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Are there any open questions in physics that a layman can analyze? [on hold]

In math, there are questions like "What is the minimum number of crosses that this knot has?" which can't fundamentally be solved and simply take a lot of trial and error for an answer. This means ...
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Onsager's Regression Hypothesis, Explained and Demonstrated

Onsager's 1931 regression hypothesis asserts that “…the average regression of fluctuations will obey the same laws as the corresponding macroscopic irreversible process". (Here is the links to ...
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The $I_{3322}$ Inequality

I am trying to understand the $I_{3322}$ inequality which is an another example of Bell inequalities and which is different from the famous CHSH inequality. I haven't got hold of any standard ...
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String theory from a mathematical point of view

I have a great interest in the area of string theory, but since I am more focused on mathematics, I was wondering if there is any book out there that covers mathematical aspects of string theory. I ...
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Obtaining the canonical distribution from Fokker-Planck equation?

First I will provide a summary of the problem. Subsequently, I will provide more detail regarding the problem. Please note that entropy is in units of the Boltzmann constant. Summary I have a ...
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Quasi 1D insulators with strong spin-orbital interaction

We know that the spin-1 chain realizes the Haldane phase which is an example of symmetry protected topological (SPT) phases (ie short-range entangled phases with symmetry). The Haldane phase is ...
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Could the same symmetry be finetuning both the Higgs mass and the inflaton's interactions?

The observed Higgs boson mass is at an interesting place in parameter space, placing the standard model electroweak vacuum right at the edge of metastability. Among the proposed explanations of this ...
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Does the low-energy gauge structure depend on the choice of $SU(2)$ gauge freedom?

The starting point and notations used here are presented in Two puzzles on the Projective Symmetry Group(PSG)?. As we know, Invariant Gauge Group(IGG) is a normal subgroup of Projective Symmetry ...
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Fluctuations of an interface with hammock potential

This question is related to that one. I ask it here since comments are too short for the extended discussion that was going on there. I am interested in a very simple interface model. To each ...
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Ernst potential from Kaluza-Klein reduction of axisymmetric space-time

Following appendix A of "Ergoregions in Magnetised Black Hole Spacetimes" by G. W. Gibbons, A. H. Mujtaba and C. N. Pope, starting from the Lagrangian $$\mathcal{L} = \hat{R} - ...
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Good reading on the Keldysh formalism

I'd like some suggestions for good reading materials on the Keldysh formalism in a condensed matter context. I'm familiar with the imaginary time, coherent state, and path integral formalisms, but ...
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How to evaluate this sum of coupling coefficients?

I would like to evaluate the following summation of Clebsch-Gordan and Wigner 6-j symbols in closed form: $$\sum_{l,m} C_{l_2,m_2,l_1,m_1}^{l,m} C_{\lambda_2,\mu_2,\lambda_1,\mu_1}^{l,m} \left\{ ...
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Gauging a mixture of internal and spacetime symmetries

Given an internal symmetry, say $U(1)$ or $SU(2)$, I understand how to gauge it, by coupling the conserved current $J_{\mu}$ to a gauge field $A^{\mu}$. Similarly, I understand how to gauge a ...
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Regularization of the Casimir effect

For starters, let me say that although the Casimir effect is standard textbook stuff, the only QFT textbook I have in reach is Weinberg and he doesn't discuss it. So the only source I currently have ...
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On the Coulomb branch of N=2 supersymmetric gauge theory

The chiral ring of the Coulomb branch of a 4D $N=2$ supersymmetric gauge theory is given by the Casimirs of the vector multiplet scalars, and they don't have non-trivial relations; the Casimirs are ...
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Superfields and the Inconsistency of regularization by dimensional reduction

Question: How can you show the inconsistency of regularization by dimensional reduction in the $\mathcal{N}=1$ superfield approach (without reducing to components)? Background and some references: ...
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Apparent failure of SUSY nonrenormalization theorem

I am having trouble reconciling two pieces of information. Consider supersymmetric QED, i.e. a supersymmetric U(1) gauge theory with two chiral superfields of opposite charges, $h$ and $\hat{h}$. ...
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Experimental test of the non-statisticality theorem?

Context: The paper On the reality of the quantum state (Nature Physics 8, 475–478 (2012) or arXiv:1111.3328) shows under suitable assumptions that the quantum state cannot be interpreted as a ...
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Linear sigma models and integrable systems

I'm a mathematician who recently became very interested in questions related to mathematical physics but somehow, I already have difficulties in penetrating the literature... I'd highly appreciate any ...
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What is the Superpartner of a glass? [closed]

A little context: This summer I visited Switzerland and had the chance to tour CERN. While there, I saw through an open door this question written at the top of a chalkboard in someone's office. I ...
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Adiabatic theorem and Berry phase

As far as I can check, the adiabatic theorem in quantum mechanics can be proven exactly when there is no crossing between (pseudo-)time-evolved energy levels. To be a little bit more explicit, one ...
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What is spontaneous symmetry breaking in QUANTUM systems?

Most descriptions of spontaneous symmetry breaking, even for spontaneous symmetry breaking in quantum systems, actually only give a classical picture. According to the classical picture, spontaneous ...
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Wormholes & Time Machines - for *experts* in GR/maths

EDIT: Further clarification in the context of answers/comments received to 20 Jan has been appended EDIT: 21 Jan - Response to the Lubos Expansion appended [in progress, not yet complete] EDIT: 23 ...
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What observables are indicative of BCS Cooper pair condensation?

What observables are indicative of BCS Cooper pair condensation? "Thought" experiments and "numerical" experiments are allowed. This question is motivated by the question Has BCS Cooper pair ...
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Majorana zero mode in quantum field theory

Recently, Majorana zero mode becomes very hot in condensed matter physics. I remember there was a lot of study of fermion zero mode in quantum field theory, where advanced math, such as index ...
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Naive questions on the ground states of Kitaev model

I got some naive questions on the ground states of honeycomb Kitaev model (with open boundary conditions): (1) Consider a simple case that $J_x=J_y=0$, then the model reduces to $$H=J_z\sum_{z\text{ ...
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Alternative expression for Bethe vectors of su(2) XXX chain

As is well known, the eigenvectors of the transfer matrix for the su(2) XXX spin chain of length $L$ are given by acting on the ground state $|\uparrow^L\rangle$ with all spins point up with the ...
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Group Cohomology and Topological Field Theories

I have a two-part question: First and foremost: I have been going through the paper by Dijkgraaf and Witten "Group Cohomology and Topological Field Theories". Here they give a general definition for ...
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How do I enforce the no-slip boundary condition in time dependent incompressible pipe flow?

This is a technical problem which must have been solved already. It won't be in beginners textbooks but there should be a solution somewhere. I welcome reading suggestions. Maybe someone with ...
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What is the algebraic property that corresponds to a topological term?

Warning: This question will be fairly ill-posed. I have spent a lot of time trying to make it better posed without success, so please bear with me. A single $SU(2)$ spin may be represented by the ...
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Geometric picture behind quantum expanders

A $(d,\lambda)$-quantum expander is a distribution $\nu$ over the unitary group $\mathcal{U}(d)$ with the property that: a) $|\mathrm{supp} \ \nu| =d$, b) $\Vert \mathbb{E}_{U \sim \nu} U \otimes ...
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Lagrangian for $\mathcal{N}=4$ SQED in 3D

What is the Lagrangian for $3D$ $\mathcal{N}=4$ supersymmetric QED, with $N_f$ hypermultiplets? In particular, which is the form of the Fayet-Iliopulos terms, and the real mass terms?
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N=4 d=3 susy algebra

Does anybody know how to derive the $\mathcal{N}=4$ d=3 susy algebra doing a dimensional reduction from the most famous $\mathcal{N}=4$ d=4? Equivalently, does it exist a reference in the literature ...
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The BPS mass formula for 3d N=4

Is the mass formula (or equivalently the central charge formula) known for BPS particles in 3d $\mathcal{N}=4$ susy gauge theories? In particular, what is its dependence on the Fayet-Iliopoulos ...
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What is known about Higgs LHC machine learning algorithm for identifying Higgs events?

Recently many LHC-affiliated organizations and otherwise announced the Higgs ML learning challenge (in May) running over the summer. There are many competing teams and significant results posted ...
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Which qubit states are accessible with linear optics operations?

Given a quantum state of $n$ qubits, and being restricted to linear optics (that is, the output annihilation operators are linear combinations of the input annihilation operators): Which states are ...
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Entanglement entropy for stabilizer states

A stabilizer state for a stabilizer set S for a system of qubits can be written as $\rho=\frac{1}{2^{n}}\sum_{g\epsilon S}g$ . If we take a bipartition A-B of our system and partial trace over A, ...
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Time-reversal transformation for two-component bosonic models

Consider a two-component bosonic model $\mathcal{H}=-t\sum_{i\sigma}{b_{i\sigma}b_{i+1\sigma}^\dagger}+h.c. +\sum_{i\sigma\sigma^\prime}U_{\sigma\sigma^\prime}n_{i\sigma}n_{i\sigma^\prime}$. Here ...
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Second order pole in Feynman diagrams

Hi, I am calculating density-density correlation function for a homogeneous electron gas. The Green's function for one of three first order connected diagrams(see attached figure) is, $$ ...
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Geometric quantization of identical particles

Background: It is well known that the quantum mechanics of $n$ identical particles living on $\mathbb{R}^3$ can be obtained from the geometric quantization of the cotangent bundle of the manifold ...
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Information Retrieval

This question is motivated by the issue of information retrieval from black holes, but it is essentially a question about quantum information. It is widely believed (in certain circles) that the ...
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What are the quantum dimensions of the primary fields for SU(N) level k Kac-Moody current algebras?

The CFT of the $\mathrm{SU}(N)$ level $k$ Kac-Moody current algebra has many Kac-Moody primary fields. I wonder if any one has calculated the quantum dimensions of those Kac-Moody primary fields. I ...
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Explicit construction for unitary extensions of completely positive and trace preserving (CPTP) maps?

Given a completely positive and trace preserving map $\Phi : \textrm{L}(\mathcal{H})\to\textrm{L}(\mathcal{G})$, it is clear by the Kraus representation theorem that there exist $A_k \in ...
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Statistical field theories on topological defects

Systems like superconductors and superfluids are often treated by specifying some phenomenological mean field theory where the free energy is given as a functional of some order parameter field. Given ...
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Local explanation of the Aharonov-Bohm effect in terms of force fields

Here is an interesting paper for the Physics SE community: On the role of potentials in the Aharonov-Bohm effect. Lev Vaidman. Phys. Rev. A 86 no. 4, 040101 (R) (2012). arXiv:1110.6169 ...
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Can Lee-Yang zeros theorem account for triple point phase transition?

Now the prominent Lee-Yang theorem (or Physical Review 87, 410, 1952) has almost become a standard ingredient of any comprehensive statistical mechanics textbook. If the volume tends to infinity, ...
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Orbits of maximally entangled mixed states

It is well known (Please, see for example Geometry of quantum states by Bengtsson and Życzkowski ) that the set of $N$-dimensional density matrices is stratified by the adjoint action of $U(N)$, where ...
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Gauge symmetry is not a symmetry?

I have read before in one of Seiberg's articles something like, that gauge symmetry is not a symmetry but a redundancy in our description, by introducing fake degrees of freedom to facilitate ...
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What does it mean for a Hamiltonian or system to be gapped or gapless?

I've read some papers recently that talk about gapped Hamiltonians or gapless systems, but what does it mean? Edit: Is an XX spin chain in a magnetic field gapped? Why or why not?