## Archive of posts with tag “condensed matter physics”

### The smallest wave packet in the lowest Landau level

The smallest wave packet in the lowest Landau level exists, and is a Gaussian wave packet. This turns out to be related to the coherent state of the harmonic oscillator.

- Categories: physics
- Tags: quantum mechanics, condensed matter physics

### Rotational symmetry of plane lattices as a simple example of algebraic number theory

For a plane lattice, there is only a finite number of different rotational symmetries that are compatible with the discrete translational symmetry. For example, the 5-fold rotational symmetry is not one of them. Why is that? It turns out that whether an $m$-fold symmetry is compatible with translational symmetry is the same as whether $\varphi(m)\le2$.

- Categories: math
- Tags: complex, condensed matter physics, algebraic number theory, lattice, mathematical physics