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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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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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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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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Does momentum space have a speed limit?

In ordinary $xyz$ space, the maximum velocity of propagation for mass-energy and/or information is $c$. So, my question: Is there also a maximum velocity of propagation in momentum ${p_x}{p_y}{p_z}$ ...
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Symmetry in program for ewald summation

The formula for Ewald summation as given in Allen and Tildesley - $$ U = U^{(r)} + U^{(k)} + U^{(bc)} + U^{self} $$ where the k-space contribution of potential is given by $$ U^{(k)} = \frac{1}{\pi ...
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e-e scattering rate in normal fermi liquid and in graphene

In Ashcroft/Mermin's solid state physics, in equation (17.64) they argued that: We expect from lowest-order perturbation theory (Born approximation) that $\tau$ will depend on the ...
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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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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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Why are holes (in a semi conductor) regarded as particle?

Can I say that holes in a semiconductors are treated as current-carrying conventional direction ?
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Intuitive explanation for the space-dimension dependence of the density of states of a free electron gas

If the Schrödinger Equation is solved in different dimensions for an independent electron in an infinitely high potential, different relations are obtained regarding the DOS. These are: 0D: $D(E) ...
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neglect of lattice potential for conduction electrons

Why is it true that in nearly free electron compunds, complete neglect of the lattice potential is usually a good approximation as long as one considers crystal momenta remote from the boundaries of ...
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The Debye temperature for diamond

To simplify the calculation, let's assume that the average speed of sound in the diamond is simply $v_s=\sqrt{E/\rho}\simeq1.414\times10^4 \ \text{m/s}$, and the Debye frequency $$\omega_D=v_s\left( ...
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Help needed to understand the dispersion curve of a 1D lattice with diatomic basis

I am trying to understand the dispersion curve (as shown below) of a 1D lattice with diatomic basis. Here are my questions: Can both optical and acoustic branch of phonon simultaneously exist in ...
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Electron density in metals at non zero temperature

When computing the electron density in metals, the usual crude result is computed for zero temperature. That is, we integrate \begin{equation} n=\frac{8\sqrt{2}\pi m^{3/2}}{h^{3}} ...
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What exactly are crystal planes and how do they reflect x-rays?

What exactly are crystal planes and how do they reflect x-rays? Are crystal planes real physical planes or just an abstract concept? What are these planes made of? If they are an abstraction, what ...
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P-N junction voltage under polarization

All the books that deal with the p-n junction under applied bias assume that the same equations used for the equilibrium case (no bias) can be used for the biased case provided that the junction ...
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Relationship between Polarizability and Conductivity

I've seen in the literature the relation: $\sigma (q,\omega) = \frac{i e^2 \omega}{q^2}\chi(q,\omega)$ where $\sigma$ is the conductivity and $\chi$ the polarizability. However my attempt to derive ...
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Kronig-Penney model

I am studying the Kronig-Penney model as treated in the book by Kittel: Introduction to Solid State Physics. In this model one considers a period potential which is zero in the region $[0,a]$ ...
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How does band gap vary with the cell volume?

How does band gap vary with the cell volume? is there a relation? If the volume is compressed, the interaction between atoms would be more, therefore the perturbation is higher hence the splitting ...
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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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How does a band gap arise from the 3D Kronig Penney model?

The Kronig-Penney (KP) model is a classic model that is used to show that a periodic lattice of finite well potential sites will give rise to a band gap. The typical process in solving the KP seems to ...
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Energy dispersion in graphene

Given that graphene has linear energy dispersion near the Fermi level and the dispersion is given by $E=\hbar \nu_F|\vec{K}|$, I would like to determine the density of states. I think it is equal to ...
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Frequency dependence of permittivity — why not monotonic?

I naively thought that most materials were transparent to radiation of frequencies above their plasma frequency, and opaque to radiation below it. The most intuitive (and analyzed lightly in ...
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Absorption of a gas into a solid

When a gas interacts with a (crystalline) solid, some scenarios may happen: scattering: gas atoms will not stick or penetrate (do not interact with the solid) Adsorption: gas atoms stick to the ...
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How to interpret band structures

I'm currently taking a Solid State Physics class, and is currently reading about the quantum mechanical description of solids. I then came across the following figure: It's supposed to be the band ...
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Partition Function for Two Level System

I have a system with $N_s$ sites and $N$ particles, such that $N_s >> N >> 1$. If a site has no particle, then there is zero energy associated with that site. The $N$ particles occupy the ...
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Why do excitonic absorptions have small bandwidth?

Below is an image of the optical density (proportional to the absorption coefficient) of KBr crystal at low temperature. Indicated at 6.6 ev and 7.7 eV are the absorption by excitons. As you can see, ...
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Derivation of Matrix Components of Hamiltonian in Tight Binding Method

Im currently struggling with the description of the tight binding method in the original paper by Slater and Koster from 1954 (where a free version of the paper can be found under this link). In ...
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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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A few questions about the Fermi Level/Energy

My first question is, how is the Fermi Energy for a material actually determined? I know this derivation, but it seems to say that the Fermi Energy is just based on the electron density (and maybe ...
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valence bands in graphene

In Graphene, each carbon use 3 electrons to form sp2 bonding with neighboring, and in a unit cell, there are 2 carbon atoms, so at least these 6 electrons contribute to 6 valence bands. Then my ...
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Is this 2D structure triclinic?

The only rotation axis obvious to me is rotation by 360 degrees, the identity. Vertical mirror planes I've been dicing and cutting it through several planes and I still see none. Yet, the structure ...
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Dopant concentration and changes in band gap energy

Thanks to this lovely website, I was able to pop out reasonable values for my band gap energies from a translucent material. As expected, I found a decrease in band gap energy due to my treatments. ...
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I can't figure out crystal planes with negative intercepts

As seen above, I don't follow how you figure out those planes. It seems they're not using the origin labeled. I'm not really sure I understand spatially what's going on in the left figure so let's ...
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Electric current streamlines in induction cooking vessel

I am looking for a plot of the typical streamlines of the electric induced currents ("eddy currents") in a induction cooking vessel. How can one theoretically predict the streamlines? How is it ...
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Estimate the difference between two sets of atoms

I've been working on amorphous structures derived from a crystalline one (using MD) containing $N$ atoms. I want to prove that these structures are different and to quantify their "differentness". One ...
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Dispersion relation in continuum mechanics

I'm looking at the vibration of a solid having a lattice structure, they obey the following equation: $$\rho\partial_t^2u_i = C_{ijkl}\nabla_j\nabla_ku_{l}$$ with $u(\vec{x},t)$ the displacement to ...
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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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How creation of point defects in semiconductors is affected by strain?

When the effect of the strain on solids is discussed, normally the explanation is the following: increasing stress, first point defects created, then dislocations, then plastic deformation starts, ...
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What is Z3 exciton?

I am searching and studying excitons and I confronted with a term named Z3 exciton. What is it? And what is its difference with, for instance Z1 or Z2 exciton?
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Inhomogeneous Effective Mass in a 2D Lattice

Consider a tight-binding square lattice in 2D. This lattice has two different nearest neighbor tunneling rates along the x and y directions; call them $J_{x}$ and $J_{y}$. All longer range tunneling ...
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A question about definition of Fermi energy

Wikipedia states the definition of Fermi energy as for "a system of non-interacting fermions". If we have to assume free electrons in a solid behave this way before we are able to calculate Fermi ...
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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 ...