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What exactly is $\hat{\psi}^\dagger(x)$? An operator or a function?

I've recently read Cohen-Tannoudji on quantum mechanics to try to better understand Dirac notation. A homework problem is giving me some trouble though. I'm unsure if I've learned enough yet to ...
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Russell-Saunders Term

The Russell-Saunders term states that: $$^{2S+1}L_{J}$$ Now, if I'm not mistaken, $L$ is the total orbital angular momentum, $J = L + S$, but what is $S$ exactly? I know it's the total spin angular ...
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Notations for statistical / systematic / numeric errors?

I constantly see the notation $$ 5.143(13) $$ for specifying that a value was measures / calculated to be 5.143 with an estimated error of 0.013. I have come to wonder though, just how commonly ...
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Notation for anti-symmetric part of a tensor

I know that $A_{[a} B_{b]} = \frac{1}{2!}(A_{a}B_{b} - A_{b}B_{a})$ But how can write $E_{[a} F_{bc]}$ like the above? Can you provide a reference where this notational matter is discussed?
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How to deal with the notation of a function $f$ vs its value $f(x)$ in Physics?

This doubt is very silly, but anyway, I think it's worth asking. The problem is: when we work with mathematics, in many situations we want to consider sets $A$ and $B$ and functions $f : A \to B$. ...
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Feynman's subscript notation

Consider this vector calculus identity: $$ \mathbf{A} \times \left( \nabla \times \mathbf{B} \right) = \nabla_\mathbf{B} \left( \mathbf{A \cdot B} \right) - \left( \mathbf{A} \cdot \nabla \right) ...
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Question about the Dirac notation for partial trace

I saw the following definition for the partial trace operator: $\rho_A=\sum_k \langle e_k|\rho_{AB}|e_k\rangle$, where $e_k$ is basis for the state space of system $B$. From what I know, in the ...
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Term symbol - how do we know the number of electrons $e^-$?

Lets say I have a term symbol $^4D_{5/2}$. From this I can simply read the total quantum numbers numbers $L=2$ and $J=5/2$. Now the superscripted number $4$ is called multiplicity if I am not ...
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How do you show from the index notation that the change of frame formula for a metric must involve the transpose?

Let $x^\mu$ and $x^{'\mu}$ be two coordinate systems related by $$dx^{'\mu}~=~S^\mu{}_\nu~ dx^\mu.$$ In index notation the metric in both systems are related by: ...
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Topological quantum computation : Anyon model

Could someone tell me about Frobenius-Schur indicator and the associated cups and caps notation in context of anyon model. One possible reference could be Parsa Bonderson thesis which is freely ...
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Should we necessarily express the dimensions of a physical quantity within square brackets? [duplicate]

For example, should we write the dimension of mass, e.g. $\mathrm{kg}$ as $[M]$ or is it enough to write it as $M$?
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Field Strength Renormalisation in Peskin and Schroeder

In chapter 7 of Peskin and Schroeder they define the field strength renormalisation $Z$ for a quantum field to be the residue of the Fourier transform of the correlation function $$\langle \Omega | ...
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Possible abuse of notation in statistical mechanics

I know that it often occurs that we need to take a derivitive with respect to $\beta$ in statistical mechanics. However, I think it is poor style to use equations with both T and $\beta$ in them ...
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Basic question on bra-ket notation

Which of the following corresponds to a $ \psi(x)$, a wavefunction written in the position basis: $ x| \psi\rangle $ or $ \langle x| \psi\rangle $? If it is the second expression (which my textbook ...
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What is Si-delta doping? [closed]

I want to know what the delta means in this case. I know the Si means the element used, by some way to doping. I guess the delta means that using some elements to create holes in semiconductor made ...
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spin parity $J^P$ notation

In particle physics, when you read $J^P$, does it mean Spin parity or total angular momentum parity? I know that the letter $J$ is used for TOTAL angular momentum but I think I read somewhere that ...
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Einstein Notation for Strain Energy Function

I encounter the following formula (for strain energy function) a lot in physics literature: $$ W(\epsilon_{kl}) = \int_0^{\epsilon_{kl}} \sigma_{ij} \textrm{d}\epsilon_{ij} $$ where all indices ...
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Notation for Standard Model Charges?

Does anybody know what these following numbers describing an electron $(1, 1, -1)$ represent in $SU(3) \times SU(2) \times U(1)$? Or, these numbers that describe an up quark: $(3, 1, 2/3)$? I'm ...
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Group theory notation used in physics (AdS/CFT)

This in the context of the AdS/CFT correspondence. I am reading this review on AdS/CFT Aharony et. al. (The MAGOO review) The abstract can be found here Equation (2.50) of the above paper lists the ...
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On Einstein notation with multiple indices

On Einstein notation with multiple indices: For example, consider the expression: $$a^{ij} b_{ij}.$$ Does the notation signify, $$a^{00} b_{00} + a^{01} b_{01} + a^{02} b_{02} + ... $$ i.e. you ...
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What is the gamma five matrix $\gamma_5$?

This Wikipedia page explains that for each of the four main gamma matrices $\gamma^{\mu}$, you can find the covariant matrices $\gamma_{\mu}$ with the equation $\gamma_{\mu} = ...
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Kronecker delta confusion

I'm confused about the Kronecker delta. In the context of four-dimensional spacetime, multiplying the metric tensor by its inverse, I've seen (where the upstairs and downstairs indices are the same): ...
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In what order should unit symbols appear?

I am trying to represent the result of a dimensional analysis calculation and I can't find an official document that lists the order that unit symbols should appear. For example, when I google ...
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Difference between $\Delta$, $d$ and $\delta$

I have read the thread regarding 'the difference between the operators between $\delta$ and $d$', but it does not answer my question. I am confused about the notation for change in Physics. In ...
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Some Dirac notation unclarities

Q1: Ok so i have come to a point where i know that $\Psi(r,t)$ which we denote only by $\Psi$ can be represented in a Hilbert space by a vector which we denote $\left|\Psi\right\rangle$. Does this ...
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Why distinguish between row and column vectors?

Mathematically, a vector is an element of a vector space. Sometimes, it's just an n-tuple $(a,b,c)$. In physics, one often demands that the tuple has certain transformation properties to be called a ...
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Vector $\vec{z}$ and its conjugate transpose $\overline{\vec{v}^\top}$ - is it the same as $\left|z\right\rangle$ and $\left\langle z \right|$

Lets say we have a complex vector $\vec{z} \!=\!(1\!+\!2i~~2\!+\!3i~~3\!+\!4i)^T$. Its scalar product $\vec{z}^T\!\! \cdot \vec{z}$ with itself will be a complex number, but if we conjugate the ...
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Scalar top quark (stop) pair production

A rather simple question: Starting from an electrically neutral state, pairs of top quarks are produced as top and anti-top, and denoted as $t\bar t$. Now the production of pairs of scalar top ...
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Difference between slanted indices on a tensor

In my class, there is no distinction made between, $$ C_{ab}{}^{b} $$ and $$ C^{b}{}_{ab}. $$ All I know, and read about so far, is the distinction of covariant and contravariant, form/vector, etc. ...
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Is there a symbol for “unitless”?

I'm making a table where columns are labelled with the property and the units it's measured in: Length (m) |||| Force (N) |||| Safety Factor (unitless) ||| etc... I'd like not to write "unitless" ...
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Inner Product Spaces

I am trying to reconcile the definition of Inner Product Spaces that I encountered in Mathematics with the one I recently came across in Physics. In particular, if $(,)$ denotes an inner product in ...
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Vector Addition — Direction

Say we have three forces $F_1, F_2, F_3$, such that $$ F_1 + F_2 - F_3 = 0\hspace 10mm (1) $$ And let us say that $F_1$ and $F_2$ have the same direction and magnitude, and that $F_3$ has double the ...
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What does the notation $c = [1:\beta]$ mean?

I have been reading a online-book/blog/material on Quantum Mechanics, when I encountered a notation on a page and I have no idea what it means. See if you can help. Here's the link and follows the ...
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Is it correct to sum over either index of the metric the same way?

I don't know if the following is correct, i want to compute the following derivative $$\frac{\partial }{\partial (\partial_{\mu}A_{\nu})}\left(\partial^{\alpha}A^{\beta}\partial_{\alpha}A_{\beta} ...
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Reaction coordinate as a function of atomic positions

I'm going over some (molecular dynamics) related literature - specifically the derivation of the Weighted Histogram Analysis Method (WHAM). As a quick backdrop WHAM is a method for stitching ...
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Derivatives of operators

How do derivatives of operators work? Do they act on the terms in the derivative or do they just get "added to the tail"? Is there a conceptual way to understand this? For example: say you had the ...
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Differences between orthogonality and Kronecker delta function? [closed]

If $i$ and $j$ are two variables then Kronecker delta is written as $$\delta_{i,j}~:=~\begin{cases}1 \hspace{3mm} \mbox{if} \hspace{3mm} i=j,\\ 0 \hspace{3mm}\mbox{if} \hspace{3mm}i \neq ...
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Wave function and Dirac bra-ket notation

Would anyone be able to explain the difference, technically, between wave function notation for quantum systems e.g. $\psi=\psi(x)$ and Dirac bra-ket vector notation? How do you get from one to the ...
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Double Pendulum

The equations of motions for the double pendulum is given by $$\dot{\theta_1} = \frac{6}{ml^2}\frac{2p_{\theta1} - 3\cos(\theta_1 - \theta_2)p_{\theta2}}{16 - 9\cos^2(\theta_1 - \theta_2)}$$ and ...
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Proper notation for normalized scalar?

I have not been able to find a resource to tell me the standard notation for a normalized scalar value. Normalized vectors (i.e. unit vectors) are typically denoted by placing a hat over the ...
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In Dirac notation, what do the subscripts represent? (Solution for particle in a box in mind)

So the set of solutions for the particle in a box is given by $$\psi_n(x) = \sqrt{\frac{2}{L}}\sin(\frac{n\pi x}{L}).$$ In Dirac notation $<\psi_i|\psi_j>=\delta_{ij}$ assuming $|\psi_i>$ ...
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From differentials to differential equations

Suppose I have a function of time $t$ and position $(x,y)$ such that \begin{equation} p_t \,dt = p \,dy - p_x (1-x) \,dx + p_y \,dy\end{equation} where the subscript denotes a differentiation. In this ...
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What does y with a line over it represent?

I've been asked to complete this chart and have never come across this symbol before, nor can I find anything about it on google: http://postimage.org/image/oe7hb9cy3/ What does the y with the line ...
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Difference between $\partial$ and $\nabla$ in general relativity

I read a lot in Road to Reality, so I think I might use some general relativity terms where I should only special ones. In our lectures we just had $\partial_\mu$ which would have the plain partial ...
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Clarifications about Poisson brackets and Levi-Civita symbol

I need some clarifications about Poisson brackets. I know canonical brackets and the properties of Poisson Brackets and I also know something about Levi-Civita symbol (definition and basic ...
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Meaning of juxtaposition of vectors

I came across some notation that I can't quite understand: $$ \hat{r}\hat{r} - \textbf{1}_3$$ where $\textbf{1}_3$ is the 3$\times$3 identity matrix, $\hat{r}$ is a unit 1$\times$3 vector, and the ...
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Notation for differential operators and wave function math

I know that $[\frac {d^2}{dx^2}]\psi$ is $\frac {d^2\psi}{dx^2}$ but what about this one $[\frac {d^2\psi}{dx^2}]\psi^*$? Is it this like $\frac {d^2\psi\psi^*}{dx^2}$ or this like $\frac ...
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Is H=H* sloppy notation or really just incorrect, for Hermitian operators?

I saw it in this pdf, where they state that $P=P^\dagger$ and thus $P$ is hermitian. I find this notation confusing, because an operator A is Hermitian if $\langle \Psi | A \Psi \rangle=\langle A ...
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Is there a default notation for 4-vectors while handwriting?

In printed paper 3-vectors can be denoted bold italic while 4-vectors can be denote just bold. While handwriting 3-vectors are denoted by arrows above letters. Is there a similar way to denote ...
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Uncertainty writing

This will sound like a silly question, but I don't recall that my professors ever though me what this means. For example: X=1.2345(6) units This is uncertainty, that much I do know, but does it ...