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Mean-field theory : variational approach versus self-consistency

I have a general question concerning mean-field approaches for condensed matter classical of quantum statistical mechanic systems. Does determining the mean-field by a variational approach always ...
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How to isolate and verify the source of optical absorption/effects?

This is similar to my other question, but not the same -- that one was about the energy ranges of various absorption mechanisms, and this one is more about experimental techniques to find them. Let's ...
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Condensate fraction and momentum distribution in cold atom experiments

In ultrcold atom experiments, people usually use time-of-flight technique to measure the momentum distribution, then get the condensate fraction information from the interference pattern. What is the ...
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Number of Goldstone bosons in paramagnetic-to-ferromagnetic phase transitions

In paramagnetic-to-ferromagnetic phase transitions, the symmetry spontaneously breaks down from SO(3) to the subgroup SO(2) below $T_\text{crit}$. This implies that there should be two Goldstone modes ...
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What does it mean for electrons to be “diffusive”?

I'm reading this paper and it has the line (end of 3rd paragraph, page 2): It turns out that the simple fact that electrons are diffusive instead of freely propagating leads to a profound ...
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What does an electron's wavevector mean inside of a crystal?

With a plane wave, I always took the direction of the wavevector, $k$, as the direction of propogation (magnitude proportional to the inverse wavelength). Alternatively, it could represent the ...
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Proximity effect and integrating out the quasiparticle degrees of freedom

I am reading at the moment the paper http://arxiv.org/abs/1401.5203 and try to reproduce the results. One result is the proximity correction $S_{\Sigma}$ to the system $$ e^{-S_{\Sigma}} ...
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Should a polyatomic crystal behave similarly to the bulk of each/either of its constituent elements?

Generally, metals are usually fairly conductive, but their oxides aren't. I know conductivity is just one attribute, but in general, should you expect a, say, diatomic bulk crystal's properties to be ...
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Neel order and O(3) model

The coarse grained fluctuations of the Neel order parameter in the half integer spin anti-ferromagnetic Heisenberg model is described by the O(3) non-linear sigma model with a strange berry phase ...
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Topolgical insulators order parameter

For topological insulators Is there any way to define order parameter for topological phase transitions?
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Chern bands and HEP Lattice Fermions: the emergence and the exact map

Chern bands or Chern insulators in 2 spatial dimensional(2D) are a way to construct the bulk insulating gap, but with edge or surfaces with gapless fermions. Such gapless fermions are emergent, and ...
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No Lagrangian description v.s. No quasi-particle description

This post is aimed to stimulate some discussions. We are familiar with many physical descriptions and theories of the (many-body quantum) system, with both quasi-particle description and Lagrangian ...
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Strong interacting v.s. Strong Coupling v.s. Strong Correlated

One of the active research areas in present is Strong interacting, Strong Coupling, Strong Correlated regime of the phases of matters. It seems to me that some physicists in the fields often mix the ...
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Numerical analytic continuation for Green's function

Recently, I happened to hear about the possibility of doing analytic continuation numerically. That sounds attractive for the ubiquitous $\mathrm{i}\omega_n\rightarrow\omega+\mathrm{i}0^+$ procedure, ...
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Do we have magnetic monopole? Is charge, according to yesterdays paper on Nature by Ray-Roukokoski-Kandel-Möttönen-Hall (30.01.14) quantized?

As everybody here knows, Maxwell's equation would look more beautiful if a magnetig charge were present. Beyond the aesthetics question, if a single magnetic Dirac monopole would be found, the ...
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Effective medium approximation for calculating relative permeability of cylindrical shells of alternating magnetic/nonmagnetic layers

I'm trying to apply the effective medium approximation to my own research. http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/ielx5/20/30863/01430899.pdf?tp=&arnumber=1430899&isnumber=30863 As far as I understand, ...
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How to understand the equivalence between Andreev reflection and Cooper pair injection?

It is well know that Andreev reflection dominates the subgap transport at the normal metal-superconductor interface. An incident electron can be reflected as a hole in the Nambu space, which ...
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low magnetic permeability, low coercivity compounds?

First question: Does anyone know of any low permeability, low coercivity magnetic compounds? A physics professor told me that I should dig deep in the literature, but that I should look for materials ...
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Naive questions on Goldstone modes and a possible duality relation?

For example, let's consider a 1D spin-1/2 ferromagnetic (FM) Heisenberg chain $H=-J\sum_{i=1}^{N}\mathbf{S}_i\cdot\mathbf{S}_{i+1}$ with periodic boundary conditions. Now we want to study its low ...
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Why is the projective symmetry group (PSG) called projective?

As discussed by Prof.Wen in the context of the quantum orders of spin liquids, PSG is defined as all the transformations that leave the mean-field ansatz invariant, IGG is the so-called invariant ...
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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 $k=\frac{n}{N}\frac{2\pi}{a}=\frac{n}{N}$, ...