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What's the difference between “numerical methods” & “mathematical analysis” as said by Feynman in his lectures?

While reading his lectures, I came to these lines: On the basis of Newton's second law of motion,which gives the relation between the acceleration of any body & the force acting on it,any ...
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Why drops form spheres?

Consider a drop of water floating in an inertial frame in STP air (e.g., the ISS). Intuitively, the equilibrium shape of the drop is a sphere. How would one prove that? Is it equivalent to showing ...
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Akin to gauge field, why GR's lagrangian is not $R_{abcd}R^{abcd}$? What's the mathematical or physical meaning of $R_{abcd}R^{abcd}$?

For gauge field theory, the Lagrangian of the gauge field is $$\mathcal{L}=-\frac{1}{4}\mathrm{tr}(\mathcal{F}_{\mu\nu}\mathcal{F}^{\mu\nu})=-\frac{1}{8}F_{a\ \mu\nu}F^{a \ \mu\nu}$$ The field ...
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Infinite dimensional vector spaces vs. the dual space

I just happened across this over on Math Overflow. It references the following theorem from linear algebra: A vector space has the same dimension as its dual if and only if it is finite ...
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Does the Hermitian operator $H=-\frac{d^2}{dx^2}$ have imaginary eigenvalues?

In quantum mechanics, Hermitian operators play a very important role because they possess real eigenvalues. Considering $-\frac{d^2}{dx^2}$, it is a Hermitian operator (Actually it's the simplest ...
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Spectral properties in Solid state physics

So assume we have a periodic 1d Schrödinger operator $$- f'' + V(x) f(x)= \lambda f(x)$$ and we want $V$ to be periodic. Now if we assume that we are on a finite interval and that we have periodic ...
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Why we take product of two such quantities which are proportional to a common quantity when formulating? [migrated]

For instance, we say that Area of rectangle is proportional to its height as well as width. Why we take their product equal to the area with taking constant of proportionality '1'? However I know that ...
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Solving Special Function Equations Using Lie Symmetries

The lie group + representation theory approach to special functions & how they solve the ode's arising in physics is absolutely amazing. I've given an example of it's power below on Bessel's ...
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Contradiction in classical analysis of the hamiltonian $\mathcal{H}=xp$?

I am writing an essay on the Berry Keating article proposing to use the $\mathcal{H}=xp$ hamiltonian to get a correspondence between the nontrivial riemann zeros and the eigenvalues of an Hermitian ...
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Why is quantum mechancis is not content with symmetric operators, but wants self-adjoint operators?

A symmetric operator has only real eigenvalues and different eigenvectors corresponding to different eigenvalues are orthogonal. These are exactly what we want for a physical observable. I think ...
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Discrete vs Continuous spectra of operators [duplicate]

Why is it that if an operator $Q$ has a discrete spectra, that the eigenfunctions are all in Hilbert space? Why is it that if the spectrum is continuous we automatically know that the eigenfunctions ...
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Symplectic Structure without predefined Hamiltonian

Here there is a link which has helped me understanding the relationship between symplectic geometry and classical mechanincs. In short, the symplectic form transforms the derivative of the ...
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Hilbert space and Hamiltonians

Assume a system described by a Hamiltonian H, and assume that the eigenstates of H, $φ_i$(r) are integrable in absolute square. We say that these states belong to a Hilbert space (they can even form a ...
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Is the metric-induced topology relevant at all in a (psuedo) Riemannian manifold? [duplicate]

A (pseudo) Riemannian manifold is a tuple: $$(M,g)$$ where $M$ is a smooth manifold (in particular, a topological space with an atlas) and $g$ is a (pseudo) Riemannian metric tensor. It is apparent ...
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The index of a Dirac operator and its physical meaning

I recently read Witten's paper from the 1980s and he often uses the notion of the index of a Dirac operator in K-theory. What is the meaning of the index of a Dirac operator? What exactly is the ...
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About the postulates of quantum mechanics and self-adjointness

I am a freshman trying to understand the very basics of quantum mechanics but I met barriers at the beginning. What really matters is the postulates of quantum mechanics and their relationship with ...
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What is the relation between renormalization and self-adjoint extension?

What is the relation between renormalization and self-adjoint extension? It seems that a renormalization scheme can be rigorously treated mathematically using the self-adjoint extension theory. Is ...
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debates on “infinity” in contemporary physics?

During the seventeenth century many philosopher-scientists, such as Leibniz, were preoccupied with the philosophy and mathematics of infinity. Famous problem were the "labyrinth of the continuum," ...
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Intuition behind $U(1)$-gauge model of Electrodynamics in a general spacetime

As the article Electrodynamics in general spacetime greatly explains, the $U(1)$-gauge theory is a good base for working in non-simply connected spaces. But I wonder whether there is a deep reason to ...
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The relationship between the structure of spacetime and the existence of spinor field?

We all know that the existence of spinor fields implies that spacetime must be time-orientable. Thus that spacetime is time-orientable is a necessary condition for existence of spinor fields. Geroch, ...
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How can I determine the convergence of self energy in Green's function

I want to solve for the Green's function (in the context of many body theory) but I have a question. After the determination of the retarded Green's function and the lesser Green's function we ...
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Do there exist functions $\phi$ and $A$ such that $\vec E$ satisfies the Helmholtz Theorem $\vec E = -\nabla \phi + \nabla \times \vec A$?

Helmholtz Decomposition theorem stats: "Let $\vec F$ be a vector field on a bounded domain $V$ in $\mathbb R^3$, which is twice continuously differentiable, and let $S$ be the surface that encloses ...
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Separability of a Hilbert space and its implications for the formalism of QM

In the text I'm using for QM, one of the properties listed for Hilbert space that is a mystery to me is the property that it is separable. Quoted from text (N. Zettili: Quantum Mechanics: Concepts and ...
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What are the definition and examples of topological excitation?

I read topological excitation in wiki, while it's too brief. What is the precise definition of topological excitation? And can give me some examples and explain why they are topological excitation? ...
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What are the boundary conditions for EM waves normally incident on the interface between two dielectric media?

An EM wave, amplitude $E_0$, frequency $\omega_0$, is incident upon a material with relative permittivity (dielectric function) $$\varepsilon \left( z \right) = \left\{ \begin{gathered}{\varepsilon ...
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Why use a particular regularization for $\int_0^\infty \mathrm{d}x\,e^{i p x}$?

There are many badly defined integrals in physics. I want to discuss one of them which I see very often. $$\int_0^\infty \mathrm{d}x\,e^{i p x}$$ I have seen this integral in many physical problems. ...
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Scalar field in a Schwarzschild metric

I have found this article recently published in Classical and Quantum Gravity giving the exact solution of a scalar field in the Kerr-Newman metric. These authors also derived Hawking radiation for ...
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What is the current situation of the Yang-Mills existence problem?

What is the current situation of the Yang-Mills existence and mass gap problem? And who are the physicists and mathematicians working in this nowaday?
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Free groups and their appearance, emergence and applications in physics

While trying to develop my knowledge of group theory in physics from a more formal point of view, I noticed an entity called a free group. I'm aware that it is extremely important in pure mathematical ...
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Do all the spacelike curve terminate at the spatial infinity $i_0$ in the Penrose Diagram of a Schwarzchild black hole?

Let's restrict to the radial direction, so the metric can be expressed as $ds^2=-(1-r_S/r)dt^2+(1-r_S/r)^{-1}dr^2$ with $r_S$ the Schwarzchild radius. Expressed in Kruskal coordinates, the metric is ...
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About the definition of the Møller operator

The Møller operator is defined as $$\Omega_+ = \lim_{t\rightarrow -\infty} U^\dagger (t) U_0(t).$$ Does the operator $$ \lim_{t\rightarrow -\infty} U_0^\dagger (t) U(t) $$ also make sense? Is it ...
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De Donder Weyl theory

Im trying to get my head around what the difference is between a symplectic and multisymplectic manifold is. My understanding currently is that on a symplectic manifold time is the parameter that ...
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Why isn't the path integral defined for non homotopic paths?

Context In the Aharonov Bohm effect, there is a solenoid which creates a magnetic field. Since the electron cannot be inside the solenoid, the configuration space is not simply connected. Question ...
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What lives in the Hilbert Space? [duplicate]

Consider the eigenvalue equation: $$\hat{Q}\Psi = q\Psi$$ where $q$ and $\Psi$ are eigenvalues and eigenfunctions of the hermitian operator $\hat{Q}$. If the spectrum of the hermitian operator is ...
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Mathematical text for Astrophysics [closed]

Please recommend me some Mathematical text books and a list of Mathematical topics for Astrophysics.
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References to Mechanics (Classical, Quantum, Statistical) using Time-Scale calculus?

Time-Scale Calculus, is a theory which unifies ordinary (plus fractional and q-) calculus with discrete (and finite differences) calculus. In a sense, in a similar way the Lebesgue integral (or ...
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Geometric interpretation of Grassmann variable

Grassmann variables were introduced to make path-integral formalism easier to handle fermionic (anti-commutating) fields. Mathematically they represent the exterior algebra of forms (or exterior ...
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Susy QM and Atiyah-Singer index theorem

Consider maps $t\mapsto x^i(t)$ from circle to some Riemannian (spin) manifold and lagrangian $$ \mathcal L = \frac12 g_{ij}(x) \partial_t x^i \partial_t x^j + \frac12 g_{ij} \psi^j \left(\delta^i_k ...
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Any physical expressions using the integral of the Bessel function of the Second Kind? [closed]

I am currently studying the asymptotic expansions of the integral of the form $$ I(b)=\int_{0}^{\infty} \phi (x) Y_ \nu (bx) dx $$ where $ \phi $ is an element of Schwartz space and $Y_ \nu $ is the ...
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What is a Chiral Algebra for a group?

What do we mean by the Chiral Algebra for a group G (SO(3) etc )? Do you know a reference suitable for physicists? Thank you
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Is Functional Analysis used at all in String Theory? [closed]

Is functional analysis used at all in string theory? (and if so, how?)
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Quantum mechanics, operator commutes with Hamiltonian

My textbook said, if an operator $\hat{O}$ commutes with the Hamiltonian, then we can use the eigen vectors of the Hamiltonian as a basis of the Hilbert space, then express the operator $\hat{O}$ in ...
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Is the scattering length definitely positive if the potential is everywhere nonnegative?

Is the scattering length definitely positive if the potential is everywhere nonnegative? Intuitively, it seems reasonable. Any rigorous proof?
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Robin boundary conditions for the heat equation

Consider a 3D channel with fluid or gas with walls $\Gamma_1$, inflow part $\Gamma_2$ and outflow part $\Gamma_3$. The temperature is described by the heat equation: $$ \frac{\partial T}{\partial t} ...
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Rigorous version of field Lagrangian

In Classical Mechanics the configuration of a system can be characterized by some point $s\in \mathbb{R}^n$ for some $n$. In particular, if it's a system of $k$ particles then $n = 3k$ and if there ...
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Superfluid rotating frame of reference

I'm currently studying a text about Bose-Einstein condensates (BECs) and vortices. When they want to study whether a vortex will be formed, they look at the fact wether it's enegetically favorable. ...
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Interpreting some domain issues of (potential) momentum operators

In the context of mathematical quantum mechanics, a well known no-go theorem known as Hellinger-Töplitz tells us that an unbounded, symmetric operator cannot be defined everywhere on the Hilbert space ...
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Main differences between elastodynamic and light scattering when using S-matrix to find bound states

What are the main differences (top 5 if question is too broad), for using the S-matrix to find bound states, between elastodynamic and light scattering? (if it facilitates a higher quality ...
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How do the flow equations relate to the actual situation?

This question might seem silly but I'll try to make it clear. It's a question (I think) about partial differential equations systems in general, but since currently I'm studying fluid mechanics I'll ...
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Teach me Wick's theorem the honest way

Generally speaking the average guy marginally acquainted with quantum field theory or advanced combinatorics describes Wick's theorem as some sort of correspondence between higher order differential ...