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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Are there Gauge fields that are not 4-vectors?

In my understanding Gauge fields are fields that have some kind of redundancy, i.e. a transformation that does not change the physical state. As far as I can see all the Gauge fields in the Standard ...
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What is the irreducible decomposition of the tensor product of left and right weyl spinor representations, i.e. $(1/2,0)⊗(0,1/2)$?

What is the irreducible decomposition of the tensor product of left and right weyl spinor representations of the group $SL(2,\mathbb{C})$, i.e. $(1/2,0)⊗(0,1/2)$? I mean, the tensor product of two ...
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Vibrational anharmonic coupling and noise-induced spontaneous symmetry breaking in a hexagonal finite mechanical lattice

Happy holidays, everyone! The following is part question, part visual gallery, and part classical mechanics problem. Inspired by snow over the weekend I began simulating the vibrations of the ...
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Eigenvalues of spherical harmonics in $d$ dimensions

I'm working on the Schrodinger equation for a hydrogen atom in a $d$-dimensional space, so I'm interested in the possible eigenvalues of the angular momentum part of the $d$-dimensional Laplace ...
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What is the mathematical motivation for complexifying momenta in BCFW?

One of the first steps in obtaining the on-shell BCFW recursion relations is complexifying the momenta of the external particles. Now complexifying things is not unprecedented (the dispersion program ...
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Block Diagonal Matrix Shankar Quantum Page 45

On page 45 of Shankar's intro to qm (you can find a pdf of it online if you want) he says that a specific operator has a block diagonal form because when it operates on some element of an eigenspace ...
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What is the relation between the metric tensor and the graviton?

In Zee's quantum theory in a nutshell, at the end of chapter I.10, he states that the graviton is of course the particle associated with the field $g_{\mu\nu}$. My understanding of quantum ...
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How does Schur's Lemma mean that the Dirac representation is reducible?

In chapter 3 of Peskin and Schroeder, when they're talking about "Dirac Matrices and Dirac Field Bilinears," they introduce $\gamma^{5}$ and give some properties of it. One of the properties is $[\...
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Fierz identity for chiral fermions [closed]

First of all I define the convention I use. The matrices $\bar{\sigma}^\mu$ I will use are $\{ Id, \sigma^i \}$ where $\sigma^i$ are the Pauli matrices and $Id$ is the 2x2 identity matrix. I will use ...
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Conceptual interpretation of the left- and right-handed spinor representations of the Lorentz group

I understand mathematically that the Lorentz group's Lie algrebra $\mathfrak{so(3,1)}$ (given by eqns. (33.11)-(33.13) in Srednicki's QFT book) is isomorphic to $\mathfrak{su(2) \times su(2)}$ (given ...
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Re: Quantization of a Fermi field

Consider the quantization conditions for a complex Fermi field $\Psi=\Phi_1+i\Phi_2$: $$\{\Psi(x),\Psi(y)\}=\{\Psi^\dagger(x)\Psi^\dagger(y)\}=0,~~~~ \{\Psi^\dagger(x),\Psi(y)\}=\delta(x-y)$$ Compare ...
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Representations of SO(3) and the classification of relativistic massive particles as in Weinberg's “The Quantum Theory of Fields”

I'm reading about the classification of relativistic massive particles in Weinberg's "The Quantum Theory of Fields", and I found something that doesn't convince me. In Chapter 2, paragraph 5, having ...
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Solving linear equations for the groundstate of a quadratic field theory

I have successfully solved a field theory quadratic in fermonic creation and annihilation operators via Bogolyubov transformation to a diagonal field theory. I now want to extract the groundstate of ...
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Anti-commutator relation of supercharges

Reading mutiple references on SUSY (e.g. Baer and Tata's Weak Scale SUSY and A SUSY Primer by S.P. Martin, arXiv:hep-ph/9709356), there seems to be different anti-commutation relation conventions for ...
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What is the spin of the Kalb-Ramond field?

In bosonic string theory the massless states of the closed string are given by a rank 2 tensor, which is divided into its three irreducible spherical tensors: symmetric traceless, antisymmetric and ...
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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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$SU(N)$ Yang-Mills Theory

Yang-Mills theory is based on the gauge group $G$ which we take to be $SU(N)$. Consider an example; $$\mathcal{L}=-\frac{1}{4}F^a_{\mu\nu}F^{a\mu\nu}-\sum_{j=1}^N\bar{\psi}_j(i\gamma^\mu D_\mu-m)\...
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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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Why are usually 4x4 gamma matrices used? [duplicate]

As far as I understand gamma matrices are a representation of the Dirac algebra and there is a representation of the Lorentz group that can be expressed as $$S^{\mu \nu} = \frac{1}{4} \left[ \gamma^\...
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Transformation law for the eigenfunction representation of dilations (scale transformations) in CFT

On page 32 section 2.1.2. of http://arxiv.org/abs/hep-th/9905111 a representation $\phi(x)$ for the conformal group is chosen such that $D\phi(x) = -i \Delta\phi(x) $. After that it is stated that ...
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Hypercharge for $U(1)$ in $SU(2)\times U(1)$ model

I understand that the fundamental representation of $U(1)$ amounts to a multiplication by a phase factor, e.g. EM. I thought that when it is extended to higher dimensional representations, it would ...
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What is the diagonal $U(1) \subset SU(2)$ and the diagonal $u(1) \subset su(2)$?

What is meant by the diagonal $U(1) \subset SU(2)$ and the diagonal $u(1)\subset su(2)$? I have read it above eqn. (10) in this paper http://arxiv.org/abs/0812.3572 but have also heard it mentioned in ...
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Tensor product of two different Pauli matrices $\sigma_2\otimes\eta_1 $

I'm solving problem 3.D in H. Georgi Lie Algebra etc for fun where one is to compute the matrix elements of the direct product $\sigma_2\otimes\eta_1$ where $[\sigma_2]_{ij}\text{ and }[\eta_1]_{xy}$ ...
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Irreducible Representations Of Lorentz Group

In Weinberg's The Theory of Quantum Fields Volume 1, he considers classification one-particle states under inhomogeneous Lorentz group. My question only considers pages 62-64. He define states as $P^{...
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What type of fields are continuous spin representations?

Continuous spin representations (infinite dimensional representations of the Lorentz group) are pretty rarely discussed, and usually not in that much mathematical details. And usually it is done in a ...
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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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Raising and lowering operators for a composite isospin $SU(2)$ system

Consider pion states composed of $q \bar q$ pairs where $q \in \left\{u,d \right\}$ transforms under an $SU(2)$ isospin flavour symmetry. These bound states transform in the tensor product $R_1 \...
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Subgroups of the Clifford Group

We recall the definition of a Clifford group (over $n$ qubits) is the set of unitary transformations: $$\{U: UPU^\dagger\in\mathcal{P}\}$$ where $\mathcal{P}$ denotes the corresponding Pauli group (...
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Is an electron technically a set of two particles?

The electron - described as a four-spinor in the Dirac equation - transforms according to the $(1/2,0)\oplus(0,1/2)$ representation of the Lorentz group, so it is actually a direct sum of a left- and ...
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Spin of a gauge field

I was wondering what is the simplest way to understand the reduction of the Wigner's little group from $SO(d-1)$ to $SO(d-2)$ when one considers massive and massless fields respectively (in a $d$ ...
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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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Addition of $N$ spin halves

If I have two spin-halves, then \begin{align} \frac{1}{2} \otimes \frac{1}{2} = 0 \oplus 1. \end{align} If I have three spin-halves, then \begin{align} \frac{1}{2} \otimes \frac{1}{2} \otimes \frac{...
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What is the Lorentz group representation for a general spin?

Setup, as I understand things so far: One way to think about where the spin of a quantum field comes from is that it is a consequence of the ways that different types of fields transform under ...
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How many eigenstates for four (non-identical) spin 1/2 particles? [closed]

Question Consider a system of four non-identical spin 1/2 particles. Find the possible values for the total spin and state the number of eigenstates for each of these. Attempt So I coupled S1 and ...
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Dimension of Dirac $\gamma$ matrices

While studying the Dirac equation, I came across this enigmatic passage on p. 551 in From Classical to Quantum Mechanics by G. Esposito, G. Marmo, G. Sudarshan regarding the $\gamma$ matrices: $$\...
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Does there exist finite dimensional irreducible rep. of Poincare group where translations act nontrivially?

I read several textbooks of QFT and find that there are two ways to classify the particles or fields. The first one is to study the irreducible representation of Lorentz group (or exactly the ...
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What's the relation between representation theory and mass / electric charge?

This is a follow-up on this answer, where ACuriousMind wrote Formally, both the mass and the charge classify certain irreducible representations of the Poincaré group and the circle group, ...
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Non-physical representations of double group

In group theory, to account for electron spin, double group is introduced. The key difference between an ordinary point group and a double group is an extra element $\bar{E}$ with the meaning of a $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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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 is the Lorentz group related to spin? [closed]

I've been reading about the agebra of the Lorentz group. It is given by, $$G\equiv SO(1,3) ~\cong~ SU(2)\times SU^*(2)$$ Now, representations of this group $G$ as labelled by $(j,j')$ where $j$ is ...
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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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Matrix for Ladder Operators?

I found this website which shows how to derive the matrices for $L_{+}, L_{-}$ and while I understand the derivation of the equation for $<lm|L_{+}|lm'>$ and $<lm|L_{-}|lm'>$ I do not ...
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Representation of SU(3) generators

Let's discuss about $SU(3)$. I understand that the most important representations (relevant to physics) are the defining and the adjoint. In the defining representation of $SU(3)$; namely $\mathbf{3}$...
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Interpretation of vector mesons in QCD

It is well-known that scalar mesons are interpreted as pseudogoldstone bosons which is connected with spontaneous broken $SU(3) \times SU(3)$ symmetry to $SU(3) \times SU(3) / SU(3)_{chiral}$. Is ...
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Spin 3/2 matrices in terms of Pauli matrices

Let $\sigma_i (\frac{3}{2})$ be the three generators of the irreducible spin 3/2 representation of $SU(2)$ (see http://easyspin.org/documentation/spinoperators.html for their explicit forms). ...
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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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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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What does Addition of Angular Momenta tell us about Group Theory?

I've come across this a lot, but I've never understood it. I do know basic Group Theory including Lie Groups. In Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, Griffiths ends the chapter on spin with the remark "...
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Good reference on the parametrization of $SU(3)$ and $SU(N)$

For the 2-dimensional $SU(2)$ matrices, there is a fairly general parametrization formulation: $s_2=\begin{bmatrix} e^{i\alpha}\cos(\theta) & -e^{-i\beta}\sin(\theta) \\ e^{i\beta}\sin(\...