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What is the first excited state of the honeycomb Kitaev model in its gapped phase?

As we know, there are both gapless and gapped phases 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, what is the first ...
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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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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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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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Locality in Condensed Matter Lattice Model

What is a proper definition of locality in condensed matter lattice model? I emphasize "condensed matter" because there is no Lorentz symmetry or "speed of light". I think it is quite important ...
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Does electron-electron scattering contribute to resistivity?

Electron-phonon and electron-defect scattering clearly contributes to resistance, but pure electron-electron scattering conserves the total momentum (and energy) of all the electrons. Then, how is it ...
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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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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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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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A formula in Sung-Sik Lee's paper

I want to ask if anyone has gone through the derivation of the second equality in the following formula which comes from http://journals.aps.org/prb/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevB.80.165102.
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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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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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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 $k=\frac{n}{N}\frac{2\pi}{a}=\frac{n}{N}$, ...
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1D Hubbard model in the negative U limit

In the 1D Hubbard model at half-filling, is the ground state considered as a charge-density wave (CDW) state in the very negative U limit? Is there a long range order exist in this case? Is a CDW ...
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Why isn't there an exponent in the free energy in Landau's quantum phase transition theory?

I have a question about Landau's theory of quantum phase transition. In his model, the free energy is assumed to be \begin{equation} F = f_0 + \alpha (T-T_c) \Delta^2 + \beta \Delta^4 ...
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How does band gap vary with the cell volume?

How does band gap vary with the cell volume? is there a relation? If the volume is compressed, the interaction between atoms would be more, therefore the perturbation is higher hence the splitting ...
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Snowmaking in the tropics - an estimate of water evaporation

If I set up a snowmaker in the tropics and sprayed water with it how much water would I evaporate? How would I calculate?
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Difference between non-collinear systems and paramagnetic ones?

Non-collinear magnetism and paramagnetism, are they the same thing?
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Anyons only in 2+1 spacetime dimensions - better explanation

Regrading why anyons exist only in 2+1 spacetime dimensions (which have an arbitrary phase on exchange), I read the reason that the paths for exchange in 3D are deformable into each other while in ...
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How to calculate energy in two-band Hubbard model

It might be a very easy question for you, but I am confused and I need helps. In the simplest Hubbard model at one-dimensional lattice, I ignore the $U$ term and only remain the hopping term. ...
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Why do He-3 atoms repel each other much more strongly than electrons?

Is there a simple answer to this question ? see last line of this paragraph http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fermionic_condensate#Fermionic_superfluids
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What does “optical conductivity” mean?

Does it just mean "AC electric conductivity"? If so, why have a special name for it, and why mention optical specifically? The wikipedia page on it is very sparse. This (warning, PDF) document just ...
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'Pseudo-Relativistic' behavior in Graphene

I've read that electrons in Graphene behave 'pseudo-relativistically'; what does this mean? how do they behave differently from electrons in other materials?
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What is $\epsilon_\infty$ in this equation and why can it be neglected in the IR?

I'm reading this paper (warning, PDF) and they mention that the complex permittivity $\epsilon$ and complex conductivity $\sigma$ are related through the equation $$\epsilon - \epsilon_\infty = (4\pi ...
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What happens to the free energy of the two-dimensional ising model with vortices?

The classical 2d Ising model has a Hamiltonian of the form: \begin{equation} H = -\sum_{m,n = 0}^{M,N} J_1 x_{m,n}x_{m+1,n} + J_2 x_{m,n}x_{m,n+1} \end{equation} The partition function for the model ...
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Functional field integral in condensed matter field theory (Altland)

This is the action for the 1+1 dimensional interacting electron system; $$S_{cl}[\theta , \phi]= \frac{1}{2\pi} \int dxd\tau \left(g^{-1}v(\partial_x \theta)^2 + gv(\partial_x \phi)^2 + ...
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Interacting fermionic SPT phases in 2d with time-reversal symmetry

Interacting fermionic SPT phases in 1d and 3d with $\mathbb{Z}_2^T$ symmetry are classified by $\mathbb{Z}_8$ and $\mathbb{Z}_{16}$ respectively, as shown in the paper by Fidkowski and Kitaev ...
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Why can, or can not, a perfectly incompressible fluid exist?

Water is normally assumed to be an incompressible fluid - for example in the context of calculations involving water pressure. I wondered whether that is strictly true, or an approximation? Later I ...
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Will all physical quantities unchanged by this transformation?

I am reading an article about Bloch-Floquet state. My questions is in Part II.B and Appendix A of this paper, I will describe them below. The original Schordinger equation we consider is: ...
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Jordan Wigner Transformation in 1d Majorana chain

So, I was reading the paper by Fidkowski and Kitaev on 1d fermionic phase http://arxiv.org/abs/1008.4138. It explains the classification of 1d fermionic SPT phases with $\mathbb{Z}_2^T$ symmetry for ...
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What is a “charged order parameter”?

In condensed matter physics, especially in the context of superconductors, if an author uses the phrase "charged order parameter", what does it refer to? Since the superconductor has a close relation ...
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Numerical Tools to find Braiding Statistics of Quasiparticles

While certain classes of systems that exhibit topological order can be solved exactly (such as the Toric Code, Abelian FQH Edges, etc.) there also exist systems (think of perturbed versions of the ...
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Wannier functions on a ring

Let's say I have a single particle hamiltonian in a periodic potential, for example a 1D lattice such that: $$H = -\frac{\partial_x^2}{2m} + V(x) $$ with $ V(x+a) = V(x)$ where $a$ is the lattice ...
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Degenerate perturbation theory applied to topological degeneracy?

Consider a quantum system described by a gapped Hamiltonian $H_0$ with degenerate ground states (GS), adding a perturbation term $V$ to $H_0$, then the low-energy physics can be described by an ...
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Free electron gas in two dimensions

Can someone give a qualitative description on why the density of states for a two dimensional free electron gas is independent of energy while it is not in one and three dimensions? In one dimension ...
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Approximation of skeleton diagrams

I'm studying the diagrammatics for a Bose system (in the superfluid phase) developed by Gavoret and Nozieres (Annals of Physics 28 349 (1964)). In this paper, they show how to solve the problem using ...
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Out-of-Plane Phonons

I am trying to derive the out-of-plane phonon dispersion relation for a membrane. As far as I can tell, one of the simplest ways to do so is with a Lagrangian of the form: ...
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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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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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Help with 1D and 2D density of states

I am currently looking at changes in DOS when sampling recipocal space finely. More precisely, I am looking at the expressions $$\rho_\text{1D}(E)\text{d}E = \frac{m}{\pi \hbar} \sum_i ...
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Pseudocubic unit cells: how to construct one?

I keep coming across the term pseudocubic unit cell while reading about orthorhombic perovskite structures. No clear explanation ...
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How can one reasonably theoretically model polycrystalline materials?

Many techniques are taught in advanced solid state courses but they are almost all derived for perfectly crystalline materials. For example, band structure really only appears theoretically when you ...
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Why can't a dislocation terminate in the bulk?

We are told that they can only terminate on surfaces, grain boundaries or other dislocations but we are not told why they can't terminate inside the crystal.
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What does (001) Silicon mean?

If someone gives me a thin film of Si, and they tell me it's (001) Si, does that mean that the (001) planes of Si are the ones making up the surface of the film?
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What is an electron/hole pocket and what is the significance?

What is an electron/hole pocket and what is the significance? I'm trying to get my head around this. I've read what Ashcroft and Mermin have to say on the subject, but it's a little convoluted. They ...
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Symmetry argument about degeneracy of graphene energy band at Dirac point

This question is very related to the thread here. In the answer given by @BebopButUnsteady , the statement is that as long as the inversion and time-reversal symmetry are respected, the Dirac points ...
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Why p-wave superconductors are rare in nature?

I have the basic question that why so many superconducting materials are s-wave and d-wave pairing, but the p-wave superconductors are so rare in nature? An equivalent question may be that why ...