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Diffusion coefficient of a crystal

I've been trying to work this out so I can give a hand waving argument for one of the effects I'm observing on the fly and I find myself going down a rabbit hole that seems way too complicated for ...
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Interpretation of the 1D transverve field Ising model vacuum state in a spin-language

The 1D transverse field Ising model, \begin{equation} H=-J\sum_{i}\sigma_i^z\sigma_{i+1}^z-h\sum_{i}\sigma^x_i, \end{equation} can be solved via the Jordan-Wigner (JW) transformation (for further ...
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Coupling of open and closed channels in Feshbach resonance model

Feshbach resonance is described with coupling of 2 systems differing in the form of potentials :- one is said to produce a bound state (in 'closed' channel) and other is to produce scattering states ...
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Experimental methods for finding London penetration depth

I have been doing some readings on superconductivity and have come across the London penetration depth. I somewhat understand how it comes into play with the London equation and Ampère's law. Right ...
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Why can we quantize macro(meso)scopic harmonic oscillator?

It is well known that we have got many kinds of quantized macro(meso)scopic harmonic oscillators or so in tiny mechanical systems. People are talking about cavity cooling and so on. However, it is ...
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Berry curvature of Landau levels

If we consider an electron on a two dimensional surface with a magnetic field normal to the surface, we know the states the electron can occupy are Landau levels. If we additionally impose periodic ...
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s-wave, p-wave or d-wave collisions in scattering theory

In scattering theory, what is a good intuitive picture to think of s-wave, p-wave or d-wave collisions ? What is their importance and what are the examples where a particular one is assumed to be the ...
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Triangular lattice arrangement of vortices in a superfluid

In a simply connected container containing a superfluid and rotating, there is a net circulation of superfluid. This is found due to the vortices formed, around which the superfluid rotates. These ...
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Falling to closest quantized circulation level in a rotating superfluid

To make a superfluid rotate in an annulus shaped container, we start with a normal fluid, rotate the container, then cool it to below critical temperature to get a rotating superfluid. The allowed ...
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Does the projected spin state of the $d+id$ mean-field Hamiltonian on a triangular lattice has time-reversal(TR) symmetry?

Consider the following $d+id$ mean-field Hamiltonian for a spin-1/2 model on a triangular lattice $$H=\sum_{<ij>}(\psi_i^\dagger\chi_{ij}\psi_j+H.c.)$$, with $\chi_{ij}=\begin{pmatrix} 0 & ...
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Chiral Spin Liquid(CSL), Chern number, and the ground state degeneracy(GSD)

Consider a 2D gapped CSL with a nonzero Chern number $m$, then is the GSD of the system on a torus directly related to the Chern number $m$? For example, see this article, in the last paragraph on ...
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What is the difference between diamagnetism and superconductivity?

Basically, What is the difference diamagnetism and superconductivity? As far as I understand, diamagnetism comes from the fact, that all electrons in a solid, when exerted by an external magnetic ...
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How is Laughlin's gauge argument explaining integer quantum hall effect(IQHE)?

It seems essential in Laughlin's gauge argument that the sample has to be cylindrical(or with similar toplogy), so that we can "thread" a thin solenoid through to control the gauge function on the ...
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Why does a bucket of Water weigh more than a bucket of Air?

Given the numerous chemical compounds found in dry air [compressed into a liquid] of a given volume [lets say $22.4$ L for simplicities sake] whose atomic weights far surpass that of water alone ...
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Phonon mode in canonical and grand canonical ensemble

I derived the averaged energy for phonon mode with frequency $\omega$ in canonical ensemble and in grand canonical ensemble. Averaged energy derived in canonical ensemble is ...
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Overview and doubts about Bloch's theorem and the concept of partial density of states

So I have a large confusion with QM as applied to solid state. The following is a summary of what I know, what I think I know, and what I know I don't know. I hope to stir a discussion that will help ...
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Compute distance between planes in a crystal

I want to compute the distance between two (111) planes in a cubic crystalline structure, in order to do some computations involving Bragg reflection. I have a sketch of which the (111) planes are, ...
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Magnetic field exclusion and retention in superconductors

I'm studying the behaviour of superconductors in different cases, and I can't understand this. We have a superconducting cylinder with a coaxial hole inside (vacuum). When the cylinder is cooled ...
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Generalized tight-binding model - how to solve it?

Consider a generalized 1D tight-binding model (without spin) with the following Hamiltonian \begin{equation} \mathcal{H}\left(\{\chi_{r,r+1}\}\right)=\sum_{r}(\chi_{r,r+1}c^\dagger_rc_{r+1}+h.c.)~, ...
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Which quantum models violate the third law of thermodynamics and have an ergodic ground state?

Which any condensed matter quantum spin models over a finite lattice of size N which violates the third law of thermodynamics with ergodic mixings for the ground state?
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How is domain wall formation related to spontaneous symmetry breaking?

It is said that domain wall formation is the signature of in spontaneous symmetry breaking but not explicit symmetry breaking. Why is this so?
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Partition function for a microcanonical ensemble

Is it possible to write down a partition function for a microcanonical ensemble?
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Electron-electron interaction in solids

We always consider a Coulomb interactions between electrons in the Hamiltonian to modelize a solid. Why not to take into account retardation effects of the electromagnetic interaction which go beyond ...
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Phonon-phonon-interaction as higher order terms in the potential

Is there a simple way to understand why phonon-phonon-interaction is described by higher order terms in the potential? I mean: Having a quadratic potential is essential for the definition of the ...
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How do you justify neglecting electron-electron interaction in the Drude model?

I'm sure there's some way to justify it. Maybe a screening effect?
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Does Fluctuation-exchange (FLEX) approximation including spin-orbit coupling (SOC) exist?

FLEX method was invented by N.E.Bickers and D.J.Scalapino in 1989 (PRL 62,961; Ann. Phys. 193,206). Later it was extended to multi-orbital system (T.Takimoto,PRB,69,104504). But I don't find FLEX ...
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Form factor and Guinier regime [duplicate]

sorry for reposting. I dont get why it is such a good idea to plot the logarithm of the form factor vs $Q^2$ in Guinier plots. It seems arbitrary to me.
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Guinier regime for form factor

Why is it such a good idea to plot the logarithm of the form factor vs $Q^2$ in Guinier plots. It seems arbitrary to me. Thanks
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Moving Between Degenerate Vacua?

In spontaneous symmetry breaking, moving round the circular valley of Mexican hat potential doesn’t cost energy. These angular excitations are called Goldstone bosons. But doesn't the angular ...
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Development/history of Mesoscopic Physics/quantum transport

I am studying mesoscopic physics/quantum transport. Now I am wondering (out of interest): how did this field emerge and what made it such a huge field? I couldn't find this somewhere clear on the web ...
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Entanglement entropy of 1D chiral Fermion

I was told that the entanglement entropy $S_E$ on the ground state of a (1+1)D conformal field theory (CFT) follows the logarithmic behavior $S_E=\frac{c}{12}\ln L$ where $L$ is the length scale ...
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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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Edge states in the “half BHZ” model

Consider the "half BHZ" Hamiltonian $${\cal H}=\sum_{\mathbf{k}}\left(A\sin(k_{x})\sigma_{x}+A\sin(k_{y})\sigma_{y}+{\cal M}(\mathbf{k})\sigma_{z}\right)c_{\mathbf{k}}^{\dagger}c_{\mathbf{k}}$$ where ...
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Do Cooper pairs act like Cheshire cats?

Could the pairing up of electrons be explained by their spin being in a different position? What would separating the spin from an electron in matter do in theory?
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Do we have a fundamental Hamiltonian for the system of H$_2$O molecules?

From the quantum mechanics(QM) viewpoint, does there exist a Hamiltonian $H$ for the system of H$_2$O molecules? Assume that the number of H$_2$O molecules is fixed. Imagine that by calculating the ...
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Is it possible to determine the universality class of phase transitions by just analysing symmetry?

Since phase transition is closely connected with symmetry, I am wondering whether it is possible to determine the universality class of phase transitions just by symmetry? Actually, I found it is ...
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Quantum Quench Problem

I read about the quantum quench problem in condensed matter physics. But what does really mean? Has anybody a good explanation about the origin of quantum quench problem?
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What happens when molten metal cools within a strong magnetic field?

What happens when molten metal cools within a strong magnetic field? I don't know what more say, don't remember anything relevant to this in my uni text books.
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Can excitons be understood in terms of classical quantum physics?

From what I understand, an exciton is an electron-hole pair in a semiconductor that exists in a bound state (through the electrostatic potential). I have seen it stated that this pair behaves in a way ...
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Derivation of Lagrangian density for an infinite classical dielectric in interaction with the EM field

I am tasked with reading and reproducing all the steps in J.J. Hopfield's 1958 paper "Theory of the Contribution of Excitons to the Complex Dielectric Constant of Crystals". Embarrassingly I am stuck ...
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Understanding Wikipedia's “Semiconductor Band Structure” diagram where the bandgap appears to increase with increasing density of states

I'm having a bit of trouble understanding the semiconductor band gap diagram on Wikipedia: (from Band gap article). Why is the size of the band gap increasing with the Density of States (DOS) in the ...
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Frequency dependence of permittivity — why not monotonic?

I naively thought that most materials were transparent to radiation of frequencies above their plasma frequency, and opaque to radiation below it. The most intuitive (and analyzed lightly in ...
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Topological Insulators: is HgX a special case?

I got confused by reading this article: Francois Virot, Roland Hayn, Manuel Richter, and Jeroen van den Brink. “Engineering topological surface-states: HgS, HgSe and HgTe.” arXiv preprint ...
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Why does total spin conservation law forbid the spin wave gap in Heisenberg magnets?

What is the explanation for total spin conservation forbidding the spin wave gap in Heisenberg magnets?
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When is quasiparticle same as elementary excitation, and when is not?

Can anyone shed light on the comparison between these two concepts?
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Two particles state of a 1D massive scalar field

Perfectly localized states are not normalized so do not belong to the Fock space (they belong to the rigged version). Suppose we approximate localized states with gaussians, what is the mathematical ...
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Why Landau Level quantization is observed only in low temperature and strong magnetic field in real experiment?

I know that Quantum Hall Effect and Fractional Quantum Hall Effect origin from Landau Level quantization. In magnetic field, the energy of in-plane(plane perpendicular to magnetic field) degree of ...
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Why there is a flat band for Kagome lattice?

For the nearest neighbor hopping model on the Kagome lattice, there is a flat band among the three energy bands. Is there some reason, such as symmetry or the special structure of the model, to ...
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Why is an optical magnon with k=0 not an eigenenergy state?

I found in a paper the following explanation. Unfortunately, I can't understand it. Can anyone help me on this? In the limit of equal spins an optical magnon with k=0 gets an acoustical one at the ...
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Topology and Majorana bound states

I'm working at the moment on Majorana Bound states and their topological properties. Now I have a question about it. The Altland-Zirnbauer symmetry classes says us how many topological different ...