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Can the universe be round but still infinite?

Can the universe still be infinite in space if its curvature is > 1? Is a manifold of positive curvature necessarily compact? Does the Tarski paradox have any bearing on the finite or infinite ...
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Topology of Fermi surface

In The universe in a Helium droplet, Grigory Volovik relates the stability of a fermi surface to topology of a Green function. There he gives the example of a Fermi gas and says that the Green ...
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Rindler and Minkowski space future/past infinity

In my black holes course, we are looking at the Penrose diagram for 1+1 D Minkowski space. My notes don't specifically describe $i^{\pm}$ (future/past timelike infinity) but do say all timelike curves ...
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Allowable spacetime deformations [closed]

What deformations are possible with spacetime? By 'deformation' I am referring to the kind of change in spacetime caused by the presence of a mass which deforms spacetime sufficiently to deflect ...
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Feynman Path integrals in space with holes in it [closed]

Feynman Path Integrals are a way of calculating the wave function of quantum mechanics. It usually integrates every possible path through all of space. I wonder if there is any study of Feynman path ...
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Can one make a synthetic dimension “curl around” into a cylinder?

A really cool recent proposal, Synthetic Gauge Fields in Synthetic Dimensions. A. Celi et al. Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 043001 (2014), arXiv:1307.8349, shows how you can simulate a synthetic ...
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$\mathbb{Z}_2$ topological insulators which obey inversion symmetry as well

According to Fu & Kane (2006), systems with simultaneous time-reversal invariance and inversion symmetry have their $\mathbb{Z}_2$ topological invariant given by the product of the parity ...
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2D CFT for nontrivial topology

What is a systematic way to calculate a general $N$-points correlation function of 2D CFT for a nontrivial topology? Piece by piece of this can be found in many different CFT and String Theory ...
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Does the existence of instantons imply non-trivial cohomology of spacetime?

Gauge theories are considered to live on $G$-principal bundles $P$ over the spacetime $\Sigma$. For convenience, the usual text often either compactify $\Sigma$ or assume it is already compact. An ...
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What is the connection between geometry of physical space and Hilbert space?

In Quantum Mechanis (QM), the dynamical variables are the (quantized) coordinates $x_j$ and their canonical conjugate $p_j = -i\partial_j$ with the commutation relation $[x_j,p_k]=i\delta_{jk}$ ...
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Is a spinor in some sense connected to space?

Spinors transform under the representation of $SL(2,\mathbb{C})$ which is the double cover of the Lorentz group $SO(1,3)$ - or in the non-relativistic case under $SU(2)$, the double cover of $SO(3)$. ...
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Question about universe expansion

In general relativity, we cannot determine the global structure of the universe (since it is not flat), therefore all measurements and observations are only meaningful locally. In particular, we can ...
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Is a black hole really a hole in space? [closed]

What if when a supernova occurs, instead of it condensing into a singularity it creates enough force to tear a hole into the fabric of space? Is a black hole just what is sounds like, a hole in space? ...
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Validity of topological thermodynamics?

I've been reading some material by R. Kiehn, developing a topological approach to non-equilibrium thermodynamics through Cartan forms, where the fundamental claim is that irreversible processes are ...
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Is an achronal set contained in its own causal future?

I use Wald's notation: $I^+$ is the chronological future and $J^+$ is the causal future. My confusion arises from the following passage in Wald (1984): Now, let $S$ be a closed, achronal set ...
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Quantum phase space

Classical phase space is defined as a space in which all possible states are represented. Every state corresponds to a unique point in the phase space. On the other hand, in quantum mechanics every ...
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What is the latest findings on the topology and size of the universe?

The paper G. Aslanyan & A.V. Manohar, The Topology and Size of the Universe from the Cosmic Microwave Background, JCAP 06 (2012) 003, arXiv:1104.0015, uses the 7-year WMAP data. Has any ...
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Euclidean AdS space in Poincaré coordinates

I have read anti-de Sitter (AdS) space and its Euclidean version both in Global and Poincaré coordinates. For Lorentzian case it is clear how one Poincaré patch cover only one half of the whole AdS ...
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Topology of a bit

From a math perspective, it seems obvious that the electric field (or voltage which ever) of a bit in a computer, when its in a stable 0, or 1 state, must have a singularity, a set of points where the ...
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Manifold for Schwarzschild and Bertotti-Robinson

In short: what is the manifold in discussion for Schwarzschild metric $$ ds^2 = -(1-\frac {2M}r)dt^2 + \frac1{1-\frac{2M}r} dr^2 + r^2 (d\theta^2 + \sin^2 \theta d\phi^2)$$ and Bertotti-Robinson ...
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Is the metric-induced topology relevant at all in a (psuedo) Riemannian manifold? [duplicate]

A (pseudo) Riemannian manifold is a tuple: $$(M,g)$$ where $M$ is a smooth manifold (in particular, a topological space with an atlas) and $g$ is a (pseudo) Riemannian metric tensor. It is apparent ...
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How to work with singular gauge transformations in QFT [closed]

I was recently considering a problem analogous to the Aharonov-Bohm (AB) effect but in the context of quantum field theory. Consider then Dirac electrons minimally coupled to an AB flux and described ...
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The relationship between the structure of spacetime and the existence of spinor field?

We all know that the existence of spinor fields implies that spacetime must be time-orientable. Thus that spacetime is time-orientable is a necessary condition for existence of spinor fields. Geroch, ...
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What are the definition and examples of topological excitation?

I read topological excitation in wiki, while it's too brief. What is the precise definition of topological excitation? And can give me some examples and explain why they are topological excitation? ...
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Is there an analytical expression for the conductivity of the surface of topological insulators?

I have a question about the conductivity on the surface of Topological Insulators (TI): Is it accurate to model the conductivity by the Drude model (I read a paper that modeled the conductivity with ...
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Why isn't the path integral defined for non homotopic paths?

Context In the Aharonov Bohm effect, there is a solenoid which creates a magnetic field. Since the electron cannot be inside the solenoid, the configuration space is not simply connected. Question ...
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Topological implications of symbolic represenation of the relativity

I have seen in the online Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy in the entry on Copenhagen Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics that Niels Bohr had argued that the theory of relativity is not a literal ...
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“Topological” notions in physics

I've been trying to make sense recently of the usage of 'topological' in various fields of physics, and get sort of an intuition for what this means in context. This all boils down to my main question ...
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How to calculate topological charge?

For a complex vector field in two dimensions with one or more phase singularity - a point where the field amplitude is zero and the phase is undefined - how do you explicitly calculate the total ...
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Topology of phase space

Context: From Liouville's integrability theorem we know that: If a system with $n$ degrees of freedom exhibits at least $n$ globally defined integrals of motion (i.e. first integrals), where all ...
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Why doesn't topological phase transition break any symmetry? Hidden symmetry?

This question may be superficial. However why all people saying this without a proof? Just like the "hidden variables" assumption in quantum mechanics, can one disproof that there is no hidden ...
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Is the $2\pi$ disclination topologically stable for a 2d nematic liquid crystal?

For a three dimensional liquid crystal, a $2\pi$ or charge $1$ disclination is topologically unstable. The is generally explained as the disclination can lose its core singularity by "escaping from ...
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Permutations of two identical particles in two dimensions

In three spatial dimensions there are only two possible statistics: Bose-Einstein and Fermi-Dirac. This is the fact related with the statement that first homotopic group of 3-dimensional configuration ...
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Bound states and extensive field configurations

What are extensive field configurations in QFT (instantons, monopoles etc.)? What is the difference in description of their contribution in path integral value or in $n$-point operator functions ...
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A Theorem Due to Hodge: Hawking/Ellis

This is probably quite an obscure question but hopefully somebody has a simple answer. I'm studying the proof of the topology theorem on black holes due to Hawking and Ellis (Proposition 9.3.2, p. 335 ...
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What's the definition of incompleteness of a coordinate system and a spacetime?

I always see in GR textbooks that some coordinates or some spacetime is incomplete, such as Rindler spacetime and spacetially flat FRW universe with only positive cosmological constant. This ...
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Liouville's theorem and preservation of topology

What might be a simple proof showing that the time evolution of the phase space volume can't lead to splitting off of the phase space volume? By Liouville's theorem, the total phase space volume is ...
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Confusion about duality transformation in 1+1D Ising model in a transverse field

In 1+1D Ising model with a transverse field defined by the Hamiltonian \begin{equation} H(J,h)=-J\sum_i\sigma^z_i\sigma_{i+1}^z-h\sum_i\sigma_i^x \end{equation} There is a duality transformation which ...
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Conservative Vector Fields

I was always told that to find whether or not a vector field is conservative, see if the curl is zero. I have now been told that just because the curl is zero does not necessarily mean it is ...
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What is elliptic genera?

What is elliptic genera in physics? Reading many relevant papers, they just defined elliptic genus as sort of partition function. I try to find useful materials to explain it, but I couldn't find ...
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Supergravity solution, metric for the total space, and connection

In supergravity solutions, one sometimes encounters the case where the manifold may be a bundle over some base space, and one has to write down the explicit metric regarding such bundle. I would like ...
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Why is optical orbital angular momentum (OAM) called “topological charge”?

The terminology "topological charge" is frequent in lots of research papers related to optical vortex or optical OAM, it is used to represent the optical OAM. Why? How to comprehend it?
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If $S$ is a closed achronal set in a spacetime, any timelike curve starting at a point in $I^+[S]$ and ending at a point in $I^-[S]$ interset $S$?

Suppose $S$ is an achronal set in a spacetime $M$. And $S$ is closed. At the same time, any null geodesic of $M$ intersects $S$. Then, why does any timelike curve from $I^+[S]$ to $I^-[S]$ intersect ...
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Is the observable universe homeomorphic to $B^3$?

Is the observable universe homeomorphic to $B^3$? Where $$B^3=\{x\in \mathbb{R}^3 : |x|\leq 1 \}$$ Or is it even sensible to talk about space (rather than spacetime) as a 3 manifold?
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Making new sense of the three-body problem in the light of Maryam Mirzakhani math contributions

I am unfamiliar with moduli spaces and ergodic theory which appear to be essential in Maryam Mirzakhani's math contributions which won her the Fields Medal. However, I am well conversant in essential ...
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How to test that a flat metric represents a global three-torus geometry

When introducing Robertson-Walker metrics, Carroll's suggests that we consider our spacetime to be $R \times \Sigma$, where $R$ represents the time direction and $\Sigma$ is a maximally symmetric ...
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Why did the Aharonov-Bohm effect mystify people? [duplicate]

Of course it is intriguing. But I think the Schroedinger equation for a charged particle in a magnetic field was known at the very beginning of wave mechanics. Therefore, the A-B effect should not be ...
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Interesting Hamiltonian System

The definition of a Hamiltonian system I am working with is a triple $(X,\omega, H)$ where $(X,\omega)$ is a symplectic manifold and $H\in C^\infty(X)$ is the Hamiltonian function. I am wondering if ...
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Solutions of nonlinear systems invariant wrt. perturbations (looking for applications)

I want to ask if the following purely mathematical problem (that I'm working on) might have some applications to physics. The problem in a nutshell: describe properties of solution sets of real ...
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Caustic and Singularities in General Relativity

What is the relation between the formation of caustics of a family of null geodesics and the existence of an incomplete null geodesic?