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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Silicon atom: How is it replaced by a Phosphorous (or Boron) atom?

My book says: A pure semiconductor at room temperature possesses free electrons and holes but their number is so small that conductivity offered by the pure semiconductor cannot be made of ...
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BCS Theory of Superconductivity

I'm currently taking an introduction to Solid State Physics class, and is now on the subject of superconductivity (SC). Currently I'm reading about the BCS theory, and how this works on a microscopic ...
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Bulk modulus of Liquid helium and first sound

Does anyone know where to find the bulk modulus of liquid helium ? I've been looking all over the internet but everywhere I get N/A. Any tips ? I'd need it to estimate the speed of first sound in ...
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Bloch wave function orthonormality?

there is this text book that is giving me a hard time for a while now: It shows that Bloch wave functions can be written as $$\Psi_{n\vec{k}}\left(\vec{r}\right) = \frac{1}{\sqrt{V}}e^{i\vec k \vec ...
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Is the thickness of a sample related to the intensity of x-ray diffraction?

I understand that in general if we're adding more planes of atoms (increasing thickness of sample) then the intensity would increase because we have more constructive interference. But isn't there a ...
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Simultaneous diagonalization of Hamiltonian and momentum operator

I'm looking at a translationally invariant problem with 3 atoms arranged in a circle each with one valence electron capable of tunelling to either of its two neighbors. With a tunelling rate of ...
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Geometric Structure Factor for Monatomic FCC lattice

I am trying to find the geometric structure factor and my work here is clearly wrong. I will put my wrong answer and then I will throw up the link to wikipedia for the correct answer, because I cannot ...
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Energy band diagram for solid state: what is the meaning of $k$?

I am having trouble with the meaning of the $k$ vectors in an energy diagram. If I want to populate some band, let say using a laser, what will be the significance of $k$? Does it correspond to the ...
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Why don't FCC metals have a brittle-to-ductile temperature transition?

I initially thought that it had something to do with the number of slip systems in FCC vs. BCC, but they're both the same.
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Interpretation of the off-diagonal terms of the conductivity tensor

Say we have the electrical conductivity tensor expressed as a 3x3 matrix. I've seen that if it's cubic material then the conductivity tensor reduces to just the diagonal terms and these are equal, ...
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Difference between energy gaps of metal and semiconductor

I have a little question I hope someone could answer. I'm reading some Solid State Physics and I have come across energy bands and energy gaps. As far as I understand the energy band is where the ...
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Should a polyatomic crystal behave similarly to the bulk of each/either of its constituent elements?

Generally, metals are usually fairly conductive, but their oxides aren't. I know conductivity is just one attribute, but in general, should you expect a, say, diatomic bulk crystal's properties to be ...
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Particle current operator in general vs Particle current operator for tight binding Hamiltonian

I am referring Mahan Many-Particle Physics. There are 2 particle current operators -one in general and one for the tight binding Hamiltonian. How do we go from the general current operator (1.195 in ...
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If my lattice has an atomic basis, do I also find the reciprocals of the basis vectors to get the reciprocal crystal structure?

That is what my crystal structure looks like. The blue atoms sit on every lattice point (basis vector of $\{0,0\}$) and the red atoms have basis vector of $\left\{{2\over3},{1\over3}\right\}$. The ...
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What is the reasoning behind hole carriers being able to carry heat?

In the Peltier effect, we consider charge carriers being able to carry heat. As for electrons or ions, this attitude makes sense, since external electric potential drives particles with mass in a ...
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Understanding drift velocities in currents

I have a doubt about the understanding of drift velocities in a current. My problem is that the textbook speaks very loosely about this. It's like: "well, if we apply a field $E$ then the charges will ...
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To which real densities do carrier densities in the semi-classical model of a crystal correspond?

In the semi-classical model of a crystal in solid state physics, electrons and holes are assigned effective masses that account for their different mobilities. E.g. in silicon, holes have a bigger ...
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What is paramagnetic current-current correlation?

I know what paramagnetism is. But first I want to know about the paramagnetic current and then the above-mentioned correlation? Actually, I am working on a paper on superconductivity where I have ...
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Can anyone tell me formula for lattice $a$, $b$ and $c$ in a hexagonal structure?

Can anyone tell me formula for lattice constants $a$, $b$ and $c$ in a hexagonal structure? $a$ , $b$ and $c$ are units cell of structure. As we see in cubic structure we have a formula to calculate ...
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In the diode equation, why the exponential $\exp$ and the ideality factor $n$ are there? What do they represent & what is their significance?

In the Shockley diode equation, why the exponential $\exp$ and the ideality factor $n$ are there? What do they represent & what is their significance? I have to work on Solar Photovoltaics, and ...
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Energy spectrum of a tight-binding model

Consider the one-dimensional tight-binding Hamiltonian $$\mathcal{H}=t\sum_m\left(a^\dagger_m a_{m+1}+a^\dagger_{m+1} a_{m}\right).$$ With the lattice constant set to 1, the energy spectrum is given ...
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Why do the drift and diffusion components cancel for each type of carrier if EHP generation plays such big role in p-n-junctions?

I have always argued to myself that drift and diffusion components of the current though a p-n-junction cancel for each type of carrier because any electron diffusing from n into p will sooner or ...
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What papers detail the early research on heavy fermion superconductors?

Can someone point me to the papers detailing when/where/how heavy fermion superconductors were first synthesized, tested and documented?
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Where can I find hamiltonians + lagrangians?

Where would you say I can start learning about Hamiltonians, Lagrangians ... Jacobians? and the like? I was trying to read Ibach and Luth - Solid State Physics, and suddenly (suddenly a Hamiltonian ...
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Van Hove Singularity at Saddle Point

this is another one of those examples where textbooks always just gloss over it with the remark that it "can be done" and then just state the result: I want to compute the general form of a van Hove ...
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Working with atomic (?) units in solid state physics

I'm having some troubles understanding the units used in solid state physics paper. In the paper I read $\Lambda a \sim 1$ where $\Lambda$ is a momentum cutoff and $a$ is the lattice spacing of a ...
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4 digit Miller Index for a cubic structure?

As the title states, can a Miller index for a cubic structure have 4 digits? If I have a structure with intercepts (2,8,3) on the x-y-z axes respectively, the following Miller index would be (12,3,8), ...
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XCrysDen Structure file

Does anyone know how to directly convert a .cif file to a Xcryden structure file(.xsf) ? I know how to extract the lattice vectors and the atom positions from a .cif file, but don't whether the .cif ...
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Why does inelastic X-ray scattering probe the longitudinal dielectric function as opposed to the transverse dielectric function?

Light is a transverse wave. Therefore, light in the optical range (i.e. visible light) couples to transverse collective excitations of a material when measuring the optical conductivity for instance. ...
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P-N junction voltage under polarization

All the books that deal with the p-n junction under applied bias asume that the same equations used for the equilibrium case (no bias) can be used for the biased case provided that the juntcion ...
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Thomas - Fermi screening

I read in Ashcroft & Mermin's Solid State text that for the Thomas-Fermi approximation to be applicable, the external potential needs to be "slowly varying," What does it mean for a function (in ...
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How does the color of fine dispersed metal particles change between silver and black?

Small dispersed particles of metals are often black, while a solid object of the same material would be some shade of silver. The most notable example is the use of metallic silver as the black color ...
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Sold-State Band Structure - connection between Fermi Energy, Fermi Level and Work Fuction

I've been struggling with the concepts of these three terms - Fermi Energy, Fermi Level and work fuction. Now, I was given these definitions (in the context of semi-conductors): Fermi Level is the ...
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Physical, intuitive reason for divergence of dielectric constant at electronic percolation transition?

Several papers such as this (warning, PDF) and this (PDF again) talk about how, near the electronic percolation transition for a metallic 2D film, the real part of the dielectric constant diverges ...
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Most atoms have a nonzero magnetic moment, right?

This is my feeling. But more is different. If atoms form a solid, it is hard to say whether the solid will be ferromagnetic or not.
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Magnetic moment with external magnetic field on a lattice?

Consider a system in which atoms are located in a regular lattice, each atom having a spin $1/2$ and an associated intrinsic magnetic moment $\mu_0>0$. Assume that each atom interacts only weakly ...
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How to isolate and verify the source of optical absorption/effects?

This is similar to my other question, but not the same -- that one was about the energy ranges of various absorption mechanisms, and this one is more about experimental techniques to find them. Let's ...
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On the lattice structures of graphite

My question is the following: What causes graphite to have either a cubic lattice structure or a hexagonal lattice structure? Does it depend on how it is grown? Or is it a random process? I would ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Intro to Solid State Physics

I didn't see this listed on the books page so here it is. I'm currently in an introductory Solid State course, and we are using Kittel's book. I have been having a rough time with this book although I ...
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Good introduction to many-body Green's function via path integral formulation?

Can anyone kindly provide any information on valuable references or books on this topic? It appears to be prevalent in 90s papers on High-Tc superconductivity or quantum Hall effect, especially in a ...
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Variational principle

In the LMTO method, the interstitial region is approximated by plane waves and the muffin tin region of the potential by solutions to the radial Schrodinger equation. In using the variational method ...
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Is there a way to quantify how similar a polycrystal should behave to a single crystal?

So in solid state classes we learned about phenomena like band structure and others arising from a periodic potential. Then we get to doing actual experiment and find out that materials being single ...