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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Double groups in Crystallography

I'm currently studying double point groups and their applications in condensed matter physics. Let me start by giving you the definition of the double group that is used in my textbook: Let $G$ be a ...
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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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What causes the Shubnikov-de Haas Oscillations?

If I have a 2DEG with a voltage in the $x$-direction and a $B$-Field in the $z$-direction (so I also get a hall-voltage in the $y$-direction (classicaly)). But if I do this stuff at low temperatures I ...
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Why do we assume electrons experience lattice potentials in solids?

Why don't we assume the protons wave function spreads out uniformly and just provides a uniform background potential?
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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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Resistance of a cloud of free electron gas by Kubo formula?

How much is the resistance of a cloud of free electron gas, if at all? How much is the resistance of a cloud of free electrons in a periodic potential? Did anyone calculate it using the Kubo ...
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Topological insulators literature

I started learning things on topological insulators and I got lost in dozens of existing papers on this topic. Could anyone recommend me appropriate literature that explains deeply enough what ...
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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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Nature of photoluminescence at a semiconductor heterojunction

Do I understand it correctly that photoluminescence at a semiconductor heterojunction occurs because of intralayer recombination? If so, why can't photoluminescence occur because of interlayer ...
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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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Is carrier charge density and carrier mobility constant in a given material?

If we assume the semi-conductor is doped by a variable amount, is there some way I can look up carrier charge density for the material in a reference somewhere? What about carrier mobility?
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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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Explain Heat Transfer

I would like to know what are these formulas used for. There is no intro about it in my book at all, and I am reading Heat Transfer book. If needed Q. can be edited.
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e-e scattering time in graphene

I think its worth writing my second question in this post as a separate one. In normal Fermi liquid, the electron-electron scattering time $\tau_{e-e}$ is about: $$ \tau_{e-e} \approx \frac{\hbar ...
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Is this a correct description of bonding in a metal?

I am reading the paper "Twenty five years of Finnis-Sinclair potentials" by Graeme Ackland, Adrian Sutton, and Vasek Vitek, Philosophical Magazine 2009, 89, 3111-3116. It is a review-type article ...
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Separating the hamiltonian for a superlattice — is it this easy?

I've been banging my head against a wall trying to figure out what I'm sure is a very simple problem. I want to solve the Kronig Penney model for a superlattice, which is just a normal periodic 1D ...
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Why is the law of the p-n junction valid under forward bias?

I'm currently studying the physics of the PN junction. I went though the derivation of the built-in potential in the PN junction under equilibrium: $$ {Diffusion\ current\ density} = {Drift\ current\ ...
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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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Repulsive component of intermolecular interaction

Intermolecular interaction mainly consists of 2 components: (a) Dipole vs dipole (permanent & induced), which is more likely to be attractive (b) Pauli exclusion, which is always repulsive The ...
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What can we learn from a band structure diagram?

Other than the band gap and its magnitude, what are the things that we can immediately learn about the properties of the material just by glancing at its band structure? Can we say something about ...
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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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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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Volume of Brillouin zone is the same as Fourier primitive cell?

In Kittel's solid state text, problem 2.3, he says that the volume of the Brillouin zone is the same as a primitive parallelepiped in Fourier space. Somehow I can't see why this is true. Can someone ...
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Is differential geometry used in solid state?

I'm an undergraduate in physics interested in a career in solid state. While I know that any additional math is helpful--I am on time constraints, and can only take a few supplemental classes. That ...
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Lattice geometry and dispersion relation

Is there a general theorem which gives some information about which influence have the lattice geometry (for example sub-lattice structure, square lattice, honeycomb lattice, lattice symmetries, ...) ...
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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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Matsubara Green function of anderson impurity model

I am currently having trouble computing the imaginary-time Green's functions of a model similar to the single-impurity anderson model. The hamiltonian is given as: \begin{equation} H = ...
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How can crystal symmetry operations be used to reduce the number of unique properties of a solid?

Can anyone please give an example or a reference which shows how crystal point groups and symmetry operations can be used to reduce the number of parameters describing the property of a crystal, ...
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About the definition of the spin current

People have been talking about the spin current for a while. But there is a fundamental problem. Unlike charge, or mass, spin is not conserved. Let us take the 1d spin-1/2 Heisenberg chain as an ...
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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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Bragg diffraction and lattice planes

Crystalline substances show, for certain sharply defined wavelength and incident directions, very sharp peaks of scattered X-ray radiation. From the illustration below we see that we get constructive ...
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Do indirect optical transitions “cool” the material a little?

So I'm reading in Ashcroft and Mermin about indirect optical transitions: So, a photon comes in, and it only excites the electron across the indirect band gap if a phonon with the appropriate wave ...
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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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Can someone explain LO-TO Splitting?

LO-TO splitting occurs in an ionic (i.e. polar) solid such as GaAs or NaCl. What happens is that the degeneracy of the transverse optical (TO) and longitudinal optical (LO) phonons at $k=0$ is broken ...
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Fillings of dispersion bands (E-K diagram)

I struggle in understanding why in some references the bands filling by electrons in the E-k diagram is shown as an area delimited below by the dispersion curve and above by the Fermi energy (if in ...
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DOS behavior of Van Hove singularity in a line

When there are some points in momentum space give $|\nabla_k \varepsilon_k|=0$, they are called Van Hove points and give singularity in the desity of states (DOS). But what if $|\nabla_k ...
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How to get DOS of Van Hove singularity using quadratic dispersion relation

Take 2D case for example. We can first get the area in momentum space for all $k$ that satisfy $E_0<E(k)<E $, say $S(E)$. And the density of state (DOS) is $\rho(E)=\frac{\partial S(E)}{\partial ...
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DOS of Van Hove singularity in 2D square lattice tight binding model

For the simplest example, 2D square lattice tight binding model gives the energy band as $$\varepsilon_k=-2t(\cos k_x+\cos k_y) \, .$$ We know that $\vec{k}=(0,\pi)$ and related momentum points are ...
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DOS integral when surface is not closed

According to the density of states (DOS) formula $$\rho(\varepsilon)\propto \int_{\varepsilon=\text{const}}\frac{dS}{|\nabla_k \varepsilon_k|}$$ Since there is an integral on the constant energy ...
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How to get the asymptotic expression of DOS near Van Hove singularity [duplicate]

For the simplest example, 2D square lattice tight binding model gives the energy band as $$\varepsilon_k=-2t(\cos k_x+\cos k_y) \, .$$ We know that $\vec{k}=(0,\pi)$ and related momentum points are ...
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Atomic nearest neighbor notation

I recently got a correction to a paper that I am writing. The correction references a section in which I talk about nearest neighbors. The comment says: Do you mean NN, NNN, etc., or NN, 2NN, 3NN? ...
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Pauli paramagnetism for electrons with external magnetic field

Apparently it is to be shown that for electrons under an external magnetic field, in the limit as $B\to 0 $ $$ \chi = \frac{dM}{dB} \approx \frac{n\,\mu^{*^2}}{k\,T}\,\frac{f_{1/2}(z)}{f_{3/2}(z)} $$ ...
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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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Dispersion in crystall for a random direction

Lets say one get a dispersion of electrons or phonons from this website: http://www.matprop.ru Usually dispersion in particular directions is drawn: as for wurtzite crystall it is A to L, L to U and ...
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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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Coordinate system for crystallographic groups

In the International Tables for Crystallography for each crystallographic group an asymmetric unit is supplied (mathematicians call this a fundamental domain of the group). This region is a bounded ...
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Total number of photons per unit volume in a box (extremely confusing)

This is a worked example from a text. a) Find an expression for the number of photons per unit volume with energies between $E$ and $E+dE$ in a cavity at temperature $T$. $$n(E)dE = g(E)f(E)dE = ...
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Adiabatic approximation

The adiabatic approximation for solid state systems is rather radical. I was wondering in which cases it breaks down. As it is based on the idea of the nuclii being much heavier than the electrons I ...
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Is it possible to hear trains when you live nothing near them? [duplicate]

So I live in Hollywood, California and last night I heard a single train horn blast through my neighborhood after that it was pretty quiet for the rest of the night. what I don't understand is I don't ...
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How can a material conduct heat but not electricity

Mica is a good conductor of heat but an electrical insulator. According to free electron theory (which applies only to metals) free electrons carry heat and electricity. Therefore, thermal ...