We say that something is symmetric if there is some transformation we can perform on that object that leaves some property unchanged. The set of symmetry transformations of an object form a group, and the name of this group is used as the name of the symmetry of the object.

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Antiunitary operators in the tenfold way

In the classification of free fermion systems in condensed matter, physicists usually divide the systems into ten symmetry classes, first discovered by Altland and Zirnbauer. In their classification, ...
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Standard-model flavor symmetry

If we consider the chiral Lagrangian after the spontaneous symmetry breaking, we have got fermion masses and Yukawa couplings to the physical Higgs boson. So it follows global symmetries in flavor ...
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Are symmetries of a degenerate ground-state manifold always broken?

If a Hamiltonian has a global symmetry and a degenerate ground state, then in the thermodynamic limit, the ground states $| \psi \rangle$ that are eigenstates of the symmetry operator typically become ...
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Is a quantity with dimensions td symmetrical and, if so, is the reciprocal quantity with dimensions 1/td (i.e. force) conserved? [closed]

Assume $h=1$ and $1$ has no dimensions. Time $\left[t\right]$, distance $\left[d\right]$, and angle $\left[a\right]$, are known to be symmetrical quantities, and their reciprocals are known to be the ...
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Kitaev chaing, time reversel symmetry, particle hole symmetry

I was wondering if the Kitaev chain has time reversal symmetry. I think it probably doesn't because by staking Kitaev chains it is possible to create a so called Chern insulator with propagating ...
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Inversion symmetry points of graphene

I have question about graphene. When you have the graphene lattice two types of atoms can be distinguished, let's call them type A and B.You can draw a unit cell that has the shape of a ...
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What are the assumptions behind the Lagrangian derivation of energy?

What are the assumptions behind the Lagrangian derivation of energy? I understand that we're searching for a function $L$ that describes a set of physics so that solving the energy minimization ...
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Crossing Symmetry in Bhabha scattering and Moller scattering

Given the amplitude for a particular process, it may be possible to obtain the amplitude for another similar process by a so called crossing symmetry. I know there is a $s \leftrightarrow u$ crossing ...
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Lorentz invariance & Noether theorem of classical ED

I want to check invariance of the action under Lorentz boosts for classical electrodynamics. The action is $$S = \int \mbox{d}^4x F_{\alpha \beta} F^{\alpha \beta} $$ I assumed that the fields ...
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Effect symmetry on points in momentum space

I have to study some material for a condensed matter physics course and cam across a passage that I don't understand. "In momentum space time reversal symmetry and particle hole symmetry only have ...
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effect of inversion symmetry on the bandstructure

I have a very general question, but I hope that someone can answer it. Can someone describe what the effect of inversion symmetry is on the bandstructure. (Or is there not a general effect?). ...
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What does it mean for a topological phase to be “symmetry protected”?

I have seen some very nice and enlightening awnsers to questions related to topological order and insulators, such as here, or here. However, I'm still puzzled by the concept of "symmetry protection" ...
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What is gate symmetry?

I just read this interesting interview with Frank Wilczek and he talks a couple of times about gate symmetry, without ever defining the term. This isn't a term I've come across, and google throws up ...
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Symmetries in physics (specifically condensed matter physics)

Symmetries play a big role in physics. Some symmetries are translation symmetry, rotation symmetry, time translation symmetry, timereversal symmetry etc. It seems that in condensed matter physics ...
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Why don't we observe spontaneous symmetry restoration in nature?

Why do we always observe spontaneous symmetry breaking in nature and not restoration? Does there exist some argument with the 2nd law of thermodynamics and the entropy of the universe increasing? If ...
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Why is a theory Lorentz invariant if the Lagrangian is Lorentz invariant?

For if I started by trying to make the Hamiltonian Lorentz invariant, I would have failed. Indeed, the Hamiltonian is part of a covariant tensor. But how do I know that the Lagrangian is not a part of ...
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Global Anomaly and Ward Identity

This question is a continuation of the answer posted for this question about anomalies. What happens to the Ward identity corresponding to a global symmetry if that symmetry is anomalous? I mean, is ...
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How does the surface of a material always break inversion symmetry?

I am trying to visualize this for an HCP structure. Take the profile view as such: just working in 2d. So my understanding is if we can take a point (x,y) -> (-x,-y) and get the same crystal than ...
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Spontaneous symmetry breaking of scalar multiplet theory

Consider a theory with two multiplets of real scalar fields $\phi_i$ and $\epsilon_i$, where $i$ runs from $1$ to $N$. The Lagrangian is given by: $$\mathcal L = \frac{1}{2} (\partial_{\mu} \phi_i) ...
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Generators of a certain symmetry in Quantum Mechanics

In Classical Mechanics to describe symmetries like translations and rotations we use diffeomorphisms on the configuration manifold. In Quantum Mechanics we use unitary operators in state space. We ...
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Properties of a body with spherical symmetry

I'm studing Gauss law for gravitational field flux for a mass that has spherical symmetry. Maybe it is an obvious question but what are exactly the propreties of a spherical simmetric body? A ...
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Transformation applied to system without symmetry

Imagine we have a central potential which gives us the Hamiltonian of the form: $$\hat H=-\frac{\hbar^2}{2m} \nabla^2 +V(r)$$ In general this is not symmetric under translation. But let us say that I ...
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Symmetry responsible for equality of masses of particles

During my studies of basic particle physics the following question came up. What symmetry is responsible for equality of masses of particles and their antiparticles? In particular, is this symmetry ...
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Example of a symmetry and the group with which it is modelled? [duplicate]

Could you please provide a specific example of a symmetry and the group with which it is modelled? I am beginner to study symmetry in physics, please answer with just an example. This question is ...
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Fermion Trucation

I recently posted about truncating fermions in supergravity Lagrangians and got a good answer about how this gives a vev to the bosonic content and therefore freezes it to a stationary point of the ...
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Noether's theorem for space translational symmetry

Imagine a ramp potential of the form $U(x) = a*x + b$ in 1D space. This corresponds to a constant force field over $x$. If I do a classical mechanics experiment with a particle, the particle behaves ...
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scalar potential and vector potential behave symmetry properties

How the scaler potential Q(x,t) and vector potential A(x,t) behave under parity and time-reversal transformations.
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What is physically irreducible representation?

When I use bilbao crystallographic server recently, I noticed a notation called physically irreducible representation. Paper says it is a direct sum of two complex conjugate representations (if ...
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Water dipole by symmetry argument [closed]

I'm a mathematician and I'm studying Group and Representation theory and I came across with an interesting exercise involving physics, although I don't know physics, since I'm a mathematician, I found ...
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Why does exchanging coordinates produce a phase of $\pm 1$ in an identical particle wavefunction?

Consider a system of two identical particles described by a wavefunction $\psi(x_1, x_2)$. There are two kinds of exchange operators one can define: Let $P$ be physical exchange. This operator swaps ...
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Why can a solution show optical rotation?

Why can a solution show optical rotation? A solution, as a liquid, is rotationally isotropic, right? So, even if the molecules are chiral, because of the random orientation of the molecules, shouldn't ...
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Completely positive maps and symmetric states

Let $\mathcal{N}$ be a completetely positive trace preserving map (aka a quantum channel) acting on a finite dimensional system $\mathrm{A}$, and let $\pi$ denote the maximally mixed state on ...
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Does a central force have to be independent of angle?

When defining a central force, some sources, like Wikipedia, say that the magnitude of the force only depends on the distance $r$: In classical mechanics, a central force on an object is a force ...
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Isolated system and mutual interaction potential

We know that the total linear momentum of a closed (isolated) system is conserved due to homogeneity of space (Landau and Liftshitz, page 15, Mechanics). Hence for an isolated system of two bodies ...
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Symmetry and degeneracy in quantum mechanics

If an operator commutes with the Hamiltonian of a problem, does it always must admit degeneracy? For example, parity operator commutes with the Hamiltonian in case of a free particle and we have two ...
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Why are symmetrical structures highly stable?

What makes symmetrical structures(geometry) highly stable? It is perfect to say that the forces acting on a symmetrical structure is balanced and hence stable. But why is it so? To be more specific, ...
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Symmetry Arguments: Flow Through Cylinder

Why can for symmetry reasons a steady, viscous, incompressible flow, obaying the N.S equation: $$\rho(v \nabla)v = -\nabla p + \eta \Delta v $$ That flows through a cylindrical(very long) pipe not ...
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$SU(2)$ symmetry and conservation law in condensed matter systems [closed]

My question has a few parts, I know from Noether that if there is a symmetry in a Hamiltonian, there is a conservation law. What would be the conservation law associated with $SU(2)$ symmetry? ...
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Invariant polynomials of the Landau theory of phase transitions (crystal symmetry?)

I'm convinced I'm missing something so obvious but here goes Typically, one can define something like a "general" expansion of an order parameter, ${\boldsymbol \Gamma}$, up to 6th order as follows ...
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Is it necessary to prove the existence of an operator representing symmetry on Hilbert space?

Is there any need to prove the existence of an operator $U$ which represents the action of symmetry transformation on rays in Hilbert space? Or is it enough just to prove that it is unitary and linear ...
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Deeper principles in classical mechanics

While teaching introductory physics, my professor explained that the conservation of linear momentum, conservation of energy and conservation of angular momentum are based on deeper principles in ...
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Coleman Mandula theorem and translations

I don't know what Coleman Mandula theorem is, however if I were forced to say something about it, I will say it is a statement that suggests that internal and spatial symmetries have no unique ...
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Derivations of Newton's laws?

I feel convinced that the mathematics behind newtons laws can be derived from Noether's symmetry theorems. The fact that displacement s can be described by a cartesian coordinate system with a ...
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Understanding what a tranformation on a Ray and Hilbert space

I've been referring to Chapter 2 of Introduction to Quantum Field Theory by Weinberg where he talks about symmetries and how they go about. Now, there are two points that he mentions. A ray, which by ...
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Part of a Wigner theorem [closed]

I was trying to understand why there should exist operator in Hilbert space to correspond to any symmetry transformation and found about Wigner's theorem. In it, I can see that any transformed vector ...
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Existence of representation of symmetry transformation

There is a simple fact that we can change our point of view and that physical laws should remain the same, id est, outcomes of our experiments should be the same no matter from which frame of ...
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Does the conservation of the Wronskian follow from Noether's principle?

Noether's principle is the paradigm that symmetries of Hamiltonian and Lagrangian systems correspond to conservation laws of various kinds. Consider a one-dimensional harmonic oscillator $$\tag{*} ...
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Symmetries of a Lagrangian density

Given some Lagrangian density as this how in general can one finds it's symmetries that give conserved currents? For example in this case U(1) is ok, but are there others? Do you know some book ...
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Thinking about the properties of 'nothing' [closed]

If a certain identifiable part of space that has no type of measurable energy fields manifesting 'in it' for a given duration ; is such a totally empty space the same as 'nothing'? Anything with any ...
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Bloch Functions as an implication of the Crystallographic Restriction Theorem?

I'm studying Bloch Functions and it seems to me safe to assume that they are the most general Eigenfunction of a Hamiltionian with the crystal periodicity. Now the only considerations made in deriving ...