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Resource for Symmetry Breaking in Terms of Roots and Weights?

I'm currently searching, for quite a while now, for a paper/book that discusses Higgs symmetry breaking in terms of roots and weights. Concretely I have in mind a discussion of what happens when we ...
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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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Is the fundamental representation of $SU(3)$ irreducible?

I want to check if the fundamental representation of $SU(3)$ is irreducible. The algebra is $$\mathbb{su}(3) = \{ m \in Mat(3,\mathbb{C} )\ |\ m = -m^+,\ Tr[m] = 0 \}$$ and I've found the generators. ...
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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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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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Geometric/Visual Interpretation of Virasoro Algebra

I've been trying to gain some intuition about Virasoro Algebras, but have failed so far. The Mathematical Definition seems to be clear (as found in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virasoro_algebra). I ...
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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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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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How to evaluate this sum of coupling coefficients?

I would like to evaluate the following summation of Clebsch-Gordan and Wigner 6-j symbols in closed form: $$\sum_{l,m} C_{l_2,m_2,l_1,m_1}^{l,m} C_{\lambda_2,\mu_2,\lambda_1,\mu_1}^{l,m} \left\{ ...
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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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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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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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Comprehensive book on group theory for physicists?

I am looking for a good source on group theory aimed at physicists. I'd prefer one with a good general introduction to group theory, not just focusing on Lie groups or crystal groups but one that ...
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Textbook on group theory to be able to start QFT

I am very enthusiastic about learning QFT. How much group theory would I need to master? Please could you recommend me a textbook on group theory, which would help me to start QFT?
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Decomposing a Tensor Product of $SU(3)$ Representations in Irreps

Can somebody explain in a simple way why, talking about representations $$3\otimes3\otimes3=1\oplus8\oplus8\oplus10~?$$ Here $3$ and $\bar{3}$ are the fundamental and anti-fundamental of $SU(3)$, in ...
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Is hidden symmetry the same concept as 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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Compute variation left action subgroup [migrated]

I consider a Lie group $G$, with a group element $g$ parametrised in some manner with parameter $\theta_i$, $i=1,\cdots, \dim G$. Suppose that $K\subset G$. I want to compute the variation of an group ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 $g = \left( \begin{array}{cccc} 1 &&& \\ & -1 &&& \\ ...
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$\mathrm{SU(3)}$ decomposition of $\mathbf{3} \otimes \mathbf{\bar{3}} = \mathbf{8} \oplus \mathbf{1}$?

I have a question about the tensor decomposition of $\mathrm{SU(3)}$. According to Georgi (page 142 and 143), a tensor $T^i{}_j$ decomposes as: \begin{equation} \mathbf{3} \otimes \mathbf{\bar{3}} = ...
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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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Subgroup of Lorentz Group Generated by Boosts

It is common knowledge that a composition of boosts is not a boost, but involves a rotation. Further, in discussions of Thomas precession, it is often stated that boosting in $x$, then $y$, then back ...
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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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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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Traces in different representation

I am actually working with Green-Schwarz anomaly cancellation mechanism in which I have came across a strange formula which relates trace in the adjoint representation (Tr) to trace in fundamental ...
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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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What's the degree of freedom of this kind of matrix?

We first have a unitary matrix $$\{a_{ij}\}\quad(n\times n)$$ I know how to calculate its degree of freedom, which is $n^2$ if we consider a real variable as one degree of freedom. Now we have a ...
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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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Orbits of maximally entangled mixed states

It is well known (Please, see for example Geometry of quantum states by Bengtsson and Życzkowski ) that the set of $N$-dimensional density matrices is stratified by the adjoint action of $U(N)$, where ...
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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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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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$su(1,1) \cong su(2)$?

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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Non-symmetric Lorentz Matrix

I was working out a relatively simple problem, where one has three inertial systems $S_1$, $S_2$ and $S_3$. $S_2$ moves with a velocity $v$ relative to $S_1$ along it's $x$-axis, while $S_3$ moves ...
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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 ...
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3D isotropic oscillator and angular momentum algebra

In our QM class, the prof said: "We are ready to begin constructing the individual states of the 3D isotropic harmonic oscillator system. The key property is that the states must organize ...
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Why gauge fields are traceless Hermitian?

So I've had a read of this, and I'm still not convinced as to why gauge fields are traceless and Hermitian. I follow the article fine, it's just the section that says "don't worry about this ...
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Spinors and Möbius strips

I asked this question on Math.SE as I thought the perspective of representation theory might be enlightening. But since the question was provoked by a description of Spinors describing the spin of ...