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Why are topological phases described by modular tensor categories?

After some reading, I have an inuitive idea what topological phases of matter are. But where is the connection to modular tensor categories? Is there fundamental literature where this is covered?
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Completeness relation for coherent states of the quantum harmonic oscillator

For the Quantum harmonic oscillator with energy eigenstates $|n\rangle$ one defines a coherent state for every complex number $z$ by setting (note that the normalization varies across the literature) $...
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Bulk-to-Boundary propagator

How can I show that the bulk-to-boundary propagator $$ K(z,x;x')~=~\frac{z^{\Delta}}{[z^2+(x-x')^2]^{\Delta}} \tag{1} $$ goes as a delta function near the boundary $$ K(z,x;x')~\sim ~z^{d-\Delta}\...
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Normalizable eigenvectors of the inverted harmonic oscillator

Consider the inverted harmonic potential $V(x) = - x^2 $. Does the corresponding Hamiltonian $$ H = p^2 - x^2 $$ have any normalizable eigenstate? How about $$ H = p^2 - x^4 ? $$ Any good ...
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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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Examples of short-range correlated gapless systems

I thought this must have been asked before, but couldn't find it through search. It was proved by Hastings and Koma in arXiv:math-ph/0507008, given a Hamiltonian satisfying certain locality ...
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At what density and conditions would Californium-251 reach a supercritical mass? [closed]

If I were to obtain a sample of Californium-251 that weighs 1mg, how would I make that sample reach a supercritical state at which it would create a cataclysmic nuclear detonation? In a sphere, at -...
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Absolute Void (no space, no time) [closed]

The principle: There are no absolutes. And, the exception proves the rule. Because of this principle the absolute void (no space, no time) cannot exist, and at least one exception is our universe? ...
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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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Rotation matrix for aligning x-axis in an arbitrary direction

I want to align the x-axis of my coordinate system, with an arbitrary direction in space $\hat{n}$. About which axis should I rotate? Ceratinty rotation about x-axis or $\hat{n}$-axis will not serve ...
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What does it mean that there is no mathematical proof for confinement?

I see this all the time* that there still doesn't exist a mathematical proof for confinement. What does this really mean and how would a sketch of a proof look like? What I mean by that second ...
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Why $\displaystyle i\hbar\frac{\partial}{\partial t}$ can not be considered as the Hamiltonian operator?

In the time dependent Schrodinger equation $\displaystyle, H\Psi = i\hbar\frac{\partial}{\partial t}\Psi$ , the Hamiltonian operator is given by $\displaystyle H = -\frac{\hbar^2}{2m}\nabla^2+V$ ...
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Rigor in quantum field theory

Quantum field theory is a broad subject and has the reputation of using methods which are mathematically desiring. For example working with and subtracting infinities or the use of path integrals, ...
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Rigorous derivation of general relativity from first principles

What is the minimal set of axioms required to derive the mathematical formulation of General Relativity from first principles? What are these first principles? How does such a derivation go step by ...
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Does this divergent series appear anywhere in physics?

Question I recently managed to analytically continue certain divergent series. I was hoping if anyone could tell me if this expression appeared somewhere in physics: $$ \implies \lim_{k \to \infty} ...
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Objective time derivative that is not a Lie derivative

Summary Led by an interest into the concept of "Material Objectivity", I am asking myself: Are there objective time rates that are not Lie derivatives? The long read I am trying to understand the ...
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Is the electric force a vector or a vector field?

The electric force (Coulomb's law) on a point charge $Q_2$ due to $Q_2$: \begin{gather*} \mathbf{F}_{12}=\frac{Q_1Q_2}{4\pi\epsilon_0}\frac{\mathbf{r}_2-\mathbf{r}_1}{|\mathbf{r}_2-\mathbf{r}_1|^3} \...
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Metric transformation, polygons and gravitons

I'm trying to understand the paper by Hitchin called: ''Polygons and gravitons". I'm stuck at page 471. At this point, he does some computations and obtains a metric: $$ \gamma dz d\bar{z}+\...
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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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Dirac delta function definition in scattering theory

I'm studying scattering theory from Sakurai's book. In the first pages he gets to the following expression: $$\langle n|U_I(t, t_0)|i\rangle=\delta_{ni}-\frac{i}{\hbar}\langle n|V|i\rangle\int_{t_0}^...
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Is the flow of a viscous fluid in free space under no pressure gradient always laminar?

Consider a (Newtonian) incompressible viscous fluid in three spatial dimensions, whose velocity field $\mathbb{v}=\mathbb{v}(x,y,z,t)$ moves according to the Navier-Stokes equations $$\tag{1}\label{...
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Canonical second quantization vs canonical quantization with multisymplectic form in AQFT

First of all, I'm a mathematician that knows less than the basics of QFT, so forgive me if this question is trivial. Please, keep in my mind that my background in physics is very poor. 1) The usual ...
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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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Recent missed opportunities à la Freeman Dyson

There is an excellent paper by Freeman Dyson from 1972 (here) and therein the author cites old talks by Hilbert (here) and Minkowski (chapter 2 here) speaking about similar topics, namely how ...
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Interesting Hamiltonian System [duplicate]

The definition of a Hamiltonian system I am working with is a triple $(X,\omega, H)$ where $(X,\omega)$ is a symplectic manifold and $H\in C^\infty(X)$ is the Hamiltonian function. I am wondering if ...
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How can I show that inversion is continuously connected to a reflection?

From Ex 3.1 in the TASI lectures on the conformal bootstrap: http://arxiv.org/abs/1602.07982 the problem is the inversion map (with Euclidean signature) $$ I\colon x^\mu \mapsto \frac{x^\mu}{x^2} $$ ...
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Significance of the exception to Gleason's Theorem when n = 2

Gleason's Theorem famously asserts that (appropriately defined) measures on the lattice of a complex Hilbert space can be implemented by density operators via the trace operation, except in the case ...
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Recommendations for Statistical Mechanics book

I learned thermodynamics and the basics of statistical mechanics but I'd like to sit through a good advanced book/books. Mainly I just want it to be thorough and to include all the math. And of course,...
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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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Exotic differentiable structures in physics

When reading a bit on exotic spheres and exotic $\mathbb{R}^4$'s, I came across some papers of Carl H. Brans and Torsten Asselmeyer-Maluga: "Exotic differentiable structures and general relativity" (...
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Reading list in topological QFT

I'm interested in learning about topological QFT including Chern Simons theory, Jones polynomial, Donaldson theory and Floer homology - basically the kind of things Witten worked on in the 80s. I'm ...
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Properties of spectrum of a self-adjoint operator on a separable Hilbert space

So, if I understand it correctly, the spectrum of a self-adjoint operator on a Hilbert space $H$ consists of two parts: $ \newcommand{\ket}[1]{\,\lvert{#1}\rangle} \newcommand{\op}[1]{\hat{#1}} $ ...
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Proof of Tridecompositional Uniqueness Theorem (Elby and Bub, 1994)

I'm looking for a proof of the Tridecompositional Uniqueness Theorem (Elby and Bub, 1994). Could someone help me? References: Maximilian Schlosshauer, arXiv:quant-ph/0312059; p.12-13. A. Elby &...
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Hilbert space of a quantum system

The first postulate of Quantum Mechanics as I've learned can be stated as: The states of a quantum system can be described by vectors in a Hilbert space. I've seem also some people also ...
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Wick renormalization

I'm trying to understand the Wick renormalization in the framework of the Ito integral. I saw the Wick theorem as presented on Wikipedia in a QFT course and I would like to understand how that is ...
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Jet bundles for physicists

In order to make Classical Field Theory rigorous we need the idea of jet bundles. I've seem some books on the subject, but most of them are aimed at mathematicians and tend to go quite deep in the ...
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Collision laws (formulas) for colliding discs with rotation

Say you have two discs with fixed radii $r_{1}, r_{2}$, positions $q_{1}(t), q_{2}(t)$, momenta $p_{1}(t), p_{2}(t)$, which both depend on time $t$ and fixed masses $m_{1}, m_{2}$. They are assumed to ...
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Rigorous way of box normalisation

This is follow up from an answer to my previous question about unitarity in rigged Hilbert space. As it turns out, that there is no idea of unitarity in rigged Hilbert space (hence no meaningful QM ...
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Classical Grand canonical partition function derivation

Consider a classical grand canonical ensemble. Let $S_r$ be the reservoir entropy. Suppose it could be expanded at first order: $$S_r \approx S_r(E_t,N_t) + \frac{\mathrm dS_r}{\mathrm dE_i} \cdot ...
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Why is a Hermitian operator a “quantum random variable”?

To me, as a stupid mathematician, a random variable is a measurable function from some probability space $(\Omega, \sigma, \mu)$ to $(\Bbb{R}, B(\Bbb{R}))$. This makes sense. You have outcomes, events,...
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Does the axiom of choice appear to be “true” in the context of physics?

I have been wondering about the axiom of choice and how it relates to physics. In particular, I was wondering how many (if any) experimentally-verified physical theories require axiom of choice (or ...
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Quantum mechanics in a metric space rather than in a vector space, possible?

Quantum mechanics starts with wave functions living in Hilbert space. But later for Born's interpretation, the wave function need to be of unit energy (I mean total probability = 1, $\int_{-\infty}^{\...
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Must bounded operators have normalisable eigenfunctions and discrete eigenvalues?

When we have bound states, to my knowledge, we have states that are normalisable and a discrete energy spectrum. However, in the case of scattering states that have a continuous energy spectrum, the ...
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What areas of physics should a mathematician study to understand TQFT?

I am studying topological quantum field theory from the view point of mathematics (axiomatic treatise). So it has no explanation about physics. I would like to know physic background of TQFT. But I ...
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Functional Analysis for Quantum Mechnanics [duplicate]

I have completed three sequences of courses in QM, and I'm very much eager to to do the functional analysis of QM on my own in my spare time. Can someone suggest some books? I like books with ...
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The super Grassmannian $G_{2|2}(4|4)$

In the paper, the super Grassmannian $G_{2|2}(4|4)$ is defined by (12)--(18). An element of $G_{2|2}(4|4)$ can be written as a $(2 | 2) \times (4 | 4)$ matrix of full rank modulo the left action by ...
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Lack of Maslov index in the path integral formalism

Introduction Consider Feynman's famous path integral formula \begin{equation} K(x_a,x_b) = \int \mathcal{D}[x(t)] \exp \left[ \frac{i}{\hbar} \int_{t_a}^{t_b} dt \, \mathcal{L}(x(t),\dot{x}(t),t) \...
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Steady state heat equation intuition

I am learning a bit of fourier analysis, with an interest in physics as well. I originally posted this question on the math stack exchange, but perhaps you physicists have more experience in these ...
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renormalization and set theory

I am in high school, thus most of what I know about the topics I ask comes from popular science books, which risks asking some dumb questions, because I rarely understand the math behind. It is my ...
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How many sheets for the Green function?

The Hamiltonian of a particle in a 1D potential is $$H = H_0 + V(x) . $$ Here $H_0 = p^2/2m$ is the free part. It is known that the Green function $$ G_0(E) = \frac{1}{E - H_0 } $$ has a cut ...