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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The existence Water nanoparticles

Has anyone investigated the properties of water nanoparticles? If yes what are those? If not, why not?
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Kitaev chaing, time reversel symmetry, particle hole symmetry

I was wondering if the Kitaev chain has time reversal symmetry. I think it probably doesn't because by staking Kitaev chains it is possible to create a so called Chern insulator with propagating ...
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What is the difference between Raman scattering and fluorescence?

What is the difference between Raman scattering and fluorescence? Both phenomena involve the emission of photons shifted in frequency relative to the incident light, because of some energetic ...
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What gives things color? [duplicate]

I know that color comes from things not absorbing a certain wavelength of light, but what property gives something color? Like what property of copper atoms makes copper as a whole brown, or cobalt ...
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What is Loewdin downfolding method?

I am a student in solid state physics. I wonder if somebody could explain the mathematical background of downfolding method that is often used by Ole K. Anderson. Which restriction (conditions) to ...
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Why according to Hund's first rule all electron with same spin should occupy orbitals when partially filling?

I get that because of coulomb repulsion initially all the electrons will not occupy the same site but will single occupy the orbitals.But while doing so how do they know to keep their spins aligned ...
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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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How does crystal lattice explain electrical conductance?

From http://education.jlab.org In a metal, the atoms are arranged in a crystal-like configuration. ... Now, in a metal, the valence band is relatively close to the conduction band - ...
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Tight-binding model of graphene - filling in a few steps

I'm trying to figure out the tight-binding model for graphene after not using any of my solid-state knowledge for a few years. I am getting lost in notation and I was hoping for some help filling in ...
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Problem with derivation of phonons in crystal

In this derivation of phonon solutions, everywhere, we are forcefully assuming the wavelike characteristics along the length of the chain. While all we can deduce for finding out the fundamental ...
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How should I think about reciprocal lattice and Miller indices?

When I hear someone talking about a (100) plane or a (111) plane or an (hkl) in general, my first thought is, is the system cubic. The reason I think this is because I tend NOT to think of the planes ...
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Temperature dependence of the relaxation time in Boltzmann equation for impurity scattering in metals

Is there any temperature dependence of relaxation time in impurity scattering of conducting electrons? It seems to me that there is none. But, some people claim that there is. So if you could ...
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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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Derivation of TKNN's main result from Kubo formula

I have a question about a small but meaningful (to me at least) step in the original TKNN paper (http://journals.aps.org/prl/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevLett.49.405). I understand the construction of the ...
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Drude Conductivity of Graphene

Use the Drude model to estimate the low temperature conductivity of a sheet of graphene, up to a dimensionless constant. (Assume the electron dispersion relation is $E(\mathbf{k})=\hbar ...
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Tight binding Hamiltonian for 2D finite dimensional lattice and nanowire

The Hamiltonian of a 1D lattice having finite $N$ atoms, (if we consider one basis per atom) is given by the following $N\times N$ matrix- Here $E$ is the onsite energy and $t$ is the hopping ...
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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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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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Honeycomb Bravais Lattice with Basis

I just had my second solid state physics lecture and we were talking about bravais lattices. As far as I understand a Bravais lattice is an infinite network of points that looks the same from each ...
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The Fermi Surface of the Free Electron Model for T>0K

For the Free electron model, we can easily describe the Fermi surface at T=0 due to the uniqueness of the Fermi-Dirac Distribution at T=0; below the Fermi-level, a state is definitely filled, above, ...
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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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When I stretch a rubber band, it breaks. When I hold the broken ends together, why doesn't it join again?

The question is simple. When we join the two broken surfaces, what is it that keeps the surfaces from connecting with each other, while earlier they were attached to each other? Also, would the two ...
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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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Energies in Band Alignments

There is something that I would like to confirm regarding the energy when aligning the bands of heterostructures. There seems to be a general consensus that there is no simple rule to align two ...
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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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Construction of a lattice structure and the Wyckoff positions

I would like to build a unit cell of a Cmcm (no. 63) lattice structure. It is a orthorhombic crystal and my lattice vectors are $\vec a_1 = (1,0,0)\,,\; \vec a_2 = (0,3,0)\,, \;\vec a_3 = (0,0,2)\,.$ ...
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I need this to do in an exam but i want also help for the lcao or tight binding method! [closed]

Consider an ideal flat infinite sheet of Graphene. Assume that only nearest neighbour interactions are important and that one $p_z$ orbital per site is sufficient to describe the electronic ...
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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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Space groups and crystals. Simple example for the diamond structure

I try to learn the basis notions in crystallography and space group. But I already fail at the beginning. Let me give you an example: Consider the diamond structure (space group $Fd\overline 3 m$, ...
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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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Lattice parameters and basis vectors of crystal lattice structures

Does someone know where I can find lattice parameters and basis vectors of crystal lattice structures (Strukturbericht Designation) for different materials? In particular I am searching the lattice ...
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Free electron Gas shortcomings

I am studying surface states and the Rashba effect. A common model I keep coming across is to implement the free electron model. In this model we get the spin orbit interaction Hamiltonian by ...
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How does the surface of a material always break inversion symmetry?

I am trying to visualize this for an HCP structure. Take the profile view as such: just working in 2d. So my understanding is if we can take a point (x,y) -> (-x,-y) and get the same crystal than ...
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Phonon Momentum

I am reading Charles Kittel's solid state physics and wondering what's the mechanism that neutron waves and photons can interact with phonons and the process obey the generalized momentum-energy ...
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Why are periodic boundary conditions used for the derivation of phonons? [duplicate]

I am currently reading "Quantum Field Theory for the Gifted Amateur". In chapter 2 Phonons are introduced as solutions (in k-space) of a coupled harmonic oscillator. In real space the oscillator is ...
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Surface potential and symmetry breaking

I am studying surface states currently and am a little confused about something. If I consider p-orbits on a surface state that is the top layer of an HCP structure -- I understand the hopping terms ...
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Do solids have translational energy?

Along with having vibrational energy, do both crystalline and amorphous solids also have translational energy? I ask because I've always understood solids to have just vibrational motion/energy. But ...
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What is the significance of Fermi temperature?

The Fermi temperature of a solid is related to Fermi energy by relation $$ { E }_{ F } ={ k }_{ B }\times{ T }_{ F } $$ where $ { k }_{ B } $ is Boltzman constant. But what is the significance of ...
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Linear Response And path integral

I'm following Wen's book on Quantum field theory, and I'm struggling with section 2.2.1 on linear response and response functions. Specifically I'm unable to reproduce equation 2.2.7 in which the ...
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What is difference among the consepts: bulk free energy, cohesive energy, Gibbs free energy, binding energy?

I am working on size dependent surface energy of metals. I need to know the different energies between the atoms. Different papers use different energies but their meanings seem alike, therefore they ...
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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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Derive Fermion Particle Density Operator in q-space

I am reading Bernevig's Topological Insulators and Topological Superconductors. In section 3.1.1, it gives an expression for the Fourier transformation of electron density operator, which I cannot ...
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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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Creation operators that differ by a reciprocal lattice vector

In very general terms, if you have an infinite lattice of atoms you can describe the physics in terms of creation (and annihilation) operators $\hat{a}_{\mathbf{R}}$, that create (and annihilate) an ...
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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 polymeric solids are said to be intermediate between crystalline solids and amorphous solids?

Crystalline solids have ordered arrangement and amorphous solids do not. Polymeric solids are simply formed by the joining of some monomeric units. It has nothing to do with ordered or not ordered ...
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What's the difference between an exciton and a geminate pair?

In the context of organic solar cells, electron-hole dissociation is sometimes mentioned with regard to excitons (refs 1, 2) and sometime with regard to geminate pairs (refs 3, 4). Also, exciton ...
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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 ...