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 polymeric solids are said to be intermediate between crystalline solids and amorphous solids?

Crystalline solids have ordered arrangement and amorphous solids do not. Polymeric solids are simply formed by the joining of some monomeric units. It has nothing to do with ordered or not ordered ...
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How to escape freeze-out effects of semiconductors in very low temperature

In very low temperature, semiconductors suffer from freeze-out effects. I did see that degenerately doping eliminates freeze-out, but degenerate semiconductors behave like metals. Is/can there ...
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What is ferromagnetism?

Simple question. As far as I've understood it; a ferromagnetic material is one where all the electron spins are alligned parallely - that is, the wavefunction has an antisymmetric spacial part and a ...
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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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Why do metals become insulators when oxidized?

I don't know the connection between how forming a new bond with oxygen then changes the density of states to transform the metal into an insulator. It seems like a very powerful transformation.
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Zero Hall coefficient for semiconductors

Is it possible to dope the semiconductors in a way that their hall coefficient is zero?
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Hall coefficient for semiconductors

I read somewhere that hall coefficient for intrinsic semiconductors is zero. But how is that possible because the mobiliities of holes and electrons are never the same?
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What is the relation between Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR)? [duplicate]

It seems to me that the basic principles are exactly the same, right? Then I am puzzled that the former was awarded a nobel prize while the later not. I noticed a similar question here What's the ...
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How do we know that the x-ray pattern is in the reciprocal space? [closed]

I wonder if any one can tell that why do we consider the x-ray pattern (for example, a x-ray pattern on a film for a crystal) in the reciprocal space? (I don't want any explanation about the Ewald ...
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How deep within the sample can the DOS(density of states) be detected by STM(scanning tunnel microscope)?

Using STM equipment, we can get the LDOS(local density of states) on the surface of a sample. I want to know whether the LDOS within the sample(not surface) can be detected by STM. what is the ...
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Is the thermal conductivity of metals affected by magnetic fields?

Especially for a ferromagnet a magnetic field should have a field-induced band shift in the density of states but I wonder if this shift is big enough to be significant and affect the thermal ...
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Is the saturation magnetization of a thin film different if you apply the field at different directions?

I'm getting different values of the saturation magnetization when I measure them in-plane versus out of plane. The saturation magnetization for the out of plane measurement is greater than in the in ...
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Why is the vapor pressure important for people that grow films in high vacuum chambers?

I don't understand what this vapor pressure is. The definition from wikipedia is unclear to me. If I look at two materials and one has a higher vapor pressure than the other, does that mean that the ...
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What is the significance of the Debye temperature from a materials perspctive?

If I look at a table of different metals and their Debye temperatures, what does the variation in these temperatures tell me about these materials?
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Relation between band structure, dispersion, density of states, and the Fermi energy and Fermi level

Despite the long title, this question is mostly qualitative (although I am interested in quantitative results if possible). Say you have an electronic band structure (energy as a function of "k") for ...
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Density Functional Theory (DFT) calculation for metals

Why is DFT not used in calculating electronic structures and properties of metals? I know DFT calculations are not accurate for metallic structures. Can someone explain why?
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Spin flip scattering & Spin dependent scattering [closed]

What causes, i mean the mechanism spin flip scattering & spin independent scattering?
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Band structure and k vectors

If there is a restriction on the allowed states (k vectors) for a system, ie the no of states is equal to twice the number of unit cells in the crystal.. why do we plot k continuously on the x axis? ...
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Why dopant energy levels differ from one material to another?

Dopant levels in Si, Ge and GaAs are very different from each other. Even "similar" materials such as Si and Ge exhibit different dopant energy levels. (source: Pierret, Advanced Semiconductor ...
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What is theMost compressible material commonly found? [closed]

I'd like to know which solid material is highly compressable . I think plastic is widely available and quite compressable. What is something better?
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Elementary introduction to (quantum) hall effect

Where can I find an elementary introduction to classical and quantum hall effect? Only physics I know is some basic quantum mechanics, EM and statistical physics. My goal eventually is to understand ...
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conduction band and free electrons the properties of electrons in conduction band

Do electrons in conduction band consider as free electrons? or they are not completely free? so that we can calculate the distribution function and the density if states ??
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If I know how many atoms I have in a film, can I know the total magnetic moment?

Say I have a Co film and I know its volume so I know the total number of atoms in it. Using this plus the knowledge that each atom has a magnetic moment of 1.7 Bohr magnetons, would the total magnetic ...
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In what cases would using a non-resonant spectroscopy be preferable to using the resonant type?

Here it is mentioned that non-resonant Raman spectroscopy is desirable for avoiding fluorescence and for studying water due to water's low polarizability. How is non-resonant Raman desirable in the ...
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What is the significance of Fermi temperature?

The Fermi temperature of a solid is related to Fermi energy by relation $$ { E }_{ F } ={ k }_{ B }\times{ T }_{ F } $$ where $ { k }_{ B } $ is Boltzman constant. But what is the significance of ...
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Solving Bloch Waves for Potentials with Few Fourier Components

Suppose we have a potential in 1D $$U(x) = 2A\cos(\frac{2\pi}{a} x)$$ Let $G_\alpha$ be reciprocal lattice coordinates $$G_\alpha = \frac{2\pi \alpha}{a},\;\;\;\;\alpha\in \mathbb{Z}$$ As in Ashcroft ...
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Fermi Surfaces meeting

I know the fermi level is the highest energy level in an atom for its electrons and the fermi surface is (in reciprocal space) a sphere of radius fermi level, if that makes sense. So when two ...
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Why Solid Insulators have highest breakdown voltage?

Why does solid insulating materials have a higher breakdown voltage when compared to that of liquids and gases? Can anyone explain this in simple words?
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Particle Hole Transformation of Hamiltonian

The particle hole transformation for a bipartite lattice $\Lambda$ (with sublattices $A$ and $B$) can be written as $$U^\dagger c_{i,\uparrow} U = \epsilon(i) c^\dagger_{i\uparrow} \\ U^\dagger ...
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Sign conventions in Hubbard model

The Hubbard model is often expressed as $$H=-J\sum\limits_{<i,j>} \sum_\sigma c_{i,\sigma}^{\dagger}c_{j,\sigma} +h.c.+U\sum\limits_{i} c_{i,\uparrow}^{\dagger} c_{i,\downarrow}^{\dagger} ...
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What is the mechanism of heat exchange of a bouncing ball?

Imagine a falling ball on a perfectly hard ground. The kinetic energy will be first converted into a deformation of the ball, then the ball will restore it into kinetic and heat energy and recover ...
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Energy magnetization in the presence of temperature and chemical potential gradient

In the following paper (Phys. Rev. Lett. 97, 026603) http://journals.aps.org/prl/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevLett.97.026603 the energy magnetization part of the energy current is given in the presence ...
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Valence bands question

I'm currently doing solid state physics and learning about semiconductors. During the course, I have seen a lot of energy/wavevector graphs, like this one (pic from Kittel): I did not have a ...
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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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Why are HCP materials brittle whie FCC materials are ductile?

Why are hexagonal close packed materials brittle, While face centered cubic is ductile. Is it related to crystal planes?
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Role of density of states of electrons in a solid

When studying the statistical mechanics of a solid such as a conductor or a semi-conductor, does the density of states of electrons play a role in the calculation of the heat capacities? I know that ...
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Mapping the first Brillouin zone to the nth Brillouin zone

The Brillouin zone can be constructed in the reciprocal lattice, by drawing bisectors to the lines that connect near neighbors. For example in the 2-D square lattice, the first Brillouin zone in red ...
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Why phenomena in different energy scale can be treated separately?

For example, there are electrons and lattice vibration in solid. The order of energy of electron is of eV which is much larger than that of lattice vibration. So they can be treated separately which ...
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Effects of massive magnetic field generated by operation of the large hadron collider?

I read an article about the CERN large hadron collider in which it talks about the magnetic field that is generated while the LHC is operating. A magnetic field more than 100,000 times more powerful ...
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Do metals *really* conduct at zero temperature?

The questions is mostly in the title, but might expose another of my misunderstanding of the band structure of solids and how that leads to metals and insulators. If we have a solid, and the fermi ...
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Landau levels in ferromagnets

Consider a spontaneously magnetised (uniformly) conducting ferromagnet. Now suppose that there is no external magnetic field. The question is as follows: will the motion of electrons be quantized via ...
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Why liquids and solids are mostly regarded as incompressible?

In many continuum-mechanical Problems it is assumed that liquid and solid substances cannot Change the total value of volume where it holds $\rho = const, \vec{\nabla}\cdot \vec{v} = 0$. In the ...
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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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If something is infinitely thin can it cut through anything? [closed]

Not sure if I heard this somewhere or how I came up with this idea but would something infinitely thin object be able to cut through everything effortlessly? For example, if I had a knife with its ...
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Heat capacity of solids

In the Einstein/Debye models, the specific heat capacity goes as T^3 at low temperatures and approaches the Dulong-Petit law at higher temperatures. I undestand that some molecular motions (rotation, ...
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different energies for the same k vector for free electrons in a solid

when we use the nearly free electron approximations for electrons in a solid and get them as plane waves the energy becomes $E=\frac{\hbar^2k^2}{2m}$, which gives us a parabola. but when we see the ...
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Density of States in NOT Free Electron Gas

I think that I understand how the density of states works for a free electron gas. It is effectively just a conversion factor between summing over values of k and integrating over values of E. If you ...
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Reduce integration over crystal to integration over unit cell

I am wondering when I can reduce integrals over a periodic crystal to a an integral over the unit cell. Especially I consider the following two-electron integral $$ I=\langle \varphi_i \varphi_j | V | ...
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Density of states and elliptic integral

It is known, for example Equation (14) in the graphene review of Castro Neto (arXiv), that the full expression for the density of states (DOS) of graphene is in terms of an elliptic integral. Close ...
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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 ...