3-10 August 2016
Chicago IL USA
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The Dirac Equation in Low Energy Condensed Matter Physics (15' + 5')

6 Aug 2016, 09:40
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Sheraton Grand Chicago 301 East Water Street Chicago IL 60611 USA
Oral Presentation Formal Theory Developments Formal Theory Developments


John Swain (Northeastern University (US))


Electrons in low energy condensed matter physics are typically treated using the non relativistic Schrodinger or Pauli equations, with relativistic effects included, if at all, via corrections of order v/c. We show that using the full Dirac equation with 4-component spinors leads to a number of important qualitative effects and, perhaps surprisingly, some striking simplifications over the conventional lower energy treatments, even for nuclei with Z>2.

Primary author

John Swain (Northeastern University (US))


Prof. Allan Widom (Northeastern University) Prof. Yogendra Srivastava (Northeastern University)

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