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Where/when did the fields of Operations Research and Spin Physics or Molecular Dynamics begin to cross-pollinate?

Operations Research is a field of mathematics in which optimal or near-optimal solutions are sought for complicated problems. In the modeling of materials, we often optimize Ising models, in which the ...
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First principles calculations beyond s-wave BCS superconductors

Conventional superconductors are often modelled using Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer (BCS) theory with an s-wave order parameter, but not all superconductors describable with BCS theory have an s-wave ...
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Wavefunction magnitudes being degenerate everywhere on parameter space even though energy degeneracies occur at isolated points?

Cross-posted here. Consider the usual simple 2-level gapless graphene Hamiltonian in momentum-space where the energy dispersion is degenerate/gapless at a Dirac point: \begin{equation}\tag{1} {\small ...
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How does infinite DMRG work?

iDMRG or infinite-size density matrix renormalization group, is a common technique in condensed matter. It seems that usually people believe that it reliably captures infinite-size behavior. I have ...
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What are some types of topologically-relevant band degeneracies in contemporary 2D condensed matter research?

Cross-posted on Physics.SE. In the study of 2D condensed matter systems, I have seen several kinds of band degeneracies. I call 'bands' the eigenvalues to the time-independent Schrodinger equation, ...
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Example of a standard/archetypal/simple 4-band gapped condensed matter model with analytic results?

I am looking to study Berry phase-like phenomena in a gapped 4-band material model. In particular, I want to numerically and analytically calculate the Abelian Berry curvature integral of each band ...
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Structural biology vs condensed matter prediction

I have two main modeling research lines: one related to structural biology (including rational drug design, de novo design, polymorphism, etc.) and the other one related to condensed matter (...
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The quantum spin Hall phase with Z2 = 0?

I used first principle calculations to study the thin film model. An obvious crossing was shown to appear at the gamma point when the edge state was calculated, which was originally predicted to be ...
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How to fix gauge in Quantum ESPRESSO?

I am trying to use Quantum ESPRESSO to manually calculate the Berry phase using the Berry connection, due to evolution along a closed loop in k-space. I want to do this manually instead of using ...
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Constructing the symmetry operator from k.p Hamiltonian

I have a question regarding to how to construct an operator from k.p Hamiltonian. Maybe there are some problems in my understanding, I hope you can point me out and correct my description if I made ...
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Example of 2D k-space models allowing interband transitions after a closed-loop trajectory?

I have been mainly exposed to 2D momentum-space condensed matter models in the context of Berry-related topology. I now want to study models where, if I take a closed loop in momentum space, I will ...
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Why does numerical computation of Berry curvature give me a correct Berry phase when it is supposed to diverge?

I implemented the standard numerical algorithm for calculating the Berry curvature in MATLAB. For a given 2D system, I can visualize the Berry curvature over parameter space. If I sum the Berry ...
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Z2 topological index: Is this unconventional formula summed over just filled bands, or all bands?

The $\mathbb{Z}_2$ topological index is usually defined in terms of the Pfaffian of the overlap matrix, as defined by eq. 4 of Kane and Mele's paper: $$ P(k)=\text{Pf}[\langle u_i(k) | \Theta | u_j(k) ...