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Conductivity Matrix (Symmetry Information)

I'm trying to understand the symmetry content of the conductivity matrix: one information is, presence of time-reversal symmetry causes the off-diagonal terms to vanish. When this is broken (e.g. in ...
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Discrete Symmetries: Breaking and Preserving

This is not a question, let's list down all the effects resulting from breaking or preserving of various discrete symmetries, on various observables, be it in condensed matter or in high energy. ...
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Graphene has a honeycomb lattice - true or false?

In my grand ignorance I would state that graphene has a honeycomb lattice. Some tend to agree with me and some others do not. I'm curious to know what members of the SE community think is the right ...
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The reciprocal lattice of HCP lattice

There is a very similar question here Reciprocal Lattice of a non-bravais lattice, but I don't fully understand the answer, and the question is now obsolete so I feel that I should ask it again. How ...
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Pedagogical introduction to vertex, domain wall, and kink

Recently, Majorana fermion becomes hot in condensed matter physics. The concepts: vertex, domain wall, and kink often appear in these articles about Majorana fermion. I have no idea about the ...
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How to see the ground state degeneracy (GSD) from a $BF$ theory in $2+1$ $d$?

I have seen many times the $BF$ theory has non-trivial ground state degeneracy (typically on torus), but I can not see how the conclusion come out. Recently I found a paper by Hansson, Oganesyan and ...
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What's the difference between insulators and topological insulators?

What's the difference between insulators and topological insulators? When I asked some people about this, they told me that "because the topological insulators have gapless edge states,...", but what ...
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Applicability of Fano resonance

I know that Fano resonance$^{1,2}$ can be applied for the interaction between a discrete excited state, $|\phi_0\rangle$, and a continuum of excited states, $|\phi_E\rangle$. These are related to ...
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Why doesn't topological phase transition break any symmetry? Hidden symmetry?

This question may be superficial. However why all people saying this without a proof? Just like the "hidden variables" assumption in quantum mechanics, can one disproof that there is no hidden ...
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Why don't free electrons fall from metals if shaken?

This is a question we were asked at a physics lecture.
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Time evolution operator of a periodic Hamiltonian

Suppose we have a Hamiltonian $H(t)$ with periodicity $T$. The time evolution operator in a full period is $$U_1=\cal{T}e^{-i\int_0^T H(t)\mathrm{d}t}$$, where $\cal{T}$ is time ordering operator; ...
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Hartree-Fock MFT & Large-N MFT

My question may be similar to the one in this post, but the motivation for me to raise this one is that, in strongly correlated systems, physicists sometimes seem to prefer the "large-$N$" MFT to the ...
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Real materials described by the fermionic Hubbard model?

I was always curios what real material are described by the fermionic Hubbard model. $$H = \sum_{\left< i, j\right> \sigma} t_{ij} c^{\dagger}_{i, \sigma} c_{j, \sigma} + \sum_i U_i ...
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Detailed Balance for Quantum Master Equations from System Hamiltonians with Degenerate Spectrum

Kossakowski, Andrzej, et al. ("Quantum detailed balance and KMS condition." Communications in Mathematical Physics 57.2 (1977): 97-110) gave a proof that the stationary state of a quantum dynamical ...
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Is the $2\pi$ disclination topologically stable for a 2d nematic liquid crystal?

For a three dimensional liquid crystal, a $2\pi$ or charge $1$ disclination is topologically unstable. The is generally explained as the disclination can lose its core singularity by "escaping from ...
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How to derive the critical temperature for Bose-Einstein condensation of photon?

I found that photon can have Bose-Einstein condensation. But I have a question how to derive the critical temperature for photon? Because the chemical potential of photon is zero and rest mass is ...
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Superconducting state in the Kondo-Heisenberg model on a triangular lattice

In this paper, "Fractionalized Fermi Liquids" by T. Senthil, Subir Sachdev and Matthias Vojta, the authors state in the last paragraph on page 2, "the pairing of the spinons and the condensation of ...
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Bounding the energy gap of a local spin Hamiltonian

What are some common mathematical techniques for bounding the gap between the ground state and first excited state of a local spin Hamiltonian? Does anyone have any good references for this?
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Mean-field approach to quantum phase transitions in Fermi systems

I have a basic confusion concerning the mean-field theory of quantum phase transitions in Fermi systems. Consider as an example the BCS theory of superconductivity in a Dirac fermion system, ...
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dynamic structure factor for nucleation

I know that using the peak position/moment of structure factor or may be by first zero or minimum of pair correlation function we can estimate the characteristic length scale in a phase separating ...
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what is the clear cut difference between isotropic and anisotropic spin exchanges

when are spin exchanges said to be isotropic or anisotropic? I have read several articles on this and can not differentiate these concepts properly.
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Are critical exponents below and above the critical point always same?

The scaling relations don't distinguish the the critical exponents below and above the critical value. In the mean field level, I understand these critical exponents are same whatever one approaches ...
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Lecture notes of many body theory of solids [duplicate]

Can anyone help me to get a complete and comprehensive lecture note of the "many body theory of solids" according to the book written by John C. Inkson, please?
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What is the relation between pseudogap and time reversal symmetry breaking?

Some papers concerning high-$T_c$ superconductor discuss the pseudogap and time reversal symmetry breaking. My questions are: What is the characteristic of order-parameter in pseudogap? How to ...
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Hamiltonian governing liquid to a solid transition

What is the Hamiltonian 'H' (at the atomic or molecular level) that governs the phase transition from a liquid to a solid state? Actually, I want to explicitly verify the Hamiltonian 'H' admits the ...
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What challenges needed to be overcome to create (blue) LEDs?

In light of today's announcement of the 2014 Nobel laureates, and because of a discussion among colleagues about the physical significance of these devices, let me ask: What is the physical ...
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Is a gapless system always conducting and a gapped system insulating?

In an answer to this question, @user566 mentioned that there is a qualitative difference between gapped and gapless systems; that gapless systems are conducting and gapped system are insulating. Is ...
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pair correlation function for heterogeneous nuclei

I have a system with heterogeneous size of nuclei of two liquids within a mixed fluid phase of those two liquids. I was wondering what would be the interpretation of pair correlation function for a ...
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A problem about solving energy bands by the method of second quantization

In hopping model, we can get the Hamitonian as $H_0=-t\sum a^\dagger_ia_{i'}$. Then we take the fourier transform and put the operator which are in momentum space in the Hamitonian above. However, I ...
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Potential Energy in solids: Why are different equations used for deriving lattice constants and for deriving the properties of phonons?

While deriving the equilibrium lattice constants we use expressions for potential like Lennard-Jones potential which have 6th and 12th order terms or Madelung energy for ionic crystals. While ...
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What sort of things do condensed matter experimentalists measure and how?

What sort of things do condensed matter experimentalists measure and how? Do they do scattering experiments? If voltages are measured then how? I want to know what specific experiments are done. The ...
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Ising model on lattices with (vertical side length) $\neq$ (horizontal side length)

Consider the Ising model with nearest neighbours interactions on a rectangular lattice $L\times M$. If $L=M$ (2-dimensional square lattice), it is known (e.g. by Peierls argument or Onsager explicit ...
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Why are most ferromagnets metals while antiferromagnets are insulators?

This seems to be experimentally true, but I don't quite have an intuition as to why. In the Ising model, we usually consider an insulating ferromagnet if $J>0$, where $J$ is the exchange coupling. ...
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Does the q-states Potts become the XY model in large q state?

I have met several times in papers, the order of the phase transition of the $q$-state Potts model depends on $q$. E.g., in two dimensions, for $q = 2$ (the Ising model), $3$, $4$ the order-disorder ...
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Does the relation between entropy and temperature depend on the ensemble?

If we change the temperature of a given system, there will be a relation between its entropy and temperature S(T). Is S(T) the same in a canonical ensemble and a grand canonical ensemble? If not, is ...
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Non-trivial solution for a linear set of coefficients involved in the phonon modes of a semiconductor quantum dot

I am trying to use the method outlined in this linked paper (T. Takagahara, Journal of Luminescence, 70 (1996), pp. 129-143) to find the phonon-exciton coupling in a spherical PbS quantum dot. In Eq ...
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1st order phase transition, superheating/supercooling, metastable state

I read that superheating and supercooling characterize 1st order phase transitions in papers. Some of them also use the metastable state at the same time as the superheating/supercooling. Are ...
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Disclinations, dislocations, lattices, Displacement fields and scaling

I am looking up Frank, and Burger vectors and associated material on dislocation/disclination. It seems straightforward describing a lattice and what dislocation means. It is even possible to restrict ...
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A puzzle of thermalization in simulating the 3D XY-model

I am learning the classical Monte Carlo simulation. When I simulate the 3D XY-model $$ \beta H = -\beta J \sum_{<i,j>} cos(\theta_i-\theta_j) $$ where $\beta$ is the inverse of the temperature ...
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Packing fraction of atoms in a HCP structure

I am looking to find the ratio of atomic sphere to unit cell volume in a HCP (hexagonal close packing) arrangement. Some sources I have say it is 0.74 My unit cell structure is that shown below. I ...
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Torque between Nematic Disclinations

I am looking at a liquid crystal system in 2 dimensions well in the nematic phase. Say the system has been quenched rapidly or is confined on some geometry due to which there are disclinations ...
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Projection Method in Hubbard model

This is a question from Altland and Simons book "Condensed Matter Field Theory". In the second exercise on page 64, the book claims that if we define $\hat P_s, \hat P_d$ to be the operators that ...
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Why do some ionic compounds form in the NaCl structure vs the CsCl structure?

Everything else the same, I'd expect two monoatomic ions to form an ionic structure in the CsCl structure because with more atoms bonded to each atom, it would seem to be more stable. And yet I ...
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compressibility of cold atoms in optical lattices

The compressibility of cold bosons in an optical lattice is defined as $\kappa = \frac{\partial \langle n\rangle}{\partial \mu}$, where $\langle n\rangle$ is the density and $\mu$ is the chemical ...
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Definition of short range entanglement

When studying Symmetry Protected Topological phases, one needs to define what a short range entangled (SRE) states means. But there appears to be different definitions that are not equivalent to each ...
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Strange definition of microcanonical partition function

I always thought that the microcanonical partition function would measure the number of states that correspond to some fixed energy. Despite, I found in this paper (equation 3.4) that we integrate ...
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Rigorous distinction between quasiparticles and collective excitations

I would like to hear your opinion on the question whether there is an accepted distinction between both concepts in condensed matter physics. I would tend to use the word quasiparticle for dressed ...
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Confusion about duality transformation in 1+1D Ising model in a transverse field

In 1+1D Ising model with a transverse field defined by the Hamiltonian \begin{equation} H(J,h)=-J\sum_i\sigma^z_i\sigma_{i+1}^z-h\sum_i\sigma_i^x \end{equation} There is a duality transformation which ...
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Can someone explain LO-TO Splitting?

LO-TO splitting occurs in an ionic (i.e. polar) solid such as GaAs or NaCl. What happens is that the degeneracy of the transverse optical (TO) and longitudinal optical (LO) phonons at $k=0$ is broken ...
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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.