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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Quasi-fermi niveaus in a solar cell?

I was wondering, if my fermi niveau splits up due to n and p type doping into two fermi niveaus, one for the p type one for the n type, and now due to light radiation my fermi niveaus split up into 2 ...
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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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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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Different electrons, why aren't they all the same?

Why do we say that there are different kinds of electrons when discussing different situations in physics? For instance the Weyl electron, Dirac electron etc. From my exceedingly basic knowledge isn't ...
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Light (Laser) operated optical switch

I have searched the web and found that optical switches are activated either through mechanical or electro/magnetics. Making them sort of Optomechanical or optoelectronic switches. Lets exclude ...
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potential decomposition in terms of Bloch eigenstate

Given a single particle Hamiltonian $H=-\frac{\hbar^2}{2m}\nabla^2+V(r)$, where $m$ is the electron mass and $V(r)$ is a periodic function representing the lattice potential. It is defined in 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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Bloch waves at large momenta

I am trying to come to grip with some solid state theory. Bloch waves, energy eigenstates for hamiltonians with lattice periodic potential in $\mathbb R^d$, are frequently written as ...
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Expression for spontaneous emission in solids

I have yet to find a reliable source for the expression of the rate of spontaneous emission in a solid. Can anyone confirm if the following is correct? The basic ingredients of the calculation are ...
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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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Exciton in semi-conductor

I don't understand why an exciton describes only the interaction between an electron hole and an electron in the conduction band? How is this interaction different from the interaction between an ...
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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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Transition Capacitance & Diffusion capacitance of a diode

What are Transition and Diffusion Capacitances of a Diode? Why is Transition capacitance more significant in the reverse bias condition? Why is Diffusion Capacitance more significant in the forward ...
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Fermi Level: chemical potential vs. electrochemical potential

In solid-state physics it is understood that the Fermi-Level is the electrochemical potential. The Fermi-Level is defined to: However, in thermodynamics this formula is referred to as the ...
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Definition of luminescence

I saw a definition of luminescence as "any light not resulting from blackbody radiation", but in my view it's too broad. Is an accelerating electron producing luminescence? Or an electron recombining ...
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Is there a way to get the Bethe Roots, that belong to a given eigenvalue of the transfer matrix?

(Quantum) integrable systems, that belong to solutions to the Yang-Baxter-equation, are often solved by the (algebraic) Bethe Ansatz. Solutions to the Bethe-equations lead to the eigenvalues of the ...
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Connection between fermi velocity and mean (square) velocity of diffusion current

Is there any connection between $v_{F}$ and the $<v^{2}_{diff}>$, lets say for electrons in metals? I have come to a conclusion, that they are the same order of magnitude and their equivalence ...
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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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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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Question about the derivation of tight-binding model in the form of second quantization

There is a step in such derivation that I cannot follow. That is eq(1.74) in http://www.itp.phys.ethz.ch/education/fs13/sst/Lecture-Notes.pdf in page 21. How does these non-crossing terms vanish? ...
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Perturbation theory in second quantization

I am dealing with electron/phonon interaction in QM. In particular, given the Hamiltonian of a solid, $$H=H_{el}+H_{ion}+H_{el-ion}$$ we have that the el-phonon Hamiltonian is treatened ...
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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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After being heated and cooled why does Coconut Oil form these structures?

According the the guy who posted this picture, the coconut oil melted during a heatwave and then re-solidified into hexagonal structures. I looked into foam physics and it seems that area deals ...
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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 are the six degrees of freedom of the atoms in a solid?

A monoatomic ideal gas has heat capacity $C_v=1.5$ which comes from the three translational degrees of freedom. For solids at high temperature, $C_v=3$, implying six degrees of freedom. What are ...
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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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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 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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What is the physical meaning of an electronic system evolving adiabatically through a closed path?

I am trying to understand Physics behind the Weyl Fermion in Condensed Matter Systems. Electrons show Weyl fermionic behaviour in the vicinity of so called 'Diabolical Points' in the band structure. ...
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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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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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about Conservation laws and Correlation function

I'm reading a review paper by Gorden Baym-(http://www.worldscientific.com/doi/abs/10.1142/9789812793812_0002) In the second part, he raised that: According to conservation law $\frac{\partial ...
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What are the specific electronic properties that make an atom ferromagnetic versus simply paramagnetic?

As I understand it, paramagnetism is similar in its short-term effect to ferromagnetism (spins of the electrons line up with the magnetic field, etc.), though apparently the effect is weaker. What is ...
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How can a phosphorous ion dope silicon when it is already ionized?

In ion implantation dopant ions are directly bombarded into the semiconductor (silicon for example)? But if say P ions (P+) were implanted then it does not have an extra electron to donate into the ...
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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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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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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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Why does circularly polarized light break time-reversal symmetry?

I've encountered some interesting paper on 2D materials where authors use circularly polarized light to break time-reversal symmetry to split energy levels. Here you can find the paper: ...
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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 keeps charge from “spreading” in a CCD pixel?

In a CCD, you generally have a photosensitive substrate (e.g. n-doped silicon) that is attached to a network of electrodes that, after exposure, will move the charge, allowing the CCD to be "read". ...
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What does “fully depleted” mean?

In many papers/articles on CCDs, particularly those used for dark energy surveys and dark matter detection, the term "fully depleted CCD" is used. What does this mean? References: ...
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Transperancy of Solids [duplicate]

Why are some solids opaque and others transparent? If electrons are omnipresent in matter then how does light pass through them without colliding?
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Spatial probability density of single atom in a crystal at low temperature?

I'm working in gravitational physics, unfortunately my solid state physics lecture is already a while a go. My question will probably sound quite trivial to solid state physicists, but I couldn't find ...
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How would the fermi energy of an element inside of crystal affect its fermi level?

If I had a substitutional crystal of nickel atoms inside of a copper fcc lattice, how would this affect the Fermi level of the material?
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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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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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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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What is the electron barrier tunneling mass, and why it is necessary? What is the ebarrier tunneling mass of AlGaAs?

I am doing solar cell simulations in synopsys software. I am getting a persistent error saying ebarrier tunneling mass has not been defined. Is anyone familiar with this error? What is this ...