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Quantum Field Theory from a mathematical point of view

I'm a student of mathematics with not much background in physics. I'm interested in learning Quantum field theory from a mathematical point of view. Are there any good books or other reference ...
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Why are eigenfunctions which correspond to discrete/continuous eigenvalue spectra guaranteed to be normalizable/non-normalizable?

These facts are taken for granted in a QM text I read. The purportedly guaranteed non-normalizability of eigenfunctions which correspond to a continuous eigenvalue spectrum is only partly justified by ...
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What is the charge density for line and surface charges?

In electrostatics it is common to see line, surface and volumetric charges being described differently. A line distribution is a function defined on the line, a surface charge distribution is a ...
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(Causal) Set notation round brackets vs square brackets? [on hold]

In many (quite old) papers & books I have been reading recently in the causal theory of general relativity (e.g. On the structure of causal spaces, Kronheimer & Penrose, 1967) I find sets ...
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physics thermofluid mechanics pressure force area [on hold]

As shown in the attached image, a tank has an inclined wall at an angle of $45^{\circ}$ to the horizontal. On this wall, there is a 1 m square door that is hinged at A and has a simple latch at B. The ...
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Thermofluid mechanics inclined plane

As shown in the attacked image, a tank has an inclined wall at an angle of 450 to the horizontal. On this wall, there is a 1m square door that is hinged at A and has a simple latch at B. The distance ...
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When and where to check the formal definition of a manifold

In most texts on GR we are first introduced to a formal and rigorous definition of a manifold. We then learn the point that in GR "any coordinate system" might be used for the 4D spacetime metric. ...
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Construct recurrence relation for the temporal evolution of a Master equation

Say that we have a system evolving over discrete timesteps. The quantity we are interested is X and is given by a distribution $P_X$. This distribution is evolving temporally, and we have a ...
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Conservation Laws and Symmetry

The toughest of topics in physics, like Quantum Mechanics, Relativity, String theory, can be explained in layman words and many have done so. Though there is no substitute to the understanding a ...
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Is there a physical interpretation to invariant random matrix ensembles?

Disclaimer. I am a graduate student in pure mathematics, so my knowledge of physics more advanced than basic 1st/2nd year undergraduate physics is very limited. I welcome corrections on any ...
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What's the probability distribution of a deterministic signal or how to marginalize dynamical systems?

In many signal processing calculations, the (prior) probability distribution of the theoretical signal (not the signal + noise) is required. In random signal theory, this distribution is typically a ...
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Explaining causal completion axiom in Haag-Kastler axioms?

There are several variants of the Haag-Kastler axioms for algebraic quantum field theory. Usually one associates an algebra $\mathcal{A}(O)$ to each open region $O$ of spacetime. An often-suggested ...
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Homoclinic orbit and a particle in a double well

The physical set-up is a classical particle in a parabolic double well: Physically, a particle with reasonable amount of potential energy would be able to roll down the slope of the well, roll past ...
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Where the time-dependent wavefunction $\Psi(\vec{x},t)$ lies?

Supose $\vec{x}=(x,y,z)\in \mathbb{R}^3$. The state of a physical system is described by the function $\Psi(\vec{x},t)$, where it must satisfy $$\int_{\mathbb{R}^3} ...
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Is there a Bayesian theory of deterministic signal? Prequel and motivation for my previous question

This is a prequel to my question: What's the probability distribution of a deterministic signal or how to marginalize a dynamical system? Clearly my question looks at the same time fairly ...
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How to make rigorous the idea of a continuous complete set?

In Quantum Mechanics, when using Dirac's formalism one of its features is the expansion of state vectors into continuous basis of eigenvectors of unbounded self-adjoint operators. Let $\mathcal{H}$ be ...
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Simplify $K$-matrix

2+1D Abelian topologically ordered states are believed to be described by multicomponent $U(1)$ Chern-Simons theories, with Lagrangian \begin{equation} ...
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Sources to learn about Greens functions

For a physics major, what are the best books/references on Greens functions for self-studying? My mathematical background is on the level of Mathematical Methods in the physical sciences by Mary ...
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What's meant by: “All observers agree on the combination of basis vectors and components for a tensor”?

There's a Youtube video given by Dr Dan Fleisch on Tensors, where he states at 11:22: You may be wondering, what is it about the combination of components and basis vectors that makes tensors so ...
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Description of charged sphere with Heaviside function in cylindrical coordinates

I need to describe density of charge of uniformly charged sphere (radius R, total charge Q, position of centre (0,0,0)) with Dirac delta function and Heaviside step function. The hard part is to ...
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Final theory in Physics: a mathematical existence proof?

Some time ago, I read something like this about the issue of "a final theory" in Physics: "Concerning the physical laws, we have several positions as scientists There are no fundamental physical ...
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Generators of a certain symmetry in Quantum Mechanics

In Classical Mechanics to describe symmetries like translations and rotations we use diffeomorphisms on the configuration manifold. In Quantum Mechanics we use unitary operators in state space. We ...
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Extending projection operator to infinite-dimensional case

Hi I have a basic question regarding bra-ket notation. Given that $\{|e_n \rangle \}$ is a discrete orthonormal basis, $$\langle e_m | e_n \rangle = \delta_{mn}$$ then $$\sum_{n}|e_n \rangle \langle ...
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How much analysis do we need to define a (classical) quantum system?

I'm trying to figure out to what extent is analysis involved in the definition of a (classical) quantum system. Classical meaning not QFT. Here's a definition I came up with: Defnition: A quantum ...
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Allowed Wave Functions of System

Given a single-particle system with Hamiltonian $H$, what constraints can be put on the wave function at a particular point in time $\psi(x)$? Of course $\psi(x)$ must obey boundary conditions given ...
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Understanding Noether's theorem rigorously

I've known about Noether's theorem for some time and reading some things about it recently I've realised I haven't completely understood it. In that case I've been trying to understand a more rigorous ...
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A pedestrian explanation of conformal blocks

I would be very happy if someone could take a stab at conveying what conformal blocks are and how they are used in conformal field theory (CFT). I'm finally getting the glimmerings of understanding ...
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Lippmann-Schwinger equation and time dependence

Consider the Lippmann-Schwinger equation (LSE) $$ |\psi\rangle = |\phi\rangle + \hat{G}_0(\epsilon) \hat{V} |\psi\rangle \tag{1}$$ where $\hat{G}_0(\epsilon) = \frac{1}{\epsilon - \hat{H}_0 + ...
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Interpreting the Fourier transform of a Gibbs measure

Recall that a Gibbs measure gives a probability distribution on states $x$ of the form $$ p_X(x) = \frac{1}{Z(\beta)}\exp(-\beta E(x)) $$ As I understand, the function $E$ is interpreted as the ...
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Contour integral of the retarded Klein Gordon propagator

I've been trying to prove by hand the Peskin's formula for the retarded propagator of the Klein Gordon equation, that is, $$\int_{x^0 > y^0} \frac{d^4p}{(2\pi)^4} \frac{-e^{-ip(x-y)}}{i(p^2 - ...
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Cross-differentiation to derive the maxwell relation $\left(\frac{\partial T}{\partial V}\right)_S = -\left(\frac{\partial P}{\partial S}\right)_V$ [closed]

How can I use $T=\left(\frac{\partial E}{\partial S}\right)_V$ and $P=-\left(\frac{\partial E}{\partial V}\right)_S$ to derive $$\left(\frac{\partial T}{\partial V}\right)_S = -\left(\frac{\partial ...
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QM sytem with eigenvalues of the form $f(m*n)$ and prime number gap spectrum

Depending on the dimension and the symmetry and form of the potential, the energy eigenvalues of a quantum mechanical system have different functional forms. Eg. The particle in the 1D-box gives rise ...
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A relationship between entropy and temperature

I tried deriving a formula relating entropy (not change in entropy, but entropy itself) to temperature. I’ve only seen two equations really relating to entropy thus far, and only one of them includes ...
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Does Hestenes Zitterbewegung Explain why complex numbers appear in QM?

This question may fit better in the discussion of "Why Complex variables are required by QM?", but it also relates to the extent to which arguments by Hestenes are accepted in mainstream physics and ...
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Are physical functions always differentiable [duplicate]

I know that physicist usually don't really think too much about differentiabillity of functions. Usually there are at most finite many points where functions aren't differentiable and if there are ...
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Can we have discontinuous wavefunctions in the Infinite Square well?

The energy eigenstates of the infinite square well problem look like the Fourier basis of L2 on the interval of the well. So then we should be able to for example make square waves that are an ...
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Reference Request: Classical Mechanics with Symplectic Reduction

I am trying to find a supplement to appendix of Cushman & Bates' book on Global aspects of Classical Integrable Systems, that is less terse and explains mechanics with Lie groups (with dual of Lie ...
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Equivariant cohomology and Mayer-Vietoris sequence

I'm reading this article upon topological field theory and I'm a bit confused about the way he compute equivariant cohomology of $S^2$ wrt $\mathrm{U}(1)$, i.e. $H^\bullet_{S^1}(S^2)$. You can find ...
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Book to study Dirac delta function from a physics point of view [duplicate]

I am a beginning physics graduate student. I am often bewildered by the strange properties of the Dirac delta function such as: $\delta (a x)= \frac{1}{a} \delta (x)$ The derivative of $\delta (x)$ ...
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Potential of an axisymmetric disc with constant rotation velocity

I am having trouble understanding why the form of the 3D potential for a disc with a constant rotation velocity for circular orbits of stars within the disc \begin{equation} v(R) = v_0, ...
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Path dependent phase in quantum mechanics

In elementary treatments of quantum mechanics, we are taught that the wavefunction of a single particle is complex valued ($\Psi : \mathbb{R}^3 \to \mathbb{C}$). In particular, the wavefunction has a ...
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Book covering differential geometry and topology required for physics and applications

I am a physics undergrad, and interested to learn Topology so far as it has use in Physics. Currently I am trying to study Topological solitons but bogged down by some topological concepts. I am not ...
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Sufficient condition for square integrability [duplicate]

The necessary condition for $\int\limits_{-\infty}^{+\infty}|\psi(x)|^2dx$ to be integrable is that $\psi(x)\rightarrow 0$ as $x\rightarrow\pm\infty$. But this is not the sufficient condition. For ...
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Assumptions in physics for Helmholtz decomposition

A version of the Helmholtz theorem says that, under opportune assumptions on the vector field $\boldsymbol{F}:\mathbb{R}^3\to\mathbb{R}^3$ and on $V\subset\mathbb{R}^3$ the following identity holds: ...
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Implementing Category Theory in General Relativity

I was thinking if it may be possible to implement category theory in general relativity. I don't mean writing simply in terms of categories, but actual fundamental ideas (i.e. physics of the theory ...
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Complex integration by shifting the contour

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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Proof of Ampère's law from the Biot-Savart law for tridimensional current distributions

Let us assume the validity of the Biot-Savart law for a tridimensional distribution of current:$$\mathbf{B}(\mathbf{x})=\frac{\mu_0}{4\pi}\int_V ...
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Understanding the mathematical terms in Physics [closed]

I understand well only when I get a physical picture of the concept. Is it good? or should I change.
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When does causal separation imply no spacelike separation?

(See here for notation.) In Minkowski space, if $p\prec q$, then there is no spacelike curve $c:[0,1]\to \mathbb{R}^{n-1,1}$ with $c(0)=p$ and $c(1)=q$. This is obvious from a spacetime diagram. Here ...