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Using symmetry to determine a hydrogen electron's decay route from $|300\rangle$ to $|100\rangle$

Lets say we have an electron in state $|nlm\rangle = |300\rangle$ of the hydrogen atom. By selection rules, we know that it can only decay to ground state in 3 ways, namely through the $|21m\rangle$ ...
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How to write the Clebsch-Gordan decomposition in tensor notation

Let be $G$ a Lie Group and $\textbf{N}$ its complex representation. It is known that any state $|\ ab\ \rangle\in \textbf{N}\otimes\textbf{N} = \oplus_I\textbf{r}_I$ may be decomposed through the ...
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Pauli matrices and $SU(4)$ [on hold]

together with the 2-dim identity matrix, the pauli matrices build a basis of the vector space of the 2x2 hermitian matrices. The set of i*pauli matrices build a basis for the SU(2). Assuming, we ...
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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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Where does the matching condition for $U(1)$ subgroups come from in unified models?

The matching conditions for a breaking $G \rightarrow \prod_i G_i$ are $$\omega_G-\frac{C_2(G)(\mu)}{12 \pi}=\omega_{G_i}-\frac{C_2(G_i)(\mu)}{12 \pi} ,$$ where $C_2(g)$ denotes the quadratic ...
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Integrating elements of a Lie group with respect to parameters of the corresponding Lie algebra

I am working with an operator $\textbf{M}$ that is represented by the Lie group SO(1,3), thus it can be written as, $$ \textbf{M} = \exp{\textbf{L}} $$ where, $$ \textbf{L} = \begin{bmatrix} ...
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What is the meaning of SU(2) triplet scalar field? [closed]

The following is an about a Left-Right Symmetric model. $SU(2)\otimes SU(2)$ $(2\otimes 2=3\oplus 1)$ will generate a triplet, which in Left-Right Symmetric model is ...
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Non coherence of Fermions and Bosons through $U(1)$

I "know" the textbook answer why we cannot write, $$ |\psi\rangle = a|j=\tfrac{1}{2}\rangle + b|j=1\rangle $$ as "each term in the quantum superposition transforms differently under $U(1)$", $$ ...
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Why do we identify symmetric 2nd rank tensors with spin-2 particles in string theory?

I am going through Tong's lecture notes on String Theory and came across the following irrep decomposition (Chap 2, p.43) of the bosonic string first excited states: $$\text{traceless symmetric} ...
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Homework-lile questions about Poincare transformation [closed]

Here is a page from a paper which I am currently reading. This page mainly talk about Poincare symmetry. Now I can not understand how is Eq.(3.32) is derived. Also Eq.(3.28) looks odd to me. Why ...
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How do simple two-component Fierz identities follow from a property of the Pauli matrices?

On page 51 Peskin and Schroeder are beginning to derive basic Fierz interchange relations using two-component right-handed spinors. They start by stating the trivial (but tedious) Pauli sigma identity ...
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Orthochronous Lorentz transformations are time-preserving and $SL(2,\mathbb{R})$

Let's consider the pseudosphere/hyperboloid in $\mathbb{R}^{1,2}$ given by $$x^2+y^2-z^2=-R^2.$$ We know that the Lorentz group $$O(1,2)=\{ A \in Mat(3,\mathbb{R}): A^tGA=G \},$$ where ...
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Lie groups with same algebra

I had a problem when considering symmetry breaking in an SO(4) gauge theory: $\mathcal{L} = \left| D_\mu\phi \right|^2$ where $D_\mu$ is the SO(4) covariant derivative. Then assuming there is some ...
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Dimension and Basis properties of $SU(N)$

$SU(N)$ is the group of special unitary matrices of dimension $N$, i.e., the set of all unitary ($U^{\dagger}U=I$) $N\times N$ matrices with $\det(U)=1$. For $N=2$, these matrices are spanned by the ...
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Which groups can be lattice gauge groups?

Let me state first off that in this question I am most interested in lattice gauge theories, and not necessarily with Fermion couplings. But if Fermions and continuum gauge theories can also be ...
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Bilinears in adjoint representation

Below are two statements from my notes and I am trying to verify them explicitly. In both cases the fields are assumed to transform under the fundamental representation of $O(N)$ - --'The kinetic ...
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Construct any Hamiltonian that is the linear combination of existing constructable Hamiltonians

In the paper Quantum Computation over Continuous Variables, it states that since $$e^{iAt}e^{iBt}e^{-iAt}e^{-iBt} = e^{-[A,B] t^2} + O(t^3)$$ when $t\rightarrow 0$, if one can apply a set of ...
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Bifundamental representations [closed]

Can someone give me explicit examples (in matrix form) of bifundamental representations? Illustrative would be for instance: a) SU(3) x SU(2) b) SO(4) x U(1) c) E6 x U(1) but other you may have ready ...
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Does there exist finite dimensional irreducible rep. of Poincare group where translations act nontrivially?

I read several textbooks of QFT and find that there are two ways to classify the particles or fields. The first one is to study the irreducible representation of Lorentz group (or exactly the ...
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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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Ordering of basis elements of a Lie-group representations tensor product [migrated]

Let's consider a Lie Group $G$ and its complex representation $\textbf{N}$. Let's consider the decomposition $$ \textbf{N}\otimes\bar{\textbf{N}} = \oplus_{J}\textbf{r}_J $$ where $\textbf{r}_J$ are ...
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Example of a symmetry and the group with which it is modelled? [duplicate]

Could you please provide a specific example of a symmetry and the group with which it is modelled? I am beginner to study symmetry in physics, please answer with just an example. This question is ...
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Completely positive maps and symmetric states

Let $\mathcal{N}$ be a completetely positive trace preserving map (aka a quantum channel) acting on a finite dimensional system $\mathrm{A}$, and let $\pi$ denote the maximally mixed state on ...
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Relations between diffeomorphism symmetry theories and invariant $SU(N), N \rightarrow \infty$ theories

Is it possible to have, an exhaustive panorama (as much as possible), about the relations between theories having a diffeomorphism symmetry, and theories having a $SU(N), N\rightarrow\infty$ ...
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Unitary gauge for non-abelian case

I'm reading Chapter 19 of Mandle and Shaw's Quantum field theory. In the first section it is explained that one can go with a $SU(2)$ followed by a $U(1)$ transformation from ...
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Calculating Clebsch-Gordan coefficients through Racah's formula

So Clebsch-Gordan coefficients are found in tables, but I need to calculate them using Racah's formula, which reads as following: $c_+ (J,M) f_{m_1}^{M+1}=c_+(j_1,m_1-1) f_{m_1-1}^M + c_+(j_2,M-m_1) ...
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Why representations instead of just groups?

This question is essentially asking for a clarification on what has already been said in this one. What I don't understand is why it is the representations that are important in Quantum Field Theory ...
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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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Decomposition of the adjoint representation of a spontaneously broken compact group

Let be $G$ a compact group, symmetry of the theory I am working with. $G$ is broken into one subgroup $H$. I define the generators of G as $T_A = \{T_a,T_\hat{a}\}$, where the first are the unbroken ...
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Non-physical representations of double group

In group theory, to account for electron spin, double group is introduced. The key difference between an ordinary point group and a double group is an extra element $\bar{E}$ with the meaning of a ...
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Lorentz invariance of the Heaviside function [duplicate]

Consider the Heaviside function $\Theta(k^{0})$. This function is Lorentz invariant if $\text{sign}\ (k^{0})$ is invariant under a Lorentz transformation. I have been told that only orthochronous ...
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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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What is physically irreducible representation?

When I use bilbao crystallographic server recently, I noticed a notation called physically irreducible representation. Paper says it is a direct sum of two complex conjugate representations (if ...
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Water dipole by symmetry argument [closed]

I'm a mathematician and I'm studying Group and Representation theory and I came across with an interesting exercise involving physics, although I don't know physics, since I'm a mathematician, I found ...
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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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Anticommutative Sets of SU(N) Generators? Anticommutative Analogue to Cartan subalgebra?

I am currently studying SU(N) generators in order to find bases that may suit a problem at hand. I am especially interested in getting as large anticommuting sets within a basis as possible. In SU(2) ...
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Symmetry and degeneracy in quantum mechanics

If an operator commutes with the Hamiltonian of a problem, does it always must admit degeneracy? For example, parity operator commutes with the Hamiltonian in case of a free particle and we have two ...
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Correct Yukawa Term with a SU(2) Higgs Triplet?

Given $SU(2)$ doublet fermions $\Psi^1$ and $\Psi^2$ and a $SU(2)$ triplet Higgs $H$, how does the correct Yukawa term look like in tensor notation? Schematically, we have $$ 2 \otimes 2 \otimes 3 ...
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Why are there only two linearly independet quartic Higgs terms for the adjoint $24$ in $SU(5)$ GUTs?

I've read the statement in countless papers, for example, here Eq. 4.2 or here Eq. 2.1 without any further explanation or reference, that the "most general renormalizable Higgs potential" for an ...
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Matrix Representations of Galilean group

The general group element (in the vector representation) $$ \left [{ \begin{array} {c} \bar x^1 \\ \bar x^2 \\ \bar x^3 \\ \bar t \\ 1 \\ \end{array} } \right] = \left[ ...
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$R$-Symmetry Group

On p238/239 of the Freedman and van Proeyen book on Supergravity, they show how the $R$-symmetry group must be $U(\mathcal{N})$ for $\mathcal{N}$-extended supersymmetry in $d=4$. At the bottom of ...
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Help to verify (numerically) invariant Haar measure on unitary group

Sorry if this question is not appropriate for the forum. From the paper http://gemma.ujf.cas.cz/~brauner/files/Haar_measure.pdf I am interested to understand and verify equation (3). Can anyone please ...
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Why do people care about Mathieu groups and related things? (Something about monstrous moonshine)

Before I begin, let me say I don't know anything about what I am asking. This morning for somewhat random reasons I decided to google moonshine and related things. As it were I discovered my ignorance ...
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Coleman Mandula theorem and translations

I don't know what Coleman Mandula theorem is, however if I were forced to say something about it, I will say it is a statement that suggests that internal and spatial symmetries have no unique ...
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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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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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$SO(4,2)$ symmetry of the hydrogen atom

The hydrogen atom with Hamiltonian obviously has $SO(3)$ symmetry since it just depends on the radius. $$ H = \frac{\mathbf{p}^2}{2m} - \frac{k}{r}$$ This is generated by angular momentum ...
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Structure constant of the commutators of generators in broken symmetry

When I read a paper related to spontaneously global symmetry breaking, I cannot understand a statement: If we use the notation $T^i$ for the unbroken group generators in $H$ and $X^a$ the broken ...
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Why are half integer and full integer spin properties of elementary particles, not of all points in space?

Tensors and spinors arise mathematically from the representation of the rotation group $SO(3)$ as a ball in 4D with all antipodal points on the surface identified. In this picture it is shown that ...
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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 ...