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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Derivation of effective mass equation in carbon nanotubes

I am trying to reproduce the calculations in the paper here by Ando and Nakanishi and am already stuck on equation 1. It is stated that in the vicinity of $\epsilon=0$ the amplitude of the ...
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bare Phonon and Symmetry Breaking

In condensed matter physics, the phonon is considered as a quasiparticle which is a result of the quantization of lattice vibrations. In many textbooks on solid state physics, it can be done if we ...
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What is the name of basis states of bulk k.p Hamiltonian?

A k.p Hamiltonian for a bulk material can be represented by 8x8 matrix in basis of $|S\uparrow\rangle$, $|S\downarrow\rangle$, $|X\uparrow\rangle$, $|Y\uparrow\rangle$, $|Z\uparrow\rangle$, $|X\...
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quantum and thermal fluctuations in 1D, 2D, 3D

Why do thermal and quantum fluctuations destroy long-range order in 1D and 2D? Why not in 3D? If the answer is quite elaborated (with many formulas) perhaps a reference would be better. Sorry if this ...
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Why thermal conductivity increases with temperature?

what is the molecular mechanism with which thermal conductivity increases by increasing temperature? at least for metals? I know that heat increases the oscillations of the atoms in the crystal. But ...
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What's the conductivity of graphene nanostructres (nanoribbon, nanomesh)?

As we know, the conductivity of graphene can be expressed with Kubo formula,including intra transition and inter transition. But does graphene nanoribbon or graphene nanomesh have the same ...
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P-n junction diode under forward bias configuration

Why there is exponential growth in current with respect to voltage in p-n junction diode under forward bias configuration?
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Is Mott insulator the same as non-compressible quantum fluid?

In the field of ultracold quantum gases we study the so called Bose-Hubbard model given in second quantization: $$\hat{\mathcal{H}} = -t\sum_{\langle i,j\rangle}\hat{a}^{\dagger}_{i}\hat{a}_{j} + \...
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Is there a way to measure the thickness of a metallic plate of order of micrometers?

I have a $5 cm×5 cm×? \mu m$ copper plate. Where '$?$', the thickness of the plate, is really small (about 30um). Is there anyway using physics to calculate the thickness? Update: Sorry I forgot ...
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Is diamagnetism a static or dynamic effect?

When we put a diamagnetic material in the presence of an external magnetic field $\vec B_0$, the magnetic field inside the material decreases to $$\vec B=(1+\chi_m)\vec B_0,$$ where the magnetic ...
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Microscopic interpretation of magnetization in a 2D electron gas

I'm studying the de Haas-Van Alphen (dHvA) effect in a 2D free electron gas, and I have a problem to interpret the microscopical meaning of the flip of magnetization during the dHvA oscillation. My ...
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What is space charge Capacitance of diode?

Most of the books say that $p$-type and $n$-type materials of diode act as parallel plates of space charge capacitance were as the depletion charges (uncovered) act as dielectric. Then why do these ...
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How should I interpret the x-axis of an electronic band structure diagram ? Is it the direction an electron is moving?

Recently I've come in contact with electronic structure diagrams for my thesis and I have some difficulties getting an intuitive interpretation of reading these diagrams. What I think is happening: ...
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Is disturbance propagation velocity equal to wave velocity in a solid body?

How do the disturbance propagation velocity and wave propagation velocity relate to each other? To explain my question in details I will describe the following situation from the theory of acoustic ...
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Can conducting electrons in a metal be modeled at all as classical particles?

I have seen computational models that treat the highest energy electrons in a conducting metal as classical particles in a plasma, the ions being held in place with some sort of heuristic nearest-...
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Free charges inside a conductor and propagation of EM wave

In Griffith's book on Electrodynamics, while discussing the propagation of electromagnetic wave in a conducting medium, he set $\rho_{free}=0$. He argues that, any extra charge given to the conductor ...
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Calculating the matrix element for interband absorption

I am reading the book by Fox 'optical properties of solids'. In chapter 3, he considers the interband absorption of photons in an direct band solid. It is necessary to calculate the matrix element ...
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Notations for high symmetry points in the 1st Brillouin zone

I am trying to understand how I should interpret the letters like Г,K,M,T etc., that are usually there in the electronic band structure diagrams. So, let's assume we have graphene with its hexagonal ...
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What is the lattice sum and how can I calculate it for a general reciprocal lattice vector?

In lecture we were given the following definition: Lattice sum $$\sum_{n=1}^N e^{-i \mathbf{Q}\mathbf{R}_n}$$ where $\mathbf Q=\mathbf k-\mathbf k'$ is the scattering vector. First question: What ...
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Lattice sums (solid state physics)

The potential in a crystal doesn't only depend on the distance between 2 atoms, but also with the interaction to all $j^{th}$ neighbour-atoms. The Lennard-Jones-Potential then becomes $U(R_j)=\...
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X-ray diffraction: Is there an intuitive explanation of structure and form factors?

We have just started x-ray diffraction and I am utterly lost. We were given two formulas: First formula: The intensity of the x-rays scattered by $\mathbf{Q}=\mathbf{k}-\mathbf{k}'$ is given ...
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what is elastic thickness?

I read the article about Flexural rigidity, it says Flexural rigidity of plates is defined as $D=\dfrac{Eh_e^3}{12(1-\nu^2)}$ and $E$ is the young's modulus, $\nu$ is poisson's ratio. And I can't find ...
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Database for work functions for exotic crystallographic faces

Is there a database, which holds work functions (found either from experiment or calculations) for some more exotic crystallographic faces, such as (221) or (311) for copper? I dug around and found ...
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Relationship between fracture of solid plates and its curvature

I do some school projects about fracture of glass, my assumption is this phenomenon related to the curvature of these plates, specifically, fracture starts from the point which is having “maximum” ...
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It it true that the Fourier transform of the return probability can be written as the product of the retarded propagator & the advanced propagator?

I know the retarded green's function $G(r,r; E)$ is expressed as $$G(r,r; E)=\sum_n \frac{|\mu_n(r)|^2}{E-E_n+i\eta}$$ with the eigenvectors/eigenvalues $\mu_n(r)/E_n$. This expression of $G(r,r; E)$ ...
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Fermi surface reconstruction and fermi pockets

Certain quantum phase transitions are characterized by the emergence of some ordering wavevector $K$ : antiferromagnetism, charge or spin density waves, among others. In the case of Néel ...
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What exactly is the reciprocal lattice and how is it connected to the Ewald sphere?

I want to understand what the reciprocal lattice is and how it is connected to the Ewald sphere. I know a very similar question has been asked on this site already: Reciprocal lattices. The top ...
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What does it mean that a Cooper pair behaves as a boson but respects the obligations of fermions?

I refer to the fact that it has integer spin, but antisymmetric wavefunction. How is this possible?
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Why the bandgap of inorganic semiconductors decreases with temperature?

The temperature dependence of the energy bandgap in inorganic semiconductors is given by $$E_g (T) = E_{g,0} - \frac{\alpha T^2}{T+\beta}$$ where $\alpha, \beta$ are both positive, and the (somewhat ...
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what is the effect of temperature on the resistance of a photoconductor?

As we know, for a photo conductor resistance tends to decrease with increase in irradiance, but with greater irradiance comes greater temperature. Also we know, photo conductors are semiconductors,...
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How does negative power lead to amplification?

I am currently investigating semiconductor superlattices and I am analyzing the negative differential velocity (NDV) after a certain limit. I understand how NDV leads to negative power, but I am ...
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Momentum operator in effective mass approximation

When we calculate the band structure of some solid then we often find that in the bottom of the conduction band the dispersion looks approximately quadratic with some new effective mass: $$E(k) = \...
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Kitaev chaing, time reversel symmetry, particle hole symmetry

I was wondering if the Kitaev chain has time reversal symmetry. I think it probably doesn't because by staking Kitaev chains it is possible to create a so called Chern insulator with propagating ...
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What is Loewdin downfolding method?

I am a student in solid state physics. I wonder if somebody could explain the mathematical background of downfolding method that is often used by Ole K. Anderson. Which restriction (conditions) to ...
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What gives things color? [duplicate]

I know that color comes from things not absorbing a certain wavelength of light, but what property gives something color? Like what property of copper atoms makes copper as a whole brown, or cobalt ...
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Derivation of TKNN's main result from Kubo formula

I have a question about a small but meaningful (to me at least) step in the original TKNN paper (http://journals.aps.org/prl/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevLett.49.405). I understand the construction of the ...
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Drude Conductivity of Graphene

Use the Drude model to estimate the low temperature conductivity of a sheet of graphene, up to a dimensionless constant. (Assume the electron dispersion relation is $E(\mathbf{k})=\hbar v_F|\mathbf{k}|...
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Honeycomb Bravais Lattice with Basis

I just had my second solid state physics lecture and we were talking about bravais lattices. As far as I understand a Bravais lattice is an infinite network of points that looks the same from each ...
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Construction of a lattice structure and the Wyckoff positions

I would like to build a unit cell of a Cmcm (no. 63) lattice structure. It is a orthorhombic crystal and my lattice vectors are $\vec a_1 = (1,0,0)\,,\; \vec a_2 = (0,3,0)\,, \;\vec a_3 = (0,0,2)\,.$ ...
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I need this to do in an exam but i want also help for the lcao or tight binding method! [closed]

Consider an ideal flat infinite sheet of Graphene. Assume that only nearest neighbour interactions are important and that one $p_z$ orbital per site is sufficient to describe the electronic properties....
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Space groups and crystals. Simple example for the diamond structure

I try to learn the basis notions in crystallography and space group. But I already fail at the beginning. Let me give you an example: Consider the diamond structure (space group $Fd\overline 3 m$, ...
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Lattice parameters and basis vectors of crystal lattice structures

Does someone know where I can find lattice parameters and basis vectors of crystal lattice structures (Strukturbericht Designation) for different materials? In particular I am searching the lattice ...
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How does the surface of a material always break inversion symmetry?

I am trying to visualize this for an HCP structure. Take the profile view as such: just working in 2d. So my understanding is if we can take a point (x,y) -> (-x,-y) and get the same crystal than ...
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Free electron Gas shortcomings

I am studying surface states and the Rashba effect. A common model I keep coming across is to implement the free electron model. In this model we get the spin orbit interaction Hamiltonian by ...
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Why are periodic boundary conditions used for the derivation of phonons? [duplicate]

I am currently reading "Quantum Field Theory for the Gifted Amateur". In chapter 2 Phonons are introduced as solutions (in k-space) of a coupled harmonic oscillator. In real space the oscillator is ...
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Surface potential and symmetry breaking

I am studying surface states currently and am a little confused about something. If I consider p-orbits on a surface state that is the top layer of an HCP structure -- I understand the hopping terms ...
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Linear Response And path integral

I'm following Wen's book on Quantum field theory, and I'm struggling with section 2.2.1 on linear response and response functions. Specifically I'm unable to reproduce equation 2.2.7 in which the ...
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When a liquid solidifies why does internal energy fall? [closed]

Is it because the potential energy falls or is it because the kinetic energy falls .
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What is difference among the consepts: bulk free energy, cohesive energy, Gibbs free energy, binding energy?

I am working on size dependent surface energy of metals. I need to know the different energies between the atoms. Different papers use different energies but their meanings seem alike, therefore they ...
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Energies in Band Alignments

There is something that I would like to confirm regarding the energy when aligning the bands of heterostructures. There seems to be a general consensus that there is no simple rule to align two ...