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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Sum of powers of complex exponentials [on hold]

EDIT: Amusingly enough, this same question was asked (and answered) 4 days ago by someone else. The link is here I encountered the identity $\sum_{j=1}^{N} {e^{ikja}} = N\delta_{k,0}$ when reading ...
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The minimum possible energy for five noniteracting spin $\frac{1}{2}$ particles

Question What is the minimum possible energy for five (noniteracting) spin $\frac{1}{2}$ particles of mass $m$ in a one-dimensional box of length $L$? Answer: $$ 2 \times ...
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Energy levels in molecules

I apologize in advance if this turns out to be a duplicate question. As far as I can understand, if you bring two or more atoms together their wave functions begin to interfere and, since there ...
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Klein paradox in graphene

When considering the Klein paradox in graphene Katsnelson, Novoselov and Geim introduce a potential barrier (see http://www.nature.com/nphys/journal/v2/n9/full/nphys384.html). But I cannot understand ...
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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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Do hexagonal structure parameters vary with peaks?

Do the values of lattice constants $a$ vary with different peaks for same structure, as well for $c$, or should there be the same values for $a$ at different planes? Is there any special software ...
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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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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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Reflectivity of Metals - real and imaginary part of k-vector and complex dielectric function

De electric field component of an electromagnetic wave that is traveling in the $x$-direction is given as $$E(x,t) = E_0 e^{i(kx - \omega t)} $$ with $E_0$ the amplitude and $k$ the wave vector. From ...
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How close to the wavelength of light have to be to inter-planar spacing for diffraction to occur?

I'm doing past papers for my exam on Wednesday, and I've come to a question I'm stuck on. So, you have x rays of $\lambda = 0.25\,\mathrm{nm}$ incident on a cubic unit cell with lattice lattice ...
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Calculate characteristic frequency from atomic polarizability

With Lorentz model, the plasma frequency can be calculated from electron density $$\omega_p=\sqrt\frac{4\pi N e^2}{3m}$$ But I also found in this paper that it could also be calculated from atomic ...
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Is it possible to have a line rather than a point where the three states of a substance can exist?

Most of us are familiar with state diagrams that define which of the three states a substance will take given the pressure and temperature. And that some substances, such as water for example, exhibit ...
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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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What does $m^*>m_e$ imply? (the effective mass of electron is larger than its rest mass)

From what I understand, the concept of effective mass is just something people come up with to make electrons and holes obey the equation of motion $$ \vec{F}=m^* \vec{a} $$ without dealing with the ...
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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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Scattering and form factor

In Introductory Nuclear Physics by Krane (there's a PDF online), it is mentioned electron scattering on the nucleus to get a picture of the latter's shape, e.g., its radius. It is said the probability ...
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Can Ohm's law break in metals?

I was rereading Purcell's Electricity and Magnetism as research for another question, and I found this passage: In metals Ohm's law is obeyed exceedingly accurately up to current densities far ...
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Diffusion and Drift currents in a PN junction

In a forward-biased PN junction, the potential barrier decreases, allowing more majority carriers from one side to diffuse to the other side where they are minority carriers. After they cross the ...
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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 is the origin of the “polarization catastophe”?

According to the Clausius-Mossotti relation, $$ \frac{\epsilon_r - 1}{\epsilon_r + 2}=\frac{n\alpha}{3\epsilon_0} $$ So when $n\alpha = 3\epsilon_0$, the relative permittivity $\epsilon_r$ ...
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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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Phonon modes in one-dimensional monoatomic chain

I am familirazing myself with the lattice dynamics reading Ashkroft-Mermin (p2 ch 22). My question is what it the mathematics behind the deriviation $U^{harm}=1/2 K \sum_{n} [u(na)-u([n+1]a)]^2$ ...
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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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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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Is the photon truly not absorbed in Raman scattering?

In reading about Raman Scattering, I was thinking while reading it "okay, incident photo absorbed by molecule, molecule goes to higher energy vibrational state, molecule re-emits photon with either ...
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what is the difference between mictomagnetism and spin glass?

What is the difference between mictomagnetism and spin glasses? I mean what are the distinguishing characteristics of them which makes them separate?
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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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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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band structure of Topological insulators

The above figure is Rashba-split free electron-like surface state in a projected bulk band gap. The bellow figure is the band structure of Topological insulators. x axis is the wave vector, y axis ...
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why is DFT(Density Functional Theory) weak in evaluating semiconductor and insulator bandgaps?

we say that the DFT (Density Functional Theory) is to obtain the ground state properties of a quantum system and then we say: so, we can not use it to obtain the semiconductors and insulators band ...
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Importance of thickness of SiO2-substrate for observing graphene's monolayer

I've discovered that one should use 300-nm-thick SiO2 substrate in order to effectively observe graphene's monolayer through optical microscope. If thickness differs even by 5%, i.e. 315 nm, then ...
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Conduction in Solids

I have some text: I could understand it partially. My doubts are: What is effective mass $m^*$ (real meaning apart from explained in this text) and how can we calculate it/or what is it's value? ...
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A book or paper on Fermi glasses

Can anybody recommend a good book treating the subject of Fermi glasses? A good review paper, preferably something relatively modern, would also be welcome. I know of Anderson's paper ("The Fermi ...
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Why is the ground state energy of a 2DEG higher compared to the 3DEG?

I am reading something about a 2DEG (2-dimensional electrongas model) and can not understand it. My book says the ground state of the 2DEG is higher compared to a 3DEG because the confinement to 2D ...
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Chemical potential

This is something probably very basic but I was led back to this issue while listening to a recent seminar by Allan Adams on holographic superconductors. He seemed very worried to have a theory at ...
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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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In a positively biased PN junction, where do the injection carriers come from?

I am not quite understand i-v character of PN-junction diode. Here is the model in textbook. The PN junction diode can be divided into three regions. They are One depletion region near the PN ...
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$T$-invariant Hamiltonians

If $T$ is time-reversal transformation $t\mapsto -t$, Why do $T$-invariant Bloch Hamiltonians obey $$H(-k) = T H(k) T^{-1}$$ and not $$H(k) = T H(k) T^{-1}$$ Somehow I understand the word "invariant" ...
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How do you go from a sum over frequencies to an integral?

I am trying to figure out how to go, with help of a density of states function $g(\omega)$, from a sum like this $$K=\sum \limits_{j=0}^N f(\omega_j)$$ to an integral over the frequencies for $N \to ...
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Intuition for the density of states of the free electron gas model

The density of states as a function of energy for a free electron gas (inside some solid-thing where the electrons are modeled due to the free elecetron gas model) is in: 1D: D(E) ~ $\sqrt[-1/2]{E}$ ...
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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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Why graphene's substrate is important

I just have some feelings that somehow it is important what specific subtrate is used to grow graphene monolayer on. Some substrates are better, another ones are not so good. But I cannot completely ...
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electrical conductivity and resistivity tensor

By definition of the conductivity tensor $\hat{\sigma}$ and the resistivity tensor $\hat{\rho}$, we have \begin{equation*} \begin{split} & j_{\alpha}=\sigma_{\alpha \beta}E_{\beta} \\ & ...
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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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can we have a phase transition from superconductor to the normal only by applying magnetic field?

for superconductors we have a phase transition diagram. according to that phase diagram in a temperature below Tc, we can only increase the applied magnetic field to make a superconductor a normal. ...
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Density of particles in hexagonal lattice

I need to calculate, in a 2D hexagonal lattice of point particles in which the nearest neighbours are a distance apart $a$, what's the density of particles. What I really need is, if $\rho$ is the ...
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Combining a p and n type semiconductor

According to my textbook, when a p and n type semiconductor combine the following happens: Electrons from the n type semiconductor will migrate into the p-type semiconductor at the junction (so the ...
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How do the Fermi level, HOMO and LUMO change with doping?

I am a bit confused about solid state physics of organic materials because as I know the workfunction changes with the doping of a material but the Fermi level is constant with doping. So depend on ...
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what is the influence of Normal (N-processes) to thermal resistivity?

i can't seem to get a proper understanding on what is the role of N-process on thermal resistivity. As far as I know it conserves total phonon momentum. While U-processes (Umklapp) changes the phonon ...
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I have negative slop of Williamson-Hall plot, XRD data. Is this right?

I have Ag (silver) powder sample. I measured xdd of the sample and got very good 2theta peak. Since I want to know bulk modulus and Young's modulus of Ag(silver), So, I got williamson-Hall plot ...