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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What's the corresponding symmetry of enstrophy conservation?

In fluid mechanics, especially 2D turbulence study, people talk about conservation of enstrophy. But I can't really understand enstrophy very well, and what's the corresponding symmetry of enstrophy ...
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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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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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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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Path of light as it travels between two black holes

What would happen to light passing through a narrow space between the event horizons of two equal-mass black holes? Would it deviate or follow a straight path?
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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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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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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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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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“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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A kind of Noether's theorem for the Hamiltonian formalism

How can I (conveniently?) show that an invariance of the Lagrangian and Hamiltonian (i.e. the kinetic as well as the potential energy are independently invariant) will lead to a conservation law using ...
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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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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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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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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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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 current expression in Peskin and Schroeder

In the second chapter of Peskin and Schroeder, An Introduction to Quantum Field Theory, it is said that the action is invariant if the Lagrangian density changes by a four-divergence. But if we ...
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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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When do phase space functions' Poisson brackets inherit the Lie algebra structure of a symmetry?

I've seen several examples of phase space functions whose Poisson brackets (or Dirac brackets) have the same algebra as the Lie algebra of some symmetry. For example, for plain old particle motion in ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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What's a good book for an advanced undergraduate/early graduate student to learn about symmetry, conservation and Noether's theorems?

What's a good book (or other resource) for an advanced undergraduate/early graduate student to learn about symmetry, conservation laws and Noether's theorems? Neuenschwander's book has a scary review ...
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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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Are the principles of space-time homogeneity and Isotropy independent of one another?

Einstein in deriving the Lorentz transformations, used the principles of space-time homogeneity and Isotropy. Does space-time isotropy follow from space-time homogeneity or are they completely ...
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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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Noether's Theorem for Hamiltonians and Lagrangians

Looking around I see one version of Noether's Theorem that creates conserved quantities from symmetries that preserve the Lagrangian (e.g. http://math.ucr.edu/home/baez/noether.html), and another ...
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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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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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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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Is Parity really violated? (Even though neutrinos are massive)

The weak force couples only to left-chiral fields, which is expressed mathematically by a chiral projection operator $P_L = \frac{1-\gamma_5}{2}$ in the corresponding coupling terms in the Lagrangian. ...
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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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Invariance of action $\Rightarrow$ covariance of field equations?

Invariance of action $\Rightarrow$ covariance of field equations? Is this statement true? I have only seen examples of this, like the invariance of Electromagnetic action under Lorentz ...
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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://...
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What are gyrotropic crystals?

I am reading a paper about spin photocurrents that talks about gyrotropic crystals, but I do not find any good explanation what gyrotropy is or how to find out whether a crystal belongs to the ...
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Non-symmetry of a lagrangian

If a transformation $\Phi \rightarrow \Phi + \alpha \partial \Phi/ \partial \alpha$ is not a symmetry of the Lagrangian, then the Noether current is no longer conserved, but rather $\partial_{\mu}J^{\...
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Constructing Killing tensors from Killing vectors

Background: After reading about Carter constant and symmetries in GR, I became interested in Killing tensors. I tried reading this paper by Alan Barnes, Brian Edgar and Raffaele Rani, discussing ...
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Why is Planck's constant the same for all particles?

This question came to me while reading Where does de Broglie wavelength $\lambda=h/p$ for massive particles come from? This question has a nice answer that explains that wave number has be ...
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Do an action and its Euler-Lagrange equations have the same symmetries?

Assume a certain action $S$ with certain symmetries, from which according to the Lagrangian formalism, the equations of motion (EOM) of the system are the corresponding Euler-Lagrange equations. Can ...