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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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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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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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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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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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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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What happens when we cut objects?

What is the role of the molecular bonds in the process of cutting something? What is the role of the Pauli exclusion principle, responsible for the "hardness" of matter? Moreover, is all the energy ...
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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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Difference between DMRG (density matrix renomalization group) and MPS (matrix product states)?

I am learning DMRG recently. I noticed there are many papers both in the DMRG approach and MPS (such as variational matrix product state (VMPS) by F.Verstraete and J.I.Cirac) approach. In my eyes, ...
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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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Where can I get an introduction to the mathematics behind Hofstadter's Butterfly?

Are there any good books that give good mathematical/physical background to the workings of the Hofstadter's Butterfly? I'd appreciate some references. Books or Public access papers will work. ...
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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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Construction of Wannier function for optical lattice potential

Parameters of the Bose-Hubbard model require the knowledge of the Wannier functions from the lowets band of the optical lattice potential $V(x) = V_{0}\sin^{2}(kx)$ according to equations: $$J = \int ...
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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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Does the Night Mode of the screen display (LCD) save more energy? [closed]

In some cases, we can enable the Night Mode (reversing the bright and dark color of the display; such as White Text, Black Background) for the screen display. LCD(Liquid-crystal display) seems to be ...
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How to cut a stone on a White Dwarf?

I've heard that white dwarf stars are extremely dense and hard. So, if I had a piece of white dwarf matter, would it be possible to cut it (or otherwise) into a custom shape? How could one do that?
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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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Elementary question about the quantization of Hall conductivity

In the literature I read that the Hall conductivity is quantized because the Hall conductivity is actually the winding number associated with the mapping from the brillouin zone (a torus) to the space ...
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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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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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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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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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Typical operators in tight binding

Let the tight-binding Hamiltonian be $\sum\limits_{ij} {{t_{ij}}\left| i \right\rangle \left\langle j \right|}$. Where ${\left| i \right\rangle }$ is the atomic orbit at lattice site $i$. My question ...
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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 $PT$ always a symmetry in (2+1)D?

Is the combination of parity $P: (x,y,t)\to (-x,y,t)$ (sometimes also called reflection $R$) and time reversal $T: (x,y,t)\to (x,y,-t)$ always a symmetry in (2+1)D theories with Lorentz or Galilean ...
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Resources for algebraic topology in condensed matter physics

I wanted to know if anyone had any good introductions on algebraic topology for the theoretical physicist? I am particularly interested in applications to condensed matter physics, but would be happy ...
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Nesting in Fe-based superconductors

Many studies about iron-based superconductors mention the nesting of Fermi pockets, such as here or here. As far as I understand it it represents some kind of interplay between different Fermi ...
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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 ...
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When can we take the Brillouin zone to be a sphere?

When reading some literatures on topological insulators, I've seen authors taking Brillouin zone(BZ) to be a sphere sometimes, especially when it comes to strong topological insulators. Also I've seen ...
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What makes a system topological?

As I understand, if the Chern number which is obtained by integrating Berry curvature over a surface with a boundary is an integer, then the Chern number is a topological invariant. So when does Chern ...
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How to derive the Aharonov-Bohm effect result?

In the derivations of the Aharonov-Bohm phase, it is directly mentioned that due to the introduction of the vector potential $A$, an extra phase is introduced into the wavefunction for case $A\neq0$ i....
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How can a torus admit half a flux quantum, and why does a vortex induce an AB phase?

There is an issue that I have with the argument given in “Topological Degeneracy of non-Abelian States for Dummies” http://arxiv.org/abs/cond-mat/0607743 , regarding the ground state degeneracy of the ...
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Hydraulic conductivity and flow rate

I have several sources that have the following equation relating the change of volume in a cell to the hydraulic conductivity (permeability coefficient) $L$ and pressure differential $\Delta P$: $$ \...
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Do EM waves transmit spin polarization?

Suppose you have a normal dipole antennae (transmitter and receiver) . Spin polarized current (as opposed to normal current) is sent into the transmitter, it emits an EM wave and the Receiver receives ...
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Understanding FCC and BCC Bravais Lattices

A book I am reading states that one possible definition of a Bravais Lattice is that the surroundings will look the same from whichever lattice point you observe from. Consider for example the simple ...
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Advanced methods of theoretical condensed matter [duplicate]

I am looking for an online course devoted to the advanced methods of theoretical condensed matter physics. It is good if the course offers free materials like lectures, homework assignments etc. ...
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Magnus Expansion in Floquet theory

I wonder how to obtain the second equality as follows in Eq. (44) of http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00018732.2015.1055918?journalCode=tadp20 \begin{eqnarray} K_{eff}^{(1)}[t_0](t)&=&...
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How do we determine whether the tight binding model is valid for a material?

Right now I know that the tight binding model applies when electrons are tightly localized around the ions in the material. How do we determine whether the electrons are actually tightly localized for ...