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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Basic questions about the Kitaev chain

I am trying to understand the first 5 pages of Introduction to topological superconductivity and Majorana fermions http://arxiv.org/abs/1206.1736 I read it 2-3 times and thought about it but a few ...
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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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Flaw in Einstein's explanation of the photoelectric effect?

The essence of Einstein's idea is like this: if a system is in some bound state with energy $-E_b$ with $E_b> 0$ (the threshold of the continuum band is taken as zero), and we drive the system ...
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Mott's conjecture about NiO verified or not?

Mott in his 1949 paper, said: ''On the view explained above, therefore, if a substance such as NiO were subjected to very high pressure it should suddenly show metallic conduction for some value of ...
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Difference between adsorption and condensation

So I just stumbled across the Wikipedia article on adsorption - and I asked myself, if there is a difference between (physical) adsorption and condensation on a surface? When I look at the water ...
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Why isn't doped silicon a strongly correlated electron system?

Most books on strongly correlated electrons claim that when the number of itinerant electrons is small and the screening length is large, that the system becomes "strongly correlated", (i.e. the ...
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Inverse of a series (solid state)

I am working with the expression involving the equilibrium displacement ($y_n$) for the $n$th particle in a 1D harmonic lattice in terms of the normal modes coordinates $A_k$. Let me show you the ...
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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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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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Fermi level and conductivity

Can someone in a simple way explain me what the Fermi level is and what does it have to do with conductivity. My teacher said that Cu conducts electric current better than Al because of something in ...
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Fermi surface questions

In order to define the fermi surface we must need to know about the momentum space. But I found a little bit about momentum space. Can you elaborate it pleaese? what is the meaning of the line ...
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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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What is the difference between lattice vectors and basis vectors?

Google has not been very useful in this regard. It seems no one has clearly defined terms and Kittel has too little on this.
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Liquid benzene magnetic susceptibility

In a solid state physics problem, I'm asked to make a rough estimate of the contribution to the diamagnetic susceptibility of the outer electron of each carbon atom. The wavefunction of these ...
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Effective Mass and Fermi Velocity of Electrons in Graphene:

In graphene, we have (in the low energy limit) the linear energy-momentum dispersion relation: $E=\hbar v_{\rm{F}}|k|$. This expression arises from a tight-binding model, in fact $E =\frac{3\hbar ...
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How can crystal structures be determined using X-ray diffraction?

You have the intensity peaks and the diffraction angles. Let's say you suspect the material is cubic, how do I find if it's simple cubic or BCC or FCC? I've googled and all my textbooks just state ...
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When electrons absorb energy and get excited then jump to a higher energy level do they do so in steps or do it directly?

So I was reading about Fermi surfaces. One of the first things that is obvious is that energy excitations happen at the boundary of the surface as the electrons deeper inside the surface do not have ...
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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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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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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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Why does circularly polarized light break time-reversal symmetry?

I've encountered some interesting paper on 2D materials where authors use circularly polarized light to break time-reversal symmetry to split energy levels. Here you can find the paper: ...
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Bloch waves at large momenta

I am trying to come to grip with some solid state theory. Bloch waves, energy eigenstates for hamiltonians with lattice periodic potential in $\mathbb R^d$, are frequently written as ...
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Why are bandstructures plotted only along certain symmetry points?

Why is it that bandstructures are usually represented along certain symmetry points ? What determines these symmetry points ?
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Einstein model for thermal capacity of solids and indistinguishability of the oscillators

Albert Einstein's theory of thermal capacity of a solids makes the assumption that a crystal is made up from oscillators which of course oscillate, in all three directions. Thus, for N atoms of the ...
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Software to calculate and visualize reciprocal lattice

I am currently preparing XRD experiments for an epitaxial thin film on a silicon wafer. I am looking for software (Win oder Mac) to calculate the reciprocal lattice from the cell parameters and ...
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Device design regarding recombination mechanisms

While in a LED radiative recombination is desired, in a solar cell no type of recombination is favourable. How are the different recombination mechanisms controlled? SRH is pretty straightforward ...
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Goldstone modes of spin density wave

A spin density wave (SDW) is a phase in which a material suddenly shows a periodically modulated spin density $S_{\vec{q}}(\vec{r}) $ below a certain critical tempereature $T_C$. Obviously some kind ...
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planewave Ansatz for modelling phonon dispersion in crystals

From Ashcroft's "Solid State Physics", for one-dimensional monatomic Bravais lattice, the equations of motion of ions are: \begin{equation} M\ddot u(na)=-K[2u(na)-u([n-1]a)-u([n+1]a)] \end{equation} ...
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How to calculate the speed of electrons in a metal

According to the Sommerfeld model, the electrons on the Fermi level has the relation $$ \epsilon_F=\frac{\hbar^2k_F^2}{2m_e}=\frac{1}{2}m_ev_F^2 $$ i.e. $\hbar k_F=m_ev_F$ with $k_F=(3\pi^2n)^{1/3}$ ...
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Is there Johnson noise in superconductor?

For conductor, the Johnson Noise is $v_n = \sqrt { 4 k_B T R \Delta f }$. It is clear that the noise depends on $R$. I'm curious whether this noise will appear in supercondutor? That is for ...
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What is the performance of a silicon crystal that makes it an essential component to computing

I'm on a thread of interest in the precise physics that allow the creation of the computing process. It began as a question posted in search of an understandable explanation of what physical form ...
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I don't get band structure of solids

If the energy levels of bound electrons are discrete, why do band structures in solids arise?
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Schottky Barrier - Why energy band levels at interface are assumed to remain the same that bulk

I have been chewing up some time ago the Schottky-Mott theory of Schottky Barrier height (which ignores the surface states). All the deduction seems to ground on fundamental thermodynamical principles ...
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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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Derivation of existence of energy band gap in semiconductor (solid State)

I am looking for both a mathematical and a physical reason for energy band gap in metals. For Physical reason, I was told that at each reciprocal lattice, you could have Bragg scattering, that would ...
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A conceptual question about Green's function's treatment of interaction

Here we have electron gas and some other stuff. We expand the Hamiltonian to the 1st order of one single harmonic oscillator's displacement $\vec{u}$. Its equilibrium position is at the origin. Then ...
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Phonon-phonon interaction

I have been told that phonon-phonon Interaction is an anharmonic effect so only arises if terms of third and higher order in the displacement of the ions the Hamiltonian for the nuclii is taken into ...
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Why is more intrinsic carriers bad for high temperature semiconductors?

I'm taking a solid state course, and is currently on the subject of dielectrics. In one of the sections, concerning "Impurities in Dielectrics" the books says: "Impurities can also be used to make ...
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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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Probability of Different States - Canonical Ensemble - Partition Function

Consider a canonical ensemble of $N$ ideal gas atoms, which could have spin up or spin down. Why is it that the probability of finding the particle in a spin up state generally only involves the ...
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Determining if a semiconductor is n-type, p-type or intrinsic

The probability that an energy state in the conduction band is occupied by an electron is 0.001. Would this semiconductor then be n-type, p-type, or intrinsic? Notation that I use: $E_F$ represents ...
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Connecting Fermi levels and band diagrams to potential diagrams?

I'm trying to make sense of how you can find the potential diagram given the band diagrams of a few adjacent materials. As a simple example, in semiconducting heterostructures, if you have sandwich ...
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Why can I see the 5D0 to 7F3 transition in the trivalent Eu?

According to the selection rules of the intra-configurational f-f transitions, if the J of the initial or final state is zero, a transition with $\Delta J = 3$ is forbidden by electrical dipole, ...
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Ashcroft Mermin Solid State Physics Eq. 2.60ff

I'm trying to follow the steps in Eq. 2.60 of said book. What I cant seem to figure out is how to change the integration variables from 'k' to 'E', as they state. The equation is $$\int ...
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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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Does anyone know the difference and relation between $k\cdot p$ method and tight binding (TB) method?

Among the methods of calculating energy bands for crystals, first-principles method is the most accurate. Besides first principles, two commonly used modeling methods are the $k\cdot p$ method and ...
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Energy band diagram of a system of Silicon Quantum dots

Suppose that we have a system of Silicon nanoparticles embedded in ZnO dielectric matrix. i'm thinking about how to construct the energy band structure of this system , suppose that we already have ...
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How is contact resistivity defined for a Schottky contact, or the Schottky barrier height for an ohmic contact?

Based on the transfer length method (TLM), one can accurately calculate the contact resistivity for an ohmic contact, by evaluating the absolute resistance measured through the test structure and ...
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What exactly is the reciprocal lattice and how is it connected to the Ewald sphere?

I want to understand what the reciprocal lattice is and how it is connected to the Ewald sphere. I know a very similar question has been asked on this site already: Reciprocal lattices. The top ...