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The Hamiltonian formalism is a formalism in Classical Mechanics. Besides Lagrangian Mechanics, it is an effective way of reformulating classical mechanics in a simple way. Very useful in Quantum Mechanics, specifically the Heisenberg and Schrodinger formulations. Unlike Lagrangian ...

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My Hamiltonian for a light ray vanishes

I have the following issue with understanding. A light ray traveling from $q(\tau_1)$ to $q(\tau_2)$ minimizes the integral $\int\limits_{\tau_1}^{\tau_2} n(q(\tau))|\dot{q}(\tau)| d\tau$, so the ...
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Connection between “classical” Grassmann variables and Heisenberg Equation of motion

I have been reading di Francesco et al's textbook on Conformal Field theory, and am confused by a particular statement they make on pg 22. Let $\{\psi_i\}$ be a set of Grassmann variables. Starting ...
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I am looking for a book about "advanced" classical mechanics. By advanced I mean a book considering directly Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulation, and also providing a firm basis in the geometrical ...
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Non-canonical transformation

I would like to know any method to transform a known non-canonical set of variables to a canonical set for a given system. The Lagrangian and Hamiltonian are known in the non-canonical variables. I ...
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Gradient involved commutator in $\phi^4$ theory

In a phi fourth theory, the Hamiltonian density is: $$\mathcal{H}=\frac{1}{2}\pi^2+\frac{1}{2}(\nabla \phi)^2+\frac{1}{2}m^2\phi^2+\frac{\lambda}{4!}\phi^4$$ Now I impose the usual equal time ...
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Generallized Canonical Ensemble - Isobaric Ensemble

I am trying to understand the way generalized canonical ensembles like the pressure ensemble are derived from the standard canonical ensemble. In the derivation for the standard form, one defines a ...
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Spherical phase space dynamics

I have a hamiltonian of the form $$H(\phi,z) = (1-z^2)\cos(2\phi) + \chi z^2$$ with position $\phi$ and conjugate momentum $z$. It has this form provided that $z \in [-1,1]$ and we have natural ...
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Why does time-independent Hamiltonian not depend on angle variable?

In Landau and Lifshitz Mechanics, $\S50$ Canonical variables a time-independent Hamiltonian is considered, and a canonical transformation is done such that adiabatic invariant $I$ becomes the new ...
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How to find the rank of the matrix $\frac{\partial ^2\mathcal{L}}{\partial \dot{X^\mu} \partial \dot{X^\nu} }$ for the Nambu-Goto string Lagrangian?

In this case $$\mathcal{L}~=~-T\sqrt{-\dot{X^2}X'^2+(\dot{X}\cdot X')^2}.$$ I was reading some books and papers about the constraints in the Nambu-Goto action, and all of them say something like ...
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Reduction of Nambu Goto action to true degrees of freedom

First consider the particle $$S=m\int\sqrt{-\dot{X}^2}d\tau$$ if you choose the static gauge $\tau=X^0$ and replace it in the action you get $$=m\int\sqrt{1-\dot{X}^j\dot{X}^j}d\tau$$ So now, you ...
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Understanding Gibbs $H$-theorem: where does Jaynes' “blurring” argument come from?

According to this Wikipedia article, the $H$-theorem was Boltzmann's attempt to demonstrate the irreversible increase in entropy in a closed system starting from reversible microscopic mechanics. ...
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Equivalence between Hamiltonian and Lagrangian Mechanics

I'm reading a proof about Langrangian => Hamiltonian and one part of it just doesn't make sense to me. The Lagrangian is written $L(q, \dot q, t)$, and is convex in $\dot q$, and then the Hamiltonian ...
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Intuition on Gibbs measures

I am (roughly) aware of the way Gibbs measures are used to solve physical systems (e.g. the Ising model). We can basically boil it down to pinpointing a Hamiltonian. My question is, consider a ...
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Is general relativity holonomic?

Is it meaningful to ask whether general relativity is holonomic or nonholonomic, and if so, which is it? If not, then does the question become meaningful if, rather than the full dynamics of the ...
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Build rotational Hamiltonian based on Lagrangian of general form

I've been told that one could build rotational Hamiltonian based on Lagrangian of general form: $\mathcal{L} = \mathcal{L} (\vec{\Omega})$. By introducing Euler angles one could rewrite Lagrangian in ...
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Build Hamiltonian function

Suppose we have three-point system Points A and B are connected with rod of fixed length $r_0$. Point C rotates around rod, vector R begins at rod's centre of mass. There is a potential of general ...
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A Canonical Transformation that deletes one canonical coordinate?

I am self studying some classical mechanics, and came across a problem in Goldstein that has me stumped. It is problem 1 in chapter 10. It basically says "Given some conservative system show that a ...
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What is the utility of ADM decomposition of the space-time metric?

I know it's one of the possibility of quantization of gravitational field's degree of freedom but it is introduced also in other situation. My question is what is the use for this kind of ...
I am really struggling with something fundamental. I keep coming across two versions of the hamiltonian for spin orbit coupling: $H_{soc}=\frac{\mu_B}{2c^2}(v \times E) \cdot \sigma$ $\mu_B =$ ...