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I How to use the momentum matrix of the reduced k-points

  1. Apr 12, 2017 #1
    I have a set of k-points, e.g. k1,k2,k3,k4. and they are equivalent by symmetry.

    Now I have calculated the momentum matrix element <i|p|j> at k1 point ONLY,

    and then calculate the optical properties which, for example, depend on <i|p|j><j|p|i>

    I have to make a summation on four k-points (k1,k2,k3,k4) for dk integration.

    So, how to make this summation only on the basis of <i|p|j> of k1 point?

    Can I simply do by multiplying <i|p|j> by the weight of k1 point? because these four k-points are equivalent.

    If not, could you give me some references?

    Any help will be appreciated.

    Youzhao Lan
    Last edited: Apr 12, 2017
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  3. Apr 13, 2017 #2


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    I am no specialist on this, but I think that the p and |i> span a representation of the point group which is also responsible for the equivalence of the k points. So you have to find the irreducible representations spanned by p and |i> and find those combinations of irreducible representations formed from <j|, p and |i> that the total matrix element <j|p|i> is totally symmetric.
  4. Apr 13, 2017 #3
    Dr.Du, thanks for your help.

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