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Tensors, indices and matrix notation - is there a common convention?

For a tensor named T with two indices, there are four possibilities: $T_{ij}$ , $T_i^{\ j}$, $T^i{\ _j}$ and $T^{ij}$. Is there a common convention as to how these tensors would be represented as ...
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Quantum mechanics: clarification about $S \cdot n$ [on hold]

I haven't understood what is the role of $S\cdot n$ (projection of the Spin in the $n$ direction?) in the determination of the transition probability... Could you explain me and give me an example? ...
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Schroedinger equation for hydrogen atom

I have got a problem understanding the meaning of the Laplace operator in the Schrödinger equation for the hydrogen atom. $$\Big(-\frac{\hbar^2}{2m_e} \Delta_{r_e} - \frac{\hbar^2}{2M_P} \Delta_{r_p} ...
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What does the g mean after the isotope given?

I'm familiar with notation such as Sc-44m standing for the meta stable state of Sc-44. What does Sc-44g mean? There are a few examples of this notation; here's one: ...
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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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Basic Notation Help Needed : Classical Mechanics, Unit Vectors

Can someone help me with some basic notation? Here's a situation where I'm surely missing some trivial piece of the puzzle: Example 1: given $W = \frac{1}{2}cpAv^2$ (air resistance), adding a unit ...
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Time evolution of expectation value of an operator

I'm studying QM from Sakurai, and I have a doubt regarding the proof given that in the case of time independent Hamiltonian the expectation value of an observable doesn't change with time. The ...
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QFT Normalization of multi-particle states

Peskin 7.2 states that the identity operator for the entire Hilbert space is given by ...
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Why do we assume differential coefficients of number of molecules?

In many portions of physics (like Maxwell's velocity distribution law) we assume statements like- Number of molecules having velocity between $c$ to $c+dc$ is $dn$. But number of molecules $n$ ...
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Definition of Hamilton operator

The Hamilton operator is by definition a self-adjoint operator $H\text{: }D\left(H\right)\to\mathcal{H}$ with $D\left(H\right)\subset\mathcal{H}$ a dense linear subspace of the Hilbert space ...
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Why is the $dx$ right next to the integral sign in QFT literature?

I've noticed that in QFT literature, integrals are usually written as $\int \!dx ~f(x)$ instead of $\int f(x) dx$. Why?
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Lowering and Raising Kronecker Delta

When an index of the Kronecker-delta tensor $\delta_a^b$ is lowered or raised with the metric tensor $g_{ab}$, i.e. $g_{ab}\delta^b_c$ or $g^{ab}\delta_b^c$, is the result another Kronecker-delta ...
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What do physicists mean by ${g^{i}}_j$?

Maybe this is an idiot question, but in relativity I see a lot of ${g^{i}}_j$ for a metric tensor $g$. Is this just $$\delta^i_j ~=~ g(dx^i \sharp, \partial_{ x^j})~?$$
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Why the notation of Lorentz Transform has to be like this?

I have a confusion about the notation used for Lorentz Transformation ($\Lambda^{\mu}{}_{\nu}$). I think Lorentz transform is not a tensor because it transforms a vector from one coordinate frame to ...
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What is this nested bracket notation?

The following is an excerpt from K. Varga's paper, Precise solution of few-body problems with stochastic variational method on correlated Gaussian basis: ...The function $θ_{LM_L}(\mathbf{x})$ in ...
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Understanding basic quantum mechanics notation [closed]

I was talking with a guy about energy levels of an atom in a magnetic field. He said that energy levels are shifted and that, if you want know how much, you have to analyze this: for 1s state: ...
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What does the $\Delta$ notation mean? E.g. for potential energy: $\Delta U$ vs just $U$? What is the difference?

I've seen in this article that potential energy is defined like this: $U=-\int _{\text{ref}}^r\overset{\rightharpoonup }{F}\cdot d\overset{\rightharpoonup }{r}$. However I've seen in other text books ...
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QCD color factors from quark gluon vertices

The color factors in QCD tell us the relative strength of the coupling of a quark emitting a gluon, a gluon emitting a quark-antiquark pair or a gluon emitting two gluons. To calculate let them we ...
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Difference between $|d{\bf r}|$ and $d|{\bf r}|$

What is the difference between $|d{\bf r}|$ and $d|{\bf r}|$ and why are both of them not always equal to each other? My question might seem stupid to some and will probably get downvoted but I have ...
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Atomic nearest neighbor notation

I recently got a correction to a paper that I am writing. The correction references a section in which I talk about nearest neighbors. The comment says: Do you mean NN, NNN, etc., or NN, 2NN, 3NN? ...
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What do “ℜe” and “A*” mean?

What do "$\mathfrak{Re}$" and "A*" mean in the following equation (taken from James Binney and David Skinner's QM lecture notes, equation 1.12), \begin{align} p(S\text{ or ...
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How to interpret vector operators in quantum mechanics?

To the point: How should I think about the equation $$\hat{\mathbf{x}}\mid\mathbf{x'}\rangle = \mathbf{x'}\mid\mathbf{x'}\rangle~?$$ Is it a triple of equations $\hat{x}\mid x'\rangle = x'\mid ...
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When is Einstein summation implied by Lorentz indices?

I would like to ask if it is possible to find out whether Einstein summation is used in an equation. For example, $$A^{\mu \nu} = 1$$ can either mean $\sum_{\mu\nu} A^{\mu \nu}=1$ or $A^{\mu \nu}=1$ ...
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Notation in crystallography

I'm trying to comprehend the proof that for a crystal with translational symmetry only 1,2,3,4 or 6 rotational axes exist. The proof I'm trying to follow however uses a weird notation I haven't seen ...
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Clarifying some notation, the square of a vector derivative

I'm reading a text which asserts that, if $\vec{F}(\vec{x})=-\nabla V(\vec{x})$ then we define $$E = \frac{m}{2} \left( \frac{d\vec{x}}{dt}\right)^2-V(\vec{x}) \, .$$ However, I don't understand how ...
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Acceleration derivative

I am reading Morris Kline's "Calculus" and I fail to understand this notation: We have acceleration to which an object $r$ feet from the center of the earth (and above the earth) is subject. If we ...
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Dirac notation and column representation

$\renewcommand{ket}[1]{|#1\rangle}$ I am facing difficulty in understanding how the right hand side is coming in equation A below In $H$ of dimention 4, the vector $$ \sqrt{\frac{2}{3}} ...
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Symbols of derivatives

What is the exact use of the symbols $\partial$, $\delta$ and $\mathrm{d}$ in derivatives in physics? How are they different and when are they used? It would be nice to get that settled once and for ...
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How is $\delta s$ different than $ds$? [duplicate]

Specifically I'm reading Dirac's General Relativity and he says essentially: $$ \delta Q = \frac{\partial Q}{\partial x^\mu} \delta x^\mu $$ But what's the difference between this and: $$ dQ = ...
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Nabla or semicolon notation for covariant derivative? [closed]

$$A_{\,;\alpha}^{\mu}=\nabla_{\alpha}A^{\mu}$$ Are there any pros and cons regarding these two notations for denoting the covariant derivative?
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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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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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Order of index in Lorentz transform

I am reading Schwartz's "QFT and the standard model". On pg 13 he gives the Lorentz transform of a rotation around the x-axis: $ \left( \begin{array}{cccc} 1 & 0 & 0 & 0 \\ 0 & 1 ...
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Summation notation for Kronecker delta

I'm having some problems on notation for indices: I've found in Goldstein, 3rd edition, that the Kronecker delta satisfies the following property: $$\delta_{ij}\delta_{ik}=\delta_{jk}$$ But ...
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Notation of polarization of light

Upon my research of polarization of light I stumbled upon the following formula: What do the three dots mean? I have never seen them before. Edit: Found this notation in the book "Nonlinear fiber ...
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Where does this relativistic relation involving the delta function come from?

\begin{equation} \int\delta(E^2-\mathbf{p}^2-m^2)dE=\frac{1}{2E_\mathbf{p}} \end{equation} Shouldn't integrating the delta function like this just give 1?
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Meaning of these terms for stress fields?

I'm from a math & comp sci background and I'm currently looking at facture theory which deals with stress fields. Can someone explain to me what the following terms represent in the context of a ...
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Technical question about 2-forms

A technical question about the electromagnetic tensor, but before that, it is know if, say, instead of being $$F_{\mu\nu}=\partial_{\mu}A_{\nu} - \partial_{\nu}A_{\mu}$$it were ...
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Is it foolish to distinguish between covariant and contravariant vectors?

A vector space is a set whose elements satisfy certain axioms. Now there are physical entities that satisfy these properties, which may not be arrows. A co-ordinate transformation is linear map from a ...
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Contraction of Kronecker delta = 4 [duplicate]

This suggests, as a shortcut notation, the concept of lowering indices; from any vector we can construct a (0, 1) tensor defined by contraction with the metric: $$A_\nu ≡ g_{\mu\nu}A^\mu$$ so that ...
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Relativity question about 4-velocity

Given a 4-velocity $u^0$, how do you find $u_0$? Do you use $u_{\alpha}u^{\alpha} = -1$?
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Notation of vectors

It's very common to see $\text{F} = 30 \text{ N}$ when the problem is unidimensional. Yet, force is a vector. Shouldn't I write $|\overrightarrow{F}| = 30 \text{ N}$? Because if I write ...
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What is the meaning of symbols $\delta f$ and $\delta^2f$?

Professor was using these symbols to derive the continuity equation. He defined the infinitesimal mass as $\delta^2m=\rho \delta V$ and the mass that leaves some closed boundary $\partial V$ as ...
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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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What is nuclide notation referring to? Only the nucleus or the whole atom?

sorry that this is an easy question but I am just a bit confused about nuclide notation. When you say e.g. $^{240}_{94}\text{Pu}$, are you referring to the atom of $\text{Pu}$ or only its nucleus? It ...
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Using mega (=10^6) when writing by hand? [closed]

I just solved a problem which had answer 1.7*10^6 m (m=meters) If I wanted to write this using M=10^6 it would be 1.7 Mm, which if I write it by hand would look like "1.7 mm" which is confusing. Is ...
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What's the correct link between Dirac notation and wave mechanics integrals?

In wave mechanics when we compute the expectation value of energy we write the following $$\left<\hat{H}\right>=\int_{-\infty}^\infty\mathrm{d}x\ ...
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Notation of angular momentum operators vs numbers

I'm reading about finding the mass of quarks in mesons. In the lecture notes, it says We need to find $\langle\boldsymbol{s}_q\cdot\boldsymbol{s}_\bar{q}\rangle$. Since $L=0$, then ...
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Electric current notation

Depending on the source, I sometimes read $\frac{\delta q}{dt}$ , $\frac{dq}{dt}$ or even $\frac{\delta q}{\delta t}$ (rare) Wich one is the correct notation ? In theory we are to know if a ...
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What does a left-right arrow in a tensor formula mean?

I need help with some some notation I've not seen before. Is using the left-right arrow in this formula $$[P^μ,M^{ρσ}]=i\hbar(g^{\mu\sigma}P^\rho-(\rho\leftrightarrow\sigma))$$ equivalent to writing ...