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Why does water ($\mathrm{H_2O}$) only have two distinct fluid phases?

Water (and other substances) can exist in many distinct solid phases (with different crystallic micro-structure), but only in two fluid phases - liquid and gaseous, in which the molecules are oriented ...
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How can one intuitively understand formulas of the form $χ\sim\sum_{\bf k}{f_{\bf k}-f_{\bf k+q}\over ε_{\bf k+q}-ε_{\bf k}}$?

When calculating various susceptibilities, we get below formula again and again. $$\chi( {\bf q},0) \sim \sum\limits_{\bf{k}} {\frac{{{f_{\bf{k}}} - {f_{{\bf{k}} + {\bf{q}}}}}}{{{\varepsilon _{{\bf{k}}...
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Why Weyl fermion in Weyl semimetals(WSM) have high mobility only at low temperature?

I read several papers reporting high Weyl fermion with very high mobility in WSMs such as TaAs, NbAs, WTe2 and so on. However, this high mobility looks like (=Weyl fermion) always appears at only low ...
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Relationship between crystal momentum and true momentum

Most textbooks make it clearly that crystal momentum is not true momentum. However, in a lot of literature, crystal momentum is treated as true momentum. Here's two examples: Rashba spin splitting. ...
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Quantum Hall Effect and Edge States

In quantum hall effect we measure the hall conductance (in transverse direction) which is quantized. My question how do they take care of the edge states that are in the longitudinal side?
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Decomposition of the Time-Evolution Operator: Translationally Invariant MPO

Hello everyone myself Sudipto. Currently I'm learning the matrix product state technique in order to simulate 1d spin system and study different properties of the system form quantum information ...
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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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Why alloy have more resistance?

Is there any simple way to understand why alloy have more resistance than metals? My teacher ask this, I answer that, there might be more free electrons in metals than an alloy, but she said you are ...
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Tight binding in the limit of large system size

Suppose that one has a continuous Hamiltonian with spin-orbit interaction, for example $H=-\dfrac{\mathbf{p}^2}{2m} +\kappa({\boldsymbol\sigma}\times\mathbf{p}) + U(x)$ and want to approximate this ...
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Tight binding Hamiltonian for 2D finite dimensional lattice and nanowire

The Hamiltonian of a 1D lattice having finite $N$ atoms, (if we consider one basis per atom) is given by the following $N\times N$ matrix- Here $E$ is the onsite energy and $t$ is the hopping ...
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Vacuum persistance amplitude

E. Fradkin's Field Theories in Condensed Matter Physics formulas 3.57 and 3.58: I feel really sad about it, but all my tries of getting from formula $$ Z = \operatorname{tr} \hat{T} \prod_{j=1}^{...
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Distinguishable, Indistinguishable Paramagnetic Ideal Gas

In the canonical ensemble, the partition function for an ideal gas is given by: $$\frac{Z}{N!}$$ The factor $N!$ accounts for the indistinguishability of the particles of the ideal gas. What ...
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Is there a block spin renormalization group scheme that preserves Kramers-Wannier duality?

Block spin renormalization group (RG) (or real space RG) is an approach to studying statistical mechanics models of spins on the lattice. In particular, I am interested in the 2D square lattice model ...
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Peierls substitution vs minimal coupling

In the presence of vector potential (let's assume it's uniform), a tight-binding Hamiltonian will be changed according to the Peierls substitution: $$t_{ij}c_i^{\dagger}c_j \to t_{ij}e^{iqA|i-j|}...
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Interpreting conical intersection in quantum adiabatic evolution [on hold]

Recently, I have studied a particular quantum adiabatic algorithm. When I plot the eigenvalues of the ground and first excited state against normalized time $s$, there appears a conical intersection. ...
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Simplest Live Demonstration of Adiabatic Transport

I have to give a presentation on Berry phase. I would like to give the simplest live demonstration of adiabatic transport. If I move an object in a loop and return that object back into its original ...
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Intuition behind transforming a Hamiltonian expressed in momentum representation in eigenbasis [closed]

This question is a supplement to a previous question on the same paper. In the section 4.1 of Quantum Computation by Adiabatic Evolution, Farhi et al proposes a quantum adiabatic algorithm to solve ...
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How do signals go through solid objects? [closed]

So many types of signals pass, or seem to pass I don't know, through solid objects. How do they do this?
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How to prove Bloch function is periodic in reciprocal lattice?

How to prove Bloch function is periodic in reciprocal lattice? I saw in some textbooks this formula: $$ \Psi_{\mathbf{k}} (\mathbf{r}) = \sum_{\mathbf{G}} c_{\mathbf{k}+\mathbf{G}}e^{i(\mathbf{k}+\...
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Question regarding NaCl equilibrium separation

So I am tutoring someone later and one of the problems is from Eisberg/Resnick Ch 12. The potential energy $V$ of NaCl can be described emperically by $$V = \frac{-e^2}{4\pi\epsilon_0 R}+Ae^{-R/\...
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What is the physical significance of the Curie constant?

What is the physical significance of the Curie constant? I understand it depends on the effective moment of the ion and hence must be some measure of it, but what is it exactly? Like some average ...
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How to understand topological order at finite temperature?

I have heard that in 2+1D, there are no topological order in finite temperature. Topological entanglement entropy $\gamma$ is zero except in zero temperature. However, we still observe some features ...
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Is edge states of topological insulators superconducting?

I am told edge states of topological insulators are free from back scattering. Does this mean topological insulators have no resistance if only edge states are taken into account?
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Quasi-particle and quasi-hole excitations of Laughlin states and generalization of Laughlin states

The Laughlin wave function at filling fraction $\nu=\frac{1}{m}$ is \begin{equation} \Psi_m=\prod_{i<j}(z_i-z_j)^m e^{-\sum|z_i|^2/4l_B^2} \end{equation} It is claimed in section 7.2.3 of Wen's ...
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RPA Charge Instability in One Dimensional Electronic Systems

As we know, no long range order in a one dimensional electron system is expected due to quantum fluctuation. A typical 'phase diagram' for a system with short-range interactions is shown on page 69 of ...
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Orthogonality condition between core and valence states (pseudopotentials)

In the paper "Pseudopotential methods in condensed matter applications" by W. E. Pickett the author comments the following in the introduction section (Page 4, 1st paragraph - introduction) "Although ...
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Phonon Momentum

I am reading Charles Kittel's solid state physics and wondering what's the mechanism that neutron waves and photons can interact with phonons and the process obey the generalized momentum-energy ...
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Deriving Reciprocal Lattice Definition

The derivation of reciprocal lattice vectors in terms of the direct space lattice vectors starts by applying expanding a translationally invariant lattice function $f(\bf{R_k}+r)$ in plane waves $f_k ...
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Bosonization for unequal left/right Fermi velocities

The standard exposition of bosonization/Luttinger liquid theory in textbooks treats the case that left and right channels share the same absolute value of Fermi velocity. Is it possible to relax this ...
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Will two Weyl points which belong to a Weyl pair be transformed to each other by inversion symmetry?

In solid state system, A Weyl pair can be obtained by splitting a Dirac node when time reversal symmetry is broken and inversion symmetry is reserved. My question is that Whether the inversion ...
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Superconductor in a parallel vs perpendicular magnetic field

My question concern's the huge difference in critical fields regarding a thin superconductor(SC) which is surrounded by a magnetic field. lets imagine the SC is a thin film in the x-y Plane: Applying ...
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Replacing fermionic operators with their Fourier transform and boundary conditions

In the section 4.1 of Quantum Computation by Adiabatic Evolution, Farhi et al proposes a quantum adiabatic algorithm to solve the $2$-SAT problem on a ring. To compute the complexity of the algorithm ...
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Momentum change in collisions (Drude model)

A particle suffers elastic collisions with scattering centres with a probability of collision per unit time $\lambda$. After a collision the particle is in a direction characterized by a solid angle $\...
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What is the difference between Fermi level and Fermi edge?

Just as in title: What is the difference between Fermi level and Fermi edge? My friend makes some research about XPS and he encountered this term. He knows what is Fermi level, but never heard about ...
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Connection between fractional charge and Schrodinger's cat

In the FQHE, it is said that one electron splits into three 1/3-charged entities. Is it like the Schrodinger cat?
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Specific heat of the classical ferromagnetic Heisenberg model

I have simulated the classical ferromagnetic Heisenberg model on a cubic lattice using Monte Carlo and I get a finite specific heat near zero temperature. My understanding is that from the magnon ...
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At most $N$ gapless charge/spin modes in a system of $N$ coupled 1D chains?

Leon Balents and Matthew P. A. Fisher claimed the following without any further explanation ($N$ is the number of chains) For a system of $N$ coupled 1D chains, the number of gapless charge modes ...
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Has anyone experimentally shown the quantized thermal hall conductivity in Quantum Hall systems?

For background: In a $D=2+1$ state with edge modes described by a chiral $( c_L \neq c_R )$ CFT there is a predicted thermal Hall conductance associated with the gravitational anomaly at the edge. ...
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Density of States for a separable hamiltonian

There are $N$ non interacting electrons in a potential well: \begin{align} H&= -{1 \over 2 } \nabla^2 + U(x,y,z) \\ U(x,y,z)&={1\over2}\omega^2z^2 \; \mbox{for} \; (x,y) \in [0,L]\times [0,L]; ...
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Some questions about the Kitaev Chain Model

In the paper,'Unpaired Majorana Fermions in Quantum Wires', Kitaev shows that unpaired Majorana Modes can be found at the end of a Quantum Wire for certain conditions. The effective Hamiltonian ...
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What kind of flux-pinning effect will occur if a type two superconductor is subjected to an AC electromagnet?

When a supercooled type two superconductor is subjected to a static magnetic field, the superconductor pins to the flux of the field (the mixed-state meissner effect is apparent). What happens if it ...
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Is the speed of sound almost as high as the speed of light in neutron stars?

Have you ever wondered about the elastic properties of neutron stars? Such stars, being immensely dense, in which neutrons are bound together by the strong nuclear force on top of the strong gravity ...
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Hubbard Model. Spin Operators.

In a book Field Theories of Condensed Matter Physics author (p.10 of second edition) defines spin operators as: $$ \vec{S}(\vec{r}) = \frac{\hbar}{2}c_{\sigma}^\dagger(\vec{r})\vec{\tau}_{\sigma\...
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What kinds of behavioural anomalies can a zero-field-cooled (ZFC) / field-cooled (FC) split indicate?

If a material shows a spiltting in the ZFC and FC curves, is it necessarily superparamagnetic, or could there be any other reason for the irreversibility? I have heard spin glasses also show ZFC-FC ...
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Calculating the boundary modes in Kitaev Chain

In section 2 of the paper, 'Unpaired Majorana Fermions in Quantum Wires', equation (14), the following transformation: \begin{equation} b^{'} = \sum_{j} (\alpha_+ ^{'} x_+ ^{j} + \alpha_- ^{'} x_- ^{...
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Derivation of Rashba spin-orbit coupling in tight-binding model

Rashba spin-orbit coupling Hamiltonian in free space can be written as: $H_{\text{so}}=\int d^3r \Psi^{\dagger}(\mathbf{r}) \gamma (p_{x}\sigma _{y}-p_{y}\sigma _{x})\Psi(\mathbf{r})$. I expand $\...
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Tight binding Hamiltonian in the k-space

I want to find the band structure of this 2 dimensional lattice which isn't completely flat: Using a tight binding model.And take unit cells as they are shown in the figure. And assuming that each ...
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Why does Fermi Level change due to change in donor atom concentration?

Suppose I have a n-type semiconductor whose fermi-level lies (say) 0.2 eV below the conduction band. Why would this level change if I changed the doping by making the donor concentration (say) 4 times ...
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How does from the curvature of the energy surface, different phases of matter can be identified?

I have recently started reading about the topological order in condensed matter. I am trying to understand the role of topology of the energy surface in distinguishing the different phases of matter. ...
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effective field theory of the projective semion model

The "projective semion" model was considered in http://arxiv.org/abs/1403.6491 (page 2). It is a symmetry enriched topological (SET) phase. There is one non-trivial anyon, a semion $s$ which induces a ...