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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What is the spin of a magnetic impurity?

I am reading this seemingly important paper Local Magnetic Moment Associated with an Iron Atom Dissolved in Various Transition Metal Alloys. It is strange to me that the magnetic impurity has ...
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Why do objects have size? [closed]

What is the reason objects, like coffee mugs, have size?
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Resonant vs. Non-resonant Raman

What does it mean to say that the conventional Raman effect is non-resonant? And, how/why does resonant Raman give a stronger signal than the non-resonant type?
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Interpretation of Fermi-Dirac statistics

I was reading that as temperature increases the energy at which $n(E)=0.5$ shifts to lower energies as these lower energy states become depopulated. Could someone explain that, what it means and why ...
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Energy conservation of permanent magnets engine

How to explain the fact that magnet can attract an object (apply a work W) without losing a (significant) part of its internal energy? How to apply the energy conservation principle? Please think to ...
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How holes conduct current?

I had questions about holes in semiconductor, when i checked the net it is said holes are said to be equivalent positive charge and they say because the hole moves from one place to another when it is ...
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Is it possible to get the (Pauli) repulsive term in the Lennard-Jones potential from theoretical considerations?

Title says it: Is it possible to get the form of the (Pauli) repulsive term in the Lennard-Jones potential from theoretical considerations, or is it purely found experimentally through fits?
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Tight binding in the limit of large system size

Suppose that one has a continuous Hamiltonian with spin-orbit interaction, for example $H=-\dfrac{\mathbf{p}^2}{2m} +\kappa({\boldsymbol\sigma}\times\mathbf{p}) + U(x)$ and want to approximate this ...
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What kinds of behavioural anomalies can a zero-field-cooled (ZFC) / field-cooled (FC) split indicate?

If a material shows a spiltting in the ZFC and FC curves, is it necessarily superparamagnetic, or could there be any other reason for the irreversibility? I have heard spin glasses also show ZFC-FC ...
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What exactly is cutting with a knife will look like on the atomic scale? [duplicate]

Some times I like to view the world in the microscopic scale .ie. at this level all objects any thing will be collection of atoms which we normally don't view with our naked eye. At that scale I ...
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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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Coulomb repulsion in the Anderson impurity model

In Phil Anderson's famous paper on impurities, Localized Magnetic States in Metals, he has the following paragraph on page 44, However, I am puzzled by the last sentence: why is the $J$ part ...
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Question about electron-hole pair generation in depletion layer for a p-n junction photodiode

At the heart of operation of p-n (or p-i-n) junction photodiodes is the absorption of photons leading to generation of electron-hole pairs. If the diode is, e.g., reverse biased, then the motion of ...
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How to obtain the asymptotic behavior of Green's function?

This question arose from Eq.(9.135) and Eq.(9.136) in Fradkin's Field theories of condensed matter physics (2nd Ed.). The author mapped quantum-dimer models to an action of monopole gas in $(2+1)$ ...
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Bulk modulus as a function of $U(r)$ at equilibrium

PART I The Bulk modulus equation $$B=-V\left(\frac{\partial P}{\partial V}\right)\tag{eq 1}$$ can be transformed into a similar equation as a function of $r$ (interionic equilibrium distance in a ...
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Does it make sense to define the mean free path in quantum mechanics?

The mean free path defined in classical molecule dynamics has a strong classical flavor. Is it sensible to generalize the idea to quantum mechanics?
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Can one calculate the electric conductivity of iron?

Iron is a commonplace material. It is common knowledge that it conducts. Is it possible to accurately calculate the electric conductivity of iron? With what kind of method? Up to what precision?
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scaling theory of Anderson localization

Initially, Anderson studied the eigenstates of the tight-binding Hamiltonian $$ H = \sum_n \epsilon_n a_n^\dagger a_n + V \sum_{m,n} a_m^\dagger a_n . $$ His question was whether the eigenstates ...
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Why is Terahertz radiation so hard to generate?

This paper (and many others I've read) claim that searching for ways of producing THz radiation is a high-interest research topic. However, something I've just never understood is why it's so hard ...
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Why is the density of states in $k$-space constant?

Why are the allowed states in $k$-space equidistant in every direction? As a consequence of this, the density of states for phonons in 3D is $$\frac{V}{(2\pi)^3}$$ while for electrons it is $$2 ...
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Measurement of the dispersion relation in a crystal: Inelastic neutron scattering

Is the analyzer in the thees axes spectrometer just another monochromator? If we can measure the energy of the neutrons after scattering with a detector, why do we need the analyzer?
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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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What are the Fermi and Debye temperature constants?

What are the Fermi temperature and Debye temperature constants? We were discussing these in class and I don't fully understand what these constants are or why we have them. Can anyone explain?
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What do we get from the diagonalization of the $k\cdot p$ matrix?

In k.p theory, we expand the wave function around a known point ${\bf k}_0$ $$u_{\lambda}({\bf k})=\sum_{\nu} c_{\lambda,\nu}({\bf k})u_{\nu}({\bf k}_0).$$ If we now consider 8 bands (conduction, ...
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What is an off-axis peak in x-ray diffractometry?

I'm looking at a $\theta$ - 2$\theta$ pattern of my thin film which in bulk is cubic (bcc) and I see 001 and 002 peaks of the film. There is supposed to be a tetragonal distortion meaning that I need ...
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What intermediate steps of the Dirac Delta Function and Fourier Series am I missing in finding a solution to the Kronig-Penney Model?

Intro We're looking at the Kronig-Penney model in class and one of the conundrums is related to the Kronig-Penney potential for a chain of $N$ atoms. I'm supposed to squeeze out some expression for ...
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How far away are we from a UV LED operating at around 100nm?

So far, we are down to around 250nm for UV LEDs. If I could get one at around 100nm that would ionize air I would find it very useful. Any ideas on whether this wavelength is feasible for a LED?
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Silicon: conduction band minima

Why do the energetic minima of the silicon conduction band lie not in a high-symmetry point like a $X$-point, but somewhere in $\Delta$-direction between points $\Gamma$ and $X$? What is the physical ...
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Can ice freeze? [closed]

We know that ice is already the frozen (solid) form of water. The question is more like: Can this frozen form freeze further? Or can it become more solid? (for example, by exposing to colder ...
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Peierls substitution vs minimal coupling

In the presence of vector potential (let's assume it's uniform), a tight-binding Hamiltonian will be changed according to the Peierls substitution: $$t_{ij}c_i^{\dagger}c_j \to ...
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Multiple Bandgaps

I'm going through solid state physics' models chronologically and I've reached the Bloch theory, which is after Sommerfeld's quantum mechanical version of the Drude model with an added infinitely deep ...
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Density of state vs energy

Please bear me for this naive question. In the definition of density of state in 3D we know that DOS $\rho(E)$ varies as $E^{\frac{1}{2}}$ i.e as energy increase it should increase. But when I see ...
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Quantum Theory of Paramagnetism

The energy levels of the system in a magnetic field are $$ \ (1) \ U=-\vec \mu \cdot \vec B$$ As per the Kittel's Solid State physics which has confused me since, Now, $$ \ \ \ \ \ (2) \ ...
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Why is Bose-Einstein condensation a phase transition?

Bosons may succumb to a Bose-Einstein condensation at a certain critical temperature $T_c$, thus entering the BEC phase. The only thing I know about the BEC is that since we are talking about bosons ...
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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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How is current produced in semiconductors or metals?

I think current is the movement of electrons through the wire or semiconductor, thus when I press the switch of the light bulb the electrons go from positive part to tungsten and light is produced. ...
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Why does a half filled Brillouin zone result in conductivity?

As stated in the title, why does a half filled Brillouin zone result in an element being a conductor, or conversely, why does a filled Brillouin zone result in an insulator?
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Need help visualizing a conceptual problem; solid mechanics 1

When the instructor posed this problem to the class, no one could answer the question because we all had difficulty 'seeing' what was happening. I get that because they're different materials, the ...
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Why are $2\pi$ factors included in the definition of the reciprocal lattice?

I would like to know where the $2\pi$ factors are coming from in the formula for reciprocal vectors in reciprocal lattices. For example, in a simple cubic lattice the primitive vectors are given by ...
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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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Work function definition

As in this post How would I calculate the work function of a metal, the definition is given by "the minimum thermodynamic work (i.e. energy) needed to remove an electron from a solid to a point in the ...
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Why is graphene robust, but graphite not?

Graphite can be thought of as various layers of graphene mounted on top of each other. Graphene is known to be as robust as diamonds, yet graphite can be found in pencils and we all know from ...
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Proof that all primitive cells have the same size

A primitive cell of a crystal lattice is a set $A$ such that two copies of $A$ which are translated by a lattice vector do not overlap and such that $A$ tiles the entire crystal. I have read (for ...
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FCC lattice as a stack of triangular lattices

According to Marder, Condensed Matter Physics, Chapter 2: Within the planes normal to the vector [1,1,1], the atoms of an fcc lattice lie in a two dimensional triangular lattice However, he does ...
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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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Is there an intuitive reason for why the reciprocal lattice of FCC is BCC and vice versa?

This can be proved using formulae for generating reciprocal lattice vectors from direct lattice vectors. But does this result have more to it than meets the eye?
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How to prove Bloch function is periodic in reciprocal lattice?

How to prove Bloch function is periodic in reciprocal lattice? I saw in some textbooks this formula: $$ \Psi_{\mathbf{k}} (\mathbf{r}) = \sum_{\mathbf{G}} ...
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Why is temperature vibration?

Why do the atoms in a crystal vibrate at finite temperature?
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Can the Fermi level go above the conduction band energy if doped heavily enough?

So for n-type Si with donor density $N_d$ and donor energy level $E_d$, $N_d^+ = N_d(1+\frac{1}{1+e^{\beta (E_d - E_f)}/2})$ is the number of ionized donors, so we get an relation between the number ...
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Why is the k=0 phonon neglected when calculating Debye-Waller factor?

When calculating Debye-Waller factor one gets the form: $e^{-2W} = ...