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Could the Periodic Table have been done using group theory?

These three questions are phrased as alternative-history questions, but my real intent is to understand better how well different modeling approaches fit the phenomena they are used to describe; see 1 ...
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Is the Standard Model an invariant subgroup of $SU(5)$?

It is well known that the Standard Model (SM) gauge group is a subgroup of $SU(5)$: \begin{equation} SU(3) \times SU(2)\times U(1) ~\subset~SU(5) \end{equation} This can be easily checked using the ...
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How to understand non-associative composition of velocities in STR?

In STR the composition of non parallel movements is in general non-associative. The formula is $\displaystyle\bar{u}\oplus\bar{v}= \frac{\bar{u}+\bar{v}_{\|}+\bar{v}_\bot/\gamma}{1+\bar u\cdot\bar ...
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What is (meant by) a non-compact $U(1)$ Lie group?

In John Preskill's review of monopoles he states Nowadays, we have another way of understanding why electric charge is quantized. Charge is quantized if the electromagnetic U(l)em gauge group ...
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How to construct an isomorphism between the Complexified Special Linear Lie Group and the Special Unitary Group?

This may be an unenlightening question, but I'm just not sure about the result and hoping someone can help me varify it. $\\$ This question is related to these three questions. $\\$ I want to ...
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Where do $L_+$ and $L_-$ live, if not in $\mathfrak{so(3)}$?

This question is continuation to the previous post. The lie algebra of $ \mathfrak{so(3)} $ is real Lie-algebra and hence, $ L_{\pm} = L_1 \pm i L_2 $ don't belong to $ \mathfrak{so(3)} $. However, ...
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Coordinate system for crystallographic groups

In the International Tables for Crystallography for each crystallographic group an asymmetric unit is supplied (mathematicians call this a fundamental domain of the group). This region is a bounded ...
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Difference between the 1/2 representation of $SU(2)$ and the (1/2,1) representation of $SU(2)\times SU(2)$? [on hold]

What's the difference between the $j = 1/2$ representation of $SU(2)$ and the $(j,j') = ( 1/2 , 1 )$ representation of $SU(2)\times SU(2)$?
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Lie algebra in simple terms [on hold]

My question is regarding a vector space and Lie algebra. Why is it that whenever I read advanced physics texts I always hear about Lie algebra? What does it mean to "endow a vector space with a lie ...
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How to relate $SU(2)_1$ with $SU(2)_3$ [closed]

We know that $SU(2)_2 \times SU(2)_1=SU(2)_2\times \mathbb{Z}_2$, so what is a similar relationship for $SU(2)_1$ and $SU(2)_3$, or maybe someone can suggest a more general relationship?
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Does the $\bf{1+3}$ representation of $SU(2)$ also represent $SU(2)\times SU(2)$?

I'm a bit confused about this following issue concerning representations of $SU(2)$. Denote by 1 the 1-dimensional representation of the group $SU(2)$ (=the spin 0). Similarly, denote by 2 and 3 the ...
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Why does adjoint representation matter in some field theories?

Recently I am reading a paper about monopoles. In several cases, it seems that writing fields in adjoint representation of the gauge group makes a difference. Once it leads to different group after ...
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kronecker product of representations on SU(2) group [closed]

We know that if we have two irreducible representations, their product is in general reducible : $$T^{\mu}\otimes T^{\nu}(g)=\oplus \sum_{\lambda}c_{\lambda}T^{\lambda} (g)$$ where $c_{\lambda}$ is ...
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Seeking a quality plain-language description of the Wigner-Eckart theorem

I'm a third year physics undergrad with a very cursory knowledge of quantum mechanics and the formalism involved. For instance, I understand roughly how tensors work and what it means for a tensor to ...
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Dirac spinors under Parity transformation or what do the Weyl spinors in a Dirac spinor really stand for?

My problem is understanding the transformation behaviour of a Dirac spinor (in the Weyl basis) under parity transformations. The standard textbook answer is $$\Psi^P = \gamma_0 \Psi = ...
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Free groups and their appierance/emergence/applications in physics

While trying to master my knowledge on group theory in physics from more formal point of view, i noticed an entity called free group ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_group ). I'm aware that it is ...
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Can we use combined symmetry to simplify the calculation of algebraic PSGs?

In classifying mean-field spin liquids under projective construction, the algebraic projective symmetry group (PSG) approach focus on the mathematical construction of the possible extensions of the ...
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How to get result $3 \otimes 3 = 6 \oplus \bar{3}$ for $SU(3)$ irreducible representations?

Let's have $SU(3)$ irreducible representations $3, \bar{3}$. How to get result that $$ 3\otimes 3 =6 \oplus \bar{3}~? $$ I'm interested in $\bar{3}$ part. It's clear that for $3 \otimes 3$ we can use ...
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Unification of the electroweak theory

Can the electroweak theory be described by the spontaneous symmetry breaking of $SU(3)$ to $SU(2)\times U(1)$?
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How to obtain all the irreducible representation of permutation group $S_3$ from Young tableau [migrated]

I need your help. How to obtain all the irreducible representation of permutation group $S_3$ by Young tableau? Any reference will be OK.
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Group theoretic way to find charges after SSB

I was wondering what is the group theoretic way to find the resulting charges of matter fields after a scalar field is given a vev. In the case of the EW symmetry breaking, one can directly read the ...
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Solution space of a differential equation with 3D rotational symmetry

We know that the space of solutions will be invariant under 3D rotations, but why can we say that the space of solutions will constitute a representation of the rotation group $SO(3)$? We know that a ...
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Is there a 1-1 correspondence between symmetry and group theory?

The professor in my class of mathematical physics introduces the definition of groups and said that group theory is the mathematics of symmetry. He gave also some examples of groups such as the set ...
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Is the spin 1/2 rotation matrix taken to be counterclockwise?

The spin 1/2 rotation matrix around the $z$-axis I worked out to be $$ e^{i\theta S_z}=\begin{pmatrix} \exp\frac{i\theta}{2}&0\\ 0&\exp\frac{-i\theta}{2}\\ \end{pmatrix} $$ Is this taken to ...
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How to break a irreducible representation into its subgroups

In Grand Unified Theories (though I'm sure this a general group theory result) people write the irreducible representations of a group (i.e., the gauge bosons) using a sum of irreducible ...
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Introduction to Physical Content from Adjoint Representations

In particle Physics it's usual to write the physical content of a Theory in adjoint representations of the Gauge group. For example: $24\rightarrow (8,1)_0\oplus (1,3)_0\oplus (1,1)_0\oplus ...
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SU(2) subgroups of SU(4)? [migrated]

The Wikipedia article on Gell-Mann matrices states that there are 3 independent SU(2) subgroups of SU(3). One of them, for example, is given by the generators $\{ \lambda_1, \lambda_2, \lambda_3 \}$, ...
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Dirac group representation

I am currently taking a representation theory class (from a physicist), and I am very confused about the Dirac groups' irreducible representations. First of all, all the Dirac matrices in the ...
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Is time reversal operator not a representation of Lorentz group?

I'm puzzled why every book says that time reversal operator is a representation of full Lorentz group. Because of physical consideration, time reversal is an antilinear operator. While the definition ...
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Is General Relativity based on a Symmetry?

In short: Is there any kind of symmetry one can start with to derive general relativity (GR)? Longer: Einstein had the opinion that GR was the generalisation of special relativity, because instead of ...
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Symmetries of AdS$_3$, $SO(2,2)$ and $SL(2,\mathbb{R})\times SL(2,\mathbb{R})$

Basically, I want to know how one can see the $SL(2,\mathbb{R})\times SL(2,\mathbb{R})$ symmetry of AdS$_3$ explicitly. AdS$_3$ can be defined as hyperboloid in $\mathbb{R}^{2,2}$ as $$ ...
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Measure of interaction of two quarks and Casimir operators

Let's have two quarks, which refers to representations of $r_{1}$ and $r_{2}$ of color symmetry group. They create bounded state which refers to the representation $r$. There is a statement that ...
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What is the four-dimensional representation of the $SU(2)$ generators?

Recently, I have been learning about non-Abelian gauge field theory by myself. Thanks @ACuriousMind very much, as with his help, I have made some progress. I am trying to extend the Dirac field ...
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Does the low-energy gauge structure depend on the choice of $SU(2)$ gauge freedom?

The starting point and notations used here are presented in Two puzzles on the Projective Symmetry Group(PSG)?. As we know, Invariant Gauge Group(IGG) is a normal subgroup of Projective Symmetry ...
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Two different transformation laws for Quantum Fields

I found a nice answer to a problem that was bothering me for quite a while in a lecture script (unfortunately in german). The first step of the answer, is what remains unclear to me. The script states ...
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Uncharged Gluon Representation

I'm currently learning for an exam and in an old exam the question was posed: If Gluons were uncharged, under which representation would they transform? The ...
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Group representations as vectors and isomorphism between weights and matrix generators

This might be something basic, but it is unclear to me. So I am used to work with representations of groups as matrices. These matrices represent the structure of the Lie algebra by satisfying the ...
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What is the difference between the compact U(1) group and non-compact U(1) group? [duplicate]

Is compact $U(1)$ and non-compact $U(1)$ just two different representations for the same group or the same gauge theory? If not, what the difference of them? Or are there any properties that are ...
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Permutations of two identical particles in two dimensions

In three spatial dimensions there are only two possible statistics: Bose-Einstein and Fermi-Dirac. This is the fact related with the statement that first homotopic group of 3-dimensional configuration ...
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Correspondence between one-parameter subgroups of $G$ and $T_eG$

I am reading the proof of this theorem from Andreas Arvanitoyeorgos and I cannot get some points in it, highlighted below. Theorem. The map $\phi \to d\phi_0(1)$ defines a one-to-one correspondence ...
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Group theoretical reason that Gluons carry charge and anticharge

I was wondering how it is possible to see from the $SU(3)$ Gauge Theory alone that Gluons carry two charges colors: $g\overline{b}$ etc. Some background: The W-Bosons (pre-symmetry breaking) ...
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Research problems in application of Lie groups to differential equations [closed]

Are there any open problems in physics involving Lie groups and differential equations for a phd theses. Some applications are say, Noether's theorem in classical or quantum field theory. But I am ...
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Generators of the Diffeomorphism Group

So what are the generators of a Diffeomorphism Group? For simplicity, let's consider $ Diff(R^2) $ (diffeomorphisms of the euclidean plane.) Diffeomorphisms are differentiable, invertible ...
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Group Theoretic definition of a particle

We intuitively have a sense of what a particle means in the conventional sense. But is it possible to have a group theoretical definition of a particle, I mean in terms of irreducible representations ...
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Hilbert space decomposition into irreps

I'm currently following a course in representation theory for physicists, and I'm rather confused about irreps, and how they relate to states in Hilbert spaces. First what I think I know: If a ...
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Symmetry transformation on Quantum Field

I stumbled upon this point several times, the latest beeing this question: Connection between conserved charge and the generator of a symmetry I want to understand, why Quantum fields transform under ...
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Hoft algebra and quantum double [closed]

the quantum double of SL(2,R) the transition from a Minkowski to SL(2;R) momentum space translates for the structure of relativistic symmetries in a deformation of the Poincare group to the quantum ...
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Highest weight unitary representations of $psl(2|2)$

I'm having some trouble understanding how to extend representation theory from Lie algebras to super Lie algebras, in particular with $psl(2|2)$. Ultimately I'm interested in 2D quantum sigma models ...
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A whole lot of doubts on Lorentz representation

Can someone tell me in layman's language how the $(1/2,1/2)$ represents a vector field and $(0,1/2)$ or $(1/2,0)$ represents spinors and $(0,0)$ represents scalar field. Please don't be pedantic on ...
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Notation in the book Symmetry by Hermann Weyl

I'm having troubles understanding a notation of the symmetry groups in a book "Symmetry" by Hermann Weyl. On the page 80 of the 1952 Princeton University Press edition of the book, Weyl lists the ...