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Differences between symmetric, Hermitian, self-adjoint, and essentially self-adjoint operators

I am a physicist. I always heard physicists used the terminology "symmetric", "Hermitian", "self-adjoint", and "essentially self-adjoint" operators interchangeably. Actually what is the difference ...
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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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Good Fiber Bundles reference for Physicists

I'm a student of Physics and I have interest on the theory of Fiber Bundles because of the applications they have in Physics (gauge theory for example). What are good books to learn the theory of ...
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Action principles and covariant equations [duplicate]

Can every physically sound differential equation, that is covariant, deterministic etc. be derived by extremising a suitable action using a suitable lagrangian, that may be arbitary. Is this a ...
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Hilbert space of a free particle: Countable or Uncountable?

This is obviously a follow on question to the Phys.SE post Hilbert space of harmonic oscillator: Countable vs uncountable? So I thought that the Hilbert space of a bound electron is countable, but ...
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Is there a null incomplete spacetime which is spacelike and timelike complete?

Geodesic completeness, the fact we can make the domain of the geodesic parametrized with respect an affine parameter the whole real line, is an important concept in GR. Especially, because the lack of ...
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Mathematical understanding of Quantum Mechanics

Assuming that $\phi(r) = F (\psi(r))$ for some operator $F$ in Quantum Mechanics. Then, in our lecture today, we said that $$\phi(r) = \langle r|F |\psi\rangle = \int_{\mathbb{R}} \langle r |F| r' ...
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A Theorem Due to Hodge: Hawking/Ellis

This is probably quite an obscure question but hopefully somebody has a simple answer. I'm studying the proof of the topology theorem on black holes due to Hawking and Ellis (Proposition 9.3.2, p. 335 ...
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Motion described by $m \frac{\mathrm{d}^2 x}{\mathrm{d}t^2}=-k\frac{\mathrm{d}^{\frac12 }x}{\mathrm{d}t^{\frac12}}$

What kind of motion would a (preferably dimensionless for simplicity) body do if the force acted on it was proportional to the semi-derivative of displacement, i.e. $$m \frac{\mathrm{d}^2 ...
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Is the Assumption That Space-time Has to Be a Continuum Just a Matter of Mathematical Taste?

Is the assumption that space-time has to be a continuum just a matter of mathematical taste? Isn't there any physical significance associated with it?
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Book covering 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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Mathematically-oriented Treatment of General Relativity

Can someone suggest a textbook that treats general relativity from a rigorous mathematical perspective? Ideally, such a book would Prove all theorems used. Use modern "mathematical notation" as ...
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Why does Law of Large Numbers work?

Often I see books and professors reasoning that, in order to make a good experiment, many measurements are necessary because then the average value of a quantity is closer to the expected value ...
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product solutions for PDEs, physical motivation

Given a boundary value problem with independent variables $x_1,x_2, \dots , x_n$ and a PDE say $U(x_i, y, \partial_j y,\partial_{ij} y, \dots )=0$ we typically begin constructing a general solution by ...
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Domain of simple quantum harmonic oscillator

When discussing the spectral theory of unbounded operators, one often starts with an operator defined on a densely defined subspace of your Hilbert space, and then proves that the operator is ...
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Correspondence between one-parameter subgroups of $G$ and $T_eG$

I am reading the proof of this theorem from Andreas Arvanitoyeorgos and I cannot get some points in it, highlighted below. Theorem. The map $\phi \to d\phi_0(1)$ defines a one-to-one correspondence ...
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TQFTs and Feynman motives

Questions Is a topological quantum field theory metrizable? or else a tqft coming from a subfactor? For a given metric, are there always renormalization and Feynman diagrams? Is there always a Feynman ...
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Several Complex Variables in QFT

After reading the very interesting quote about several complex variables in QFT: "The axiomatization of quantum field theory consists in a number of general principles, the most important of ...
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Learning Roadmap to Mathematical Physics [duplicate]

Currently, I am a graduate student specializing in algebraic geometry. On the other hand, I have also become extremely interested in the mathematical physics. However, I am not sure what steps I ...
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Hopf Algebras in Quantum Groups

In the theory of quantum groups Hopf algebras arise via the Fourier transform: A third point of view is that Hopf algebras are the next simplest category after Abelian groups admitting Fourier ...
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Momentum Representation vs Position Representation

We are given an operator $g$ from $\mathcal{l}^2(\mathbb{Z})$ to $\mathcal{l}^2(\mathbb{Z})$, i.e., the space of functions that are square summable over $\mathbb{Z}$ such that ...
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How to choose the Correct Green's Function?

In order to solve the Green’s function of the Helmholtz operator $$(\nabla^2+k^2)G(\vec r-\vec r’)=\delta^{(3)} (\vec r-\vec r’)$$ one can obtain four different Green’s functions corresponding to four ...
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Paths in the path integral

In the path integral approach one defines in some heuristic way the functional path integral \begin{equation} Z=\int{\cal{D}}\phi e^{iS(\phi)} \end{equation} and the one claims that one must ...
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Research problems in application of Lie groups to differential equations [closed]

Are there any open problems in physics involving Lie groups and differential equations for a phd theses. Some applications are say, Noether's theorem in classical or quantum field theory. But I am ...
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Linear sigma models and integrable systems

I'm a mathematician who recently became very interested in questions related to mathematical physics but somehow I have already difficulties in penetrating the literature... I'd highly appreciate any ...
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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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Finding expectation value of $p^2$ without integrals

So the expectation value of momentum, if you know the expectation value of position is $$\langle p \rangle = m \frac{d\langle x \rangle}{dt}$$ Is there a nice formula like this for $\langle p^2 ...
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Which textbooks contain info on Bessel functions & their use as basis functions?

As an exercise my research mentor assigned me to solve the following set of equations for the constants $a$, $b$, and $c$ at the bottom. The function $f(r)$ should be a basis function for a ...
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Electric charges on compact four-manifolds

Textbook wisdom in electromagnetism tells you that there is no total electric charge on a compact manifold. For example, consider space-time of the form $\mathbb{R} \times M_3$ where the first factor ...
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Proof oriented subjects, similar to computational complexity [closed]

I'm starting my second year as an undergrad math major. I quite like the kind of thought involved in my pure math classes (analysis, abstract algebra), but I also like my physics and (theoretical) ...
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Could a trial wavefunction providing exact eigenenergy differ from the exact eigenfunction by a zero measure function?

Given the eigenequation of a Hamiltonian $$ H |n \rangle = E_n |n \rangle \tag{1} $$ We write it in the position representation $$ \langle x | H | n \rangle = E_n \langle x | n \rangle \tag{2} $$ ...
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Applications of the Spectral Theorem to Quantum Mechanics

I'm currently learning some basic functional analysis. Yesterday I arrived at the spectral theorem of self-adjoint operators. I've heard that this theorem has lots of applications in Quantum ...
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What makes an abstract physical system describable by a “fluid” equations of motion?

We can describe (some of) the dynamics of many systems using fluid mechanics. Of course these include classical fluids like water, more exotic fluids like photon gases and the universe as a whole and ...
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What's the definition of incompleteness of a coordinate system and a spacetime?

I always see in GR textbooks that some coordinates or some spacetime is incomplete, such as Rindler spacetime and spacetially flat FRW universe with only positive cosmological constant. This ...
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Can we describe Quantum Mechanics using filters and matrices? [closed]

Can mathematical filters or ultrafilters be used to predict quantum physics 'events' as accurately as using matrices like Schrodinger did? Is there a way to explain some of the predictive power of ...
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Self-adjointness

I know I have posted this question before some time ago. But no one could help so I decided to put my problem in another background. The Schrödinger equation of a free scalar field is given by ...
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Disclinations, dislocations, lattices, Displacement fields and scaling

I am looking up Frank, and Burger vectors and associated material on dislocation/disclination. It seems straightforward describing a lattice and what dislocation means. It is even possible to restrict ...
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What is the physical application of Navier-Stokes existence and smoothness?

Recently, mathematician Mukhtarbay Otelbaev published a paper Existence of a strong solution of the Navier-Stokes equations, in which he claim that he solved one of the Millennium Problems: Existence ...
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Relation between cohomology and the BRST operator

Given a manifold $M$, we may define the $p$th de Rham cohomology group $H^p(M)$ as the quotient, $$C^p(M) \, / \, Z^p(M)$$ where $C^p$ and $Z^p$ are the groups of closed and exact $p$-forms ...
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Greens function/resolvent of hydrogen Hamiltonian

Let $H$ be the Hamiltonian for the nonrelativistic hydrogen atom, i.e. $$H=-\frac{1}{2}\Delta-\frac{1}{r}$$ I am searching for an asymptototic expansion of the Greens function or respectively the ...
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Relation of Betti numbers to Veneziano's scattering amplitude?

I came across Veneziano's famous formula for the scattering amplitude for four tachyons written as $$A(s,t)= \sum_{n \geq0} \frac{(-1)^n}{n-1 + ...
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Conductors and Uniqueness Theorem

I'm working with Griffiths Electrodynamics, and he introduces a uniqueness theorem: First Uniqueness Theorem: The potential $V$ in a volume $\Omega$ is uniquely determined if (a) the charge ...
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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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System without ground state is not real in nature?

We know that Coulomb force is real phenomena in nature and with Coulomb potential $V(x) \thicksim -\frac{1}{|x|}$ lowest energy is bounded in hydrogen atom. But it's mathematically clear that if ...
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Density matrix formalism and group representation

The postulates of quantum theory can be given in the density matrix formalism. States correspond to positive trace class operators with trace 1 on a Hilbert space $\mathcal{H}$. Composition is defined ...
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Relation between solutions to Yang-Baxter equations, integrability and exact solvability?

Wikipedia mentions that there is an implication: Yang-Baxter solutions yield integrable models, what 1D systems concerns. In arbitrary dimensions, what is the relation, if any, between solutions to ...
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What is the Hilbert space of a single electron?

Is it the same as the space of all possible descriptions of a single electron? If not, how do they differ? Please give the mathematical name or specification of this space or these spaces.
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How to carry out the perturbation expansion of an anharmonic oscillator to high orders?

I think this is a standard problem in quantum mechanics. Consider the anharmonic oscillator $E \psi = \left(- \frac{1}{2} \frac{\partial^2}{\partial^2 x } + \frac{1}{2}x^2 + \epsilon x^4 \right) ...
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String theory from a mathematical point of view

I have a great interest in the area of string theory, but since I am more focused on mathematics, I was wondering if there is any book out there that covers mathematical aspects of string theory. I ...