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Identifying irreps of $SU(2)$

How does one verify that, the representations of $SU(2)$ corresponding to $j=1/2$ or $j=1$ is irreducible? I think showing the irreducibility (taking the representative matrices into a block-diagonal ...
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Why can tensors be broken up into parts?

I have found these notes: http://www.physics.usu.edu/Wheeler/QuantumMechanics/QMWignerEckartTheorem.pdf Which state on page two that a matrix (M) can be broken up into rotationally independent pieces ...
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Why are Majorana fields usually used to introduce gravity in the Rarita-Schwinger Lagrangian?

When first introducing the gravitational interaction for a spin-3/2 Rarita-Schwinger field, Majorana fields are usually used (see for example here at chapter 4, or in Ramond, (6.4.112) ). Why is ...
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If $v_{a \dot{b}}$ transforms like a four-vector, what does $v_{a}^{\dot{b}}$ describe?

The $( \frac{1}{2}, 0)$ representation of the Lorentz group acts on left-chiral spinors $\chi_a$, the $( 0,\frac{1}{2} )$ representation on right-chiral spinors $\chi^{\dot a}$. The $( \frac{1}{2}, ...
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Group notation $\otimes$ and $\oplus$ used for representations of quarks and mesons

I've been trying to figure out this statement from the PDG quark model summary (PDF). Following $\mathrm{SU}(3)$, the nine possible $q\bar{q}′$ combinations containing the light $u$, $d$, and $s$ ...
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Decomposing a representation under a subgroup [closed]

I am trying to understand what is the method for decomposing representations of a group under one of its subgroups. I already had a look in Slansky, but I could not extract a concrete set of ...
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Branching rules for $SU(3)$

How does one compute the branching rules for $SU(3)\to SU(2)\times U(1)$.? In particular, I do not know how to put the abelian charges. Take for example the adjoint $\mathbf{8}$ of $SU(3)$. I can ...
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Representations of subalgebra in the super virasoro algebra

In the Virasoro algebra, which is generated by $L_n$, one has the obvious subalgebra spanned by $L_{-1}$ ,$L_{1}$ and $L_{0}$ which is isomorphic to the Lie algebra $\mathfrak{sl}(2,\mathbb{R})$. The ...
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How to calculate $3\otimes 3$ and $3\otimes 3\otimes 3$ in $SU(3)$? [closed]

EDIT: I have boiled my question down to How many independent components does a rank three totally symmetric tensor have in $n$ dimensions? A derivation would be nice too. OP: I know that I can ...
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Representations of Lorentz group on Hilbert spaces

Question 1: Representation theory and group theory are quite new subjects for me and I'm having troubles in understanding why a representation of a group on Hilbert space act on operators as (here I ...
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What does it mean to transform as a scalar or vector?

I'm working through an introductory electrodynamics text (Griffiths), and I encountered a pair of questions asking me to show that: the divergence transforms as a scalar under rotations the ...
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Lorentz algebra and its generators

I'm reading Maggiore's book A Modern Introduction to Quantum Field Theory and I'm getting a bit confused when he writes about Lorentz algebra: $$K^i = J^{i0},$$ ...
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Unitary representations of $SO(3)$ and $so(3)$

According to my skript: Quantum mechanic states $ψ ∈ \mathcal H$ changes under a rotation $R ∈ \text{SO(3)}, \vec{x} \rightarrow R\vec{x}$ according to $ψ \rightarrow U(R)ψ$, whereas $U(R)$ is a ...
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Proving a relation for representations of gauge groups [closed]

I have asked this question in Math Stackexchange as well. However, given that it is closely related to gauge theories studied by physicists who will probably be more familiar with the language and ...
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What does Weinberg–Witten theorem want to express?

Weinberg-Witten theorem states that massless particles (either composite or elementary) with spin $j > 1/2$ cannot carry a Lorentz-covariant current, while massless particles with spin $j > 1$ ...
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Quadratic Casimir operator of higher dimensional $\mathfrak{su}(3)$ representations

In higher dimensional representations of $\mathfrak{su(3)}$, what will be the quadratic Casimir operator? Is it same as in lower dimensions or different?
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Vector spaces for the irreducible representations of the Lorentz Group

EDIT: The vector space for the $(\frac{1}{2},0)$ Representation is $\mathbb{C}^2$ as mentioned by Qmechanic in the comments to his answer below! The vector spaces for the other representations remain ...
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Does the lagrangian contain all the information about the representations of the fields in QFT?

Given the Lagrangian density of a theory, are the representations on which the various fields transform uniquely determined? For example, given the Lagrangian for a real scalar field $$ \mathscr{L} = ...
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Conceptualization and modelling of spin

I'm trying to get a decent understanding of the Bell inequality, and so am trying to understand spin both conceptually and mathematically. When I picture spin, I imagine a sphere rotating about its ...
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Irreducible Representations from Cartan Matrix

I need some help understanding how you can construct the irreducible representations of an algebra from knowing its roots or its Cartan matrix, which I am being told you most certainly can. ...
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Eigenvalues of Angular Momentum in Quantum Mechanics

The eigenvalue equation of the $L^2$ operator is given by $$L^2f_l^m = \hbar ^2l(l+1)f_l^m$$ Side: So a determinate state for some observable $Q$ is a state where every measurement of $Q$ returns ...
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Difference between the 1/2 representation of $SU(2)$ and the (1/2,1) representation of $SU(2)\times SU(2)$? [closed]

What's the difference between the $j = 1/2$ representation of $SU(2)$ and the $(j,j') = ( 1/2 , 1 )$ representation of $SU(2)\times SU(2)$?
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Does the $\bf{1+3}$ representation of $SU(2)$ also represent $SU(2)\times SU(2)$?

I'm a bit confused about this following issue concerning representations of $SU(2)$. Denote by 1 the 1-dimensional representation of the group $SU(2)$ (=the spin 0). Similarly, denote by 2 and 3 the ...
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Ambiguity in ordering of isospin states for Clebsch-Gordan coefficients

In studying isospin for nuclear physics, I am confused a bit by an ambiguity I found. If a process that goes from $K^- + p \rightarrow \Sigma^0+ \pi^0$, I can write the isospin for the left hand side ...
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How to get result $3 \otimes 3 = 6 \oplus \bar{3}$ for $SU(3)$ irreducible representations?

Let's have $SU(3)$ irreducible representations $3, \bar{3}$. How to get result that $$ 3\otimes 3 =6 \oplus \bar{3}~? $$ I'm interested in $\bar{3}$ part. It's clear that for $3 \otimes 3$ we can use ...
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Energy as charge with respect to time translations in QM

Consider a non relativistic quantum mechanical system with Hamiltonian $\mathcal{H}$, and denote the states by $\psi \equiv \psi(t) \equiv | \psi(t) \rangle$. From the Schrödinger equation we know ...
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Solution space of a differential equation with 3D rotational symmetry

We know that the space of solutions will be invariant under 3D rotations, but why can we say that the space of solutions will constitute a representation of the rotation group $SO(3)$? We know that a ...
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Derivation of the irreducible representations of SO(3)

Is there a way to derive the representations of $SO(3)$ without the usual method with the ladder operators which also gives the ones of $SU(2)$? The usual way to do these calculations is to start ...
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What do position and momentum representations represent in QM?

In QFT we classify field operators according to how they transform under a given symmetry, i.e. in their being a basis for some representation of the symmetry group of the Hamiltonian/Lagrangian. This ...
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Covariant derivative applied to a vector vs. applied to a matrix?

I know there are (say) two different definitions/representations of the covariant derivative: one is the covariant derivative applied to a vector $F$, which reads as $$DF=\partial F+iAF$$ ...
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What experiments don't confirm Poincare group-based representation of particle behavior

What experiments don't confirm Poincare group-based representation of particle behavior? Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Particle_physics_and_representation_theory ...
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Working towards finding Clebsch-Gordan coefficients for a single electron

I'm really confused about a problem involving a single electron which eventually wants me to calculate Clebsch-Gordan coefficients. I think this is probably because, I've only ever seen examples done ...
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What is a Chiral Algebra for a group?

What do we mean by the Chiral Algebra for a group G (SO(3) etc )? Do you know a reference suitable for physicists? Thank you
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How does independence of the basic bras affect the choice of numbers used to represent a ket?

On page 54 of Dirac's book, 'The Principles of Quantum Mechanics', he states: Take an orthogonal representation with basic bras $\langle\lambda_1\lambda_2...\lambda_u|$, labelled by parameters ...
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In SUSY, why do fermions and gauge bosons in the same multiplet both transform in the adjoint representation of the gauge group?

I'm trying to understand a certain point about supersymmetry. We are dealing with a N=1 (i.e, one supersymmetric flavour), massless, four dimensional theory. Then the vector multiplet consists of a ...
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Motivating Irreducibility of Hilbert Space for Quantization Axioms

In the context of geometric quantization, we usually look for a map from the Poisson algebra of classical observables to the algebra of quantum observables (or rather, a sub-algebra of the classical ...
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The conjugate representation in $su(2)$

Cheng & Li gives the following problem: Let $\psi_1$ and $\psi_2$ be the bases for the spin-1/2 representation of $su(2)$ and that for the diagonal operator $T_3$, \begin{align} T_3\psi_1 ...
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Dirac group representation

I am currently taking a representation theory class (from a physicist), and I am very confused about the Dirac groups' irreducible representations. First of all, all the Dirac matrices in the ...
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Hilbert space decomposition into irreps

I'm currently following a course in representation theory for physicists, and I'm rather confused about irreps, and how they relate to states in Hilbert spaces. First what I think I know: If a ...
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Why are non-Abelian gauge theories Lorentz invariant quantum mechanically?

I seem to be missing something regarding why Yang-Mills theories are Lorentz invariant quantum mechanically. Start by considering QED. If we just study the physics of a massless $U(1)$ gauge field ...
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Why does the raising and lowering operator not affect total angular momentum?

My notes define: $$ L_{\pm} = L_{x} \pm i L_{y} $$ and states: $$ [L_{z},L_{\pm}] = \pm \hbar L_{\pm} $$ I'm fine with this as it's easy to show the result with some ugly algebra. It then says: ...
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Highest weight unitary representations of $psl(2|2)$

I'm having some trouble understanding how to extend representation theory from Lie algebras to super Lie algebras, in particular with $psl(2|2)$. Ultimately I'm interested in 2D quantum sigma models ...
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Asymptotics of the Wigner 6j Symbol

So, in doing some numerical computations in QFT, I've run into the following Wigner 6j-Symbol: $ \left\{ \begin{array}{ccc} x & J_1 & J_2 \\ \frac{N}{2} & \frac{N}{2} & \frac{N}{2} ...
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LHC data and mathematics of QFT

I'm reading Frederic's Paugam Towards the Mathematics of Quantum Field Theory, an advanced theoretical physics book. I would like to know how I could apply the theories in this book. For example, ...
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What is the fundamental representation in field theory?

In field theory we associate to each Gauge theory a continuous group of local transformations (a Gauge group), and then we require\define fermion fields to be irreducible representations belonging to ...
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General definition of vector, spinor, and spin

I am looking for basic and exact definitions of fundamental physical concepts in graduate level. I reach this following definitions. Could you please help to improve these definitions. Spin: ...
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The states of the adjoint representation correspond to the generators

I understand the definition of the adjoint representation. It uses structure constants as matrix components of generators, but I can't understand meaning of the states $|X_{a}\rangle$. What does ...
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What is the physical importance of the commutation relations of angular momentum?

What is the physical meaning of these commutation relations: $$[L_{z},L_{\pm}]=\pm\hbar L_{\pm}\tag{1}$$ and $$[L_{+},L_{-}]=2\hbar L_{z} ~?\tag{2}$$
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The role of SO(3) and SU(2) in quantum mechanics [duplicate]

When studying the irreducible representations of SO(3) one usually looks at the irreps of the infinitesimal rotations instead, i.e. the ones of so(3), the Lie Algebra of SO(3). The Irreps of so(3) can ...
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Angular momentum eigenstates

My textbook says that if $L^2$ is the square of the angular momentum and if it's eigenstate is $|\alpha,\beta>$ then its eigenvalue is $\hbar^2\alpha$ i.e. ...