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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Definite Parity of Solutions to a Schrödinger Equation with even Potential?

I am reading up on the Schrödinger equation and I quote: Because the potential is symmetric under $x\to-x$, we expect that there will be solutions of definite parity. Could someone kindly ...
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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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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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Is it possible that Cauchy stress be asymmetric?

According to conservation of linear momentum and angular momentum, one can derive that Cauchy stress tensor is symmetric and hence has only 6 independent components. Is it possible that, when breaking ...
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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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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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Finite potential well, parity of solutions

I'm working through some problems for a QM exam and I've realised I don't really understand the concept of parity of solutions. I'm looking at a simple finite potential well problem: $$V(x)=0, \quad ...
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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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Metallic and Semiconducting Nanotubes, symmetry discussion

I'm interested in band gaps of Single-walled Carbon Nanotubes (SWNTs). I know that there are three kinds of SWNTs: Zigzag : $(n,0)$ Armchair : $(n,n)$ Chiral : $(n,m)$ Electical properties of ...
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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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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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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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Why are there only two linearly independet quartic Higgs terms for the adjoint $24$ in $SU(5)$ GUTs?

I've read the statement in countless papers, for example, here Eq. 4.2 or here Eq. 2.1 without any further explanation or reference, that the "most general renormalizable Higgs potential" for an ...
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Is there a proof that space expanding produces observers at all points that see what we see?

I know that galaxies are moving away from us, and so can see that it's intuitive that if space was expanding, then the astronomical observations from Earth would be the same as at all other points in ...
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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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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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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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Casimir Invariants of the Galilean group

I had studied a couple of things about Galilean and Poincare group. But in the Galilean group, there is not enough clarity on how to calculate generators for boosts ($B_i$), which if I do it seems I ...
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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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Why does Weyl invariance imply a traceless energy-momentum tensor?

I've begun to self-study String Theory from Polchinski and Becker, Becker and Schwarz. I don't see why the fact that the Polyakov action is invariant under Weyl transformations is related to the ...
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Time reversal and parity symmetry

I was previously under the misapprehension that time $T$ and parity $P$ symmetries in conjunction ($PT$) were a reflection in $(3+1)$-dimensional space-time, where $$P: \vec x \to -\vec x$$ $$T: t ...
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What is the role of the vacuum expectation value in symmetry breaking and the generation of mass?

Consider a theory of one complex scalar field with the following Lagrangian. $$ \mathcal{L}=\partial _\mu \phi ^*\partial ^\mu \phi +\mu ^2\phi ^*\phi -\frac{\lambda}{2}(\phi ^*\phi )^2. $$ The ...
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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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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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Why does Wikipedia equate hidden symmetry with broken symmetry for the standard model?

I have recently started studying the basic ideas of symmetry and group representation in order to understand the basic principles behind the standard model. I do follow the difference between a global ...
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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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Is the cosmological time grosso modo isochrone?

Is the cosmological time grosso modo isochrone? by analogy with space isotropy. Or else do we have possibly great differences by analogy with great voids in the space. We know that it's not strictly ...
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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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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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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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Hermitian conjugate of an antiunitary transformation

In quantum mechanics, one often considers symmetry transformations which are defined in terms of operators which do not change the norm of states in the Hilbert space. For the Wigner's theorem, this ...
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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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Spontaneous symmetry breaking to subspace not giving massless bosons

I'm currently trying to understand spontaneously symmetries broken in general and have stumbled upon a weird result which doesn't seem to correspond to my knowledge about broken gauge symmetries. ...
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Problem with determining number of goldstone bosons

Consider a theory $$\mathcal{L}=(\partial_\mu\Phi^\dagger)(\partial^\mu\Phi)-\mu^2(\Phi^\dagger\Phi)-\lambda(\Phi^\dagger\Phi)^2$$ where $\Phi=\begin{pmatrix}\phi_1+i\phi_2\\ ...
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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 ...
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A simple conjecture on the Chern number of a 2-level Hamiltonian $H(\mathbf{k})$?

For example, let's consider a quadratic fermionic Hamiltonian on a 2D lattice with translation symmetry, and assume that the Fourier transformed Hamiltonian is described by a $2\times2$ Hermitian ...
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How exactly do we know how should transformations of vectors of Hilbert space look like?

There are transformations on physical states which induce unitary transformations of vectors in Hilbert space that correspond to these physical states. We demand that operators in Hilbert space be ...
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Representation of Lorentz Tranformation on Fields and Wigners theorem

I've been reading about symmetries and I haven't been able piece this information together. I've the Lorentz transformation $$x^\mu \mapsto x^{\rho} = \Lambda_\nu^\mu x^\nu$$ First off, arn't we ...
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Does Birkhoff's theorem hold inside the event horizon?

Can Birkhoff's theorem be used to say that the blackhole exterior and interior sections of Kruskal-Szekeres's solution (or coordinate transformations of it like Gullstrand–Painlevé coordinates, etc.) ...
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Why exactly do sometimes universal covers, and sometimes central extensions feature in the application of a symmetry group to quantum physics?

There seem to be two different things one must consider when representing a symmetry group in quantum mechanics: The universal cover: For instance, when representing the rotation group ...
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What is conformal symmetry physically?

I'm reading a paper by t'Hooft http://arxiv.org/abs/1410.6675. There is an argument in the paper that I could not understand: "Now that system, described by Maxwell’s equations, does have conformal ...
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Identifying Lorentz Covariant Equations

Statement: $\phi , A^{\mu}, T^{\mu \nu}$ are a Lorentz scalar, vector, and tensor. Which of the following equations are Lorentz covariant. a. $\phi = A_{0}$ b. $\phi = A^{\mu}A_{\mu}$ c. $\phi = ...
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Chiral tunneling in Weyl Equation

I am trying to understand perfect tunneling of particles obeying Weyl equation through a potential barrier at normal incidence. I know that this has something to do with chirality, but I am not ...
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Relation between homotopy theory and symmetry transformation of the Lagrangian

What is the relation between the symmetry transformations of the Lagrangian and homotopy theory? If yes, how? Not sure if this is a math or physics questions. References would be very helpful.
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Only get part of commutator form expanding to third order in generator expression

(Shankar 12.2.4) Let $U[R(\epsilon_z\hat k)] = I - {i\over\hbar}\epsilon_z L_z$ be the infinitesimal generator for rotation operators, and $T(\vec\epsilon) = I - {i\over\hbar}\vec\epsilon\cdot\vec ...