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Momentum is a cotangent vector?

Imagine we have a particle described by $x \in M$, where $M$ is some manifold, then it is very intuitive I think that a velocity is an element of the tangent space at $x$, so $x' \in T_{x}M.$ Thus, by ...
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About states, observables and the wave functional interpretation in QFT with gauge fields

First of all, I'm a mathematician, so forgive me for my possible trivial mistakes and poor knowledge of physics. In a QFT, we just start with a field (scalar, vectorial, sponsorial, gauge etc), so I ...
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Eigenvectors of $p_x$ in a particular domain

Defining the $p_x$ operator for the problem of particle in a infinite well. In the book by Capri on Quantum mechanics, the domain of the operator is given by, $$ p = -i\hbar \frac{\partial ...
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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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Jets and vertical differential [migrated]

For a vector bundle $(E,\pi, M)$ let $\phi :M\mapsto E$ be a section of $\pi $, $x\in M$ and $u=\phi (x)$. The vertical differential of the section $\phi$ at point $u\in E$ is the map: ...
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Functional derivatives as distributions

I have asked this on math stack exchange, due to its mostly mathemtical content, but aside from one upvote and minimal views it has not garnered any attention, so I am trying here as well. This isn't ...
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What is the physical interpretation of the automorphism on bounded operators induced by an S matrix?

In a QFT, the S-matrix $S$ is a unitary operator, that fixes the vacuum and commutes with the unitary operators implementing the action of the Poincare group on an appropriate Hilbert space $H$. ...
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About the orthogonality of the Hamiltonian eigenstates for the the continuous energy spectrum

I would like first to describe a strange case that I encountered. $ \ \ - $ I solved the Schrodinger equation with a potential barrier (a potential well limited by a finite height wall which decrease ...
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Integrability in classical mechanics

An integrable system in classical mechanics is defined by action-angle variables and closed loop trajectories in phase space. I have also heard that the flow lines of an integrable system are ...
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Physical intuition on $\mathbf{v}\otimes \mathbf{w}$

On Physics there's one very clear intuition on what a vector $\mathbf{v}$ is: they represent things with direction and magnitude (although when no metric is available there's no clear concept of ...
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Normal matrix is diagonalizable [migrated]

If $[A,A^*]=0$ ($A^*$ is a conjugate transpose of $A$), that is, $A$ is a normal matrix, How is $A$ diagonalizable? Or, this is just a definition of normal matrix?
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Infinite series of derivatives of position when starting from rest

Suppose you have an object with zero for the value of all the derivatives of position. In order to get the object moving you would need to increase the value of the velocity from zero to some finite ...
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Why do some bound states disappear in a discontinuous way?

Generally, we have the picture that as the parameter (say, the depth of a trap) of a system varies, the bound state gets more and more extended and disappears eventually at some critical parameter ...
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Best books for mathematical background?

What are the best textbooks to read for the mathematical background you need for modern physics, such as, string theory? Some subjects off the top of my head that probably need covering: ...
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When can an autonomous system be written using a Hamiltonian?

If I have an autonomous series of differential equations $$\tag{1} \frac{dx_i}{dt} ~=~ A_i(x_1,...,x_n)$$ with the condition that $$\tag{2} \sum_{i=1}^n\frac{\partial A_i}{\partial x_i}~=~0$$ in all ...
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When is the spectrum of the Hamiltonian (purely) continuous?

Given a quantum hamiltonian $H = \frac{1}{2m}\vec{p}^2 +V(\vec{x})$ in $n$-dimensions, the general rule-of-thumb is that the energy will be discrete for energies $E$ for which $\{ \vec{x} | ...
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Physical intuition/interpretation of fractional derivatives/integrals?

Oftentimes, when the derivative and integral operations are introduced within the realm of physics, we are taught some physical interpretation of them: Velocity is the derivative of position ...
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Floquet quasienergy spectrum, continuous or discrete?

I haven't got a feeling about Floquet quasienergy, although it is talked by many people these days. Floquet theorem: Consider a Hamiltonian which is time periodic $H(t)=H(t+\tau)$. The Floquet ...
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Expansion of gauge potential on infinite dimensional manifold

I'm studying geometrical approaches to locomotion at low Reynolds number by reading the article Geometry of self-propulsion at low Reynolds number by Alfred Shapere and Frank Wilczek and found a ...
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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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Existance of observables trace orthogonal to Hamiltonian

I need to understand under which conditions there exists an observable (hermitian matrix) which solves $Tr(B \ U(t,s) \ H_c \ U(s,t)) = 0$ for all $s \in [0,t]$ where $t>0$. I am only interested ...
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Coadjoint orbits in physics

I am looking for some application of coadjoint orbits in physics. If you know some of them please let me know.
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Hydrogen radial wave function infinity at $r=0$

When trying to solve the Schrödinger equation for hydrogen, one usually splits up the wave function into two parts: $$\psi(r,\phi,\theta)= R(r)Y_{l,m}(\phi,\theta).$$ I understand that the radial ...
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Particle in a one dimensional box conditions

Why does the wave function have to be $C^1(\mathbb{R})$ for a finite square well but not for an infinite square well? For an infinite square well with boundaries at $x=0$ and $x=L$, we have ...
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Distributions (generalized functions) over manifolds

I have asked a similar question on the math stackexchange website, but since this type of question might have an answer that is known to physicists better than mathematicians I'm posting the question ...
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In continuum mechanics, why is the stress vector $T=\sigma\cdot n$ not a covector?

In continuum mechanics, the stress vector (see Cauchy stress tensor) $T=\sigma\cdot n$ is the surface density of a force. Forces are covectors, since they map a displacement vector to a scalar energy. ...
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How to construct an isomorphism between the Complexified Special Linear Lie Group and the Special Unitary Group?

This may be an unenlightening question, but I'm just not sure about the result and hoping someone can help me varify it. $\\$ This question is related to these three questions. $\\$ I want to ...
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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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What physical effects cause materialization of a system of particles for a short time?

It is well-known from physics that a photon with enough energy creates a pair of particles: one electron and one positron. This pair of particles can only exist for a short time. This process is ...
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Tensor Operators

Motivation. I was recently reviewing the section 3.10 in Sakurai's quantum mechanics in which he discusses tensor operators, and I was left desiring a more mathematically general/precise discussion. ...
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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 ...
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Metric and the Lagrangian [duplicate]

Does the Lagrangian formalism require a metric on the configuration manifold $Q$ in order to define a Lagrangian $L$ on the tangent bundle $TQ$? Further, if we specify a metric on the tangent bundle ...
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Product of deltas in kinetic second quantization hamiltonian

I am trying to derive the result for a kinetic hamiltonian in second quantization in term of the fields, that is: $\hat{H} = \int - \Psi^\dagger (r) \frac{\hbar^2\hat{\nabla}^2}{2m} \Psi(r)$ I start ...
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What algebraic structure does the collection of all physical quantities form?

What algebraic structure -- by which I'm referring to abstract algebra theoretic ones such as ring, field, module, etc. -- does the collection of all physical quantities form? An related and/or ...
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Reference frames are frame fields on spacetime?

The idea of a reference frame as discussed in this question is that of a viewpoint. So that we have some phenomenon, we want to describe be able to predict things and we must specify the viewpoint ...
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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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Calculus of variations and string theory

In Polchinski's String theory book, Vol 1., in chapter 1, p. 18, he is deriving the Lagrangian in the light cone gauge (that's not necessary to know in order to answer this question), and he gets ...
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What are the implications for the AdS/Cft program if AdS is unstable?

To my understanding recent progress in the study of the non linear stability of AdS spacetime suggest that $AdS$ might be unstable. If this is true, what are the physical and mathematical ...
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Physical significance of Taylor and Maclaurin series - What is the significance of defining a Maclaurin series in Mathematical Physics?

In physics, usually Taylor series is used to express a quantity which keep changes with coordinate. For example the potential energy of a molecule changes with coordinate, so we express the potential ...
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Good Fiber Bundles and Differential Geometry references 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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Help needed in finding the integral curves given by orbits of one-parameter groups

Equip $\mathbb{R}^2$ with standard symplectic structure and inner product. Consider a Hamiltonian $$H=(x,y)A(x,y)^t.$$ I have to determine orbits of one-parameter groups acting by isometries of ...
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Laplacian of $1/r^2$ (context: electromagnetism and poisson equation)

We know that a point charge $q$ located at the origin $r=0$ produces a potential $\sim \frac{q}{r}$, and this is consistent with the fact that the Laplacian of $\frac{q}{r}$ is ...
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Topic Suggestions - Kaehler-Einstein metrics in physics [closed]

I am hoping to get some topic suggestions for a presentation I have to give in a couple of weeks. The course the presentation is for is called Kahler-Einstein metrics. I would really like the ...
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Intuitive meaning of the exponential form of an unitary operator in Quantum Mechanics

I'm an undergraduate student in Chemistry currently studying quantum mechanics and I have a problem with unitary transformations. Here in my book, it is stated that Every unitary operator ...
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Divergent harmonic series

Unlike the zeta regularization for the series $ \sum_{n=1}^{\infty}n^{k} $ which is the exact value for the generalized harmonic series? I mean the series, $$ \sum_{n=0}^{\infty}\frac{1}{(n+a)} $$ ...
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Percolation and number of phases in the 2D Ising model

Update. As my previous figure had conceptual mistakes I decided to change the picture to another, more instructive. After a long time I came back to try to understand an article on the Ising model. ...
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Plane wave expansion in cylindrical coordinates

I am trying to solve scattering problem in 2D and got to expand the wave function in cylindrical system which comes out to be Hankel function. Can you tell me how to expand the plane wave $\exp(i ...
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Most general separable solution of free Dirac equation

In relativistic quantum mechanics, the solution of the free Dirac equation is assumed to be $$\Psi(\textbf{r},t)=u(\textbf{p})e^{i(\textbf{p}\cdot \textbf{r}-Et)}$$ How do I know that this is the most ...
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Is there any physically relevant example of constructing series solution about infinity of an ordinary differential equation?

I was reading about how to test if a given second order ordinary differential equation has singularity at infinity from Arfken and Weber. I understood the steps mathematically but I could not find its ...
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Resources for theory of distributions (generalized functions) for physicists

I am looking for tutorials, articles or books containing theory of distributions in context of mathematical physics. Please suggest.