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 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 ...
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What is the definition of particle-hole symmetry in condensed matter physics?

People often talk about particle-hole symmetry in solid state physics. What are the exact definition and physics picture of particle-hole symmetry? How to define the density of particles and holes?
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Is there a physical interpretation to invariant random matrix ensembles?

Disclaimer. I am a graduate student in pure mathematics, so my knowledge of physics more advanced than basic 1st/2nd year undergraduate physics is very limited. I welcome corrections on any ...
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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 ...
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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 $$ ...
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Classical and quantum anomalies

I have read about anomalies in different contexts and ways. I would like to read an explanation that unified all these statements or points of view: Anomalies are due to the fact that quantum field ...
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When can a global symmetry be gauged?

Take a classical field theory described by a local Lagrangian depending on a set of fields and their derivatives. Suppose that the action possesses some global symmetry. What conditions have to be ...
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Vibrational anharmonic coupling and noise-induced spontaneous symmetry breaking in a hexagonal finite mechanical lattice

Happy holidays, everyone! The following is part question, part visual gallery, and part classical mechanics problem. Inspired by snow over the weekend I began simulating the vibrations of the ...
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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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Para and ortho hydrogen angular momentum values

In Wikipedia, it is said that: Orthohydrogen, with symmetric nuclear spin functions, can only have rotational wavefunctions that are antisymmetric with respect to permutation of the two protons. ...
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What is the relationship between local and global symmetries? [on hold]

A global symmetry has a few different meanings. The obvious one is that for $g = e^{-i\theta}$ if $\theta$ is contant in space then a field $\phi$ transforms $\phi' = e^{-i\theta}\phi$ so that ...
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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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Maxwell equations and symmetry

Do the full inhomogeneous Maxwell equations obey parity (P) and time reversal (T) symmetry separately or only the full CPT symmetry? I believe the homogeneous Maxwell equations obey parity and time ...
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Point group symmetries and unit cell

I was wondering if the unit cell (of a given lattice) had to have every point group symmetries of the lattice it defines ? I guess there is no unique way to define a unit cell and that it may not have ...
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Why are there gapless excitations in the anti-ferromagnetic Heisenberg model while the true ground state is a singlet?

The true ground state of the anti ferromagnetic quantum Heisenberg Model (nearest neighbor only)is known to be a singlet (I think this is Liebs theorem.) Since a singlet is invariant under rotations, ...
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Intuition for S-duality

first of all, I need to confess my ignorance with respect to any physics since I'm a mathematician. I'm interested in the physical intuition of the Langlands program, therefore I need to understand ...
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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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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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Derivation of Rashba spin-orbit coupling in tight-binding model

Rashba spin-orbit coupling Hamiltonian in free space can be written as: $H_{\text{so}}=\int d^3r \Psi^{\dagger}(\mathbf{r}) \gamma (p_{x}\sigma _{y}-p_{y}\sigma _{x})\Psi(\mathbf{r})$. I expand ...
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Deriving Birkhoff's Theorem

I am trying to derive Birkhoff's theorem in GR as an exercise: a spherically symmetric gravitational field is static in the vacuum area. I managed to prove that $g_{00}$ is independent of t in the ...
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What is the minimal symmetry required for a spin Hamiltonian to describe a spin-liquid ground state?

Let's restrict to the case of spin-1/2 system. As we know, a spin-liquid (SL) state is the ground state of a lattice spin Hamiltonian with no spontaneous broken symmetries (sometime it may ...
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Local translations in curved spacetime

A global Poincare transformation on a scalar field induces $$\delta(a, \lambda)\phi(x) = [a^{\mu}+\lambda^{\mu\nu}x_{\nu}]\partial_{\mu}\phi(x). \tag{11.46}$$ In curved spacetime we replace $a^{\mu} ...
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Representation of U(1) on fock space

I am currently reading up on the use of group theory in physics using Peter Woit's book draft (available on his homepage). I do understand the mathematical concepts but have a bit of a problem making ...
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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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What is the exact meaning of homogeneity in cosmology?

I understand that, in general, homogeneity is the physical attribute of being uniform in composition (" of the same form at every point"), but I'm slightly confused when it is used in cosmology as ...
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Weaker Formulations of Bulk-boundary Correspondence for Interacting Systems

From this post, it seems that bulk-boundary correspondence does not hold in general for interacting systems. What is meant by bulk-boundary correspondence there appears to be the existence of robust ...
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Invariance, covariance and symmetry

Though often heard, often read, often felt being overused, I wonder what are the precise definitions of invariance and covariance. Could you please give me an example from quantum field theory? ...
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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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Conservation Laws and Symmetry

The toughest of topics in physics, like Quantum Mechanics, Relativity, String theory, can be explained in layman words and many have done so. Though there is no substitute to the understanding a ...
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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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Electric field on the surface of a charged sphere

We know that the electric field for a point charge is $$ E = \frac{KQ}{R^2}. $$ If $R$, i.e. distance from the electric field producer to the point where we want to find the electric field becomes ...
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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 ...