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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Plotting a bandstructure along High-symmetry points when kx,ky,kz is known

Suppose you know kx,ky,kz points along with the corresponding energies. Basically, you know about the 4-D E(k) dispersion. How you do then convert that data into the bandstructure plots you commonly ...
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Relationship between Polarizability and Conductivity

I've seen in the literature the relation: $\sigma (q,\omega) = \frac{i e^2 \omega}{q^2}\chi(q,\omega)$ where $\sigma$ is the conductivity and $\chi$ the polarizability. However my attempt to derive ...
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What are hot electrons?

What are they? How are they created? And what do they have to do with plasmons? I searched the web, but I would like more reliable and straightforward sources.
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Optical mode leakage through a layer of gold

The geometry of my semiconductor device is given below. The blue regions are gold, the grey ones - gallium arsenide (n-doped to $2.9 \times 10^{15} \mathrm{cm^{-3}}$). The dimensions are μm, i.e. it ...
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Should Brillouin zone be a continuous object rather than a discrete one in the thermodynamic limit?

For example, just consider a 1D atom chain with $N$ sites and lattice constant $a=2\pi$, under periodic boundary conditions, the crystal momentum reads as $k=\frac{n}{N}\frac{2\pi}{a}=\frac{n}{N}$, ...
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Interpreting current in a material as a Stark effect

I apologize if my question is silly but here it is. In the physics of atoms and molecules, we learn about the Stark effect which induces a splitting of degenerate energy levels into sub-energy levels ...
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Kronig-Penney model

I am studying the Kronig-Penney model as treated in the book by Kittel: Introduction to Solid State Physics. In this model one considers a period potential which is zero in the region $[0,a]$ ...
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Bloch's theorem

I am studying Bloch's theorem, which can be stated as follows: The eigenfunctions of the wave equation for a period potential are the product of a plane wave $e^{ik \cdot r}$ times a modulation ...
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Relative change in drift velocity

Consider an ensemble of electrons which all experienced a collision at time $t=0$. Let $n(t)$ denote the number of electrons in this ensemble. Assume that the number of electrons $\mathrm{d}n$ from ...
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How does band gap vary with the cell volume?

How does band gap vary with the cell volume? is there a relation? If the volume is compressed, the interaction between atoms would be more, therefore the perturbation is higher hence the splitting ...
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What is the Fermi energy of (undoped) graphene?

All of the sources I have found for this online have been wildly unclear. Many use the phrase "Fermi energy" to refer to the "Fermi level" (which is emphatically not what I'm looking for; I want the ...
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Why does the n=0 Landau level in graphene have half the degeneracy of the other levels?

I've looked through several papers that talk about the anomalous integer quantum Hall effect of graphene (such as http://journals.aps.org/prl/pdf/10.1103/PhysRevLett.95.146801), and they all state ...
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How to calculate energy in two-band Hubbard model

It might be a very easy question for you, but I am confused and I need helps. In the simplest Hubbard model at one-dimensional lattice, I ignore the $U$ term and only remain the hopping term. ...
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The velocity of sound in terms of Fermi velocity

Assume this question: In a simple model of a monovalent metal consisting of point positive ion cores embedded in a uniform jellium of electrons, a value for the average energy for electron is: $$E = ...
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What does “optical conductivity” mean?

Does it just mean "AC electric conductivity"? If so, why have a special name for it, and why mention optical specifically? The wikipedia page on it is very sparse. This (warning, PDF) document just ...
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PDE from London's Equation with Cylindrical Symmetry

The question is from ISSP by Kittel and as follows: (a)Find a solution of the London equation that has cylindrical symmetry and applies outside a line core. In cylindrical polar coordinates, we want ...
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Why a mono-atomic crystal layer (2D) can't be stable?

According to Peierls and Landau, 2D crystals were thermodynamically unstable. They can't exist! Of course, this theory was disapproved in 2004 (example: graphene). What is the general definition of ...
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What is $\epsilon_\infty$ in this equation and why can it be neglected in the IR?

I'm reading this paper (warning, PDF) and they mention that the complex permittivity $\epsilon$ and complex conductivity $\sigma$ are related through the equation $$\epsilon - \epsilon_\infty = (4\pi ...
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Compressibility of solids (quadratic approximation)

(according to Steven H. Simon's "The Oxford Solid State Basics") A well-known approach to describe a one-dimensional chain of atoms is to approximate the potential of each of the atoms quadratically: ...
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Force constant of metals - Kohn anomaly

In Introduction to Solid State Physics (Kittel), it assumed the force constant between plane $s$ and $s+p$ $C_p=A\frac{\sin pk_0a}{pa}$ in metals to represent a Kohn anomaly. It says such a form is ...
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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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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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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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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 $\bf He$ ...