Solid-state physics studies how macroscopic properties of solids (mechanical, electrical, optical, etc.) result from their microscopic structure. It usually deals with the scale where quantum properties of the particles are substantial.

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Why does the Fermi Surface cross the Brillouin zone boundary at right angles?

I'm not sure why the fermi surface crosses the Brillouin zone boundary at right angles. I understand that this is normally the case, but not necessarily always. I'm aware that the fermi surface is a ...
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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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How does the process of protein denaturatation work? [migrated]

I know it's the proteins that somehow change their properties at some temparature. But what kind of change, in terms of molecule-level structure?
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Temperature in a Voltaic Cell

The potential difference across a voltaic cell varies with temperature. But my question is whether the voltage increases or decreases as temperature rises. According to the Nernst equation, the two ...
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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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Generate unit cell from space group [on hold]

I am trying to make a code to generate primitive unit cell. I have the space group and coordinate of inequivalent sites and lattice parameters. I want to generate the primitive unit cell from that. ...
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Band structure and band index

Please let me know If my understanding is right. For a given $\vec{k}$, $H$ is a function of $\vec{k}$ the energies vary discretely for $n$ ie.,the band index. For a given $n$, we choose all the ...
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Density of States of Free Particle in One Dimensions

I am using Quantum Mechanics by David H. McIntyre, chapter. This is problem 15.7: Find the density of states $g(E)$ for the case of a free particle in one dimension; further, show that the density of ...
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A problem concerning the calculation of parameters in a periodic system [closed]

I am using Quantum Mechanics by David H. McIntyre, chapter 15. The question is 15.8: Find the single bound state energy of an electron in an isolated well of depth $V_{0} = 1$ eV and with width $b = ...
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Why isn't there a potential difference across a disconnected diode?

I know this question sounds silly, as if there was a potential difference a current would be created when the terminals are connected together and this would mean energy has come from somewhere. The ...
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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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Possible to calculate carrier lifetime with doping concentrations?

I'm working on a problem involving a silicon semiconductor. A PN junction is created with $N_a = 5\cdot10^{14}$ throughout the entire semiconductor, and is doped with $N_d = 2\cdot10^{15}$ on the N ...
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Total momentum in linear monoatomic chain

Context: Solid state physics. Monoatomic linear chain. Question: To prove that the total momentum of the chain is zero. Attempted solution: I consider the sum: \begin{align*} p = \sum_{n=1}^{N} m ...
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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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Why is copper a metal?

Context: Solid state physics Question: Can it be reasoned in the context of solid state physics (perhaps within the band theory of solids?) that copper is a metal ?
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Ion-neutralization processes and its energies

Ionization energies/Electron affinities are well mapped. I wonder about opposite processes... I imagine for anion the necessary energy will be equal to the electron affinity (energy released when ...
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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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Statistical Mechanics - Distribution of Energies

Consider a state space $\mathbb{X}$. The probability density function under a canonical ensemble is given by the Boltzmann distribution $$\pi_{\mathbb{X}}(x)=\frac{e^{-\beta ...
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The skin effect and the reflectivity of gold

I am simulating a waveguide in COMSOL, a FEM solver. My model looks like this (it is similar to a standard Quantum Cascade Laser geometry): Therefore there is a very thin (30nm) layer of gold ...
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Derivation of boundary conditions in the context of lattice dynamics

Context: Solid state state physics, lattice dynamics. Question: I'd like to derive the condition for the wave vector $\boldsymbol{q}$ in order for the lattice to be periodic and infinite. My lecture ...
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Why longitudinal accoustic and optical branch have the same energy (and thus frequency)?

Context: Solid state physics, lattice dynamics. Question: At point $X$ the LO and LA branches have the same energy. Is this something that can be expected before doing the experiment or is it just it ...
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Number of reflections for BCC crystal [closed]

I need to calculate the number of reflections expected for the (110) and (200) plane of a BCC crystal. How would you do it?
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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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Is an “infinitely sharp blade” possible?

A staple of science fiction and fantasy is a blade (knife, sword, ...) that cuts through literally any solid object (wood, steel, concrete, skulls, ...) without effort, often even without the need to ...
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Extract the temperature dependence of the integral

Actually, I have a question regarding this Physics StackExchange question: Ashcroft Mermin Solid State Eq. 22.15 I cannot understand the change of variables. Can anyone give a further explanation on ...
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What is the quantum Hall resistance R_H as a function of magnetic field?

For the integer quantum Hall effect, the resistance $R_H = h/(ne^2)$, where $n$ is some integer. All of the graphs of $R_H$ as a function of magnetic field, $B$, that I've seen show that at $B = 0$, ...
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Electron degeneracy pressure

Why is it that in stars undergoing gravitational collapse electron degeneracy kicks in? Why couldn't the electrons form energy bands like in semiconductors?
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How can I get the lattice constant of a salt?

This is probably a very dummy question, but I am not able to solve it on my own. Given that the radius of $Li^+$ ions is 76 picometers, and the radius of $F^-$ is 133 pm, I would expect the size of a ...
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Is this two forms of Hubbard model equivalent?

I have seen two form of Hubbard model, one is: $$H=-t\sum_{<ij>s}c_{is}^\dagger c_{js}+h.c.+U\sum_i(n_{i\uparrow}-1/2)(n_{i\downarrow}-1/2)-\mu\sum_{is}n_{is}$$ The other is a more familiar ...
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How Does The Macroscopic Wavefunction Build Up?

How does the macroscopic wavefunction (the order parameter) builds up from zero value to the a finite value when liquid He undergoes a transition from normal to the superfluid state? How does it ...
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Symmetry Breaking And Phase transition

Is every phase transition associated with a symmetry breaking? If yes, what is the symmetry that a gaseous phase have but the liquid phase does not? What is the extra symmetry that normal $\bf He$ ...
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Intro to Solid State Physics

I didn't see this listed on the books page so here it is. I'm currently in an introductory Solid State course, and we are using Kittel's book. I have been having a rough time with this book although I ...
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band gaps in tight binding model

What happens at the zone boundaries of the brillouin zones in the tight binding model? How does the band gap originate in the TB model?
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Fermi wavelength of graphene

Does anybody know the Fermi wavelength of graphene? I searched the Internet for a while without success. I found, by inspection with the Fourier transform of an S.T.M. image $$ 3.84e^{-10} \mathrm{m}. ...
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How to obtain band dispersion from a band structure diagram?

Reading about bands dispersion, I came across the following (Computational Chemsitry of Solid State Materials): ...
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n-p-n p-n-p and n-n-n heterostructure for LED

I was studying LED Heterostructures and I found out that my book is always giving reference to p-p-n type heterostructure. So I looked up into another book in order to find other type of ...
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Uncertainty principle characterizing metallic bonding?

So I was trying to think through the statement that the uncertainty principle can characterize metallic bonding. I know that the uncertainty principle is: $\Delta p \Delta x = \frac{\hbar}{2}$. And ...
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Good introduction to many-body Green's function via path integral formulation?

Can anyone kindly provide any information on valuable references or books on this topic? It appears to be prevalent in 90s papers on High-Tc superconductivity or quantum Hall effect, especially in a ...
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Translation invariance in crystals

Context: solid state physics - dynamics of atoms in crystals. Coupling constants are defined as: \begin{align*} \frac{\partial^2\Phi}{\partial r_{nai}\partial r_{mbj}} = \Phi_{nai}^{mbj} ...
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Band gaps: are they at the centre or at the edge of the Brillouin zone?

Reading about electronic band structures, I came across the following: Band gaps open at the edges of the Brillouin zone (BZ), since that is where the Bragg scattering occurs. I am slightly ...
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Variational principle

In the LMTO method, the interstitial region is approximated by plane waves and the muffin tin region of the potential by solutions to the radial Schrodinger equation. In using the variational method ...
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Difference between steady state and equilibrium?

In semiconductor physics, what is the difference between steady state and equilibrium. How analysis of devices varies in these processes?
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What are the 'oscillators' in the Drude Lorentz model?

Jackson's Electrodynamics defines the Drude-Lorentz model as a set of harmonic oscillators (running over indices $j$ below), which, if you write out the equations of motion and rearrange a little, ...
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Does the Fermi sea have plane waves, or wave packets?

Consider a zero-temperature, one-dimensional crystal with allowed electron momenta $k_n = \frac{2\pi n}{L}$. Question: Which is the more correct way to think about the Fermi sea? Sharp plane ...
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How to deal with $\vec{j}\cdot\vec{A}$ or $\rho A^2$ interaction when utilizing Kubo formula? Gauge invariance?

If there exist electromagnetic fields in solids, electrons can feel interactions like $\vec{j} \cdot \vec{A}$ or $\rho A^2$ (these are not regarded as perturbations). But these are not gauge ...
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Introduction and overview of Condensed Matter Physics [duplicate]

Is there any book that provides an overview of Condensed Matter Physics? I have had a course in QM and statistical physics and some. I dont know anything about this field, so is there a readable ...
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Is there a way to quantify how similar a polycrystal should behave to a single crystal?

So in solid state classes we learned about phenomena like band structure and others arising from a periodic potential. Then we get to doing actual experiment and find out that materials being single ...
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Why does ice melts, waits for 100 degrees and THEN vaporises? Why is not the process of expansion of things continuous?

What I am asking is this: Why can't a body be solid, then solid-ish, then solid-like, then liquid-like, then liquid-ish, then liquid, then vapor-like and then vapor? Why is there a rigid temperature ...