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Why is the Mixed Faraday Tensor a matrix in the algebra so(1,3)?

The mixed Faraday tensor $F^\mu{}_\nu$ explicitly in natural units is: ...
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Role of special unitary groups in string theory [closed]

I have chosen string theory as an elective subject for my masters.Today, I attended my very first lecture on string theory. My professor mentioned special unitary groups $SU(2)$ and $SU(3)$ many ...
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Dilations in momentum space

I don't quite understand what's going on here. Let's suppose I have a dilation in real space. The generator is $D=x^j \partial_j$, so an infinitesimal dilation is $\delta x^i = Dx^i = x^j \partial_j ...
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What does complexification mean for our particles in physics

As gauge group let's consider the popular $SO(10)$ group. The fundamental representation $\pi$ of the corresponding Lie algebra $\mathfrak{so}(10)$ is $10$ dimensional $$ \pi: \mathfrak{so}(10) ...
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Highest symmetric non-maximally symmetric spacetime

What is the highest number of symmetries (Killing vectors) that a (4-dimensional) spacetime can have without being maximally symmetric? From what I can see, it seems to be 7 (which includes the ...
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Derivation of the Lorentz algebra explicity [closed]

I need the complete proof for commutation relation of the Lorentz group generators. The proof of Lorentz algebra using this commutation relation.
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Permutation symmetry - a continuous symmetry?

From quantum mechanics it is known that permutation between identical particles does not change the Hamiltonian. Assuming that the quantum system consists of a very high number of particles such that ...
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Regarding different representations of the Lorentz Group & its defining properties

Take $\Lambda$ to be a Lorentz matrix, it satisfying $\Lambda^T \eta \Lambda=\eta$. By writing $\Lambda=\exp[-\frac{i}{2}\omega_{\mu\nu}\mathcal J^{\mu\nu}]$, we find that the generators satisfy $$ ...
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How to show that unit quaternions are isomorphic to $ O(2;\mathbb{Z})$ [migrated]

Please help to solve Exercise 2 from Chapter 3 of Gilmore, "Lie Groups, Physics, and Geometry" which states: "Show that the unit quaternions I, J, K generate a group of order 8 under multiplication. ...
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trace of spherical components of an angular momentum multiplet

My basic mathematical question is whether or not there exist selection rules regarding the traces of the spherical tensor components of some operator acting on some subspace of definite total angular ...
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Quadratic Casimir Operator of $SO(5)$ [closed]

In the article A Four Dimensional Generalization of the Quantum Hall Effect, arXiv:cond-mat/0110572, by Zhang and Hu Quadratic Casimir operator for $SO(5)$ is given as $$p^2/2+q^2/2+2p+q .$$ When ...
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Given a VEV how can I compute which generators remain unbroken using tensor methods?

This is a follow up to this question. A generator $T_a$ of a given gauge group $G$ remains unbroken after some Higgs field $\Phi$ gets a vev if $$ T_a \langle\Phi\rangle =0 $$ I'm trying to ...
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Why is the tensor product $n \otimes n = 1$ for $SO(n)$ not the usual scalar product?

For concreteness let's consider $SO(4)$. The quantum numbers for the four states in the fundamental representations are (schematically) $$ (1, 1) ,(-1, 1) ,(1, -1) ,(-1, -1 )$$ thus $$ 4= ...
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What do people mean with a vev=diag( -2,-2,-2,-2,-2,-2,3,3,3,3)?

For example, in this paper on page 21 the authors write the vev that breaks $SO(10)$ to $SU(4)\times SU(2) \times SU(2)$ $$ <54>= 1/5 \cdot diag( -2,-2,-2,-2,-2,-2,3,3,3,3) \omega_s$$ where ...
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Rotation matrix of Euler's equations of rotation relative to inertial reference frame

I was playing with simulation of Euler's equations of rotation in MATLAB, $$ I_1\dot{\omega}_1 + (I_3 - I_2)\omega_2\omega_3 = M_1, $$ $$ I_2\dot{\omega}_2 + (I_1 - I_3)\omega_3\omega_1 = M_2, $$ ...
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Explicit Matrix Representation for 54 Higgs rerpesentation for $SO(10)\rightarrow$ Pati-Salam Breaking

Which Higgs field or linear combination of Higgs fields gets a vev if we want to break $$ SO(10) \rightarrow SU(4) \times SU(2) \times SU(2) ? $$ Formulated a bit differently, I'm looking for an ...
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Are the mass matrices the same if Higgs corresponding to different Cartan generators get a vev?

I'm trying to understand what happens when a Higgs field in the adjoint representation of a given gauge group gets a vacuum expecation value (vev). Normally, the fermions do not couple to adjoint ...
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Notation in crystallography

I'm trying to comprehend the proof that for a crystal with translational symmetry only 1,2,3,4 or 6 rotational axes exist. The proof I'm trying to follow however uses a weird notation I haven't seen ...
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How to find the remaining subgroup after some linear combination of Higgs fields gets a VEV?

This is a follow-up question to this question. How can I compute which generators remain unbroken when a linear combination of Higgs fields $a \Phi_1+ b\Phi_2$ get a vev? If I compute the unbroken ...
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How unique are the quantum numbers we commonly use?

We use the eigenvalues of the Cartan generators (=diagonal generators) of a given gauge group as quantum numbers in physics. Are these numbers somehow fixed and if not, what transformations are ...
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What is the definition of the duality group $E_{7(7)}$?

What is the definition of the duality group $E_{7(7)}$ that appears in ${\cal N}=8$ Supergravity and what are the basics properties? Moreover what is the relation with the Lie Algebra $E_7$? ...
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How can I compute the orbit of a Higgs field?

In many papers that deal with symmetry breaking a concept called orbit is introduced: It is worth noting that if the potential is a minimum $\phi_0$ at a value of the field, then from (3.13) it is ...
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QCD Color Structure relation [closed]

i want to proof the following relation : \begin{equation} t^a t^b \otimes t^a t^b = \frac{2}{N_C} \delta^{ab} \mathbb{1} \otimes \mathbb{1} - \frac{1}{N_C} t^a \otimes t^a \end{equation} Right now I ...
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Why are band maxima / minima often (always?) at high-symmetry points?

(inspired by this question.) In every semiconductor that I can think of, the valence band maximum and conduction band minimum are at a high-symmetry point in the Brillouin Zone (BZ). Often the BZ ...
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Symmetry breaking to a special subalgebra?

This is a follow-up to my question here. For regular subalgebras of some group's Lie algebra the root system of the subalgebra is a subset of the root system of the original's group algebra. In ...
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Resource for (String) Symmetry Breaking in Terms of Roots and Weights?

I'm currently searching, for quite a while now, for a paper/book that discusses symmetry breaking in terms of roots and weights. Any suggestions would be much appreciated!
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Role of SU(2) group in isospin and in the weak interaction

I know that the SU(2) group describes internal symmetries such as isospin and the weak interaction. But isospin and weak interactions are quite different, so more precise what is the role of SU(2) in ...
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How to find the remaining subgroup after some Higgs field gets a VEV?

Say we have a group $G$ and a set of Higgs fields in a representation $R$ of $G$. One of the Higgs fields in $R$ gets a VEV, how can I determine the remaining subgroup after this symmetry breaking? ...
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Why are bare mass terms for W-bosons forbidden, but coupling terms to Higgs doublets allowed?

The $W$ bosons live in the adjoint rep of $SU(2)$, which is three dimensional. The standard model Higgs lives in a $SU(2)$ doublet, i.e. the two dimensional rep. The $W$ bosons get their mass ...
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Rest Mass and Wigner's Classification

I believe (but please correct me if I'm wrong) that I understand the basic philosophy and most of the mathematics involved in Wigner's classification of particles via group representations. But I'm ...
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Why does Wikipedia equate hidden symmetry with broken symmetry for the standard model?

I have recently started studying the basic ideas of symmetry and group representation in order to understand the basic principles behind the standard model. I do follow the difference between a global ...
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Composition of groups

Let's say we have a system of interacting particles that can divided into two populations. The symmetry group of each population is $G$, and the two populations are identical, so that I can exchange ...
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Conserved charge for boosts? [duplicate]

In (3+1) dimension Poincare group has three types of Symmetries : a) Four space-time translations b) Three spatial rotations and c) Three boosts Among them, (a) implies "conservation of ...
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Invariant linearly independent scalar potential construction for product groups

Lets say one has a gauge group for example SU(n) or SO(n) and has a scalar field which belongs to a certain representation (m-ranked tensor). If one wants to write down the invariant potential for the ...
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Does reversal of one spatial direction count as a discrete Lorentz transformation?

A transformation $\Lambda$ is a Lorentz transformation if it satisfies $\Lambda^T g \Lambda = g$, for the flat metric $g = \left( \begin{array}{cccc} 1 &&& \\ & -1 &&& \\ ...
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Representation of U(1) on fock space

I am currently reading up on the use of group theory in physics using Peter Woit's book draft (available on his homepage). I do understand the mathematical concepts but have a bit of a problem making ...
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Monstrous Moonshine outside of String Theory

My question concerns applications of monstrous moonshine, which is the connection between the $j$-function and the monster group. Recently, physicists have applied it to string theory and, ultimately, ...
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Supermultiplet dimensions from Young Tableaus

In John Terning's book, on pages 14 and 15, there are lists of $\mathcal{N} = 2$ and $\mathcal{N} = 4$ supermultiplets, labeled in terms of the dimensions of the corresponding R-symmetry $d_R$ and ...
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$SO(3)$ vs 3-Torus ${(S_1)}^3$

From rigid body rotations point of view, why are $SO(3)$ and 3-Torus not the same. Every rigid rotation is rotation about three axes. So how come $SO(3)$ is not ${(S_1)}^3$? It seems it should be. Is ...
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symmetry group of multi-electron atom

Neglecting spin effects, the energy levels of multi-electron atoms are characterized by states of definite total orbital ($L^2$) and spin angular momentum ($S^2$). From this it seems that the ...
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How to find the generators of a deformed boost?

I'm reading the paper arXiv:gr-qc/0012051 on doubly special relativity. In page 7, the author wants to find the generators of a deformed boost that preserves $$E^2 = p^2 + m^2 - l_p p^2 E$$ ($l_p$ is ...
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Why do decompositons like $16 \otimes 16 = 10 \oplus 120 \oplus 126$ tell us which Higgs representations we can use?

EDIT: I found an answer, which I do not understand: In Gürsey - Symmetry breaking patterns in E6 he writes: " Because of Fermi-Dirac statistics of fermions they must occur in the symmetric part of ...
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Classical spin viewed as $SU(2)$

In which sense is the configuration variable of a classical spin $SU(2)$? I can view a classical spin as a unit vector in $\mathbb{S}^2$ (2-dim. sphere), but it seems it is really given by a matrix ...
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Are mass terms forbidden in the Lagrangian because of parity violation or because fermions live in a complex representation?

Normally one argues that we can't write down Lorentz AND gauge invariant mass terms, because of parity violation, i.e. l-chiral and r-chiral fields transform differently. This means that mass terms ...
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Is Witten's claim that gauge group representations get exchanged with its dual under parity correct?

I'm currently reading Physics and Geometry by Witten, which I really liked up to the point where he claimed that we exchange representations $R$ and $\tilde R$ under parity transformations, where $R$ ...
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Uniqueness of expression of a Lie group element

Just take the SU(2) group as an example. The three generators are $J_z$, $J_+$, and $J_-$. For an element $ g $, sometimes we want to express it as $$ g = e^{i a J_+} e^{i b J_z} e^{i c J_-} . $$ ...
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Why $SU(3)$ has eight generators?

The generators of $SU(3)$ group are Gell-Mann matrices and one can construct these generators from Pauli spin matrices, basically expanding in 3d and rotating about each axis. Take $\sigma_3$, assume ...
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$su(1,1) \cong su(2)$?

The three generators of $su(2)$ satisfy the commutation relations $$ [J_0 , J_\pm] = J_\pm , \quad [J_+, J_- ] = +2J_0 .$$ The three generators of $su(1,1)$ satisfy the commutation relations $$ ...
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How to construct generators and Lie Algebra for Lorentz group?

I'm trying to figure out Lorentz group in 2+1. First of all, I'd like to think the special orthgonal group as a combination of rotation and boost in space. Then I construct it as below. First rotation ...
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Which representation do we start with in Grand Unified Theories?

The conventional approach in GUTs is to put all left-chiral fields $F_L$ of the standard model into one representation of the GUT group. For example, the 16 rep for $SO(10)$ GUT: $$ 16_L \rightarrow ...