR? What role does a cavity resonator play in a CW-EPR spectrometer?
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Dopants vs impurities

The question is related to terminology. What is the difference between dopants and impurities in condensed matter (semiconductor) physics?
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Difference Between Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida (RKKY) Interaction and Kondo Effect

The question is in the title. I don't understand the difference between these two effects. Based on my understanding, the Kondo Effect is where the conduction electrons effectively screen a local ...
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Few questions regarding String-Net theory and the Standard Model

A friend today showed me this post and after reading Prof. Wen's answer, few questions came to my mind. Prof. Wen says: all fermions (elementary or composite) must carry gauge charges (see cond-...
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Tight binding hamiltonian (semi empirical) for a doubly degenerate band

For some monoclinic crystal, which has two atoms per unit cell, and its HOMO described by the doubly degenerate representation, E2u: how does one deduce the tight binding parameters from ab initio DFT ...
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Systems with these temperature dependence of thermal-conductivity

I want to find out examples for systems (of any kind) in which the temperature dependence of thermal-conductivity($\kappa_{T}$) is of type- \begin{equation} T^{-\alpha}~~~~~ where ~~~~~\alpha>0 \...
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Localized Phonon Vibrational Modes and Thermal Conductivity

I chanced upon this 1D chain Mass Impurity model: At the end of all the derivations, it concludes that Case 1: $ 0 < M_0 < M$ The impurity is lighter than the host atoms. The frequencies ...
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What is a marginal fermi liquid in a nutshell?

I would like to know what are the main differences between the normal Fermi liquid theory and a marginal fermi liquid theory. What kind of systems can be described by the marginal liquid theory? What ...
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Boundaries in superconductors

In quantum mechanics we have the famous example of a particle in a box. The finite size of the System leads to a quantization of the momentum of the particle due to the Formation of standing waves in ...
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Tight-binding model parameters fitting from ab-initio calculation results

Or the problem can be rephrased as: How to extract the tight-binding parameters from first principle calculations? I have searched some articles but all of them just give vague descriptions when ...
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What do we know about the strength of the electron-phonon coupling in high-temperature superconductors?

I would like to clarify the situation of the electron-phonon coupling in high-temperature superconductors (or considering only the cuprates). The main question is what do we know about the strength of ...
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Effect of Phonon Density change

I am trying to figure out the phonon density change effect on anharmonic decay of phonons. How this two phenomena could be related and what could be the possible effect in such case. Moreover ...
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What is physically irreducible representation?

When I use bilbao crystallographic server recently, I noticed a notation called physically irreducible representation. Paper says it is a direct sum of two complex conjugate representations (if $\...
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How can wavefunction degeneracy be incoperated into a tight binding model?

Say one wanted to calculate the band structure of the E2u orbital in some molecular crystal, which is the HOMO. How are the two states dealt with in the tight binding hamiltonian?
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Second law of thermodynamics in linear response theory

I am wondering about the appearance of irreversibility in the response functions or equivalently the correlation functions in a statistical mechanics system. The main principle that I have seen where ...
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MFT Approximation for Dilute Bose Gas

The Dilute Bose Gas has quartic Hamiltonian $$H=\sum_{k}\epsilon_k b_k^\dagger b_k+u\sum_{k\,k'q}b_{k+q}^\dagger b_{k'-q}^\dagger b_kb_{k'}.$$ It is said in a reference that Since the lowest ...
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Nonzero stress on crystal at equilibrium volume?

Using a first principles computational method such as DFT, you can calculate the energy of a unit cell at different volumes to obtain a parabolic energy vs. volume curve. The minimum of this curve ...
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What is the magnetic-ordering wave vector?

Like ferromagnetic, antiferromagnetic, the magnetic-ordering are (0,0),(π,0), what is the definition of it? Is there a formula about it?
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Why does the plasma frequency of alkali metals decrease with increasing atomic numbers?

Why do the plasma frequencies of the group I alkali metals, Li to Cs, decrease with increasing atomic numbers? I have tried to look at the basic expression for ...
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Intervalley scattering in graphene in presence of impurities

A long range impurity like coulomb impurity does not induce an inter valley scattering between the two Dirac points. Is there any mathematical explanation for the same although this is explained by ...
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How to write BdG Hamiltonian in graphene?

In Beenakker's paper:Specular Andreev Reflection in Graphene, the BdG Hamiltonian is written as: $$ H_{BdG}=\begin{pmatrix}H-E_F&\Delta\\ \Delta^*& E_F-H\end{pmatrix} $$ from equation (1). ...
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Analytical derivation of photonic bandstructure in photonic crystal

It seems the usual way to find the photonic bands of a photonic crystal is to setup the "master equation" $$\nabla\times\left(\frac{1}{\epsilon(\mathbf{r})}\nabla\times\mathbf{H}(\mathbf{r}) \right)=...
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What is “Dynamical phase transition”?

What is "Dynamical phase transition"? It is a fancy notion now. But what exactly does it mean? What is the difference between it and the conventional phase transition?
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Current operator in continuum model of graphene

For the graphene hamiltonian with NNN hopping, the wavefunctions are of the form: $(\psi_A ,\psi_B)^T$. The current from A(i) to B(j) site in the lattice model is given by: \begin{equation} J_{ij}=\...
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Obtaining a Positive Hall Coefficient for Electrons Near the Top of a Valence Band

Using a Drude model of charge carriers with a charge $q$ and a mass $m$ (which I allow to take either sign at this stage) in a sample with an applied electric field $\mathbf{E}$ and magnetic field $\...
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If an anyon picks up a phase upon particle exchange, how can you exchange them twice, isn't that a contradiction if the phase squared is not 1? [duplicate]

I'm trying to understand anyons, as stated on wikipedia, the interchange operator gives a phase https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anyon $|\psi_1\psi_2>=e^{i\theta}|\psi_2\psi_1>$ So when I ...
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What is invalidated when turning on many body interactions in a crystal?

I have just started to think about strongly interacting particles and Fermi liquid theory, and I have two questions. For non interacting particles moving in an potential field, we know that the ...
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$SU(2)$ symmetry and conservation law in condensed matter systems [closed]

My question has a few parts, I know from Noether that if there is a symmetry in a Hamiltonian, there is a conservation law. What would be the conservation law associated with $SU(2)$ symmetry? $...
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How many valence bands does Silicon have?

I can't seem to find a concrete answer anywhere online. I am under the impression there are three valence bands before the energy gap in Silicon? (As opposed to Ge, in which there are 4?) Any help ...
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Nearly Free Electron Model and the Reduced Zone Scheme

When for example studying the vibrational modes of a one dimensional diatomic chain we find that the dispersion relation $\omega(k)$ is periodic in the one dimensional reciprocal lattice vector $\frac{...
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Invariant polynomials of the Landau theory of phase transitions (crystal symmetry?)

I'm convinced I'm missing something so obvious but here goes Typically, one can define something like a "general" expansion of an order parameter, ${\boldsymbol \Gamma}$, up to 6th order as follows $...
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conduction mechanism

How can someone distinguish between hopping and thermal activation conductivity respectevely, if in a Arrhenius plot (Log[σ] to 1000/T) the activation energy is constant and independent of DC electric ...
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Why do we use the anticommutation relation for particle-hole and chiral symmetries?

In physics we say that a quantity is conserved if its operator commutes with Hamiltonian. For example, in condensed matter systems, when the momentum $k$ commutes with the Hamiltonian $H$ as $[H,k]=0$...
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Turning a k-space integral into an energy integral for a conductivity tensor

Looking over a derivation of the conductivity tensor for magneto-resistance, I got stuck trying to go from (1.133) to (1.134), transforming the k-space integral into one over energy. In this ...
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Is Thermalization of a subsystem simply the result of Decoherence of its state?

I would appreciate answers that explain both the concepts in short to underline if there are any key differences between the two. Also, how does a localized state survive decoherence?
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What could be the anharmonicity effect if phonon interact with a tilted interface?

If Phonon propagates through c-axis grown structure and at the end reach a tilted interface of GaN, what phenomena will appear there? How anharmonicity is going to effect the phonon propagation there?...
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Effective interaction between electron-magnon in ferromagnetic transition metals

I wonder whether there are classical references on an effective theory of electron-magnon interaction in itinerant ferromagnetic metals?
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Structure Factor for a Simple BCC Lattice

This is an example of a general misunderstanding I am having. The structure factor is given by $$S=\sum_{j}f_je^{i\mathbf{G}.\mathbf{x_j}}$$ where the index $j$ denotes a sum over the atoms within a ...
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Derivation of polarizability

I am currently reading some papers on Dirac and Weyl physics on condensed matter. Very often, the following result for the polarizability is used: $$ \Pi(q,\omega) \propto \sum_{k,s,s'} \frac{f_{sk}-...
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Equivalence of nonlinear sigma model and the $CP^1$ model

While studying the non-linear sigma model, defined by the action $\mathcal{S} = \int dtd^2x (\partial_\mu n^a \partial^\mu n^a)$ along with the constraint $n^a n^a=1$, people often use the map $n^a = ...
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eigenvectors of tight binding Hamiltonian

I am trying to calculate berry connection using tight binding method. The most important part is to calculate $\partial_k u_k(x)$, where $u_k(x)$ is the periodic part of bloch waves, i.e. $\psi_{nk}(x)...
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chern number as an obstruction to choose a smooth gauge

In condensed matter physics, I heard that if chern number of a band $n$ is non zero, it is impossible to choose a gauge such that $\psi_{nk}$ is smooth in the whole brillouin zone. However, it is ...