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When is the adiabatic approximation for solid state systems valid?

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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The kinematic region for the operator product expansion

In Ch.18 of the textbook An Introduction to Quantum Field Theory by Peskin and Schroeder, on P.613 the operator product expansion (OPE) is introduced $$\mathcal{O}_1(x)\mathcal{O}_2(0)\to \sum_n C_{...
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Criteria on good inertial system approximation

I'm currently wrapping my head around Newton's First Law. I think I start to get a basic understanding on the meaning of this law in terms of "the existence of inertial system". Basically my ...
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Existence of solid mechanics problems that cannot be solved through Lax-Milgram approaches

Very often, solid mechanicians employ finite-element analyses to solve problems in linear solid mechanics. This approach is guaranteed to work because the Lax-Milgram theorem, along with some ...
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gravitational force for a binary of point particles with GR term

i'm trying to simulate the two body problem with 2 equal masses and I want to account for general relativistic effects. I know that the difference in the gravitational force would be an additional ...
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Second order relativistic corrections to Pauli equation from Dirac equation

I'm trying to derive the full and correct Hamiltonian for spin$\frac{1}{2}$ particles from Dirac equation up to second order in $v/c$. For a potential and magnetic field constant in time. In ...
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Why can infinite planes be approximated as Gaussian surfaces?

A little background: I'm an undergraduate studying Electrodynamics, currently in Chapter 8 of Griffiths. A question I came across (8.4 part a for those curious) asks for a calculation of the force ...
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Limitations of RPA (random phase approximation)

I'm interested in the possible limitations of the Random Phase Approximation (RPA). When is it expected to fail? As I understand it, RPA can be derived from the GW approximation, as can be seen here, ...
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Hartree-Fock decoupling of Hubbard model

Hartree-Fock approximation requires wavefunctions be as separable as possible. I know the basic idea of Hartree-Fock but having some trouble in formalism of second quantization. I am trying to ...
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What is the meaning of the existence of a large $N$ limit in QFT?

Large $N$ limits are present in many different contexts: matrix models, gauge theories in various dimensions, conformal field theories (where $N$ is essentially the central charge). We often hear ...
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Why does the time-independent perturbation theory become no longer useful when its order gets larger?

In Griffith's Introduction to Quantum Mechanics p. 256, after figuring out $$E_n^2=\sum_{m\neq n} \frac{|\langle\psi_m^0|H'|\psi_n^0\rangle|^2}{E_n^0-E_m^0}$$ he says We could go on to calculate ...
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What does it mean to expand a Hamiltonian using perturbation theory?

On UC Davis chemwiki website, the Hamiltonian for quadrupolar coupling in NMR is analyzed. (The details of this aren't important.) It is said in the analysis that: The expansion of the ...
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Born approximation to Lippmann-Schwinger integral equation

I am having the following problem understanding the Born approximation in the case of the Lippmann-Schwinger equation. This exercise is for something which is entitled "computational physics lab ...
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'Validity' of QED/QCD/Electroweak interaction

I am currently attending a course on Quantum Field Theory and I got into thinking how valid these theories are. As the theory attempts to describe reality only far above the Planck (length) scale, ...
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How does approximations to assumptions lead to approximations to solutions?

I was reading Physics SE 228313. It talks about using Born-von Karman condition to model metal lattices. Is there any mathematical justification that approximations to physical condition would give ...
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Oscillator with decaying restoring force

Suppose a system that is described by the equation of motion: $$ \ddot{x} = -k\cdot x\cdot \exp\left(-\frac{t^2}{2\sigma^2}\right). $$ (For example a spring with decaying stiffness.) I'd like to ...
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Anomalous curvature coupling corrections for $Dp$-branes worldvolume actions

The Chern-Simons term of an (abelian brane) is commonly written as $$ \sim\int_{\mathcal M_{p+1}}\sum_iC_{i}[e^{2\pi\alpha'F+B}], $$ where $C_i$ is the background Ramond-Ramond $i$-form, $F$ is the ...
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Why does mass increase when gravitational potential energy increases?

I saw a solved example in a book (Concepts of Physics by H.C. Verma, volume 2), where there is a body near surface of the earth, the problem is to calculate the increase in mass of the body when it is ...
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Validity of the thin wall approximation

Inspired by the question How can I understand the tunneling problem by Euclidean path integral where the quadratic fluctuation has a negative eigenvalue?, I decided to come back to the first paper by ...
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Maximum intensification by refraction

Suppose that a beam of light in a medium with index of refraction $n$ reaches the surface of the medium, with vacuum on the outside. Its incident angle with respect to the normal is $\theta$. Only a ...
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Approximating the equivalent resistance of a large resistor network

Per the elegant solution of this Phys.SE question we can find the equivalent resistance between nodes $k$ and $l$ of a resistor network like this: $$R_{kl} = {{\rm det}A^{(kl)} \over {\rm det} A^{(l)}...
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Phase-shifting of instantaneous eigenstates in the adiabatic approximation

In my book Quantum Mechanics by B.H. Bransden and C.J. Joachain, there is a chapter on the adiabatic approximation. Here, the authors assume that the time-dependent Hamiltonian $\hat{H}(t)$ changes ...
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Planck's theory question

Could you please tell me why Planck's theory ceases to be valid when the sizes of the bodies and/or their separation distances are comparable to, or smaller than, the wavelength. My professor told me ...
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Idealizations of an object as a point particle

Why is it that an object can be idealized as a point particle or 'particle like' to solve problems? What are the limits of such a tool?
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Adiabatic approximation with scaled time?

In this article (page 3) they have following expression for the coefficients in the adiabatic approximation: $$\dot a_k(t)=-a_k(t) \langle k| \dot k \rangle -\sum_{n\ne k} a_n(t) \frac{\langle k(t)|\...
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Why is stat mech involved in mean field theory?

Mean field theory involves approximating an interacting system by a non-interacting one, by replacing some operators with their expectation value. However, to my surprise, free energy is involved in ...
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Numerical problem with Hartree-Fock equations for dilute Bose gas

I have to solve the following set of equations self-consistently: $$\begin{align} n_c(\mathbf{r}) & = \frac{1}{g}\left[\mu - V_{\rm ext}(\mathbf{r}) - 2 g n_{T}(\mathbf{r}) \right] \\[3mm] n_{T}(\...
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Hyperfine structure in hydrogen

Consider the Dirac equation for bounded electron in hydrogen atom. I am trying to get a clear physical explanation for all mathematical terms that appear in the Hamiltonian and energy spectrum. ...
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I have a problem with the variational method approximation in quantum mechanics. Is my issue valid, or am I misunderstanding something?

The variational method for approximating the ground state of a Hamiltonian $H$ by providing a lower bound is simple enough. If we construct any test wave function $|\bar{0}\rangle$ then the claim is $$...
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How fast do I have to dry myself for a hot shower to heat my body?

I am not a physicist. I would like to know how fast do I have to dry myself after taking a hot shower to get more heat from the shower, than lost because the water on my skin increasing heat exchange ...
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Adiabatic approximation and time-dependent problems

I am an undergraduate physics student. I have a question in approximation methods for time-dependent problems in quantum mechanics. I read the proof of the adiabatic theorem but I didn't understand it....
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Limits of integration for the radial wave function of the Hydrogen atom in the WKB approximation

I am working a problem where we have to find the energy eigenvalues for the radial wave function of the hydrogen atom for $\ell=0$ using the WKB approximation. I am sure that I set up the integral ...
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How to find the terms of Post-Newtonian approximation

I am studying the Damour paper on the Post-Minkowskian approximation to the 2 bodies problem in General Relativity (paper) but can't really understand the explanation of the previous state of the art, ...
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High Temperature Expansions and Cumulants

In this paper the authors perform a high-temperature expansion of the correlation functions for a Heisenberg model on a lattice. Starting from $$\left<\mathbf{S}_i\cdot\mathbf{S}_j\right>_\beta ...
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Semiclassical limit $S \to\infty$ in spin model

In many literature, the limit $S \to \infty$ is considered as a semiclassical limit. My question is that when this approximation is valid? Since paticles, say electrons, have the fixed spin number $S=...
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Validity of Random Phase Approximation in 2D/3D semimetals

In, for instance, this paper and this one the authors look at many-body effects in two- and three-dimensional semimetals, which have a low-energy quasiparticle dispersion relation of the form $\...
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Hartree-Fock approximation derivation

Some context: I'm having a hard time deriving the results of the Hartree-Fock approximation. Let $H$ have the form $$H = \sum_{i=1}^{n}\left[\frac{p_{i}^{2}}{2 m}+U\left(\vec{r}_{i}\right)\right]+\...
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Does uncertainty principle truly represent the “lower bound” of the information we can obtained from a pair of noncommunicable operator?

Background I: Suppose the commonly used non commuting operator $\hat p$ and $\hat x$. The uncertainty principle told us that $\sigma_p\sigma_x\geq \frac{\hbar}{2}$. In standard quantum mechanic ...
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Perturbation to the flat space metric

from the geodesic equation for non-relativistic case where $$v_i\ll c$$ $$\frac{dx^i}{dt}\ll1,{\rm for }\ c =1$$ $$\frac{dx^i}{d\tau}\ll\frac{dt}{d\tau}$$using this the geodesic equation for proper ...
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How do we understand the results of $1/N$ or $\epsilon$ expansion beyond leading orders?

When we do $1/N$ expansions in, say, 2+1$D$ $O(N)$ models and try to extract all kinds of critical exponents from it, we get the following results for the scaling dimensions of various operators up to ...
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Series expansion of $N$-particle potential energy

I am trying to understand the so-called Taylor expansion (or series expansion) of potential energy of a system of $N$-particles. This expanded form is stated without derivation in some molecular ...
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Time-independent perturbation theory: why i'th order perturbations are orthogonal to base state?

I have been learning about time independent perturbation theory (non-degenerate for the moment), and am not satisfied about a particular point: the justification for setting $\langle n^i|n^0\rangle = ...
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Is there any approximation in which the double pendulum has an exact solution?

We know that the double pendulum isn't an integrable system, since only energy is conserved versus two degrees of freedom. My question is, does a physical approximation exist, in which the total time ...
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Is there an easy way to understand why doubly excited helium does not exist?

1) A method for evaluating the energy of helium states To understand why doubly excited helium is not allowed in nature, we should show, to my eyes, that if we try to build this state we'll find a ...
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pNRQCD at high pT

pNRQCD is an effective field theory for heavy Quarkonium, where the velocities are non-relativistic due to large mass. But is pQCD applicable when the Quarkonium is moving at high velocities? The ...
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What can be an example or a scenario where the continuum definition of fluid mechanics would not be valid?

The continuum definition of fluid mechanics may not be valid if a system contains too few molecules cause properties such as density, concentration and velocity are not well defined at a mathematical "...
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How to show transfer integral is a real number?

I want to know how to show transfer integral is a real number. I am learning tight binding approach. Now let's consider the two-dimensional system whose unit cell has two atoms (for example, ...
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Ohms law hold till what temp?

Is the Ohm's law verified to hold true at all temperatures? If not, then till what temperature does the Ohm's law hold? I think it is valid only till $0$ K and above. Am I right in my thinking?
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Validity of Ising model for mean field thoery

The Heisenberg model for the Hamiltonian of a ferromagnet is given by: $$H=-\frac{J}{2} \sum \vec{S}_i\cdot \vec{S}_j+\mu_B B \sum_i S^z_i$$ when performing mean field theory, to find $\chi$, we ...
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How to approximate friction coefficients between different materials?

I want to add friction forces to my computer game. I know there are tables for friction, however I don't think that encoding big table of coefficients (of size $n^2$) is a good idea. I thought, that ...