The systematic study of group representations, which describe abstract groups in terms of linear transformations of vector spaces, such that group elements or their generators are represented as matrices, reducing group-theoretic problems to linear-algebraic ones.

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Switch from the position representation to the momentum representation

If we use Fourier Transform, we can switch from the position representation to the momentum representation, like the following formula here comes the problem, if we use dirac notation we can see it ...
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Matrix represenation of total angular momentum operator

I see that for total ket in QM of hydrogen atom we define a tensor product of kets of spatial and spin spaces, upon which spatial and spin operators, operate respectively. For the total angular ...
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What defines the spin of a certain field? (formally)

Update: see the restatement of the question below! I've seen this question over and over through the archive of questions, but so far the closer to an answer was this. But I still don't understand. ...
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Index Placement for Spinors in Relativity

This may ultimately be a silly question, but a pedantic mind like mine gets tied into knots over differing notation. (Disclaimer: I'm a mathematician.) Let $\mathbb{W}$ be a complex two-dimensional ...
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What is the meaning of spin of an particle is $1/2$ and $2$ or something? On which factor does these spin no. depend?

I have read a book. The writer had written that if the spin of an particle is $\frac{1}{2}$, then we have to rotate it at $720$ degree. Imagine that there are two balls joined. Then we have to rotate ...
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How to determine the trace and determinat of a differential operator?

How to determine the trace and determinant of the operator like $\Box$ or $\nabla^2$ etc. But first of all how to find the same for the simpler operator $\frac{d}{dx}$? I proceeded as follows. What ...
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Pauli matrices identity with no repeating indices

I was just wondering if there is a proof of, or an example utilizing the following relation: $\sigma^i_{\alpha\beta}\sigma^j_{\gamma\delta}+\sigma^j_{\alpha\beta}\sigma^i_{\gamma\delta}+\delta^{ij}(\...
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Infinitesimal rotation of classical fields: why are rotation group representations important?

I understand that $SO(3)$ representations are important in quantum physics, because eigenspaces of the Hamiltonian are irreps of $SO(3)$ if it is part of the symmetry group. But I don't see the reason ...
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Why exactly do sometimes universal covers, and sometimes central extensions feature in the application of a symmetry group to quantum physics?

There seem to be two different things one must consider when representing a symmetry group in quantum mechanics: The universal cover: For instance, when representing the rotation group $\mathrm{SO}(...
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Complex / real representations of the Lorentz group

In Michele Maggiore's book "A Modern Introduction to QFT" he describes the spinorial representations of the Lorentz group as The representations are in general complex. I always thought the ...
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Trivial representation in Clebsch-Gordan decomposition

My professor defined the Clebsch-Gordan series as the direct sum decomposition of the tensor product of two representations of the Lie group SU(2): $$ D_{j_1} \otimes D_{j_2} = D_{j_1+j_2} \oplus D_{...
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Why complexify in order to construct Dirac representation?

Suppose we have a theory is covariant under the Spin group Spin(2n-1; 1). We consider the real vector space $V = R^{2n-1,1}$, which naturally comes with a Lorentzian inner product. On this vector ...
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Eigenspaces of angular momentum operator and its square (Casimir operator)

The casimir operator $\textbf{L}^2$ commutates with the elements $L_i$ of the angular momentum operator $\textbf{L}$: $$ [\textbf{L}^2, L_i] = 0. $$ However, the $L_i$ do not commute among ...
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In field theory, why are some symmetry transformations applied to the field values while other act on the space that the fields are defined on?

My basic understanding is that a field theory consists of symmetry groups, a space $S$ that the symmetry groups act on and of fields defined on that space $S$. In other words, the space $S$ is the ...
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Mass, Spin, Internal Energy and 1-Particle States in Galilean Quantum Mechanics

I have been reading an article discussing the unitary representation of Galilean group and non-relativistic quantum mechanics. The link to the article is given below. http://arxiv.org/abs/1107.2442 ...
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Anomaly cancellation in the standard model (calculating the symmetrized trace of generators)

The Problem We can show that the condition for the Standard Model to be anomaly-free is that the symmetrized trace over the generators of the gauge group vanishes: \begin{align} \text{tr} \big(\{\...
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Can Schroedinger equation be derived from the unitary representation of Galilean group?

I have been trying to understand quantum mechanics as a unitary representation of spacetime symmetries. My first question is: Can Schroedinger equation be derived from the unitary representation of ...
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The chirality of (2+1)D Dirac equation

Are there any definitions about the chirality of (2+1)D Dirac equation? For the (3+1)D Dirac equation, the Dirac field can be written as the sum of left- and right-hand Weyl field. Can this be reduced ...
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Thomas precession, Lie algebra of the Lorentz group and the conservation of energy

If you read this post Thomas Precession, you will see a very good answer by WetSavannaAnimal, on the subject of Thomas Precession, which I am currently working my through, in conjunction with some ...
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The derivation of the irreducible representations of the Lorentz group

I took the way of classification of Lorentz group representations from Sexl, Urbantke, Relativity, groups and particles (Germ. ed. 1975). But I don't understand it as I outline in the following: In ...
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Double groups in Crystallography

I'm currently studying double point groups and their applications in condensed matter physics. Let me start by giving you the definition of the double group that is used in my textbook: Let $G$ be a ...
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Conformal blocks in 2D CFTs

I have studied conformal field theories in two dimensions and I understand the basic idea behind conformal blocks too. But I never completely realized what they are when it comes to computing them. ...
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Representation theory and the Nekrasov partition function

Is there any review or lecture notes on the Nekrasov partition function which particularly thinks of this from a representation theorist's point of view? Some possibly related references I know of ...
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Anticommutative Sets of SU(N) Generators? Anticommutative Analogue to Cartan subalgebra?

I am currently studying SU(N) generators in order to find bases that may suit a problem at hand. I am especially interested in getting as large anticommuting sets within a basis as possible. In SU(2) ...
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How to find the remaining subgroup after some linear combination of Higgs fields gets a VEV?

This is a follow-up question to this question. How can I compute which generators remain unbroken when a linear combination of Higgs fields $a \Phi_1+ b\Phi_2$ get a vev? If I compute the unbroken ...
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How can I compute the orbit of a Higgs field?

In many papers that deal with symmetry breaking a concept called orbit is introduced: It is worth noting that if the potential is a minimum $\phi_0$ at a value of the field, then from (3.13) it is ...
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Pentaquark spin prediction

Is there a straightforward way to see what the spin of the recently-discovered pentaquark states should be, from the representation theory of $SU(3)\times SU(2)\subset SU(6)$? I can see that from the ...
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Symmetry breaking to a special subalgebra?

This is a follow-up to my question here. For regular subalgebras of some group's Lie algebra the root system of the subalgebra is a subset of the root system of the original's group algebra. In ...
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How to find the remaining subgroup after some Higgs field gets a VEV?

Say we have a group $G$ and a set of Higgs fields in a representation $R$ of $G$. One of the Higgs fields in $R$ gets a VEV, how can I determine the remaining subgroup after this symmetry breaking? ...
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Supermultiplet dimensions from Young Tableaus

In John Terning's book, on pages 14 and 15, there are lists of $\mathcal{N} = 2$ and $\mathcal{N} = 4$ supermultiplets, labeled in terms of the dimensions of the corresponding R-symmetry $d_R$ and ...
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Explaining a quote by Weinberg about the signifcance of symmetry groups in physics

When skimming through a book, I found this quote: The universe is an enormous direct product of representations of symmetry groups. —Steven Weinberg I am a mathematician (so I know only basic ...
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Representations of Lorentz algebra

It is well known that the Lorentz algebra can be written as two $SU(2)$ algebras. By defining $$N_i=\frac{1}{2}(J_i+iK_i), \qquad N^{\dagger}_i=\frac{1}{2}(J_i-iK_i)$$ we have $[N_i,N_j]=i\...
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Decomposition of a tensor under transformations

To illustrate my question I'll take an example from theory of relativity: An arbitrary 4-tensor $A^{ik}$ changes under a general coordinate transformation: $$ A'^{ik} = C^{i}_mC^{k}_n A^{mn} $$ (...
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Angular momentum - proof for integer eigenvalues

I am confused about a proof my Quantum Mechanics textbook has left "as an exercise for the reader". So, we've got the angular momentum operator $\hat{L}$. We've also got the generalized angular ...
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Does scale invariance imply massless or continuous mass distribution?

$\newcommand{\ket}[1]{\lvert #1 \rangle}\newcommand{\bra}[1]{\langle #1 \rvert}\newcommand{\scp}[2]{\langle #1 \vert #2 \rangle}$ In his 2008 slides (PDF), Tzu-Chiang Yuan mentions the following on p. ...
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Lax representation of the harmonic oscillator

Peter Lax showed that the differential operators $$L=-6\partial_x^2-u,\quad B=-4\partial_x^3-u\partial_x-(1/2)u_x$$ fulfilling the Lax equation $$\dot{L}+[L,B]=0$$ is equivalent to the KdV equation $$...
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Correct vector space of eigenkets of angular momentum

When we say an particle is in the state: \begin{equation} |l,m\rangle, \end{equation} what is the underlying state space, as a vector space? Is it a tensor product vector space, of dimension: \begin{...
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Why does the raising operator, when acting on a ket with a maximum second quantum number, yield zero?

I'm studying the general formalism of angular momentum in quantum mechanics from Zettili's "Quantum Mechanics: Concepts and Applications", and came across the following equation (labeled 5.37) on page ...
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Normalising Generators of a Lie Algebra

Ok, so I'm asking this in physics because I'm currently working through part of Srednicki's text on QFT, even though it's really a maths question. In Srednicki's chapter on non-Abelian gauge theory, ...
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What does it mean for a particle to have spin of 2? [duplicate]

When I first started to study quantum mechanics, my physics text book told that particles have spin of either 1/2 or -1/2. Then I recently read an article saying that gravitons are expected to be ...
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Permissible combinations of colour states for gluons

My lecturer has said that there are 8 types of gluons (I'm assuming that the repetition of $r\bar{b}$ is a typo that is meant to be $r\bar{g}$) $$r\bar{b}, b\bar{r}, r\bar{g}, g\bar{r}, g\bar{b}, b\...
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About shift operators

The question is this: Does $$L_+ L_- Y_{lm} $$ ,where $Y_{lm}$ is a spherical harmonic function, equals to zero. If so, why? The two operators above are defined as $$L_+ ={L_x + iL_y } $$ $$L_-={L_x ...
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Why is $\theta \over 2$ used for a Bloch sphere instead of $\theta$?

I'm a beginner in studying quantum info, and I'm a little confused about the representation of a qubit with a Bloch Sphere. Wikipedia says that we can use $$\lvert\Psi\rangle=\cos\frac{\theta}{2} \...
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Singleton representations of $SO(2, d)$?

What is meant by "singleton" representations of $SO(2, d)$ and 'small representations' in Witten's paper, Anti de Sitter Space and Holography?
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What's the significance of the difference between the quantum numbers, $\ell$ and $m_{\ell}$?

I know that $m_{\ell}$ is associated with the projection of the angular momentum vector onto the $z$ axis and $\ell$ is associated with the length of the angular momentum vector. To me this implies ...
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Why is orbital angular momentum quantized according to $I= \hbar \sqrt{\ell(\ell+1)}$?

I simply have no idea how this result is found $$I=\hbar \sqrt{\ell(\ell+1)}.$$ The result seems to just be dumped in textbooks rather than explained. I can get the result that $I_z=\hbar m_j$. ...
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Total angular momentum operator

How do the eigenfunctions of the total angular momentum operator analytically look like? I mean the operator is given by $J = L+S$ so the eigenfunctions have to be tensor-product states, right? Can ...
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Why does the electron spin with a particular tilt?

I found this image for the classical description of the electron spin at hyperphysics Can you explain why the axis of rotation makes an angle of 60° with the z-axis and how this particular ...
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Why do we restrict the maximal supercharge to 32?

Many supersymmetry textbook state that the maximal supersymmetry in any dimension has 32 hermitian supercharges. (Actually for lowest number of supersymmetry $N=1$ the highest dimension is $D=11$) I ...
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How do states in Hilbert Space act like irreducible representations?

I am reading Georgi's book on group theory and I came across this sentence..." Hilbert space of any parity invariant system can be decomposed into states that behave like irreducible representations". ...