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Emergent symmetries

As we know, spontaneous symmetry breaking(SSB) is a very important concept in physics. Loosely speaking, zero temprature SSB says that the Hamiltonian of a quantum system has some symmetry, but the ...
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Macroscopic laws which haven't been derived from microscopic laws

Can you think of examples where a macroscopic law coexists with a fully known microscopic law, but the former hasn't been derived from the latter (yet)? Or maybe a rule of thumb, which works but hasn'...
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How to understand the emergent special relativity in the superfluid?

The superfluid vacuum theory was proposed to understand some features of the vacuum (aether) from the emergence point of view. Although made up of non-relativistic atoms, the low-energy excitations of ...
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Can renormalization group evolution be used to capture emergence?

I am posing this question with condensed matter systems in mind. Is it, in principle, possible to obtain emergence using the renormalization group (RG)? I read in X.-G. Wen's book (Quantum Field ...
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How to determine if an emergent gauge theory is deconfined or not?

2+1D lattice gauge theory can emerge in a spin system through fractionalization. Usually if the gauge structure is broken down to $\mathbb{Z}_N$, it is believed that the fractionalized spinons are ...
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Can anyons emerge from momentum-space other than spatial dimensions?

So far in condensed matter physics, I only know anyons(abelian or nonabelian) can emerge as quasiparticles in 2D real-space. But is there any possibility to construct anyons in momentum-space ? And ...
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Is the “particle number” of “electrons” well defined in Wen's string-net theory of elementary particles?

According to professor Wen's string-net theory, electrons can be viewed as the elementary excitations of string-net objects. Just like the phonons and magnons are the elementary excitations of ...
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``What is life?'' by a physicist definition [closed]

The question is about defining ``What is life?'' in the field of Physics. Whether there is any (insightful) way of defining ``What is life?'' from physicists. There are pioneer works, including ...
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Is entropy in quantum mechanics emergent or fundamental?

Since a quantum mechanical system, even an isolated system containing one particle, can be described by a density matrix, with entropy for the system given by $\langle S\rangle=-k \rho\ln(\rho)$, is ...
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A simple model that exhibits emergent symmetry?

In a previous question Emergent symmetries I asked, Prof.LuboŇ° Motl said that emergent symmetries are never exact. But I wonder whether the following example is an counterexample that has exact ...
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Fractionalization and the structure of spin rotation group?

As we know, the phenomena of fractionalizations in condensed matter physics is fantastic, like fractional spin, fractional charge , fractional statistics, .... And one key point is that the ...
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c “Propagation” in Weber Electrodynamics [closed]

The telegraph model of Weber-Gauss, relying on Weber's electrodynamics, modeled instantaneous action at a distance of the electric scalar potential (Coulomb potential) manifesting as propagation of ...
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Can a nondegenerate fermionic topological Mott insulator (TMI) state support an emergent bosonic topological order?

Based on my recent study and motivated by a recent paper, I have a naive question. Consider a 2d Hubbard model for electrons at half filling $H=\sum c_k^\dagger h_k c_k+U\sum n_{i\uparrow }n_{i\...
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What is the minimal symmetry required for a spin Hamiltonian to describe a spin-liquid ground state?

Let's restrict to the case of spin-1/2 system. As we know, a spin-liquid (SL) state is the ground state of a lattice spin Hamiltonian with no spontaneous broken symmetries (sometime it may ...
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What are the preferred subsystems of the universe? [closed]

I am not a physicist but I am interested in philosophical implications of theoretical physics. My understanding is that many physical properties like mass, volume, temperature etc. - are emergent ...
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Why does a dynamical gauge field accompany fractionalisation?

I'm trying to understand fractionalisation, of which spin-charge separation is an example. I've read that this is accomplished by introducing a Lagrange multiplier field, which becomes a dynamical ...
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“Conceptualizing” neutrinos

Layman here. EE and BS physics. I am "content" in viewing photons/electromagnetic radiation as an "emergent" property of spacetime? due to the electrons ("particles..?") and all their activity jumping ...
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Understanding emergent phenomena in the block universe. (Reworded question)

Each person exists as an unchanging 4D worldtube in the block universe. At each slice of the worldtube there is a present, past and future. However, there is a black box* which appears to exist in ...
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emergent phenomena from microscopic equations of motion

Is an emergent phenomenon like "superfluidity" or "quantum Hall effect" derivable from microscopic equations of motion? If No, why?
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How strong could a carbon nanotube be?

I was thinking about the limits of flywheel energy storage and wondered about carbon nanotubes. The amount of energy that can be stored per unit mass in a flywheel depends not on tensile strength but ...