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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How does the process of protein denaturatation work? [on hold]

I know it's the proteins that somehow change their properties at some temparature. But what kind of change, in terms of molecule-level structure?
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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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Optical absorption — what are the common ranges and mechanisms?

So let's say you do some reflection/transmission spectroscopy of a material. It's clear that it's absorbing in some range. What would be your first step in identifying the source of the absorption? ...
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Free electron gas in two dimensions

Can someone give a qualitative description on why the density of states for a two dimensional free electron gas is independent of energy while it is not in one and three dimensions? In one dimension ...
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Temperature in a Voltaic Cell

The potential difference across a voltaic cell varies with temperature. But my question is whether the voltage increases or decreases as temperature rises. According to the Nernst equation, the two ...
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Why isn't there a potential difference across a disconnected diode?

I know this question sounds silly, as if there was a potential difference a current would be created when the terminals are connected together and this would mean energy has come from somewhere. The ...
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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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Symmetry Breaking And Phase transition

Is every phase transition associated with a symmetry breaking? If yes, what is the symmetry that a gaseous phase have but the liquid phase does not? What is the extra symmetry that normal $\bf He$ ...
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Generate unit cell from space group

I am trying to make a code to generate primitive unit cell. I have the space group and coordinate of inequivalent sites and lattice parameters. I want to generate the primitive unit cell from that. ...
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Band structure and band index

Please let me know If my understanding is right. For a given $\vec{k}$, $H$ is a function of $\vec{k}$ the energies vary discretely for $n$ ie.,the band index. For a given $n$, we choose all the ...
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A problem concerning the calculation of parameters in a periodic system [on hold]

I am using Quantum Mechanics by David H. McIntyre, chapter 15. The question is 15.8: Find the single bound state energy of an electron in an isolated well of depth $V_{0} = 1$ eV and with width $b = ...
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Density of States of Free Particle in One Dimensions

I am using Quantum Mechanics by David H. McIntyre, chapter. This is problem 15.7: Find the density of states $g(E)$ for the case of a free particle in one dimension; further, show that the density of ...
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Real and imaginary parts of dielectric constant vs refractive index?

So for a complex dielectric constant $\epsilon = \epsilon_a + i\epsilon_b$, the wave vector and index of refraction are related to it through $k = \frac{\omega}{c}n$ and $n = \sqrt{\frac{\mu ...
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Out-of-Plane Phonons

I am trying to derive the out-of-plane phonon dispersion relation for a membrane. As far as I can tell, one of the simplest ways to do so is with a Lagrangian of the form: ...
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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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Electron degeneracy pressure

Why is it that in stars undergoing gravitational collapse electron degeneracy kicks in? Why couldn't the electrons form energy bands like in semiconductors?
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Distinguishable, Indistinguishable Paramagnetic Ideal Gas

In the canonical ensemble, the partition function for an ideal gas is given by: $$\frac{Z}{N!}$$ The factor $N!$ accounts for the indistinguishability of the particles of the ideal gas. What ...
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Possible to calculate carrier lifetime with doping concentrations?

I'm working on a problem involving a silicon semiconductor. A PN junction is created with $N_a = 5\cdot10^{14}$ throughout the entire semiconductor, and is doped with $N_d = 2\cdot10^{15}$ on the N ...
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Total momentum in linear monoatomic chain

Context: Solid state physics. Monoatomic linear chain. Question: To prove that the total momentum of the chain is zero. Attempted solution: I consider the sum: \begin{align*} p = \sum_{n=1}^{N} m ...
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Why is an optical magnon with k=0 not an eigenenergy state?

I found in a paper the following explanation. Unfortunately, I can't understand it. Can anyone help me on this? In the limit of equal spins an optical magnon with k=0 gets an acoustical one at the ...
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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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The skin effect and the reflectivity of gold

I am simulating a waveguide in COMSOL, a FEM solver. My model looks like this (it is similar to a standard Quantum Cascade Laser geometry): Therefore there is a very thin (30nm) layer of gold ...
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Fermi Energy Variation

What would be a good Internet link that would properly explain Fermi Energy? How does the Fermi Energy of a material vary with external influence, such as doping of the material, and applied ...
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Why is copper a metal?

Context: Solid state physics Question: Can it be reasoned in the context of solid state physics (perhaps within the band theory of solids?) that copper is a metal ?
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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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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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Statistical Mechanics - Distribution of Energies

Consider a state space $\mathbb{X}$. The probability density function under a canonical ensemble is given by the Boltzmann distribution $$\pi_{\mathbb{X}}(x)=\frac{e^{-\beta ...
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How can one reasonably theoretically model polycrystalline materials?

Many techniques are taught in advanced solid state courses but they are almost all derived for perfectly crystalline materials. For example, band structure really only appears theoretically when you ...
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Why longitudinal accoustic and optical branch have the same energy (and thus frequency)?

Context: Solid state physics, lattice dynamics. Question: At point $X$ the LO and LA branches have the same energy. Is this something that can be expected before doing the experiment or is it just it ...
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Derivation of boundary conditions in the context of lattice dynamics

Context: Solid state state physics, lattice dynamics. Question: I'd like to derive the condition for the wave vector $\boldsymbol{q}$ in order for the lattice to be periodic and infinite. My lecture ...
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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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Does Saturation velocity in semiconductors have a relation with the wavelength in which the peak in the absorption spectrum occurs?

Saturation velocity is the maximum velocity a charge carrier in a semiconductor, generally an electron, attains in the presence of very high electric fields. (source) I want to know if the ...
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What is an electron/hole pocket and what is the significance?

What is an electron/hole pocket and what is the significance? I'm trying to get my head around this. I've read what Ashcroft and Mermin have to say on the subject, but it's a little convoluted. They ...
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Fermi wavelength of graphene

Does anybody know the Fermi wavelength of graphene? I searched the Internet for a while without success. I found, by inspection with the Fourier transform of an S.T.M. image $$ 3.84e^{-10} \mathrm{m}. ...
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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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Is an “infinitely sharp blade” possible?

A staple of science fiction and fantasy is a blade (knife, sword, ...) that cuts through literally any solid object (wood, steel, concrete, skulls, ...) without effort, often even without the need to ...
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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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What does (001) Silicon mean?

If someone gives me a thin film of Si, and they tell me it's (001) Si, does that mean that the (001) planes of Si are the ones making up the surface of the film?
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Is this two forms of Hubbard model equivalent?

I have seen two form of Hubbard model, one is: $$H=-t\sum_{<ij>s}c_{is}^\dagger c_{js}+h.c.+U\sum_i(n_{i\uparrow}-1/2)(n_{i\downarrow}-1/2)-\mu\sum_{is}n_{is}$$ The other is a more familiar ...
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Extract the temperature dependence of the integral

Actually, I have a question regarding this Physics StackExchange question: Ashcroft Mermin Solid State Eq. 22.15 I cannot understand the change of variables. Can anyone give a further explanation on ...
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What is the quantum Hall resistance R_H as a function of magnetic field?

For the integer quantum Hall effect, the resistance $R_H = h/(ne^2)$, where $n$ is some integer. All of the graphs of $R_H$ as a function of magnetic field, $B$, that I've seen show that at $B = 0$, ...
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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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When can i separate spin from the wavefunction?

I am currently working on a Tight-Binding model and for the derivation of nearest neighbor spin interactions I have terms like $$ ...
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How do the effects of semiconductor doping affect the Hall effect?

For instance, consider number 4 and 5 in the following sample: Using the right hand rule, B points downwards, conventional current points to the right (because of the 5V battery), and therefore, ...
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Is diffraction through an aperture similar to diffraction by a plane of atoms?

I'm asking because I have a problem asking me what the diffraction pattern would be if instead of spherical atoms I'd have triangular atoms. I can't find anything about this in my X-ray diffraction ...
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n-p-n p-n-p and n-n-n heterostructure for LED

I was studying LED Heterostructures and I found out that my book is always giving reference to p-p-n type heterostructure. So I looked up into another book in order to find other type of ...
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What is the significance of the difference in the eigenvalue equations of Bloch functions for electrons vs photons?

any text on photonic crystals will highlight the almost perfect analogy between electrons in a periodic potential and photons in a periodic dielectric. The analogies are: $$V(\vec r + \vec R) = ...
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How can I get the lattice constant of a salt?

This is probably a very dummy question, but I am not able to solve it on my own. Given that the radius of $Li^+$ ions is 76 picometers, and the radius of $F^-$ is 133 pm, I would expect the size of a ...
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Intuition on topologically nontrivial 2D-band structures?

I want to get more intuition on topologically nontrivial band structures. There's this popular 2D two-band model for a topological insulator where $H=\sum_{k}h(\boldsymbol{k})$ (see Qi, Hughes, and ...
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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 ...