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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How can intuitively guess what conserved quantities has the system that I am studying?

I'm taking a course in Classical Electrodynamics and in one problem my teacher introduced us to a triplet of fields ($\phi^a$) invariant under internal rotations, i.e. transformations like: $$\phi'^...
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Symmetry and Group theory book

I would like to start learning about symmetries in physics and how they affect physical quantities. As far as I know, the mathematical language that describes symmetries is the Group Theory. So, I ...
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What is the global Virasoro symmetry generators in BTZ spacetime?

This is the case of AdS3, how about BTZ? The picture is from arxiv:1506.01353.
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Why are Brillouin zones for graphene and monolayers of transition metal dichalcogenides the same?

The geometrical model of graphene is the flat honeycomb lattice, so the Brillouin zone is also flat honeycomb lattice. However, monolayer of transition metal dichalcogenides is not flat as it consists ...
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What symmetry gives you charge conservation?

This is a popular question on this site but I haven't found the answer I'm looking for in other questions. It is often stated that charge conservation in electromagnetism is a consequence of local ...
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Quantum mechanics and Lorentz symmetry

The operator $P$ in quantum mechanics is the generator for the translation transformation. We have: $$\exp(iPa)|x\rangle=|x+a\rangle$$ Similarly, I think the operator $X$ is the generator for the ...
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Effective resistance across 2 adjacent vertices of a dodecahedron with each edge $r$

What will be the effective resistance across 2 adjacent vertices of a regular dodecahedron (12 faces) with each edge having resistance $r$? Here is the source for the problem, it's problem 20. on ...
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Variation of a Lagrange density Symmetries

So I am reading Goenner's Spezielle Relativitästheorie and I am currently in chapter §4.9.1 Variation under Inclusion of Coordinates p. 129. So basically we have: $$\delta W_\zeta=\int d^4x' \mathcal{...
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What are the actual conventions for the standard model particles' intrinsic parities?

It is known that by fixing the intrinsic parity of three particles with linearly independent quantum numbers B, L and Q, the other particles' parities are fixed by the request that parity be conserved ...
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Time reversal symmetry of transverse field Ising model

Is the transverse field Ising model time-reversal invariant? Specifically consider a non-integrable variant: \begin{equation} H = -J \sum_i^{L-1} \sigma_i^z \sigma_{i+1}^z + g \sum_i^L \sigma_i^x + h ...
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Two fermions with total spin 1 antisymmetric wave function? [closed]

How can I prove, that two fermions with a total spin of 1 must have an antisymmetric wave function?
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Why is the Fourier transform more useful than the Hartley transform in physics?

The Hartley transform is defined as $$ H(\omega) = \frac{1}{\sqrt{2\pi}}\int_{-\infty}^\infty f(t) \, \mbox{cas}(\omega t) \mathrm{d}t, $$ with $\mbox{cas}(\omega t) = \cos(\omega t) + \sin(\omega t)$...
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Historical vs modern presentation of special relativity

I have noticed that historical or brief introductions of special relativity will discuss it in terms of inertial frames and postulates: Principle of Relativity - (from Einstein's 1905 paper) "the ...
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Is it possible to define a symmetry group for the Einstein metric?

I was just wondering if there exists a group of transformations that act on the metric such that the EFE are invariant. At first I thought it would be the group of 2nd roots of unity. That is, the set ...
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Why does the preservation of transition probabilities imply the preservation of all quantum probabilities?

I have a question about symmetries in quantum mechanics. Let $H$ be a Hilbert space, and $\mathbb{P}H$ the corresponding projective Hilbert (ray) space. In quantum mechanics, a symmetry is usually ...
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Show that a vector field is a symmetry for a Lagrangian [closed]

Let Lagrange function be $$ L=\frac{1}{2}m(\dot{x_1}^2+\dot{x_2}^2+\dot{x_3}^2)-U((x_1^2+x_2^2,x_3)). $$ Show, that vector field $\vec{Y}(\vec{x})=(-x_2,x_1,0)$ comply $$ \sum_{j=1}^{s}\left[\frac{\...
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Source charge at the origin of a 13 polygon surrounded by 13 equal charge at each corners

Suppose there are 13 equal charges at each corners of an $n=13$ regular polygon. The test charge $Q$ lies at the origin of the $n=13$ regular polygon. In the case of an $n=12$ regular polygon, the ...
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Time dilation and symmetry in special relativity

Trying to grasp special relativity concepts, I thought in the following experiment. Imagine Alice took a trip in a spaceship to another star. Now, she is returning close to light speed. When she ...
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Symmetry at quantum level in quantum field theory

In nonrelativistic quantum mechanics, a symmetry is a transformation on states in the Hilbert space which keeps the Hamiltonian invariant and this implies that the generator of the transformation must ...
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Is the Symmetry factor different in Path integral Formalism?

Is the Symmetry factor different in Path integral Formalism and the Perturbation theory (canonical) formalism? For example, the order-1 4-point cross X diagram in the $\phi^4$ theory has symmetry ...
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Minkowski space-time

Suppose we have the vector space $\mathbb{R}^4$ and the Lorentz's transformation $f:\mathbb{R}^4\to\mathbb{R}^4$. Consider a inner product $g$ given by: $$g(x,y)=x^1y^1+x^2y^2+x^3y^3-c^2t^1t^2$$ for ...
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“Geometric” symmetries

A symmetry of a dynamical system is a diffeomorphism of the configuration space which sends solutions of the equations of motion to solutions of the equations of motion. That is, $A$ is a symmetry if ...
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Conserved currents from Noether's theorem

I'm not sure if I understand the concept correctly. Given an infinitesimal transformation $$\phi \rightarrow \phi + \alpha \Delta\phi$$ the change in the Lagrangian density $\mathcal{L}(\phi,\...
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How to interpret irreversibility in time?

I'll quote Feynman's Lectures, chapter 52 (Symmetry in Physical Laws) of volume 1: [...] If we see the egg splattering on the sidewalk and the shell cracking open, and so on, then we will surely ...
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determining electrostatic field using only symmetries

As an exercise, I'm trying to (rigorously) determine as much as possible about the electrostatic field due to a infinite line of charge (along the z-axis) without using Maxwell's equations or any of ...
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Spacetime as a coset of a symmetry group

In the introduction to his nice PNAS paper on symmetry, David Gross said Einstein’s great advance in 1905 was to put symmetry first, to regard the symmetry principle as the primary feature of ...
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Why are Killing fields relevant in physics?

I'm taking a course on General Relativity and the notes that I'm following define a Killing vector field $X$ as those verifying: $$\mathcal{L}_Xg~=~ 0.$$ They seem to be very important in physics ...
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Diffeomorphism group vs. $GL(4,\mathbb{R})$ in General Relativity

I am quite confused with the groups Diff$(M)$ and $GL(4,\mathbb{R})$ in the context of general relativity. I understand that the symmetries of GR are the transformations that leave the equations ...
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Noether's theorem and translations

I'm a bit confused about Noether's theorem (or about calculus of variations in general) when it comes to the translational symmetry $x^\mu\mapsto {x'}^\mu=x^\mu-a^\mu$. My professor just wrote that if ...
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Question about interacting fields and feynman diagrams [closed]

The picture is taken from Chapter 4: 'Interacting Fields and Feynman Diagrams in An Introduction to Quantum Field Theory by Peskin and Schroeder. There is a two point correlation function $\left<0\...
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How is it possible to vary time without affect the coordinates or their derivatives?

In the context of Noether's theorem , the Hamiltonian is the constant of motion associated with the time-translational invariance of the Lagrangian. Time-translational invariance is equivalent to the ...
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Symmetry factor for Feynman diagrams in $\phi^4$-theory for $n$-points Green function

I'm working with two theories. Theory A: $H_{int} =\int d^3x \frac{Mg}{2}\phi\varphi^2$ Theory B: $\phi^4$-interaction: $H_{int} = \int d^3 x \frac{\lambda}{4!}\phi(x)^4$ Where $M$ is the mass ...
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Global and local symmetry for Isospin/Strangeness etc

Why some symmetries $ \big[SU(3),SU(2)$ and $U(1)\big]$ of the Standard Model are local, and some others remain global, like Isospin and Strangeness. Is there a fundumental reason for that? Doesn't it ...
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Do we always have particle-hole symmetry?

If we write the BdG equation for any model, and double the degrees of freedom (e.g. 4N*4N matrix for a N site chain), then we are guaranteed the particle-hole symmetry. Is there any constraints to do ...
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physical meaning of major symmetry of the stiffness tensor

What happens if a stiffness tensor does not have the "major symmetry" $C_{ijkl}=C_{klij}$? Background: In linear elasticity (generalising Hooke's law from a spring to a continuous medium), the ...
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Symmetry of interaction lagrangian and symmetry of full lagrangian

Suppose we have lagrangian $$ \tag 1 L = \frac{\theta}{f_{\gamma}}F_{EM}\tilde{F}_{EM} +\frac{1}{2}(\partial_{\mu}\theta)^2 - \frac{1}{2}m_{\theta}^2\theta^2 + L_{SM}, $$ where $\tilde{F}_{EM}$ ...
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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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Is this an error?

The teacher wrote the following: There is a dot missing where the green arrow is, right? After applying Euler's theorem, the term in brackets becomes $x_j$, but we need it to be $\dot{x_j}$, don't ...
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Are all maximally symmetric spacetimes constant curvature spacetimes?

A $d$ dimensional maximally symmetric spacetime is a spacetime with the maximum allowed number of Killing vectors. This number is $\frac{d(d+1)}{2}$. Constant curvature spacetimes are spacetimes ...
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Lagrangian vs Hamiltonian and symmetry of a theory

It is said that since the path-integral formulation of quantum mechanics/or quantum field theory uses the Lagrangian rather than the Hamiltonian, as the fundamental quantity, it preserves all the ...
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Understanding Noether's theorem rigorously

I've known about Noether's theorem for some time and reading some things about it recently I've realised I haven't completely understood it. In that case I've been trying to understand a more rigorous ...
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Particle-Hole transformation in Superconductor

The Bogoliubov - de Gennes equation has a emergent particle-hole symmetry: $$ \mathcal{P}H\mathcal{P}^{\dagger} = -H\text{.} $$ My question is now what happen to the Nambu spinor: $$ \mathcal{P}\...
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Superpotential Symmetry

Superpotential in general has the form $W=a_n\Phi^n$. If I require that my superpotential should be invariant under the following global transformation, $\delta \Phi=i\epsilon \Phi$ and $\delta \...
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Gauge the symmetry $φ \to φ + a(x)$ for a free massless real scalar field

How does one alter the Lagrangian density for a real scalar field $$\frac{∂_μφ∂^μφ}{2}$$ such that is will be invariant under the gauge transformation $φ → φ + a(x)$? For a complex scalar field ...
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$SO(N)$ symmetric theory of $N$ real scalar fields, why do charges have correct commutation relations of generators?

Consider an $SO(N)$ symmetric theory of $N$ real scalar fields,$$\mathcal{L} = {1\over2} \partial_\mu \Phi^a \partial^\mu \Phi^a - {1\over2} m^2 \Phi^a \Phi^a - {1\over4} \lambda(\Phi^a \Phi^a)^2.$$...
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Behavior of the Electric- and Magnetic-field under time reversal and parity

The behavior of the electric- $\mathbf{E}$ and the magnetic-field $\mathbf{B}$ und time reversal and parity can be calculated in different ways. My first solution is to study the transformation ...
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Conservation of energy and Killing-field

In general relativity we have no general conservation of energy and momentum. But if there exists a Killing-field we can show that this leads to a symmetry in spacetime and so to a conserved quantity. ...
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Combinatorics of fourth order feynman diagram

I am trying to calculate how many different forth order feynman loop diagrams I can produce. I know that for 2nd order it is 6x3x2 thus 3! since you start with 3 lines coming out of each vertex so 6 ...
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Is there something more to Noether's theorem?

From the definition of Lagrangian mechanics, Noether's theorem shows that conservation of momentum and energy comes from invariance vs time and space. Is the reverse true? Are Lagrangian mechanics ...
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Anisotropy Axis

I am trying to identify the anisotropy axis of a patterned two-dimensional surface, such as one with parallel sets of stripes...is the anisotropy axis parallel or perpendicular to the stripes? https://...