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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Asymmetric photoluminescence spectra

Why do photoluminescence spectra have asymmetric lineshapes as those here http://www.scielo.br/img/revistas/bjp/v37n4/a04fig01.gif or here: ...
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Specific Heat of Liquid Helium

At the lambda point, the specific heat of Liquid Helium diverges. After searching for a curve, I've found only measured curves. Is there a theoretical curve for this transition?
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Is there any other superfluid element except helium?

Is there any other superfluid element except helium? Everywhere we see and speak about superfluidity, we just speak about superfluid helium. but is't there any other element or material or system ...
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If 99% of an atom empty, and our body is made of atoms, does that mean 99% of our body is empty? [duplicate]

If 99% of an atom empty, and if we say that our body is made of atoms stacked together, then why is our body a solid object, rather than 99% hollow. I have one probable answer that I think might be ...
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Relation between energy band gap and atomic number

Is there any relation between energy band gap in group4 elements and their atomic numbers? It might be just a trivial observation but I noticed How from Carbon to Germanium the band gap went from ...
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Textbooks or papers that clearly explain second harmonic generation?

I'm having trouble learning about Second Harmonic Generation. I've found a bunch of sources, but they all seem to expect a fairly advanced level of knowledge about it. For example, in the wiki section ...
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Derivation of the Kohn Effect

I'm working through a derivation of the Kohn Effect, as presented in Ziman's 'Principles of the Theory of Solids.' However, I find myself getting a somewhat different result. The book states that ...
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The Fermi Surface of the Free Electron Model for T>0K

For the Free electron model, we can easily describe the Fermi surface at T=0 due to the uniqueness of the Fermi-Dirac Distribution at T=0; below the Fermi-level, a state is definitely filled, above, ...
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The minimum possible energy for five noniteracting spin $\frac{1}{2}$ particles

Question What is the minimum possible energy for five (noniteracting) spin $\frac{1}{2}$ particles of mass $m$ in a one-dimensional box of length $L$? Answer: $$ 2 \times ...
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Energy levels in molecules

I apologize in advance if this turns out to be a duplicate question. As far as I can understand, if you bring two or more atoms together their wave functions begin to interfere and, since there ...
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Klein paradox in graphene

When considering the Klein paradox in graphene Katsnelson, Novoselov and Geim introduce a potential barrier (see http://www.nature.com/nphys/journal/v2/n9/full/nphys384.html). But I cannot understand ...
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Do hexagonal structure parameters vary with peaks?

Do the values of lattice constants $a$ vary with different peaks for same structure, as well for $c$, or should there be the same values for $a$ at different planes? Is there any special software ...
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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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How close to the wavelength of light have to be to inter-planar spacing for diffraction to occur?

I'm doing past papers for my exam on Wednesday, and I've come to a question I'm stuck on. So, you have x rays of $\lambda = 0.25\,\mathrm{nm}$ incident on a cubic unit cell with lattice lattice ...
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Is it possible to have a line rather than a point where the three states of a substance can exist?

Most of us are familiar with state diagrams that define which of the three states a substance will take given the pressure and temperature. And that some substances, such as water for example, exhibit ...
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Reflectivity of Metals - real and imaginary part of k-vector and complex dielectric function

De electric field component of an electromagnetic wave that is traveling in the $x$-direction is given as $$E(x,t) = E_0 e^{i(kx - \omega t)} $$ with $E_0$ the amplitude and $k$ the wave vector. From ...
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Scattering and form factor

In Introductory Nuclear Physics by Krane (there's a PDF online), it is mentioned electron scattering on the nucleus to get a picture of the latter's shape, e.g., its radius. It is said the probability ...
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What is the origin of the “polarization catastophe”?

According to the Clausius-Mossotti relation, $$ \frac{\epsilon_r - 1}{\epsilon_r + 2}=\frac{n\alpha}{3\epsilon_0} $$ So when $n\alpha = 3\epsilon_0$, the relative permittivity $\epsilon_r$ ...
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Phonon modes in one-dimensional monoatomic chain

I am familirazing myself with the lattice dynamics reading Ashkroft-Mermin (p2 ch 22). My question is what it the mathematics behind the deriviation $U^{harm}=1/2 K \sum_{n} [u(na)-u([n+1]a)]^2$ ...
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what is the difference between mictomagnetism and spin glass?

What is the difference between mictomagnetism and spin glasses? I mean what are the distinguishing characteristics of them which makes them separate?
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Is the photon truly not absorbed in Raman scattering?

In reading about Raman Scattering, I was thinking while reading it "okay, incident photo absorbed by molecule, molecule goes to higher energy vibrational state, molecule re-emits photon with either ...
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Is molecular vibration just phonon modes for a single molecule?

I'm reading about Raman Scattering, of which a big part is measuring the energy lost to/gained from Molecular Vibrations. I wasn't totally clear on exactly what is "vibrating" in vibrational modes (is ...
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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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Conduction in Solids

I have some text: I could understand it partially. My doubts are: What is effective mass $m^*$ (real meaning apart from explained in this text) and how can we calculate it/or what is it's value? ...
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Why is the ground state energy of a 2DEG higher compared to the 3DEG?

I am reading something about a 2DEG (2-dimensional electrongas model) and can not understand it. My book says the ground state of the 2DEG is higher compared to a 3DEG because the confinement to 2D ...
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Intuition for the density of states of the free electron gas model

The density of states as a function of energy for a free electron gas (inside some solid-thing where the electrons are modeled due to the free elecetron gas model) is in: 1D: D(E) ~ $\sqrt[-1/2]{E}$ ...
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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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electrical conductivity and resistivity tensor

By definition of the conductivity tensor $\hat{\sigma}$ and the resistivity tensor $\hat{\rho}$, we have \begin{equation*} \begin{split} & j_{\alpha}=\sigma_{\alpha \beta}E_{\beta} \\ & ...
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can we have a phase transition from superconductor to the normal only by applying magnetic field?

for superconductors we have a phase transition diagram. according to that phase diagram in a temperature below Tc, we can only increase the applied magnetic field to make a superconductor a normal. ...
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How do you go from a sum over frequencies to an integral?

I am trying to figure out how to go, with help of a density of states function $g(\omega)$, from a sum like this $$K=\sum \limits_{j=0}^N f(\omega_j)$$ to an integral over the frequencies for $N \to ...
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Density of particles in hexagonal lattice

I need to calculate, in a 2D hexagonal lattice of point particles in which the nearest neighbours are a distance apart $a$, what's the density of particles. What I really need is, if $\rho$ is the ...
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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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Relation between Fourier Transform of potential $v(x)$ and |r| in Born approximation

I'm doing an exercise about Kronnig Penny model and I'm asked to do the following: If $t=|t|e^{i\delta}$ and $r=\pm i|r|e^{i\delta}$ are respectively the transmission and reflection coefficients. And ...
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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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Why is graphene stronger than graphite?

Why is graphene stronger than graphite when graphene is just a single layer while graphite is multiple layers of graphene? And can't we say that diamond and coal also consist of layers of graphene as ...
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Are there any units involved in the partition function for a classical particle system?

Is the output of a partition function dimensionless or are there units involved? The question as it is: $$E_1\text{=0}K_B\text{,g=1}$$ $$E_2\text{=0}K_B\text{,g=3}$$ $$E_3\text{=0}K_B\text{,g=5}$$ ...
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Conceptual explanation of the Single particle partition function

The Single particle partition function is defined mathematically as $$\text{Z=$\sum $}g_ie^{\left(\frac{-E_i}{K_BT}\right)}$$ But what is the physical interpretation of the partition function and ...
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Energy dependence of integrating dosimeters

The graph shows the relative response of a dosimeter at different energies, normalized to 1.25 MeV Co-60 gamma rays. Curve A is the graph of the equation $$ ...
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Bimolecular recombination in few words

I'm making a short seminar about VERY broad topic of fullerenes in photovoltaics, but I'd like it to be educational (not just full of words hard to audience to make them think I'm smart). In one of ...
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Applying Schrodinger equation to find the energies of a free electron model in a metal [closed]

The one-particle Hamiltonian is given by $$\hat{H}=\frac{1}{2m}\left(p+\frac{e}{c}A\right)$$ with $e > 0$ and vector potential $A=(0,x,0)B$, such $B=\triangledown \times A=(0,0,B)$ Question: "I ...
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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 ...
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Atomic orbitals

I just studied atomic orbitals in a theoretical QM class, and I'm left with several questions, that are probably more questions in quantum chemistry: Many orbitals seem to have a preferred axis - ...
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Understanding electronic band structure diagrams

Currently I'm trying to understand electronic band structures such as depicted below: And following questions were arisen. Why are there multiple lines in valence side and conduction side? Where ...
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Intuition behind modeling quantum impurities as two-level systems

I've been trying to get a basic understanding of quantum impurity problems, starting with the Anderson model. The Wikipedia article (along with some review articles) seems to explain the simplest ...
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Spring limitation

Is there any limitation in acceleration and frequency of a spring. Please, imagine a horizontal spring with an object of mass $m$ attached in the free side and the friction is neglected. ...
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Does it mean the molecules of all matter above absolute zero temperature are moving? [duplicate]

According to my knowledge, heat is the energy that is stored in form of kinetic energy of molecules in Brownian motion. However, in a macroscopic view, a rigid body seem to be "stable" but still store ...
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Fourier transform of random variables

My question is concerning Fourier transforms of random variables. So if the question itself is too heavy a task but you know of any good resources to learn this topic that would also be very much ...