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Cooper Pair Breaking and Quasiparticle Excitations

My question concerns the breaking of Cooper pairs and the excitation of quasiparticles. At T = 0 all electrons are condensed in the ground state as cooper pairs. If one increases the temperature one ...
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Derivation of open boundary conditions for Non-Equilibrium Green's Function (NEGF)

It is widely claimed that the Non-Equilibrium Green's Function (NEGF) equations for the study of quantum transport have been derived from the many-body perturbation theory (MBPT). Yet the bridge ...
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Effect of doping in Superconductor

Doping an element (for example element substitution) could be lower down the critical temperature of superconductor, but i don't know the mechanism behind this, is it because more bosons need to ...
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Helium 3 atoms as fermions?

Helium atoms are composite particles so a priori their "single-particle" (in this case single atom) state is very complicated. They are nevertheless well-modeled by elementary fermions models like ...
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Twin and Detwin Crystals [closed]

Hello i would like to ask , what are twin and detwin monocrystals? what has to do with their crystalographic symmetry? any consequences ? any image also would be really helpfull! Thank you
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Rotational invariance of on-site repulsion term in Hubbard model

I'm trying to prove to myself something I assumed that was obvious: that the term $n_{\uparrow} n_{\downarrow} = \widetilde{n}_{\uparrow} \widetilde{n}_{\downarrow}$ where, $n_{\sigma} = ...
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Looking for a specific theory concerning Dark Matter [closed]

I am looking for the name of a theory positing that "empty" space itself is not empty, but has substance, and that "fabric" or "substance" is actually what we call Dark Matter. In theory, dark matter ...
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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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Particles, quasiparticles, and “stability”?

So I'm studying Fermi Liquid Theory, which concerns itself with quasiparticle excitations made by superpositions of single-electron wavefunctions. We create particle-like wavepackets which exist for ...
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Particle-Hole transformation in Superconductor

The Bogoliubov - de Gennes equation has a emergent particle-hole symmetry: $$ \mathcal{P}H\mathcal{P}^{\dagger} = -H\text{.} $$ My question is now what happen to the Nambu spinor: $$ ...
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Does Ashcroft and Mermin chapter 13 problem 4 have a misprint?

I've been working through Ashcroft and Mermin to review some aspects of solid state physics and I think problem 4 in chapter 13 might have a misprint. Since there don't seem to be errata available I ...
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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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Why do metals become insulators when oxidized?

I don't know the connection between how forming a new bond with oxygen then changes the density of states to transform the metal into an insulator. It seems like a very powerful transformation.
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Fermi Golden Rule derivation of quasi-electron lifetime

I wonder if there is a detailed derivation of the quasi-electron lifetime: \begin{equation} \frac{1}{\tau_k}=\frac{2\pi}{\hbar}\frac{1}{V^2}\sum_{k', ...
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How do we know that the x-ray pattern is in the reciprocal space? [closed]

I wonder if any one can tell that why do we consider the x-ray pattern (for example, a x-ray pattern on a film for a crystal) in the reciprocal space? (I don't want any explanation about the Ewald ...
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How deep within the sample can the DOS(density of states) be detected by STM(scanning tunnel microscope)?

Using STM equipment, we can get the LDOS(local density of states) on the surface of a sample. I want to know whether the LDOS within the sample(not surface) can be detected by STM. what is the ...
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Is the thermal conductivity of metals affected by magnetic fields?

Especially for a ferromagnet a magnetic field should have a field-induced band shift in the density of states but I wonder if this shift is big enough to be significant and affect the thermal ...
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Is it posssible to numerically simulate a metal layer the same way as a semiconductor one

I need to simulate a schottky junction device. Unfortunately, the software for simulation (AFORS-HET) doesn't allow adding metal (I need to simulate aluminum contact) layers (but it allows to add ...
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Is the saturation magnetization of a thin film different if you apply the field at different directions?

I'm getting different values of the saturation magnetization when I measure them in-plane versus out of plane. The saturation magnetization for the out of plane measurement is greater than in the in ...
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Choosing a basis state for density functional theory calculations

How do we choose basis set of wave functions for expanding the eigenfunctions of the kohn-sham equations? I mean given a material,what should i look for in order to choose my basis functions?
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Why is the vapor pressure important for people that grow films in high vacuum chambers?

I don't understand what this vapor pressure is. The definition from wikipedia is unclear to me. If I look at two materials and one has a higher vapor pressure than the other, does that mean that the ...
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What is the significance of the Debye temperature from a materials perspctive?

If I look at a table of different metals and their Debye temperatures, what does the variation in these temperatures tell me about these materials?
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Wen plaquette model with one kind of plaquette operator

Let us say that we modify the familiar Wen plaquette model so that only one kind of plaquette operator is in the Hamiltonian which is a product of $\sigma_z$s, what kind of topological order or state ...
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How to measure transverse current-current correlation at arbitrary wave vector and frequency

Let $\hat J^{\mu}(t,\boldsymbol r) \equiv (c \hat \rho(t,\boldsymbol r), \hat{\boldsymbol J}(t,\boldsymbol r))$ be the density-current operator at spacetime coordinate $(t,\boldsymbol r)$, in the ...
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electron phonon interaction

I am reading the paper on deriving electron phonon interaction hamiltonian by Frohlic.http://rspa.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/royprsa/215/1122/291.full.pdf Here author has introduced the ...
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What are the conditions to observe gapless modes at the boundary for 1D case?

We observe gapless modes at the boundary for the case of SSH model or Polyacetylene The Hamiltonian for SSH model has particle hole and time reversal symmetries, it also has a Dirac like spectrum. It ...
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How do you fourier transform a tight binding hamiltonian numerically?

The task is to do a fourier transformation of a tight binding hamiltonian of a 1D-chain with unit cell size 2, but even after many tries and googling I still don't have a idea how to do it correctly. ...
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Elementary introduction to (quantum) hall effect

Where can I find an elementary introduction to classical and quantum hall effect? Only physics I know is some basic quantum mechanics, EM and statistical physics. My goal eventually is to understand ...
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Why does chalk dust stick to a chalkboard?

I understand that friction causes the chaos dust to come off the stick of chalk, but what exactly is causing the chalk dust to stay on the chalk board until rubbed off?
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Are fermions intrinsically non-local?

Background: When one studies quantum mechanics of more than one particle, one learns that all fundamental particles can be classified as either bosonic or fermionic. Fermions have a spinor structure, ...
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If I know how many atoms I have in a film, can I know the total magnetic moment?

Say I have a Co film and I know its volume so I know the total number of atoms in it. Using this plus the knowledge that each atom has a magnetic moment of 1.7 Bohr magnetons, would the total magnetic ...
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Is surface plasmon Fermion or Boson?

When photons are converted into surface plasmon in some artificially designed structure such as metal gratings to provide the additional momentum, is the boson character of photons are preserved or ...
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Exact Diagonalization of a BdG Hamiltonian on a Finite Lattice

I would like to numerically find the edge modes of a $p_x$ + $i p_y$ BdG Hamiltonian. The lattice version is given by H = $\sum\left[-t \left(c_{m+1,n}^{\dagger} c_{m,n} + \text{h.c} \right) - ...
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How to perform stroboscopic measurements for Floquet topological insulators?

Floquet topological insulators (arXiv:1008.1792, arXiv:1211.5623) have attracted much research interests in condensed matter physics. The goal is to realize topological insulators from trivial ...
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Fermi Surfaces meeting

I know the fermi level is the highest energy level in an atom for its electrons and the fermi surface is (in reciprocal space) a sphere of radius fermi level, if that makes sense. So when two ...
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Mean field approach to toric code

Toric code is one of the few exactly solvable model in condensed matter, however, like the paper (http://arxiv.org/abs/1104.5485) that uses SU(2) slave fermion to "solve" Kitaev's honeycomb model, is ...
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Particle Hole Transformation of Hamiltonian

The particle hole transformation for a bipartite lattice $\Lambda$ (with sublattices $A$ and $B$) can be written as $$U^\dagger c_{i,\uparrow} U = \epsilon(i) c^\dagger_{i\uparrow} \\ U^\dagger ...
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What is the importance of the biquadratic interaction in the AKLT model?

The AKLT in a spin-1 Heisenberg chain can be realized when we introduce the bi-quadratic exchange interaction in addition to the bi-linear interaction. I would like understand this interaction more ...
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Question(s) Regarding the Lindhard Function

As a theoretical chemist, I'm slightly outside of my element on a project my advisor gave me, so I come to your for help and direction. Basically, he wants me to integrate the imaginary part of the ...
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Proof of periodicity of Floquet Green's function

It is claimed in many papers that the two-time Green's function in time periodic Hamiltonian case is periodic in the average time, i.e. \begin{equation} G(t+T,t'+T)=G(t,t') \end{equation} when ...
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electron shell jumping in Iron?

I understand a "little" about electron shell jumping, I was wondering about "Iron", If iron was heated to a gas, perhaps held in a vacuum maybe even under pressure, would the added energy make the ...
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Why is there no electric field in the Hamiltonian for the quantum Hall effect?

I was looking at the quantum Hall effect and have a question: The Hamiltonian we use has no electric field in it, but we say there is an electric field along the $y$-axis. Why are we not including ...
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Dualities in 2+1D lattice gauge theories

A nice way to understand $\mathbb{Z}_2$ gauge theories is via duality transformations. For example, it is illustrated in http://arxiv.org/abs/1202.3120 that a $\mathbb{Z}_2$ gauge theory (with Ising ...
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Why does the characteristic curve (V vs I) for a light bulb backbend?

When teaching Ohm's Law, I have students do an exploration of a small, incandescent light bulb with a low frequency (1-2 Hz) sine wave. It's a simple series circuit of source and light bulb, ...
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Charge and spin susceptibility in the random phase approximation

In the random phase approximation, the charge and spin susceptibility (of a Hubbard model, for example) can be written as $$\chi^c(q) = \chi^0(q)\left[1+U^c\chi^0(q)\right]^{-1},$$ $$\chi^s(q) = ...
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Mathematical proof that $\exp(-1/|g|)$ is always related with formation of bound states through scales?

I know that this function ($g$ means coupling) is non-analytical in $g=0$, so this function is only appreciable under non-perturbative calculations, so is a non-perturbative phenomena. This function ...
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Energy magnetization in the presence of temperature and chemical potential gradient

In the following paper (Phys. Rev. Lett. 97, 026603) http://journals.aps.org/prl/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevLett.97.026603 the energy magnetization part of the energy current is given in the presence ...
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${\phi}^4$ description of Ising ferromagnet

Suppose the coupling between two spins is $C_{i,j}<0$, then the classical partition function is given by $$Z=\sum_{\{s_i\}}e^{\sum_{i,j}s_iK_{ij}s_j+h\sum_{i}s_i}$$ where $K_{ij}=-\beta C_{ij}$ and ...
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Electric field due to delta doping in semiconductor

In a lot of textbooks about semiconductors, always seem to skip the following steps. Starting from the 'delta-doped' charge distribution: $N_D (z)= N_{D}^{2D} \delta(z-z_0)$ Where $N_{D}^{2D}$ and ...
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Coupled Diff Equation from Bose Einstein distribution [closed]

I am a student doing physics hons and have had very little experience in programming. This semester we are supposed to do a computational project in thermodynamics. I have to solve these two coupled ...