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Polyakov From Nambu-Goto Directly, for Strings?

The following derivation, for a classical relativistic point particle, of the 'Polyakov' form of the action from the 'Nambu-Goto' form of the action, without any tricks - no equations of motion or ...
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Does the conservation of the Wronskian follow from Noether's principle?

Noether's principle is the paradigm that symmetries of Hamiltonian and Lagrangian systems correspond to conservation laws of various kinds. Consider a one-dimensional harmonic oscillator $$\tag{*} \...
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Use partial or covariant derivatives when deriving equations of a field theory?

I feel like this question has been asked before but I can't find it. would the Euler Lagrange equation for, say, the standard model Lagrangian be $$\frac{\partial L}{\partial \phi}=\partial_\mu \frac{\...
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Finding geodesics: Lagrangian vs Hamiltonian

I have a question referring to how to compute geodesics of a given spacetime (say, Kerr). I know that the direct way is via the geodesic equation $$\frac{d^{2}x^{\mu}}{d\lambda^{2}}+\Gamma^{\mu}_{\...
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How simultaneous information of coordinates and velocities sufficient to completely determine the subsequent motion of a mechanical system?

I somehow could not find the answers to the question in Why are coordinates and velocities sufficient to completely determine the state and determine the subsequent motion of a mechanical system? to ...
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Why is the Lagrangian approach preferred over the Hamiltonian approach in QFT? [duplicate]

Going from non-relativistic quantum mechanics(QM) to QFT there is a marked change in the approach used. QM almost exclusively uses Hamiltonains. Lagrangian based methods like the path-integrals are ...
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Friction in Lagrangian Method [duplicate]

A uniform, flexible chain of length $l$, mass $m$, hangs off a frictionless table-top of height greater than $l$. The length of the part of rope hanging off is $x$. Gravity accelerates the part of the ...
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Finding the constraint equation

I am trying to solve a problem on Constraint equations for a triple pendulum model, but was not able to derive a constraint equation for the last mass. I solved constraint equations for Masses 1 ...
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Hamilton's equations of motion

One of hamilton's equations is $(\frac{\partial H}{\partial q} )_t = -(\frac{\partial p}{\partial t}) _q$. But isn't it $\frac{\partial L}{\partial q} = \frac{dp}{dt}$? If H = L(i.e. V = 0), what ...
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Are there (interesting) Poincare-invariant QFTs with non-invariant Lagrangian densities?

In all QFTs I know, the Lagrangian density is completely invariant under the Poincare group, $$ \mathcal L \to \mathcal L. $$ On the other hand, the action would be invariant even if the Lagrangian ...
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How to scale variables in a classical Hamiltonian?

So I looked at some research articles where one has a classical Hamiltonian $H(p,q,t) = p^{2}/2 + V(q,t)$. If one introduces the scaling transformation $$t \mapsto t/\sqrt{s}, \quad H \mapsto Hs, \...
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How did he find the “lambda” value in this question? [closed]

There is a pdf i found when searching about Lagrangian Multpliers, but i was not able to understand how he derived lambda from two differential equations. If anyone can walk me through it, i would be ...
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How do I derive geodesic equation using variational principle? [duplicate]

I am trying to derive the geodesic equation using variational principle. My Lagrangian is $$ L = \sqrt{g_{jk}(x(t)) \frac{dx^j}{dt} \frac{dx^k}{dt}}$$ Using the Euler-Lagrange equation, I have got ...
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Relation between homotopy theory and symmetry transformation of the Lagrangian

What is the relation between the symmetry transformations of the Lagrangian and homotopy theory? If yes, how? Not sure if this is a math or physics questions. References would be very helpful.
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Why can the bra and ket be varied independently?

Given a functional which depends on a function (ket), and its complex conjugate (bra), e.g. $$F[\varphi] = \langle \varphi|\hat{F}|\varphi\rangle = \int \varphi^{*}(\mathbf{r}) \hat{F} \varphi(\...
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What is the path taken by a “cable car”?

A well known result in variational calculus & Lagrangian Mechanics is the solution to the "brachistochrone" problem, where it is found the path connecting two points, A & B such that the time ...
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Eigenfrequencies of a truss

I want to calculate the eigenfrequencies of a 3D truss using the finite element method. The beams should be modelled as Timoshenko beams and I want to use arbitrary shape functions. I know how to ...
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Superficial degree of divergence on Weinberg

Reading volume 1 of Weinberg's QFT book, chapter 12, page 505 he says that if you consider a diagram with degree of divergence $D\geq{}0$, its contribution can written as a polynomial of order $D$ in ...
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How can intuitively guess what conserved quantities has the system that I am studying?

I'm taking a course in Classical Electrodynamics and in one problem my teacher introduced us to a triplet of fields ($\phi^a$) invariant under internal rotations, i.e. transformations like: $$\phi'^...
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How to calculate the effective action in general?

Considering the scalar field, we have the effective action $$\tag 1 \Gamma[\phi_{cl}]=\int d^4x\mathcal{L}_1[\phi_{cl}]+\frac{i}{2}\log\det\left[-\frac{\delta^2\mathcal{L}_1}{\delta\phi\delta\phi}\...
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Complex Coordinate change

I have a simple question where I must change the coordinates of a system however I am unsure whether I am correct. I am changing from Cartisian to complex coordinates. Let's say I only have $x$ and $...
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Anomalous Slavnov-Taylor identity

I will be happy if someone could clarify the mystery here. Consider the following derivation of the anomalous Slavnov-Identity. It's based on lecture notes by Adel Bilal. Suppose we have an action ...
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Quantum Anomalies and Quantum Symmetries

In Quantum Field Theories (QFT) there is a well known phenomenon of anomalies, where a classical symmetry is broken in the quantum theory due to a so called anomaly. This symmetry breaking can be ...
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Help in writing down Feynman rule? [duplicate]

I have a term in my Lagrangian that looks like: $A^\mu B^{*\nu} \partial_\mu B_\nu - A^\nu B^{* \mu} \partial_\mu B_\nu$ where A is the photon field, and B is a charged, massive spin-1 boson. I am ...
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A physical system is described by the following Lagrangian: $ L = \frac{m}{2} (\dot{\rho}² + \rho ² \dot{\phi} ² + \dot{z} ²) + a \rho² \dot{\phi}$ [closed]

Where $a$ is a constant and $(\rho,\phi,z)$ are cylindrical coordinates. I found the following Hamiltonian $ H =\frac{m}{2}(\dot{\rho}² + \dot{z}² + \rho²\dot{\phi}²)$. The problem asked me to find ...
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Rotating disk moving on a circular path

A uniform disk with radius $R$ and mass $M$ is in earth's gravitational field (i.e $\vec{g}$). A point $A$ on the perimeter of the disk is attached to a circular path with radius $L$, and the disk is ...
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Relationship between locality, causality, and free theories

This text on QFT defines a free theory as that in which dynamics of the field for each degree of freedom evolves independently from all the other. In principle we have an infinite degrees of freedom, ...
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Center of Instantaneous velocity in two degree of freedom problem

I have a problem like this I have two DoF where the force F is acting on the car and another force could be acting on the coordinate $q_1$. The force acting on $q_2$, the coordinate of the car will ...
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Can one write down a Hamiltonian in the absence of a Lagrangian?

How can I define the Hamiltonian independent of the Lagrangian? For instance, let's assume that i have a set of field equations that cannot be integrated to an action. Is there any prescription to ...
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Fayet-Iliopoulos terms

It is mentioned in first page of this paper by Seiberg and Komargodski that the Lagrangian in superspace of a $U(1)$ gauge SUSY theory with FI terms is not gauge invariant. However, the FI terms in ...
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Differential holonomic constraints

Differential holonomic constraint is an integrable homogeneous first order differential equation: $$\sum_{i}\mathcal{E}_{i}(q)\frac{dq_{i}}{d\tau}=0;$$ in which $\sum_{i}\mathcal{E}_{i}(q)dq_{i}$ is ...
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Existence of lagrangians at strong coupling

It is well known that some QFT do not admit a lagrangian formulation (like the $(2,0)$ SCFT in $d=6$). Up to my understanding, all the examples that I know of non lagrangian theories are always ...
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Lagrangian mechanics - small oscillations around equilibrium diagonalization

In my analytical mechanics class, we have been taught that normal modes of small oscillations around equilibrium are given by the solution of $$ p(\omega) = \det(K-\omega^2M) = 0 $$ Where $K_{ij} = -\...
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Equivalence between principle of least action and minimum potential energy

Are the principle of least action and the principle of minimum potential energy equivalent? How does one show that? Also, are Newton's laws of motion equivalent to the principle of least action? How ...
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Does this vertex equal 0?

If I have an interaction term in my Lagrangian that looks like: $\mathcal{L}_{int} = (\partial_\mu B_\nu)(A^\mu B^\nu - A^\nu B^\mu)$ where B is a massive spin-1 field. Am I correct in thinking that ...
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Higher order Lagrangians [duplicate]

Recently I have read some papers in which the authors considered higher order lagrangians. For example, in this paper "A path integral leading to higher-order Lagrangians" by C.Acatrinei the higher ...
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Principle of Most Action? [duplicate]

In Landau-Lifshitz - Vol 1. Mechanics, right after the introduction of the principle of leas action, there is the following comment: It should be mentioned that this formulation ($S = \int\limits_{...
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Conceptual problem with action considered as function of endpoints

I am having some trouble with understanding why it makes sense to consider action in classical mechanics as function of endpoints $q_{initial}, \ q_{final}$ and endtimes $t_{initial}, \ t_{final}$. ...
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Calculate lapse function from the metric

I have a technical question about the lapse function: Assume I have some given (Lorentzian) metric $g$. I have seen the following definition of the lapse function $\alpha^{-2}=-g(\nabla f, \nabla f)$...
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Where does the factor of half appear from in the Klein-Gordon Lagrangian?

The lagangian density of a scalar field or a Klein-Gordon field has the form of $$\begin{align} \mathcal{L} = \frac{1}{2} \partial_\mu \phi \partial^\mu \phi - \frac{1}{2} m^2 \phi^2. \end{align}$$ ...
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Variation of a Lagrange density Symmetries

So I am reading Goenner's Spezielle Relativitästheorie and I am currently in chapter §4.9.1 Variation under Inclusion of Coordinates p. 129. So basically we have: $$\delta W_\zeta=\int d^4x' \mathcal{...
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Functional Derivative of action

Consider the action of free Klein-Gordon theory $S[\phi]=\frac{1}{2}\displaystyle\int d^4y(\partial_\mu\phi(y)\partial^\mu\phi(y)-m^2\phi^2(y))$ Integrating by parts in the first term gives me $S[\...
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When the equations of motion are not unique (eg. when they are given by eigenvectors), which will the free particle adhere to?

For this question I think it will be easier to express the usual equation describing the motion of a "free particle,"--viz. $g_{ij}\dot{x}^i\dot{x}^j$--in matrix form as follows: $$g_{ij}\dot{x}^i\...
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Why is an angle undergoing forced rotation not a generalized coordinate?

In a textbook it is using the following example. A bead of mass m slides freely on a light wire of parabolic shape, which is forced to rotate with angular velocity ω about a vertical axis. The ...
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Are there conserved quantities in field theory which don't arise from Noether's Theorem?

In some QFT texts one writes down the number operator $N$ for free theories, such that when acting on an $n$-particle state $|n\rangle$ we have $$N|n\rangle=n|n\rangle$$ In free theories this is a ...
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Lagrangian of a block connected to a circular track [closed]

Could someone help me? I am having trouble with obtaining the same result in part b) for this problem: Using the Lagrange Equation with respect to $\theta$, I obtained $$\ddot{x}cos\theta+a\ddot{\...
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Symmetry of the Polyakov action?

Let us look at the Polyakov action for a string moving in a spacetime with metric $g_{\mu \nu}(X)$:$$S_P = -{1\over{4\pi \alpha'}} \int d^2 \sigma \sqrt{-\gamma} \gamma^{ab} \partial_a X^\mu \...
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Application of Euler-Lagrange equations (Trivial problem, instructive one)

I have some doubt about a really trivial and simple problem in which I have to use ELE. Supposing I have a pendulum, in which the rope is a spring, so it's length may change in time. I have a mass ...
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Show that a vector field is a symmetry for a Lagrangian [closed]

Let Lagrange function be $$ L=\frac{1}{2}m(\dot{x_1}^2+\dot{x_2}^2+\dot{x_3}^2)-U((x_1^2+x_2^2,x_3)). $$ Show, that vector field $\vec{Y}(\vec{x})=(-x_2,x_1,0)$ comply $$ \sum_{j=1}^{s}\left[\frac{\...
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Majorana fermions and the continuum limit of the Ising model

In Paolo Moligini's Analyzing the two dimensional Ising model with conformal field theory lecture notes, it is shown at the end of chapter 3 that the Lagrangian of the continuum limit of the Ising ...