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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Why does galilean invariance imply that particles that start rest stay on the same line?

I'm reading Arnol'd for self study. I'm struggling with this question: "Show that any system of two particles will remain on the same line that connected them at the initial moment, if they started at ...
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The Mechanism Behind Massless Particles Acting As One Massive Particle

I am reading a historical account of the development of the Higgs Field theory by Sean Carroll. In it, he states that the 1963 paper by Anderson postulated that "the massless Nambu-Goldstone bosons ...
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Can an azimuthally symmetric perturbation lift the 2l+1 degeneracy of angular momentum eigenstates?

Assume the initial Hamiltonian of a spinless, non relativistic particle is $$H_0(r,\theta,\phi)=\frac{{\bf p}^2}{2m}+V_0(r)$$ Such that the eigenstates are angular momentum eigenstates $|n,l,m>$, ...
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Why is charge conjugation multiplicative?

I'm reading Mann's book on the standard model and particle physics and he doesn't explain why C symmetry is multiplicative other than saying it's discrete which isn't very convincing to me. In ...
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What does it mean to say “internal symmetry”?

What does it mean to say "internal symmetry"? Let me try to express the way I see it, so you can have it as a starting point. There are spacetime symmetries, which are global since any Lorentz ...
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Is the Potential Energy just a bookkeeping device?

It is said that if the space is homogeneous then momentum is conserved. But I've been thinking in the following situation: Consider a parallel plates capacitor. In between the plates there is a ...
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Homogenity and Isotropicity of space

In school it is given that law of conservation of momentum is a result of homogeneity of space and law of conservation of angular momentum is a result of isotropicity of space but what is isotropicity ...
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Generalise Noether's theorem [closed]

I'm not sure how to generalise Noether's theorem. For this L, I think $B\cdot\dot{x}$ is conserved so I tried to relate F and K to this and try to show that that was conserved but got no where. any ...
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How to arrive at the Dirac Equation from Poincare Algebra?

For the case of Galilean group, the time translation is given by the generator $H$. Hence, $$\mid\psi(t)\rangle\to \mid\psi(t+s)\rangle =e^{-iHs}\mid\psi(t)\rangle$$ Which immediately is the ...
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Relationship between zero modes and symmetry in a simple system of coupled springs

This Wikipedia page states that "zero modes appear whenever a physical system possesses a certain symmetry," and gives the example of a ring of beads connected by springs having a zero mode associated ...
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Why are numbers not consistent? (Identifying phonon's frequency)

I am trying to connect several facts between each other to acquire a consistent picture. Fact 1. Monolayers of tungsten disulphide $WS_2$ have hexagonal crystal lattice, and the first Brillouin zone ...
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Lorentz transformation and symmetries of the Lagrangian [duplicate]

Since the Lagrangian of our quantum field theories is covariant under Lorentz transformations I'm asking myself if there is any link to some symmetries (like that we get from gauge transformations ...
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Energy of central potential in QM

A hydrogen atom (Coulomb potential) has energy that only depends on $n$ (if we ignore other effects like spin-orbit coupling). In general (not necessarily Coulomb, can be any V), does $E$ depend on ...
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What is the gravitational/electric/inverse-square field inside a cylinder?

I've read from the shell theorem that an inverse-square potential has zero field inside a spherical shell. What about the field inside a cylinder? Are objects inside a long cylinder attracted to the ...
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Prove energy conservation using Noether's theorem

I wonder how you prove that energy is conserved under a time translation using Noether's theorem. I've tried myself but without success. What I've come up with so far is that I start by inducing the ...
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Damped oscillator: time-reversal, time-translation and dissipation

The equation of motion of a damped oscillator $$\frac{d^2x}{dt^2}+\gamma\frac{dx}{dt}+\omega_0^2x=0$$ which is invariant under time-translation $t\rightarrow t+a$, but not under time reversal $t\...
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Implication of breakdown of scale invariance for problems with intrinsic length or time scales?

According to Wikipedia article on scale invarince, the equations for electric (and magnetic) fields : $$\nabla^2\vec{E}=\frac{1}{c^2}\frac{\partial^2\vec{E}}{\partial t^2}\hspace{0.3cm}\text{and}\...
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Why is quark flavor just a SU(N) group?

In the standard model one has U(1) for electromagnetism, SU(2) for the weak sector and SU(3) for the color sector. One could say that in the quark part of the fermions, there are $$ \underbrace{6}_\...
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A Question about a $U(1)_{B-L}$

I know I can write the QCD lagrangian like this: $$ \mathcal{L} = (i\bar{q}_{R} \gamma_{\mu}\partial_{\mu} {q}_{R} + i\bar{q}_{L}\gamma_{\mu}\partial_{\mu} {q}_{L}) + \text{other terms} $$ When ...
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Understanding standard model and symmetry

I just want to know whether my understanding regarding standard model and symmetry is correct or utter nonsense. The standard model is the (yet incomplete) Lagrangian of the universe. The ...
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Analyzing the free-particle kernel [closed]

I recently began studying the theory of path integrals from the book by Feynman and Hibbs. The Problem $3.6$ asks to give an argument to show that $F(t_b,t_a)$ depends only on $t_b-t_a$. ...
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Physical difference between gauge symmetries and global symmetries

There are plenty of well-answered questions on Physics SE about the mathematical differences between gauge symmetries and global symmetries, such as this question. However I would like to understand ...
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Notations for high symmetry points in the 1st Brillouin zone

I am trying to understand how I should interpret the letters like Г,K,M,T etc., that are usually there in the electronic band structure diagrams. So, let's assume we have graphene with its hexagonal ...
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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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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 parallelogram....
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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 ...