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I am still not sure what you precisely want to be a Klein Bottle, but let me make some comments that might help you clarify what exactly you want to know. (Warning: I am writing this while being very tired, people are invited to correct me.) First of all one must be careful to distinguish band structure of the bulk from band structure of a semi-infinite ...


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In calculating the electron dispersion you probably obtained the diagonalized Hamiltonian in the momentum space $$ H=\sum_\mathbf{k}\left[c^{\dagger}_{\mathbf{k}A},c^{\dagger}_{\mathbf{k}B}\right]\left[\begin{array}{cc}0 & \Delta(\mathbf{k})\\ \Delta^{\dagger}(\mathbf{k}) &0\end{array}\right]\left[\begin{array}{c}c_{\mathbf{k}A} \\ ...


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Although it's not strictly what happens, you can think of the bonds around a carbon atom as repelling each other because the electrons localised into those bonds want to get as far away from each oither as possible. That's why when a carbon atom forms three bonds you get the bonds separated by 120º. When you have four bonds they arrange themselves into a ...


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Because it's structure displays translational symmetry in 2D. Atoms themeselves are 3D as in other materials, but their are placed on a 2D flat plane. Compare to 1D fullerenes.


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As an ex-physicist who now works as a quant in power markets I think it's safe to say the physics of the matter will be swamped by the economics in commodities and how power markets work. Two things to note: power prices are set by markets and not by the viability of the technology (prime mover) solar is hard to make money with w/o a long term Power ...


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As far as I understand, electrons in graphene are not relativistic, although quasiparticles in graphene are indeed described by the massless Dirac equation. However, for graphene, the speed velocity in this equation is replaced by the Fermi velocity, which is much smaller.


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The dimensionality of a system in practice means the number of dimensions in which objects confined to that system are free to move. For graphene we are generally talking about the motion of electrons within it (though I guess we could be talking about phonons). Anyhow, the thickness of the sheet is around one atom, which means that in the direction normal ...


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A decent terrestrial space elevator could be built with a material with a tensile strength of 50 Gigapascals (including a decent safety factor), so this material may suffice. Note that there is no prospect of having one 100,000 km nanotube - they would actually be much shorter (maybe 10 cm) and held together by the much weaker inter-tube molecular bonds (if ...


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According to this article: http://physics.aps.org/articles/v5/24: The statement that in graphene the "conduction electrons are massless" is because the energy levels (bands) are proportional to their momenta. So the $E = \sqrt{p^2+m^2}$ relation of a free electron becomes $E\propto p$ in graphene. Massless particles travel all at the same speed because ...


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There is such a material where each carbon atom binds to four other atoms. It's not a square lattice (due to the character of the so-called sp3-hybridization: the energetically most stable configuration is in 3D, not 2D). There are several standard bondings for carbon (and many other materials): the sp2-hybridization is in 2D and has three bonds (like ...


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In the atomic ground state a carbon atom has the electronic configuration $1s^22s^22p^2$. In the sp$^2$ hybridization the $2s$, $2p_x$, and $2p_y$ participate in the formation of the three $\sigma$ bonds and the $2p_z$ orbital forms a $\pi$ bond. According to molecular orbital theory this $2p_z$ state would form the bonding ($\pi$) and anti-bonding orbitals ...


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You are right with your assumption - the special behaviour at the Dirac cone allows for an application of the holographic principle. But how is this possible? It turns out that since in this region of the band structure the Fermi velocity is very large, i.e. two orders of magnitude below the speed of light, graphene behaves effectively as a relativistic ...


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oh no! it appears I'm too late.. so this is a popular claim, and further popularized by Michio Kaku (youtube). Hover, graphene cannot be as thin as cling film. Why? because graphene by definition is an atomically thin substance! It's literally one layer of graphite, which is how it was discovered. Saran wrap is literally a million times thicker than a sheet ...


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The group velocity $v_g$ of a wave packet (that's the speed of the maximum of the wave packet) is given by $v_g=\frac{\partial\omega}{\partial k}$. In this case, $\frac{\partial\omega}{\partial k}=\frac 1 \hbar\frac{\partial E}{\partial k}$, which easily evaluates to $v_g=\frac{3ta}{2}=:v_f$ for $k=0$. That's actually the definition of $v_f$: it is the group ...


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When silicene is buckled on the substrate it has a substantial band gap or in other words it can be turned on or off thus making it appropriate for digital applications. Graphene doesn't have a band gap so it isn't so good for digital circuits. Although techniques have been developed to produce a band gap and transistors have been made, they say that the ...


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I think you are looking for something like this: We measured the elastic properties and intrinsic breaking strength of free-standing monolayer graphene membranes by nanoindentation in an atomic force microscope. The force-displacement behavior is interpreted within a framework of nonlinear elastic stress-strain response, and yields second- and ...


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1) The Bloch theorem comes from the fact that the group of translations is Abel, thus its representations are defined by number which is called $\mathbf{k}$. It means that when you translate (by let's say vector $\mathbf{a}$) the wavefunction with given $\mathbf{k}$ it is multiplied by exponent $e^{i\mathbf{ka}}$ (more or less by definition), which gives you ...


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When the Möbius strip is cut down the middle you don't get two cylinders. See here and here for example. Fig. 3(b) should be interpreted as two cylinders, each with an extra (and different, thus two cases, $y<0$ and $y>0$) on-site potential that accounts for the twist. After the transformation the field operators obey periodic boundary conditions so ...


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The answer you'll get from most high-energy physicists is that there are no implications whatsoever. Lorentz invariance is extraordinarily well-tested: see, e.g., http://arxiv.org/abs/0801.0287. In particular, there are many relevant operators in the Standard Model that one would expect to be generated if physics at a high scale is not Lorentz-invariant. ...


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Resistivity is the relevant parameter for three-dimensional materials. Sheet resistance (less commonly called "sheet resistivity") is the relevant parameter for two-dimensional materials, and its inverse is called "sheet conductance" or "sheet conductivity". In the Novoselov paper you cited, they talk about sheet resistance and sheet conductance. Please ...


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$\text{m}\Omega ^{-1}$, means milli-S, that means the resistivity is in the range of kilo-Ohm. What's the problem? Apparently, the curve in your post shows very low conductivity compared to Cu.


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Well, Landau's statements were not as definitive as you appear to think. His views are summarized in Statistical Physics (Landau and Lifshitz). From my copy of the 3rd edition, part one, they are found in sections 137 and 138. The discussion is on thermal fluctuations as a function of temperature and size of the 2D film. The following quotes will get you ...


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All three questions can be answered by first artificially separating the graphene sheet into two sheets: (a) first sheet with only spin up electrons, and (b) second sheet with only spin down electrons. This statement alone should partially answer your third question; for the sake of organization, however, I will repeat a summary of this paragraph (in the ...


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Thermodynamic relation $N=-\frac{\partial J}{\partial \mu}$ exactly gives you the particle number equation, wherein $J$ is the macroscopic thermodynamic potential, i.e., the quantity $F$ in your question. By thermodynamics, $dJ=-SdT+Ydy-Nd\mu$ tells you why the partial derivative equation is valid. And in statistical mechanics, macroscopic ensemble ...


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The landau level of 0th also have the degeneracy of four as other LLs. The significance of 0th LL is that it is shared by conduction and valence band with equal weight. That is to say: two of 0th LLs is electron like and two of them are hole-like(because the degeneracy is four, I imagine there are four "seperated" non-degenerate LLs at the same energy for ...


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There are really two separate parts to your question: what is the difference between a supercapacitor and a battery? why does graphene make such good supercapacitors? A battery and a supercapacitor work in very different ways. A battery generates electricity using a chemical reaction. As the reaction procedes a current is generated, and once the reagents ...


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The dielectric function to which you refer describes screening. From a phenomenological point of view, you can imagine the function acting as a damper (or sometimes an enhancer) of momentum and energy transfer. The wave vector $q$ and frequency $\omega$ dependence are these quantities, momentum $\hbar q$ and energy $\hbar\omega$ transfer, respectively. They ...


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There are, in fact, a wide variety of techniques for producing graphene other than the scotch-tape method. A very good review of these techniques can be found in this recent review article: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/adma.201202321/abstract It is extremely difficult to obtain the dimensions you require using the scotch-tape method. In my ...



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