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How to compute the density of state from the Green function?

I'd like to plot the density of state (DOS) for a specific system, say an s-wave BCS superconductor, the Green function of which is $$G\left(p,\omega\right)=\dfrac{\omega+\xi}{\omega^{2}-\xi^{2}-\...
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What methods exist to calculate the density of states in the continuum of a molecule?

Say I have an arbitrary molecule in the Born-Oppenheimer approximation, and furthermore say that I can approximate the molecule as having only one active electron. What methods exist to calculate the ...
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Rigorous definition of density of states for continuous spectrum

For operators with pure point spectra it is clear how to count number of states corresponding to a given eigenvalue - one can just calculate the dimension of eigenspaces. I am wondering how to do it ...
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Density of states from band structure

Let the density of states be given by $$ g(\epsilon) = \int \frac{\mathop{d^3 q}}{4\pi^3} \delta(\epsilon - \epsilon(\vec{q})), $$ where $\epsilon(\vec{q}) = \frac{\hbar^2}{2m}q_\perp^2 + h_\pm(q_\...
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Density of classical states in quantum theory

Let's first treat electrons as classical objects. I can evaluate the classical energy of each state in a configurational space (3N real numbers and, say, spins) using just Coulomb's law. Then I ...
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Landau quantization: degeneracy of first level

In some books the degeneracy of one Landau level in a two-dimensional gas of free electrons is calculated in the following way: Note: The electron spin is not considered. Number of states of a free ...
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Getting tight binding density of states more accurately

I calculated numerically the density of states (DoS) for the 3-D tightbinding dispersion $\epsilon(k_x,k_y,k_z)=-2t\,(\cos k_x + \cos k_y + \cos k_z)$ and obtained the following plot [$t=1$ has been ...
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Density of states and anisotropic distribution functions

We consider a $3D$ dynamical system. Its distribution function is given by the function ${ (\mathbf{x},\mathbf{v}) \mapsto f (\mathbf{x},\mathbf{v})}$, so that $$ \mathrm{d}^{3} \mathbf{x} \, \mathrm{...
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Why do the $C_v$ of gapless systems have a power law behaviour?

The functional dependence of the heat capacity $C_v$ of systems with gapless excitations (e.g., lattice with acoustic phonons, Heisenberg ferromagnet with spin waves etc) is like a power law $$C_v\sim ...
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Density of states for a system of $N$ particles (both interacting and non-interacting case)

The density of states $\rho(\epsilon)$ for a single particle (with $g$ number of internal states such as spin) confined in a volume $V$ can be calculated as $$\rho(\epsilon)=\frac{4\pi gV}{h^3}p^2\...
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Density of states (DOS) integral when surface is not closed

According to the density of states (DOS) formula $$\rho(\varepsilon)\propto \int_{\varepsilon=\text{const}}\frac{dS}{|\nabla_k \varepsilon_k|}.$$ Since there is an integral on the constant energy ...
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DOS of Van Hove singularity in 2D square lattice tight binding model

For the simplest example, 2D square lattice tight binding model gives the energy band as $$\varepsilon_k=-2t(\cos k_x+\cos k_y) \, .$$ We know that $\mathbf{k}=(0,\pi)$ and related momentum points are ...
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How to prove that sum converges to integral using density of states?

Essentially, I would like to prove $$ \sum_k f(k) \to \int f(k) \rho dE \tag{1}$$ where $$ \rho = \frac{dk}{dE} \tag{2}$$ is the density of states and $k \to \infty$. The model is that there is a ...
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Density of phonon states from dispersion relation

I have a dispersion relation $$ \omega( \textbf{q} ) = \omega_0 \sqrt{ \sum_{j=1}^{D} \sin^2{\frac{q_ja}{2}}. } $$ Where D is the dimension D=1,2,3. And my excersise is to calculate (numericaly on a ...
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How to calculate density of states for different gas models?

There are a couple examples I'm trying to understand, all in a box/square of length $L$: For an ideal gas in 2-D with $\varepsilon=\frac{\hbar^2k^2}{2m}$:$$ D(\varepsilon)=\frac{L^2m}{2\pi\hbar}\,.$$ ...
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What does it mean to divide by the degeneracy of the state in this textbook excerpt?

This section of Griffiths Introduction to Quantum Mechanics deals with Boltzmann, Fermi-Dirac, and Bose-Einstein distributions. I don't understand this line (highlighted in yellow): Let's talk only ...
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Photon density of states: Polarization/Helicity degree of freedom?

Sakurai's "Advanced Quantum Mechanics" states in Eq. (2.116) that the density of states of a single photon with $\vec k$ vector pointing into the solid angle $d\Omega$ is given by \begin{equation} \...
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Why phonon density of state depends on velocity autocorrelation?

We know that if we take the Fourier Transformation of velocity autocorrelation function, we will get the phonon density of state. But why phonon density of state depends on this? What is the physical ...
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Getting the density of states for photons

I know that the density of states $g(\epsilon)d\epsilon$ is the number of states in the energy range $[\epsilon, \epsilon + d\epsilon]$. I considered a system of non-interacting free photons in 3 ...
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Relation between band structure, dispersion, density of states, and the Fermi energy and Fermi level

Despite the long title, this question is mostly qualitative (although I am interested in quantitative results if possible). Say you have an electronic band structure (energy as a function of "k") for ...
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How does phonon scattering change the distribution function?

For a one-dimensional structure, we know that the modified distribution function has the following energy dependency in equilibrium: \begin{equation} Z(\varepsilon)\,f(\varepsilon) = \dfrac{N_\text{1D}...
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1D density of states help

I am given a 1D band whose energy is $$E(k)=E_0-t\cos(ak)$$ Then I have to compute the DOS relative to that band. Here is my calculation: $$g(E)=\dfrac{1}{L}\dfrac{dN}{dk}\dfrac{dk}{dE}$$ where $\...
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When can we say $x$ and $p$ are “independent variable”, in order to find the Vlasov equation?

I have a question about "independent variable" in physics, and especially variable in Lagrangian or Density Function. I read several questions about it in this forum and although I have the feeling I ...
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Liouville's Theorem For Spacetime

Liouville's theorem states that the density of phase space governs the continuity equation. $$\frac{\partial\rho}{\partial t}+\sum_{i=1}^n\Big(\frac{\partial(\rho\dot{q_i})}{\partial q_i}+\frac{\...
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The formula for the average number of fermions $\langle N \rangle$

In the context of Fermi gases (or fluids in general), one would typically in the grand-canonical formalism use the formula $\langle N \rangle = -\frac{\partial \psi}{\partial \mu}$, where $\psi$ is ...
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Effective mass for density of states calculation and for conductivity calculation

In silicon, for the effective mass for density of states calculation, electron mass (1.08) is more than hole mass (0.81). Whereas, the effective mass for conductivity calculation, hole mass (0.386) is ...
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Passing from a discrete summation to a continous integal

I'm having trouble understanding the math behind a step in an explanation of BCS theory. At one point the superconductor gap $\Delta$ is defined as \begin{equation} 1 = V \sum_q \frac{1}{\xi_q^2+\...
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Density of States for a separable hamiltonian

There are $N$ non interacting electrons in a potential well: \begin{align} H&= -{1 \over 2 } \nabla^2 + U(x,y,z) \\ U(x,y,z)&={1\over2}\omega^2z^2 \; \mbox{for} \; (x,y) \in [0,L]\times [0,L]; ...
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Autocorrelation function corresponding to density of states with significant rotational motion

Most statistical physics textbooks (at least the ones I've found) state simply that the density of states of a system can be found as the temporal Fourier transform of the velocity autocorrelation ...
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3D Density of states

I have the following dispersion relation: $$\epsilon(\vec{k})=\frac{\hbar}{2}\left(\frac{k_x^2}{m_1}+\frac{k_y^2}{m_2}-\frac{k_z^2}{m_3}\right)$$ (note the minus sign in the third term). And I am ...
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How to understand Density of States with dispersion relation

I am having trouble understanding the Density of states concept. As I currently understand it, for the density of states $g(k)$ it is the number of microstates with wave number in the range $[k,k+\...
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Why do the high frequency waves have the most number of modes?

While reading the Wikipedia page of Ultraviolet Catastrophe, I came across how Rayleigh and Jeans applied the equipartition theorem. They told that each mode must have same energy. Now as the number ...
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What is the physical origin of van Hove singularity?

I am trying to build physical intuition about van Hove singularities. The density of states for a system with energy dispersion $E_\mathbf{k}$ is defined as $$ D(E) = \int_{S(E)} \frac{dS}{4\pi^3} \...
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Direct definition of density of states

I've been studying statistical mechanics and in the book there's something the author calls density of states which he introduced in a kind of indirect way. Basically, the author argues that if we ...
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Density of states for arbitrary dispersion relation

If I have a 3D dispersion relation $E=E(k_x, k_y, k_z)$ I have an equation for the density of states, which is $D(E)=\frac{1}{\nabla_k E}\int\frac{dS}{(2\pi)^3}$ 1) I am confused about the ...
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Density of States vs Dispersion

I have a rather naive question regarding DOS and dispersion. We showed the existence of a band gap in class for a small, periodic perturbation in class last week. When drawing this, the professor ...
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Derivation of density of states (free electrons)

I am reading Condensed matter physics from M.Marder. This is the derivation for the density of states for free electrons. $\begin{aligned} D(\mathcal{E}) &=\int[d \vec{k}] \delta\left(\mathcal{E}...
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Density of states of 3D harmonic oscillator

Consider the following passage, via this image: 5.3.1 Density of states Almost all of the spin-polarized fermionic atoms that have been cooled to ultralow temperatures have been trapped by ...
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Are there two kinds of boundary conditions for Density of States of electron in 1D/2D/3D bulk?

when I'm going through the online Density of States(DOS) deriving courses, I find that there seem to be 2 set of boundary condition which will lead to the same result. Note: K is the one in p=(h/2π)K ...
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Density of states for free particle [closed]

I am asked to find the density of states for a free particle as a function of $|p|$, $\Delta|p|$ and $\Delta V$. I also have the expression for the number of states $\Delta\Omega(p) = g(p)\Delta p = \...
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The fermi gas model of a nucleus

In my nuclear physics lecture we learned about the "fermi gas modell" of a nucleus with which I have some problems. First the potential for the nucleons is shown in the picture below and it makes ...
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Partition function for continuous energy

The partition function has usually two definitions: the first is for discrete microstates with energies $E_i$. In this case it is defined as $$Z = \sum_{i} e^{-\beta E_i},$$ where $i$ ranges over ...
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Density of States in NOT Free Electron Gas

I think that I understand how the density of states works for a free electron gas. It is effectively just a conversion factor between summing over values of k and integrating over values of E. If you ...
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What is the definition of 'relative population' in context of partition function?

In statistical mechanics, what is the definition (or mathematical definition) when authors refer to relative population in the case of a classical particle system?
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Summing over quantum states

For a system of $N$ identical particles we deal in quantum mechanics with wave functions $\langle \{\mathbf{r}_i \} \mid \Psi \rangle=\Psi(\mathbf{r}_1,\dots,\mathbf{r}_N)$ from which determine the ...
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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 \frac{...
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Density of states LL in graphene [closed]

I am using the Kernel Polynomial Method to determine the spectral density of a 2DEG system that has been sujected to a perpendicular magnetic field B. I wish to determine (a) What the amplitudes of ...
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Distribution of photons emitted by atoms

I am currently revising quantum gases, and a small but confusing thought experiment has been bugging me for a while. I understand the bookwork stuff on photons and how a photon gas in a blackbody ...
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Density of states for a tight binding model

So we have been given a dispersion relation of the form: $$ E=6-2(\cos k_xa+\cos k_ya) $$ and asked to calculate the density of states. The equation for the density of states is (eq 2.48 from here ...
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Density of States and Quantum Jumps

The specific question that I'm working on is "If I have a particle in the bound state of a 1-D delta function potential at $t = - \infty$, and I apply a harmonic perturbation $V(x,t) = V_0xcos(\omega ...