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Good reading on the Keldysh formalism

I'd like some suggestions for good reading materials on the Keldysh formalism in a condensed matter context. I'm familiar with the imaginary time, coherent state, and path integral formalisms, but ...
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What is the difference between the Balmer series of hydrogen and deuterium?

In my quantum mechanics textbook, it claims that the Balmer series between hydrogen and deuterium is different. However, I was under the impression that the Balmer series $$H_\alpha, H_\beta, ...
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Kubo Formula for Quantum Hall Effect

I'm trying to understand the Kubo Formula for the electrical conductivity in the context of the Quantum Hall Effect. My problem is that several papers, for instance the famous TKNN (1982) paper, or ...
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The Many Body problem

(This is a simple question, with likely a rather involved answer.) What are the primary obstacles to solve the many-body problem in quantum mechanics? Specifically, if we have a Hamiltonian for a ...
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What're the relations and differences between slave-fermion and slave-boson formalism?

As we know, in condensed matter theory, especially in dealing with strongly correlated systems, physicists have constructed various "peculiar" slave-fermion and slave-boson theories. For example, For ...
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Tsunami dampening mechanisms

Encouraged by the zeitgeist let me ask the following: Is it feasible (now or in the future) to build systems a certain distance of a vulnerable coastline which can serve to dampen a tsunami before it ...
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Questions about the Dyson equation

I'm studying finite temperature many-body perturbation theory, and am trying to understand The Dyson equation. In particular, I'm using Mattuck - A guide to Feynman diagrams in the many body problem. ...
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Is it wrong to talk about wave functions of macroscopic bodies?

Does a real macroscopic body, like table, human or a cup permits description as a wave function? When is it possible and when not? For example in the "Statistical Physics, Part I" by Landau & ...
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Origins of many-particle interactions

The internal potential energy of an $N$ particle system is a general function of the coordinates of the particles: $U(r_1,...,r_N)$. In some approximations and expansions - e.g. virial expansion - it ...
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How to get an imaginary self energy?

The Lehman representation of the frequency-dependent single particle Green's function is $$G(k,\omega) = \sum_n \frac{|c_k|^2}{\omega - E_n + i\eta}$$ where $n$ enumerates all the eigenstates of the ...
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Question on the stability of the solar system

One of the pertinent questions about many body systems that causes me much wonder is why the solar system is so stable for billions of years. I came across the idea of "resonance" and albeit an useful ...
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Correlated three-particle Green Function

I know the relationship between normal and correlated two-particle Green Functions for fermions: $$G_c(1,2,3,4)=\Gamma(1,2,3,4)=G(1,2,3,4)+G(1,3)G(2,4)-G(1,4)G(2,3)$$ Also known as irreducible ...
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How to understand order emerging from many-body system?

Like the order behavior shown in the image, is it due to the universality of some fundamental mathematic theory? Is there some general physics explanation for it? - edit: This question comes after ...
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Equation of motion for the reduced density matrix

The equation of motion for the density matrix of a many body isolated quantum system is the von Neumann's equation: $\dot{\rho }(t)=i[\rho (t),H]$. How about the equation of motion for the reduced ...
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Combining two finite number fock spaces into one

Say I have two separate systems of identical Bosons, one with N Bosons the other with M. System one is described by a state $|\psi_1\rangle$ the other with $|\psi_2 \rangle$ which are expressed in a ...
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Examples of exact many-body ground state wavefunction

Is there any non-trivial many-body system for which the exact solution to Schrödinger's equation is known? (By non-trivial, I mean a system with particle-particle interactions.) Perhaps something like ...
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Is it possible to make statements about bosonic/fermionic systems by taking the limit $\theta\to \pi$ or $\theta\to 0$, of an anyonic system?

One might naïvely write the (anti-)commutation relations for bosonic/fermionic ladder operators as limits $$ \delta_{k,\ell} = \bigl[ \hat{b}_{k}, \hat{b}_{\ell}^\dagger \bigr] = ...
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The Born-Oppenheimer approximation and muonic molecules

Does the Born-Oppenheimer approximation fail for muonic molecules (i.e. molecules where one or more electrons are replaced with muons)?
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Subtleties in the exact solution to the 1D quantum XY model, in particular the Bogoliubov transformation

I am writing programs to construct the spectra of models with known exact solutions, and soon noticed some subtleties that are not often mentioned in most references. These subtleties are not ...
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Which component shows spin squeezing under twisting Hamiltonian?

Given a many body spin system, a collection of N spin-1/2 particles, under the interaction of the twisting Hamiltonian: $$H_{int} = \sum_{i,j=1}^Na_{i,j}\sigma_{z,i}\sigma_{z,j}= A J_{z}^{2}$$ assume ...
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How to evaluate spin operators in second quantization for spin symmetry-broken Slater determinants?

Suppose we have the following Slater determinant: \begin{equation} | \Psi \rangle = \prod \limits_{i,i'} a^+_{i\alpha} a^+_{i'\beta} | \rangle \end{equation} where $a^+_{i\alpha}$ creates an electron ...
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Horrifying electron gas model

I am given the Hamiltonian, in an exercise called plasmons, and where $\langle, \rangle $ denotes the expectation value. $$ H = \sum_{k} \varepsilon_k a_k^{\dagger} a_k + \sum_{k_1,k_2,q} V_q ...
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A quantitative explanation of EM coherence domains in liquid with DNA

I've been looking with interest at a recent biology paper claiming that DNA molecules give off electromagnetic signals which can cause the same types of molecules to be reconstructed at a remote ...
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Proof that eigenvalues of Fermionic creation/annihilation operators are Grassman numbers

It's stated probably in all textbooks on many-body functional integrals that operators that satisfy $$ \hat{a}^\dagger \hat{a} + \hat{a} \hat{a}^\dagger = 1 $$ must have eigenvalues that satisfy $$ ...
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Velocity distribution in Plummer's models and others mass distributions

The Plummer's sphere is an model for the mass density in a globular cluster of stars. For an $N$-body simulation I have initialized the position of $N$ masses with a Monte-Carlo technique but cannot ...
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Quantum $n$-body problem

Is the quantum $n$-body problem as difficult as the classical $n$-body problem? Or quantum mechanics allows to get a simpler exact solution? Suppose there are 3 particles with uniform potential ...
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Where do mass polarization terms come from in many-body Hamiltonian? Why are they sometimes omitted?

This question is about the Hamiltonian for more than one particle (non-relativistic). Griffiths (Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, 2e) seems to imply that it is $\displaystyle ...
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How to find positions of $n$ masses in Newton mechanics?

I ran into a problem while doing research. The problem can be described as: consider the original $n$-body problem, and if we fix the position of them(unknowns), no interaction among them, they don't ...
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Second Quantization - Texts

I am trying to familiarize myself with the ideas of Second Quantization. However, the literature that I can find online seems only to outline the tools of this formalism of quantum mechanics. There ...
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Confusion regarding field operators

Second quantisation of the scalar field leads to an algebra of quantum field operators $$ [\phi(x),\phi(y)] = 0, \ \ [\pi(x), \pi(y)] = 0, \ \ [\phi(x),\pi(y)] = i\hbar \delta(x-y). $$ Where the field ...
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Why do Fermi liquids have T^2 resistivity?

I have often read that metals that are Fermi liquids should have a resistivity that varies with temperature like $\rho(T) = \rho(0) + a T^2 $. I guess the $T^2$ part is the resistance due to ...
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What is Resonance Width? Why we use it to distinguish different Regimes of the Anderson Model

The single inpurity Anderson Hamiltonian is ...
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Why is the Wick contraction in HFB or BCS equal to a single-particle density?

I'm trying to understand how in Hartree-Fock-Bogoliubov (HFB) or BCS theory we can write a product of creation/annihilation operators as single-particle densities under the guise of "Wick's theorem". ...
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What does it mean for a Hamiltonian to be SU(2) invariant?

Can somebody explain what it means when one says a Hamiltonian is SU(2) invariant? I know Heisenberg Hamiltonian is SU(2) invariant but why?
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What is the physical interpretation of a field operator

So far in our lecture we defined creation operators $a^{\dagger}_{n}$ in the following way, that we said: Somebody got you a antisymmetric or symmetric N- particle state and now $a^{\dagger}_{n}$ ...
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Evaluating low-temperature dependence of the BCS gap function

How does one go about evaluating the behavior of the BCS gap $ \Delta = \Delta(T) $ for $ T \to 0^+ $ under the weak coupling approximation $ \Delta/\hbar\omega_D \ll 1 $? In Fetter & Walecka, ...
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The momentum of a hole

I'm currently working through "A Guide to Feynman Diagrams in the Many-Body Problem" by R.D. Mattuck (self study, not a homework problem) and am stumped by the following problem: "In a system of free ...
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Quantum Field Theory and the Hartree-Fock approximation

I'm currently reviewing some of my notes on Quantum Field Theory (the version of Greiner) and I was wondering if QFT always works in the Hartree-Fock approximation ? Or at least that's what it seems ...
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Feynman diagrams and Hartree-Fock

I am puzzled by some lines I read in Mattuck's book on Feynman diagrams in many-body problems ( http://www.amazon.com/Feynman-Diagrams-Many-Body-Problem-Physics/dp/0486670473 ) Page 21 (1.14) for ...
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Proving that the electronic Schrödinger equation has no closed analytic solutions for >1 electron

It is stated in many books that analytic closed solutions to the time-independent electronic Schrödinger equation, $$\hat{H}\Psi = E\Psi, $$ exist for the one-electron problem (e.g. hydrogen atom, ...
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Do holes have wavefunctions?

Do holes (as in the absence of an electron) have wavefunctions? In my understanding, when we talk about holes, we are implicitly invoking two multiparticle wavefunctions: $$\tag{1} \Psi(x_1,...,x_N)= ...
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Time evolution of a reduced density matrix

For a bipartite quantum system evolving under some master equation, is the time derivative of the reduced density matrix equal to the partial trace of the time derivative of the matrix? In other ...
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Hubbard-Stratonovich transformation and mean-field approximation

For an interacting quantum system, Hubbard-Stratonovich transformation and mean-field field approximation are methods often used to decouple interaction terms in the Hamiltonian. In the first method, ...
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Can two distinct spatially separated many-body systems in the ground state contain entangled particles?

In particular, I am asking if two distinct many-body systems (e.g. system A and system B) separated at some arbitrary distance will necessarily be found to contain entangled particles (such that ...
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Fock space and occupation number

I have troubles to understand the concept of a Fock space. We defined it as a direct sum of the 0-particle, single particle, two particle etc. Hilbert space. Unfortunately, I am not sure if I ...
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The matrix element of a normal-ordered operator

Eq (1.137) in Negele and Orland gives the following identity for a normal-ordered operator $A(a_i^\dagger,a_i)$: $$\langle \phi|A(a_i^\dagger,a_i)|\phi'\rangle=A(\phi_i^*,\phi'_i)e^{\sum ...
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What is different between resolvent and green function

I bumped into a book, where Resolvent $R^{\pm}(E)$ is defined as $e^{\mp iHt/\hbar}=\pm\frac{i}{2\pi}\int_{-\infty}^{\infty}dER^{\pm}(E)e^{\mp iEt/\hbar}$ and $R^{\pm}(E)=\frac{1}{\pm ...
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What is the origin of the many-body expansion?

I'm looking for the original introduction of the many-body expansion (MBE) in the scientific literature. More specifically, I'm interested in a theoretical justification of the rapid convergence of ...
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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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significance of maxima and minima of time varying kinetic energy of a system

Consider a system of particles where the kinetic energy of the system is varying with time. I'd like to know the significance (or meaning) of the time derivative of the kinetic energy being zero at a ...