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Physics Culture and the Attitude Towards Pure Math [on hold]

To preface my question, I think it's important that I explain my experience studying both physics and pure math at the university level. I am American (as I'm sure education in different countries ...
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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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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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Objective time derivative that is no Lie derivative

I am trying to understand the notion of "Objectivity" and "Objective Time Derivatives" (invariance of rheological equations under arbitrary time dependent rotations and translations) in Continuum ...
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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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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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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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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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How to know whether a solution for a set of coupled non-linear differential equations are stable or not [migrated]

I have 3-coupled ordinary non-linear differential equations, one second order in time and other two first order in time, with 3-dependant variables say x(t), y(t) and z(t). I have a particular ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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On a trick to derive the Noether current

Suppose, in whatever dimension and theory, the action $S$ is invariant for a global symmetry with a continuous parameter $\epsilon$. The trick to get the Noether current consists in making the ...
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Multiscale master equation for dividing cells

I have a conceptual problem trying to build a master equation for dividing cells which have a certain surface receptor. Each cell has its own receptor dynamics, and they divide with receptor-dependent ...
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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? What are good references that detail ...
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Mathematical Formulation of Classical Spacetime

I have seen two formulations of Classical Mechanics: Newtonian spacetime (learned it from the lectures of Professor Frederic P. Schuller): Definition: A Newtonian spacetime is a quintuple $(M, \...
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Meaning of a Dirac delta speed in 1d shallow-water equations

A 1d thin layer of a fluid of constant density in hydrostatic balance can be modeled by shallow-water equations: $$\begin{align*}\partial_tu+\partial_x\left(v+\frac{u^2}{2}\right)&=0,\\ \...
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Non-separable solutions of the Schroedinger equation

I'm studying an undergraduate Quantum Mechanics course and I have some doubts about the solution of the Schroedinger equation by the separation of variables method. If we suppose that the solutions ...
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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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How to properly use Perturbation Theory in classical systems?

Context: If we consider a particle in upwards motion near the Earth's surface and acted by a quadratic drag we get the non-linear eom: $$\frac{dv}{dt}=-g-\frac{b}{m}v^2.$$ We can solve it ...
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Spherical wave as sum of plane waves

How can we do this computation? $\iiint_{R^3} \frac{e^{ik'r}}{r} e^{ik_1x+k_2y+k_3z}dx dy dz$ where $r=\sqrt{x^2+y^2+z^2}$ ? I think we must use distributions... Physically, it's equivalent to ...
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Negative probabilities in quantum physics

Negative probabilities are naturally found in the Wigner function (both the original one and its discrete variants), the Klein paradox (where it is an artifact of using a one-particle theory) and the ...
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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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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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What, exactly, is a “delta function p-form” as used in the theory of branes?

In string theory, when dealing with branes, the following happens: We rewrite a worldvolume action $S = \int_{\Sigma_{p+1}} \omega^{(p+1)}$ of a $D_p$-brane as an integral over the whole $\mathbb{R}^{...
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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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Random walk of a polymer in an annular space - filling in some steps

In Muthukumar, M., 2003. Polymer escape through a nanopore, J. Chem. Phys., 118, 5174–5184, the author solves the diffusion equation for the probability $P(\vec{r},\vec{r_0},N)$ that the ends of a ...
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Green's function/resolvent of the 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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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, \tag{1} \end{...
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Question on quotient groups and SLOCC [closed]

I have a math-physics question, which is based on an interest in SLOCC systems for black hole entanglement. The Cartan decomposition of a group $G$ such that $H = G/K$ is such that the derivation or ...
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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 ...