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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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Why isn't the path integral rigorous?

I've recently been reading Path Integrals and Quantum Processes by Mark Swanson; it's an excellent and pedagogical introduction to the Path Integral formulation. He derives the path integral and shows ...
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What is meant by the following divergent formula?

I have encountered the following formula a couple of times (in different physics contexts which I do not have a good understanding of) $$\int_{0}^\infty \frac{dt}{t}e^{-tx}=-\log x$$ Formally one ...
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Problem with momentum operator

Why is there no problem with the eigenfunction of the momentum operator being non-normalisable? How can it be a valid quantum state?
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A special path integral

May be $f(\vec{x}), \vec{g}(\vec{x})$ an arbitrary functions dependent on the coordinates $\vec{x}=(x,y,z)^T$. Defining the following function dependent on a 3-dimensional curve $\vec{\gamma(t)}$ ...
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Equivalence classes of mappings from $T^{2}$ to an arbitrary space $X$

I was reading the paper "Homotopy and quantization in condensed matter physics", by J.E Avron et al. ( http://journals.aps.org/prl/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevLett.51.51). There they have classified the ...
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Is the Hilbert space spanned by both bound and continuous hydrogen atom eigenfunctions?

As e.g. Griffiths says (p. 103, Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, 2nd ed.), if a spectrum of a linear operator is continuous, the eigenfunctions are not normalizable, therefore it has no ...
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Symplectic geometry in thermodynamics

There seems to be analogues between Hamiltonian dynamics and thermodynamics given the Legendre transforms between Lagrangian and Hamiltonian functions and all of Maxwell's relations. Poincarè tried to ...
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Proof of equality of the integral and differential form of Maxwell's equation

Just curious, can anyone show how the integral and differential form of Maxwell's equation is equivalent? (While it is conceptually obvious, I am thinking rigorous mathematical proof may be useful in ...
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Is my Summary of a Spinor Bundle Associated with a String Worldsheet Correct?

I've been having difficulty finding a source that lists all the properties of the spinor bundle of a string worldsheet explicitly, so I've had a go at creating my own description. I'd really ...
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Tip of a spreading wave-packet: asymptotics beyond all orders of a saddle point expansion

This is a technical question coming from mapping of an unrelated problem onto dynamics of a non-relativistic massive particle in 1+1 dimensions. This issue is with asymptotics dominated by a term ...
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When generalizing from discrete (but infinite) eigenstates to continuous eigenstates, Why do we change the definition?

The propagator function for discrete eigenstates is $$u(t)=\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}|E_n\rangle\langle E_n|e^{-iE_nt/ \hbar } \tag{1}\ .$$ But when we have continuous eigenstates, (like for the case of ...
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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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Given the Wikipedia notion of “arc length”, how is its manifestly real “signed variant” to be called and denoted?

I am dissatisfied with the presentation (not to say "definition") of "arc length", in its "Generalization to (pseudo-)Riemannian manifolds", as given in Wikipedia. (Who isn't?. But I'll sketch it here ...
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Hubble's law and conservation of energy

If all distances are constantly increasing, as Hubble's law say, then lots of potential energies of form ~$\frac{1}{r}$ changes, so how is the total energy of the Universe conserved with Hubble's ...
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Is the converse of Noether's first theorem true: Every conservation law has a symmetry?

Noether's (first) theorem states that any differentiable symmetry of the action of a physical system has a corresponding conservation law. Is the converse true: Any conservation law of a physical ...
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Expression of density operator

States in Quantum Mechanics can be thought of as density operators, i.e., positive semi-definite, normalized trace class operators on a Hilbert Space $\mathcal{H}$. In the case ...
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Is there any relation between single crystal elastic constants and plastic deformation?

The elastic constants are the tensor coefficient in Hook's Law. Which are valued only in elastic region.But, we are using elastic constants to find the hardness.The hardness is the measure of the ...
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Asymptotic Analysis of 1-D Schrödinger Equation [closed]

I'm looking to do a small personal project regarding the time independent Schrödinger equation in 1-D: $$y'' +V(x)y=Ey$$ $$y''=Q(x)y$$ where $ Q(x):=E-V(x) $. There is obviously nothing stopping ...
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Symplectic structure and isomorphisms

In his book Mathematical Methods of Classical Mechanics, V.I. Arnold writes To each vector $\xi$, tangent to a symplectic manifold $(M^{2n},\omega^2)$ at the point $\mathbf{x}$, we associate a ...
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Solving inhomogeneous Stokes equation

I want to solve the Stokes inhomogeneous equation, i.e. $$\nabla^2 \vec v -\nabla P = \vec f(r,\theta)$$ $$\nabla\cdot\vec v=0$$ where $\vec f$ is irrotational, i.e. $\partial_y f_x - \partial_x ...
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Fractional exponent in a scalar quantum field: Is energy and momentum conserved in this case?

Assuming that I would have the following term in the Lagrangian for a scalar boson field $$L=\int d^4x g (\phi^{2-p} \phi^{\dagger 2+p}+\phi^{\dagger 2-p} \phi^{2+p}))$$ with a fractional number $p$. ...
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A conjecture about the Møller operator

Consider the Møller operator $$ \Omega_+ = \lim_{t \rightarrow -\infty } e^{i H t } e^{- i H_0 t } , $$ Now, suppose a state $\psi $ is located far away from the potential $V = H- H_0$. I feel that ...
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Isomorphism of rigged Hilbert spaces

In connection with the statement that QM can be formulated in terms of separable complex (rigged) Hilbert spaces, the fact that all infinite dimensional separable complex Hilbert spaces are isomorphic ...
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Does this Hamiltonian have point spectrum?

Consider such a Hamiltonian $$ H = - \frac{1}{2} \frac{\partial^2}{\partial x^2} - F x + V(x) ,$$ with $F$ being some constant, and $V(x)= V(x+L)$ being some periodic potential. Does this ...
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What is the essential concept behind the difference in the fundamental solutions of the Stokes and Poisson equations?

The fundamental solutions, i.e., the solution with a point source, of the Poisson's equation and the Stokes equations in 3D are: $$\nabla^2 f=\delta(\boldsymbol x) \ \Longrightarrow\ G(\boldsymbol ...
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Noether's Theorem: Lie algebra, Lie groups

I've had a brief look through similar threads on this topic to see if my question has already been answered, but I didn't find quite what I was looking for, perhaps it is because I'm finding it hard ...
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Wave functions as $x$ goes to infinity

This problem emerged when I was going through some QM exercises: I've been asked to find the commutator $[A,B]$ where $A,B$ are defined as $$A\psi(x)=x\frac{\partial }{\partial x}\psi(x),$$ ...
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Necessity of infinitesimal steps for reversible processes

Is there a mathematical proof for why a reversible process is one that has many infinitesimal equilibrium steps, rather than fewer large steps? Maybe something along the lines of this?: ...
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Chocolate dynamics

Now I have found a possible model on how to describe chocolate when it is chewed. It has to do with geometrical transformations when a curve $\gamma$ intersects a manifold $M$. The chocolate is ...
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Is it possible to generalize quantum gauge theories? [closed]

I know that there are nonabelian gauge theories and their supersymmetric extensions. Mathematically, gauge theories basing on the fact that one can introduce a fiber bundle with a Connection. From ...
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Algebraic number theory and physics [duplicate]

I would like to ask if there are any aspects of algebraic number theory related to physics (for example in string theory or Moonshine etc). I am thinking of attending a course on algebraic number ...
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Rheological behavior of chocolate

If someone eats chocolate, the chocolate goes through the following configurations: $\chi_0:$ chocolate is solid and has a smooth Surface everywhere; the Riemann Tensor vanishes on every Point of the ...
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What is a modular tensor category / functor?

I have reads several answers here about this notion, especially regarding topological order, see e.g. this answer, but this notion sounds completely new for me. Also, I found nothing really helpful on ...
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How is this a gauge choice mathematically?

I've been reading an article about the "square cat", which is described as the system bellow Such system is a deformable body that can change $a$ and $\theta$ but has $b$ fixed. The article uses ...
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A series of bound states covering an interval

Generally, the bound states (normalizable eigenvectors) of a Hamiltonian have discrete eigenvalues. Is it possible for the eigenvalues to cover an interval? Say, $(a,b)$? That is, for each $E \in ...
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If path integrals aren't well-defined, how can they have any physical meaning?

I am confused about a particular point about the nature of path integration. According to what I've read, what we really mean when we say functional integration is \begin{equation} ...
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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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Deriving general boundary conditions from first principles for elastodynamic scattering

It seems that most of the relevant books only give the linear case and the rest say something along the lines of "here are common examples of boundary conditions." What are the most general boundary ...
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Non Hermitian Quantum Mechanics

I was just reading about Non-Hermitian Quantum Mechanics dealing with Hamiltonians $H$ that are not Hermitian operators. Then it is unclear that we get orthonormal eigenstates. Now, I was reading a ...
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Axiomatic statistical mechanics

Ive read a few courses on statistical mechanics, and while their textual explanations and example choices differ, the flow of information from microscopy to macroscopy seems the same, and reading ...
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Is there a reason why the subset of our Hilbert space that corresponds to a particle is a vector subspace?

I'm trying to gain some intuition behind the definition that states a particle is an irreducible unitary representation of the restricted Poincare group (or more specifically, its double cover). ...
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Can we avoid singularities by embedding the manifold on a bigger space, maybe Euclidean or Riemannian?

Can singularities be avoided by embedding Riemannian manifold on bigger space, or more specifically black hole singularities can be avoided or not by embedding in any other manifold. We don't have ...
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Is there a general theorem stating why the restricted Lorentz group's exponential map is surjective?

The exponential map for the restricted Lorentz group is surjective. An outline of why is shown on the wiki page Representation Theory of the Lorentz Group. Is there a more general theorem that states ...
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Simulating of Fraunhofer Diffraction of Zigzags by FFT

I tried to study the diffraction pattern of the following zigzag grating by Matlab(FFT of this image).. And the result showed like this(please ignore the scale bar in this img) I think the ...
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Derivation of the Lippmann-Schwinger equation

I was trying to understand the derivation of the Lippmann-Schwinger equation in Sakurai's Modern Quantum Mechanics, Section 6.1. Our teacher presented a much simpler derivation, similar to that on ...
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How does the Hermiticity of an operator imply that functions have an expansion in in multiple bases?

In Shankar QM it is stated that since the $\boldsymbol K$ operator is Hermitian, vectors, which are expanded in the $\boldsymbol X$ basis with components $f(x) = \langle x | f \rangle$, must have an ...
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Schrödinger equation in position representation

We start from an abstract state vector $ \newcommand{\ket}[1]{|{#1}\rangle} \ket{\Psi}$ as a description of a state of a system and the Schrödinger equation in the following form $$ ...
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What relative masses are required for them to collide n times in this scenario?

Consider two masses, m and M, where M>m. They begin at rest on an infinite frictionless surface that is flat in one direction and sloped in the other direction. Mass m is placed a little bit up the ...
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Legendre Transformation for multiple variables

I need to show that for $F(x_1, .., x_n)$, the Legendre transformation is, $$G(s_1, ..., s_n) = \sum_{i}^{N} x_i s_i - F$$ where $$s_i = \frac{\partial F}{\partial x_i}$$ and has the property that ...