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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Thermal expansion and conductivity

When thinking about how the lattice constant of silicon can be given up to eight decimal places without a remark for the temperature I realized that, it seems most insulators and semiconductors seem ...
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Typical time scales for spin dynamics and lattice vibrations in magnetic solids

In a paper from the 1990s ([1]) on magnetovolume effects in ferromagnets, it is written that in most real situations, the moment (or spin) autocorrelation time is much larger than the period for ...
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Brillouin Zones in a nanowire

My professor told me something I didn't understand the other day: I was reading a paper on a crystalline nanowire (NW), and in the paper they look at how the band structure changes (from that of the ...
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The boundary between polycrystalline and crystalline

My current understanding of solid crystalline-like materials (please correct me if I'm wrong!) is that it is a continuum in terms of crystallinity, from amorphous (basically no periodicity) to single ...
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Phase diagram of SO(5) rotor model

It was originally a problem from Professor Eugene Demler's problem set. Consider an SO(5) rotor model: \begin{align}\mathcal{H}=\frac{1}{\chi} ...
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Why does silicon have an indirect gap?

Is there an intuitive explanation as to why silicon has an indirect gap? I have heard that this can explained using pseudopotentials.
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Stiffness tensor

Let's have a stiffness tensor: $$ a^{ijkl}: a^{ijkl} = a^{jikl} = a^{klij} = a^{ijlk}. $$ It has a 21 independent components for an anisotropic body. How does body symmetry (cubic, hexagonal ...
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Discrete sum over an exponential with imaginary argument, considering only every second lattice site?

Let's say I sum an exponential function $e^{\imath \left(k-k^{\prime}\right) x_{i}}$ over a chain system where every member of the chain is of the same type, e.g., A-A-A-...-A-A (total of N sites) ...
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What does plasmon look like in 3D band structure graph?

Consider metal, and its reciprocal lattice representation with Fermi surface. What is the correct way to represent a plasmon in this system? M.b. rotating points on the surface? Or 3d membrane-like ...
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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 ...
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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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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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Why singlet and triplet states are not mentioned when dealing with inorganic semiconductors or other heavy materials?

Singlet and triplet states get attention in organic materials (fluorescence, phosphorescence, upconversion). Why singlet/triplet states are never mentioned in the context of inorganic semiconductors, ...
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Why isn't every magnetic neutron scattering peak a nuclear scattering peak as well?

Neutron diffraction is a well-established technique for determining the magnetic unit cell of magnetic materials. The idea is that nuclear scattering gives you peaks that correspond to the crystal ...
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Hopping integral for Hydrogen chain

When calculating a hydrogen chain in the tight binding approx., one comes across the hopping integral: $<m+1|V_{m+1}|m>$ Where $|m>$ is the 1s-Wavefunction at position m and $V_m$ is the ...
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How to write Fractional Quantum Hall States with Symmetric Polynomials?

Is there a link between Fractional Quantum Hall States and Symmetric Polynomials. In papers of Xiao Gang Wen [1], [2] work out a few examples: $ \Phi_{1/2} = \prod_{i < j} (z_i - z_j)^2$ is the ...
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In non-metallic solids w/ just atoms or ions (no molecules), are bonds (vibrations) and electronic transitions the sole cause of blackbody radiation?

Since there wouldn't be a conduction band filled with any electrons in a non-metallic solid made of just atoms or ions (no molecules), it's hard to imagine any other type of movement and dipole moment ...
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The probability of photoluminescence

Was reading about premeditated doping in semiconductors and the effect it imposes on the emission spectrum, doping as I read introduces defect states which are close to either the valence band edge or ...
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Intersection of $\rho_{xx}$ and $\rho_{xy}$ in Drude magnetotransport

Okay, so I've recently been working through the rather elementary derivation of the Hall effect in a 2 dimensional electron gas, using the Drude model. The idea is that with an E field in the x ...
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Simple Explanation of Kondo Effect

Does anyone have a simple explanation of the Kondo Effect? (i.e. a simple physical picture + maybe equations to think of?) My current understanding is this: If we consider an electron scattering ...
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Will using the WKB method for tunneling current give incorrect results for specifically low applied voltages?

I am simulating quantum tunneling through a rectangular potential barrier, as a function of applied voltage across the barrier as well as barrier thickness. I am following the theory from the book ...
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Many-particle operators in the occupation number representation

I've read that if we have a many-particle operator in the coordinate representation which is the sum of identical one-particle operators operating, however, on different particles, like $\hat{Q} = ...
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How do phonon modes and other collective atom processes fit in with the Clausius-Mossotti relation?

The Clausius-Mossotti Relation relates the molecular polarizability of a chemical (that is, how much an electric field polarizes the molecule) to its dielectric constant, which determines its optical ...
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Photon absorption and emission in 2nd quantization

I am looking for models which describe the interaction of matter (lets take a 1D chain of atoms) with photons, especially the emission and absorption. I would love to see the derivation of models in ...
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Properties of materials _not_ dependent on fermi surface?

So I'm studying a second solid state physics course where we've covered calculating things like magnetic susceptibility, specific heat and resistivity by considering excitations of electrons around ...
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Band-gap for solids with isoelectronic atoms

Isoelecronic atoms have same number of electrons but different nuclear charge. It is said that many of the chemical properties of these elements are equal or at least similar. Can I form solids with ...
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Coulomb potential of a periodic crystal in reciprocal space

Usually the Coulomb potential (electron-electron interaction) can be Fourier transformed (aside from prefactors) like that: $$ \frac{1}{|\vec r_1 -\vec r_2|} = \int \frac{\text d ^3 k}{(2\pi)^3} ...
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Why aren't most ionic/covalent/metallic materials self-healing?

For the most part, only soft-matter materials appear to possess self-healing capabilities (that is, if I cleave the material and then press the two halves together, the material re-forms) at room ...
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Connection between Lindhard susceptibility and Free energy

I've encoutered a few times, but I never got an explanation for it... How is the spin-dependent Lindhard function for the dynamical susceptibility of an electron gas $$ \chi_{\sigma,\sigma'} (q, ...
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Do the fourier components of a periodic function need to satisfy the boundary conditions imposed on it?

I cannot understand the opening statement of the second derivation of Bloch's theorem in the solid state physics book by Ashcroft and Mermin (Chapter 8, eqn 8.30). We start with the observation ...
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Underdoped Cuprates

What does underdoped cuprates mean? I guess cuprate is underdoped when hole concentration is less then optimal doping. Am I Right?. or it is something difference?
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How to do continuum approximation?

Assume you have $N$ matrix fields $T_{j}$ on a 1d lattice with lattice constant unity. Now consider a sum like the following (you can think of the traces as supertraces), and subject it to a continuum ...
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What does “fully depleted” mean?

In many papers/articles on CCDs, particularly those used for dark energy surveys and dark matter detection, the term "fully depleted CCD" is used. What does this mean? References: ...
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e-e scattering time in graphene

I think its worth writing my second question in this post as a separate one. In normal Fermi liquid, the electron-electron scattering time $\tau_{e-e}$ is about: $$ \tau_{e-e} \approx \frac{\hbar ...
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Repulsive component of intermolecular interaction

Intermolecular interaction mainly consists of 2 components: (a) Dipole vs dipole (permanent & induced), which is more likely to be attractive (b) Pauli exclusion, which is always repulsive The ...
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Matsubara Green function of anderson impurity model

I am currently having trouble computing the imaginary-time Green's functions of a model similar to the single-impurity anderson model. The hamiltonian is given as: \begin{equation} H = ...
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DOS behavior of Van Hove singularity in a line

When there are some points in momentum space give $|\nabla_k \varepsilon_k|=0$, they are called Van Hove points and give singularity in the desity of states (DOS). But what if $|\nabla_k ...
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DOS of Van Hove singularity in 2D square lattice tight binding model

For the simplest example, 2D square lattice tight binding model gives the energy band as $$\varepsilon_k=-2t(\cos k_x+\cos k_y) \, .$$ We know that $\vec{k}=(0,\pi)$ and related momentum points are ...
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What conditions are needed for Onsager reciprocal relations?

I often find a thorough discussion of the conditions that must hold for a theorem lacking, especially in the sense of what they actually mean physically. Could anyone write up what kind of systems ...
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Hopping on a lattice?

Usually hopping on a lattice written as $$H=-tc_i ^{\dagger} c_{i+1} + h.c$$ where $t$ represent hopping amplitude When we consider hopping on a lattice than, Do we need at least the empty orbitals ...
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Understanding the quasiparticle lifetime

I have calculated the quasiparticle (QP) band structure in the GW approximation for an insulator and I'm trying to understand what the imaginary part of the self-energy represents. I understand how ...
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Calculate characteristic frequency from atomic polarizability

With Lorentz model, the plasma frequency can be calculated from electron density $$\omega_p=\sqrt\frac{4\pi N e^2}{3m}$$ But I also found in this paper that it could also be calculated from atomic ...
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Importance of thickness of SiO2-substrate for observing graphene's monolayer

I've discovered that one should use 300-nm-thick SiO2 substrate in order to effectively observe graphene's monolayer through optical microscope. If thickness differs even by 5%, i.e. 315 nm, then ...
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A book or paper on Fermi glasses

Can anybody recommend a good book treating the subject of Fermi glasses? A good review paper, preferably something relatively modern, would also be welcome. I know of Anderson's paper ("The Fermi ...
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Why graphene's substrate is important

I just have some feelings that somehow it is important what specific subtrate is used to grow graphene monolayer on. Some substrates are better, another ones are not so good. But I cannot completely ...
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How do the Fermi level, HOMO and LUMO change with doping?

I am a bit confused about solid state physics of organic materials because as I know the workfunction changes with the doping of a material but the Fermi level is constant with doping. So depend on ...
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I have negative slop of Williamson-Hall plot, XRD data. Is this right?

I have Ag (silver) powder sample. I measured xdd of the sample and got very good 2theta peak. Since I want to know bulk modulus and Young's modulus of Ag(silver), So, I got williamson-Hall plot ...
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What's an intuitive understanding of diffusion capacitance?

Diffusion capacitance often comes up in transistor design. It is one of the two main capacitances you see, the other being the depletion layer capacitance. The depletion layer capacitance (per unit ...
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What causes triboluminescence in quartz?

I have already read this question about triboluminescence but it doesn't really cover my question. I am trying to understand what causes quartz crystals to glow when mechanical pressure is applied ...
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Sum in the reciprocal lattice

I have to use this property but I don't understand at all the deduction, so I was wondering if someone could help me. We have a crystal lattice with vectors to each atom from one of them $R_j$, and ...