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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?
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The Aharonov-Bohm effect is purely classical, right?

Every discussion I've ever seen of the Aharonov-Bohm effect makes a big deal of its being a quantum effect with no classical analogue. But as far as I can tell it is present already at the classical ...
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Does the universe have an edge/boundary/barrier? If yes, what is at the edge? [duplicate]

My question related kind of to asking what the shape of the universe is. Say a hypothetical alien civilization built an faster-than-light spaceship. If they keep flying would they end up where they ...
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Is topology of universe observable?

There is an idea that the geometry of physical space is not observable(i.e. it can't be fixed by mere observation). It was introduced by H. Poincare. In brief it says that we can formulate our ...
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Is there a physical system whose phase space is the torus?

NOTE. This is not a question about mathematics and in particular it's not a question about whether one can endow the torus with a symplectic structure. In an answer to the question What kind of ...
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Topologically distinct Feynman diagrams

Are these two diagrams topologically distinct? I consider $\phi^4$ theory and use MS-scheme. A vertex corresponding to counterterm $-\imath \frac{m^2 \lambda}{32 \pi^2 \epsilon}$ is denoted by ...
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What kind of manifold can be the phase space of a Hamiltonian system?

Of course it should have dimension $2n$. But any more conditions? For example, can a genus-2 surface be the phase space of a Hamiltonian system?
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Why does a flat universe imply an infinite universe?

This article claims that because the universe appears to be flat, it must be infinite. I've heard this idea mentioned in a few other places, but they never explain the reasoning at all.
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Basic question on the Aharonov-Bohm effect

I have a very basic question on the Aharonov-Bohm effect. Why is the curve integral $\oint_\Gamma {A}\cdot d{r}$ non-zero ? $\Gamma$ is the "difference" of both paths $P_1$ and $P_2$. If the ...
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Asymtotically flat spacetime applicable for spacetimes which are not diffeomorphic to $\mathbb{R}^4$

I wanted to investigate changes on a compact 4-manifold $M$. More specifically it is the K3-surface. I follow a paper by Asselmeyer-Maluga from 2012. The idea there was to make sure that the manifold ...
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What is the concept of cosmic strings?

What is the concept of cosmic strings? Is it related to the strings in the string theory, and if it is, then how?
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Does the general topology of Minkowski space-time change under a Lorentz transformation?

Does the general topology of Minkowski space-time change under a Lorentz transformation? Open balls in $\mathbb{R}^{4}$ (with the standard topology) are not invariant under Lorentz transformations. ...
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Knots and singularities

Can space-time singularities be treated as mathematical knots occurring in dimensions greater than four? I just drew an analogy with knots in one-dimensional strings. When a rubber-band is looped over ...
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Global Properties of Spacetime Manifolds

When solving the Einstein field equations, $$R_{\mu\nu}-\frac{1}{2}g_{\mu\nu}R = 8\pi GT_{\mu\nu}$$ for a particular stress-energy tensor, we obtain the metric of the spacetime manifold, ...
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de Rham Cohomology of Schwarzschild Manifold

Let $C^p(M)$ denote the group of closed $p$-forms on the manifold $M$, and $Z^p(M)$ the group of all exact $p$-forms on the manifold $M$. The de Rham cohomology is given by the quotient, ...
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Space-time Topologies?

When it comes to questions of existence of bounds for PDE's and such, one must often make some assumptions regarding the topology of the space-time to use well known theorems. My question is ...
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Why is $S^1\times\mathbb{R}^{n-1}$ the topology of $AdS_n$?

Anti-de Sitter $AdS_n$ may be defined by the quadric $$-(x^0)^2-(x^1)^2+\vec{x}^2=-\alpha^2\tag{1}$$ embedded in ${\mathbb{R}^{2,n-1}}$, where I write ${\vec{x}^2}$ as the squared norm ${|\vec{x}|^2}$ ...
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Coset space and transitiviy

I have a question regarding coset space or homogeneous space $SO(n+1)/SO(n)$ which is simply $S^n$. I need some intuition regarding this result. As everyone knows that for a simple case of ...
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Why Hausdorff and Paracompact manifold in GR?

What can we say about the transition map if the manifold is a Hausdorff space? Why do we need the manifolds to be Hausdorff and paracompact in General Relativity?
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Why do we need non-trivial fibrations?

I am currently reading this paper. I understand how the Bloch sphere $S^2$ is presented as a geometric representation of the observables of a two-state system: $$ \alpha |0\rangle + \beta |1\rangle ...
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Applications of low-dimensional topology to physics [duplicate]

As a mathematics graduate student whose research area lies in low-dimensional topology (more precisely, invariants of 3-dimensional topological manifolds), I heard that there exist multiple ...
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p-Adic String Theory and the String-orientation of Topological Modular Forms (tmf)

I am going to ask a question, at the end below, on whether anyone has tried to make more explicit what should be a close relation between p-adic string theory and the refinement of the superstring ...
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Why do we require manifolds to be a topological space?

Roughly speaking, we define a manifold $M$ to be covered by a set of charts $\{(U_i , \varphi_i)\}$ such that locally the $n$-dimensional manifolds looks like $\mathbb{R}^n$. One of the conditions is ...
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Physical consequences of non-trivial quantum states homology

The set of quantum states of a finite dimensional system is a complex projective space, whose homology groups are non-trivial http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Complex_projective_space#Homology. Has this ...
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Soliton Moduli Spaces and Homotopy Theory

The four-dimensional $SU(N)$ Yang-Mills Lagrangian is given by $$\mathcal{L}=\frac{1}{2e^2}\mathrm{Tr}F_{\mu\nu}F^{\mu\nu}$$ and gives rise to the Euclidean equations of motion $\mathcal{D}_\mu ...
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Topological insulators: why K-theory classification rather than homotopy classification?

I am reading a 2009 paper by Kitaev on K-theory classification of topological insulators. In the 4th page, 1st paragraph in the section "Classification principles", he says, Continuous ...
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Topology of spacetime in 2+1 dimension

In the book Quantum Gravity in 2+1 dimension by S. Carlip, in the second chapter (section 2.1), he comments that a compact 3-manifold with a flat time orientable Lorentzian metric and a purely ...
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What does it mean to “wrap” a D-brane around some manifold?

I am getting quite confused with this terminology when I read the papers. Like while constructing the near horizon $AdS_3$ in the $D1-D5$ system one considers $IIB$ on $R^{1,4}\times M^4 \times S^1$ ...
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Can a D-brane be closed and contractible?

Let's consider for simplicity D-branes in bosonic string theory. I have a very basic question whose answer I couldn't find clearly stated in the few textbooks where I looked for it. Take for ...
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1+1D Bosonization on a line segment or a compact ring

I have been informed that 1+1D Bosonization/Fermionization on a line segment or 1+1D Bosonization/Fermionization a compact ring are different - Although I know that Bosonization can rewrite fermions ...
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How to derive the Aharanov-Bohm effect result?

In the derivations of the Aharonov-Bohm phase, it is directly mentioned that due to the introduction of the vector potential $A$, an extra phase is introduced into the wavefunction for case $A\neq0$ ...
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How many unequivalent Seifert surfaces appear in a AdS/CFT extension?

When introducing the 't Hooft diagrams from Feynman diagrams on a torus has there been a classification in terms of knots and Seifert surfaces?
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kadanoff and cohomology

for those that combine Homology group and some form of Kadanoff scheme for coarse graining on a lattice, am I having a good argument when saying this: (practical thinking now) 1. I obtain the Homology ...
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Non-locality and topology

This is a purely speculative question: Has there been any work that describes non-locality/entanglement in QM by using exotic topologies in configuration space? The 'conceptual' picture that I have ...
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Squashed 3-sphere?

What is a squashed 3-sphere? In context of quantum gravity. I stumbled upon a term 'squashed 7 sphere' but that's concerning supersymmetry. Is it just normal 3-sphere metric, that is just 'squashed' ...
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Zwiebach quick calculation 2.5

I am working through Zwiebach's a first course in string theory. It's been a while since I did any math (or physics!), and I am stuck on the following problem (quick calculation 2.5 in the book): ...
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Some questions about spacetime topology, causality structures and other GR businesses

1) What are the exact conditions required for the canonical transformation? Most papers just assume away with global hyperbolicity, but is there a more general condition for it? "Quantum gravity in ...
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Why can apparent horizon be computed based on its local geometry?

Why can apparent horizon be computed based on its local geometry? In the paper titled Black Holes, Geometric Flows, and the Penrose Inequality in General Relativity by Hubert L. Bray, has been ...
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General relativity and global aspects [duplicate]

The theory of general relativity tells me something about the global structure of space-time, eg simply connected ?
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Prereqs for The Geometry of Physics by Frankel [duplicate]

I'm interested in giving The Geometry of Physics a read, and I was wondering what the mathematical and (more importantly) physical prerequisites are. My background is a bit stronger on the ...
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Topology and Majorana bound states

I'm working at the moment on Majorana Bound states and their topological properties. Now I have a question about it. The Altland-Zirnbauer symmetry classes says us how many topological different ...
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Vector potential $A$ on a 2-sphere $S^2$ of radius $R$ with some points removed

I am preparing myself for an exam and I got stuck with the following problem. If I wanted to calculate the vector potential $A$ on a sphere (not off or in), where some points are removed, how would I ...