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Level quantization of 7d $SO(N)$ Chern-Simons action

In 3d, one can write down the $SO(N)$ Chern-Simons action to be $$S(A)=\frac{k}{192\pi}\int_{M}\text{Tr}(A d A +\frac{2}{3}A^3),$$ where $A$ is an $SO(N)$ connection. The level quantization can be ...
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Can isotropy (or anisotropy) be expressed in terms of intervals ($s^2$) between pairs of events?

Considering a set $\mathcal S$ of events and given the values of intervals $s^2[~P, Q~] \in \mathbb R$ for all pairs of events $P, Q \in \mathcal S$ (up to a common non-zero scale factor): how can ...
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Complex integration by shifting the contour [migrated]

In section 12.11 of Jackson's Classical Electrodynamics, he evaluates an integral involved in the Green function solution to the 4-potential wave equation. Here it is: $\int_{-\infty}^\infty dk_0 ...
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What are absolutely continuous spectrum and singularly continuous spectrum?

I am now reading some mathematical note on Anderson localization. It mentioned two types of continuous spectrum. What are absolutely continuous spectrum and singularly continuous spectrum? I only had ...
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Mapping Issues with Unbounded Operators

Consider the operator-valued generalized function $\phi^{(k)}_{l}:=\phi^{(k)}_{l}$ on space-time $\mathcal{M}$. Now, smooth the operator-valued generalized function with test function $f(x)$ ...
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Does the variation of the Lagrangian satisfy the product rule and chain rule of the derivative?

I have seen wikipedia use the product rule and maybe the chain rule for the variation of the Langragin as follows: \begin{align} \dfrac{\delta [f(g(x,\dot{x}))h(x,\dot{x})] } {\delta x} = \left( ...
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What is the relationship between $V(t)$ and $V(x,y,z)$

I was recently asked this by a friend. He told me that coming from a physics background, he does not understand $V(t)$ and he believes it is purely theoretical construct made up by circuit ...
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Mathematical physics text with plenty of applications

I'm looking for texts on mathematical physics. I've seen various other threads, but the texts recommended in those threads were mathematical methods of theoretical physics texts, that is to say those ...
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Approach to expressing $|n\rangle\langle n| $ as a polynomial when eigenvalues are degenerate?

If ${|n\rangle}$ are eigenvectors of an operator $A$ then $|n\rangle\langle n| $ can be expressed in terms of a finite order polynomial $$|n\rangle\langle n| =\prod_{m\ne n} \frac{A-a_m}{a_n-a_m}$$ ...
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Is the fine structure constant a rational number?

Since the fine structure constant (denoted alpha) is a pure real number, it just occured to me to ask if it is a rational number or not.
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Moduli spaces in string theory vs. soliton theory

In both string theory and soliton theory, moduli spaces are frequently used. As far as I known, for soliton theory, moduli spaces are something like collective coordinates for solitons, and for ...
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Mathematical interpretation of Poisson Brackets

Lets say we are working in a classical scalar field theory and we have two functional $ F[\phi, \pi](x)$ and $G[\phi, \pi](x)$. In most of the references, starting with two functional the Poisson ...
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A new way of looking and formulation of Observables for a new quantum theory

I often think of basic of QM (although it wasnt discovered that way) is that we have a physical parameter/observable and the favourite one is the displacement $x$ of a particle $P$. Its conjugate ...
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What is elliptic genera?

What is elliptic genera in physics? Reading many relevant papers, they just defined elliptic genus as sort of partition function. I try to find useful materials to explain it, but I couldn't find ...
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Prove scalar product is distributive [migrated]

The scalar product is defined as r*s = the sum of all r*s. Using this definition, prove that r*(u+v) = r*u + r*v. Also, if r and s are vectors that depend on time, prove that the product rule for ...
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Mathematical books to become a successful mathematical physicists [duplicate]

My understanding of algebraic topology and Riemannian geometry come from Nakahara's Geometry, Topology, and Physics, which I do not think is sufficient. I am first year PhD student, and I want to do ...
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The Euler-Poincare equation

Can anyone tell me very basically how the Euler-Poincare equation generalises the Euler-Lagrange equation? Further does anyone know if there is an "easy" relationship between the two, i.e. can anyone ...
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Eigenstates of a Hermitian field operator

Consider a Hermitian field operator $\phi(x)$ with eigenstates satisfying $$ \phi(x) |\alpha\rangle = \alpha(x) | \alpha \rangle $$ I'm trying to determine the inner product between the eigenstates. ...
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Charge and current density fields

The charge and current density fields in classical electromagnetism are scalar real number fields on space time manifold. But these fields diverge/become infinite in case of point charges, how is this ...
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Graph Theory and Feynman Integrals

In Vladimir A. Smirnov's book Analytic Tools for Feynman Integrals, Section 2.3, the alpha representation of general Feynman integral takes the form $$ F_{\Gamma}(q_1,\ldots,q_n;d) = ...
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Intuitive meaning of the exponential form of an unitary operator in Quantum Mechanics

I'm an undergraduate student in Chemistry currently studying quantum mechanics and I have a problem with unitary transformations. Here in my book, it is stated that Every unitary operator ...
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How do you handle a functional input in a Dirac delta function and prove these types of relations?

I have a quadratic relation inside of a Dirac delta function with the following relation \begin{align} \delta((x-x_1)(x-x_2)) = \dfrac{ \delta(x-x_1) + \delta(x-x_2) }{|x_1-x_2|}. \end{align} How do ...
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Electromagnetic field and continuous and differentiable vector fields

We have notions of derivative for a continuous and differentiable vector fields. The operations like curl,divergence etc. have well defined precise notions for these fields. We know electrostatic and ...
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A step in zeta function regularization

I'm just wondering about the mathematical step $$\sum_{n=1}^\infty n\exp[-\epsilon n\sqrt x]=\frac1{\epsilon^2 x}-\frac1{12}+\mathcal O(\epsilon).$$ Why is this equality so? I see that ...
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Relationship between Connection and Material Derivative

Suppose $D\subset \Bbb R^3$ contains a fluid and that $f : D\times \mathbb{R}\to \mathbb{R}$ is a time dependent function defined on the fluid region. In that case, the material derivative is defined ...
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How do you go from quantum electrodynamics to Maxwell's equations?

I've read and heard that quantum electrodynamics is more fundamental than maxwells equations. How do you go from quantum electrodynamics to Maxwell's equations?
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Is Hodge star operation can be understood as contraction after tensor product of a $p$-form with the volume element? [migrated]

By defintion, the Hodge star of a $p$-form $\omega_{a_1\cdots a_p}$ on a $n$-dimensional manifold is given by $*\omega_{b_1\cdots b_{n-p}}=\frac{1}{p!}\omega^{a_1\cdots a_p}\epsilon_{a_1\cdots ...
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Measurement of observables with continuous spectrum: State of the system afterwards

Suppose my system, described by a separable Hilbert space $H$, is in the state $\Psi$ when I measure an observable that has only continuous spectrum. What is the state of the system after the ...
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How to find a vector normal to a cylinder in cylindric coordinates? [migrated]

I'm trying to solve a problem which demands to multiply a vector M and vector normal to a cylinder's surface in cylindric coordinates. Height of the cylinder is infinite and its radius is R. So how do ...
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Is the harmonic oscillator potential unique in having equally spaced discrete energy levels?

I was wondering if the good old quadratic potential was the only potential with equally spaced eigenvalues. Obviously you can construct others, such as a potential that is infinite in some places and ...
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Gravity on a upward moving object

I know I should have listened to my teacher in physics class but I didn't. I need help on a thing I am trying to do for a game. I want to be able to calculate Gravity pushing down on a object over a ...
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Making an Incomplete Set of Observables Complete

In quantum mechanics, it seems a standard procedure that if you have an incomplete set of observables, then one can make this set complete by adding more commuting observables until the set becomes ...
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How to calculate the dispersion relation for a wave equation with non-constant speed of wave propagation?

Specifically, it is a one-dimensional wave equation for waves on a string with a non-constant cross-section, i. e. $$S(x)=S_1+S_2 \cos{2x}; \qquad c(x)=\sqrt{F/\rho\, S(x)}.$$ Separating the variables ...
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Question about infinite sum in quantum field

I read from some books of number theory that $$\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}\frac{1}{n^s} = -\frac{1}{12}\text{,when } s=-1.$$ Now is there such a result $$\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}\frac{1}{n^s} = \pi \text{,when } ...
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Hill's and Mathieu's equation [closed]

I am supposed to apply Hill's and Mathieu's equation to parametric pendulum. Can you tell me what is the difference between them? Why are they used? What do they describe?
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Is gauge connection unique?

In QFT, given a gauge group and matter field, is the form of the gauge field unique? In other words, given a principal G-bundle and its associated vector bundle, is the construction of the principle ...
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Wick Rotation in Curved space

So over time I have learned to do exhaustive searches before asking things here. Wick rotations are cool if you are trying to work in qft and make statements about the thermodynamics of some physical ...
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Prove the solution of von Neumann equation will never stabilize if Hamiltonian and initial density matrix commutes

Given von Neumann equation $$\frac{d}{dt} \rho(t) = -i [H, \rho(t)] = -i e^{-iHt}[H, \rho(0)]e^{iHt}.$$ If we know that $[H, \rho(0)] \neq 0$, how do we prove in details the solution of von Neumann ...
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Proof of Loss of Lorentz Invariance in Finite Temperature Quantum Field Theory

In the standard quantum field theory we always take the vacuum to be a invariant under Lorentz transformation. For simple cases, at least for free fields, is very simple to actually prove this. Now ...
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Hilbert space for Density Operators (instead of Banach spaces)

Is it possible to construct a well defined inner-product (and therefore orthonormality) within the set of self-adjoint trace-class linear operators? In the affirmative case, dynamics could be analyzed ...
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Making new sense of the three-body problem in the light of Maryam Mirzakhani math contributions

I am unfamiliar with moduli spaces and ergodic theory which appear to be essential in Maryam Mirzakhani's math contributions which won her the Fields Medal. However, I am well conversant in essential ...
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What interesting physics problems can't be solved because mathematics is not developed enough? [closed]

I'm curious as to what sorts of physical problems to which we don't have an answer, because we haven't developed the right mathematics yet (or advanced-enough mathematics). Related to this question ...
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How can one diagonalize the second variation of action?

Suppose we have action $S[q]$ and its stationary path $q_s$, I want to find the orthonormal paths $\psi_n$ that can diagonalize the second variation of the action $S[q]$. How to do that? Thanks
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Are there two theories that are mathematically identical but ontologically different?

I have no background in physics but there is a question that has been bothering me, so I'm asking you. Are there at least 2 physical theories that are : Mathematically identical, which means that ...
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Configuration manifolds and constraints

In Classical Mechanics there's this notion of configuration manifold. Although I've heard about that a lot and although I often use that concept, I'm not sure I really understand them well because ...
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How would one begin to try to identify the properties of the mathematical structure corresponding to physical reality?

I was thinking about the Mathematical universe hypothesis and a natural question popped into my mind: Assuming that the universe (by universe I mean the complete physical reality) is really ...
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(Un)countability in QFT

I am a mathematician self-studying physics, and a currently working on QFT with Srednicki's book. One thing that bothers me is that for a scalar field (in the Hamiltonian version) there is a ...
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Constructing SUSY algebra via index structure

Often in literature the SUSY algebra is simply given, but various books, for example Bailin and Love, goes through the trouble of showing how the SUSY commutation relations are the only possible ones ...
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Mellin-Barnes (MB) integrals and hypergeometic functions

I'm trying to understand a step in arXiv:1104.2661. Equation 3.4 reads, \begin{equation} ...
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The Dirac-Delta function as an initial state for the quantum free particle

I want to ask if it is reasonable that I use the Dirac-Delta function as an intial state ($\Psi (x,0) $) for the free particle wavefunction and interpret it such that I say that the particle is ...