In mathematics, topology examines the properties of space (such as connectedness and compactness) that are preserved under continuous deformations, such as stretching and bending, but not tearing or gluing.

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Homotopy group of the conformal group [migrated]

I would like to know which are the first three homotopy groups of the conformal group SO(4,2): $$ \pi_n(SO(4,2))=? \quad n=1,2,3 $$
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Can a balloon in fly without tearing change its surface topology? [on hold]

It is very well known that an inflated balloon in fly without tearing will not change its surface topology, the elastic deformations in its surface will be like "smooth transformations" in its surface ...
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Book on Berry phase and its relation to topology

I am searching for a book covering the Berry phase. Griffith has a good outline, but I would like a bit more detail, especially on the relation to topology. According to this post Ballentine also has ...
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Homotopy proof of the lack of foliation of the Gödel metric

A common proof of the lack of foliation of the Gödel universe, apparently mostly copy pasted from Hawking and Ellis, goes thusly : A closed timelike curve must cross a spacelike hypersurface ...
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Is there a Symmetry-Topology duality? [closed]

Both symmetry breaking and topology "create" information within the Universe. It seems that topology causally affects symmetry and symmetry causally affects topology. Can the two concepts co-exist as ...
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Does topology have any role in classical physics?

I've seen many applications of topology in Quantum Mechanics (topological insulators, quantum Hall effects, TQFT, etc.) Does any of these phenomena have anything in common? Is there any intuitive ...
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Spacetime surgery - why are there unglueable points?

In The time travel paradox by S. Krasnikov (2002), Deutsch-Politzer spacetime is constructed by making two cuts and rejoining the manifold by gluing opposite "banks" of the cuts... omitting the ...
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A question on the Chern number and the winding number?

Let $\mid \psi(x,y) \rangle$ be a normalized wavefunction living in a $d$-dimensional Hilbert space and depend on two real parameters $(x,y)$ that belong to a closed surface (e.g., $S^2, T^2$, ...). ...
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AdS boundary global vs Poincare'

Is the global boundary of AdS the same of the boundary written in Poincare' coordinates?
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$U(1)$ 5-dimensional Kaluza-Klein topological defects

Five-dimensional Kaluza-Klein theory is well-known to predict that the electromagnetic field can be described as a curled additional dimension over four-dimensional spacetime. That is, you only need ...
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If a point r lies in the boundary of the chronological future of another point p, why does the chronological future of r belong to that of p?

I am studying the global causality of the spacetime. Here, I come across a problem. Suppose a point $r\in \partial I^+(p)$. $I^+(p)$ is the chronological future of a different point $p$ in ...
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What manifold is spacetime?

In General Relativity, spacetime is a $4$-dimensional manifold with one Lorentzian metric tensor defined on it. In the Special Relativity case what manifold is spacetime is quite clear: it is ...
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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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Left-right topology

Are there non-trivial topological solutions (in particular 't Hooft-Polyakov magnetic monopoles) associated with the (local) breaking \begin{equation} SU(2)_R \times SU(2)_L \times U(1)_{B-L} \to ...
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Derivation of TKNN's main result from Kubo formula

I have a question about a small but meaningful (to me at least) step in the original TKNN paper (http://journals.aps.org/prl/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevLett.49.405). I understand the construction of the ...
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Spacetime manifold surgery: is this result still a valid etc. spacetime?

Given a valid classical GR spacetime manifold $M$ (i.e. 4D, Lorentzian, Hausdorff, paracompact, ?etc.), and $B\subset M$, a closed spatial subset (e.g. a closed ball at fixed $t$) to be excised, ...
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Practical Calculation of Geometric Phase

I'm a graduate student working in the field of quantum chemistry, specifically in the field of non-adiabatic dynamics of molecular systems. I've run into a slight problem in a project that I've ...
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Orthochronous Lorentz transformations are time-preserving and $SL(2,\mathbb{R})$

Let's consider the pseudosphere/hyperboloid in $\mathbb{R}^{1,2}$ given by $$x^2+y^2-z^2=-R^2.$$ We know that the Lorentz group $$O(1,2)=\{ A \in Mat(3,\mathbb{R}): A^tGA=G \},$$ where ...
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Causal structure, time orientability and equivalence classes

Quoting from this Wikipedia article, if $(M,g)$ is a Lorentzian manifold then the tangent vectors at each point in the manifold can be classified into three different types. Using a $(+,-,-,-)$ metric ...
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Geometry inside the event horizon

I'm trying to understand intuitively the geometry as it would look to an observer entering the event horizon of a Schwarszchild black hole. I would appreciate any insights or corrections to the above. ...
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Can a rotating black hole have a donut-shaped event horizon? [closed]

It is conjectured that a rotating black hole has at its center a ring-shaped singularity. Thus, at the center of the ring-shaped singularity the gravitational field must be zero (similar to ...
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Equivariant cohomology and Mayer-Vietoris sequence

I'm reading this article upon topological field theory and I'm a bit confused about the way he compute equivariant cohomology of $S^2$ wrt $\mathrm{U}(1)$, i.e. $H^\bullet_{S^1}(S^2)$. You can find ...
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Constant electric background field from theta-term in QCD?

The theta-term of $1+1$ dimensional QED corresponds to a constant electric background field. Does the theta-term of QCD also induce a constant electric background field, which could be measurable in ...
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Book covering differential geometry and topology required for physics and applications

I am a physics undergrad, and interested to learn Topology so far as it has use in Physics. Currently I am trying to study Topological solitons but bogged down by some topological concepts. I am not ...
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Book recommendations on geometrical methods for physicists (like Topology, Diff. Geometry) [duplicate]

I would like to obtain a book that has to do with geometrical methods/subjects for physicists. When I say geometrical methods/subjects I mean things like Topology, Differential Geometry, Lie ...
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If we live on the surface of Earth then why Earth images shows maps around it? [closed]

If you visits google map and go to earth we see the image as attached below. My question is if the earth is round like sphere ball and if we live on the surface of this ball (point me if i am ...
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What do we exactly mean by a “topological object” in physics?

I have been working on topological defects like monopoles, etc. for some time. One think that I have not been able to understand is the physical meaning of the phrase "topological object". I have ...
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What's the metric of the Standard Non-Time-Orientable Spacetime

If you've read any spacetime topology, you know that spacetime. It is the amazing rotating lightcone identified after half a rotation. And outside of De Sitter space with some identifications, it is ...
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Moving the endpoints of a wormhole towards each other

Suppose we have a perfectly safe portal/wormhole and we place the two endpoints facing each other so that a person between them would see an endless corridor (with infinite number of herself). What ...
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Some questions about gauge theory

Let's talk quantum mechanics. I have a charged particle moving on a sphere. It has a wave function $\psi$. At time $t=0$, there is no magnetic flux piercing the sphere. Instantaneously, I introduce a ...
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Physical meaning of the Morse functions? [closed]

What is the physical correspondence of the Morse functions in a physical system? Currently I am studying Mirror symmetry but I can not get a physical intuition out of it.
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Resources for algebraic topology in condensed matter physics

I wanted to know if anyone had any good introductions on algebraic topology for the theoretical physicist? I am particularly interested in applications to condensed matter physics, but would be happy ...
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How to derive the Aharonov-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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Why Dirac monopole is a topological defect in a $U(1)$ gauge theory? [duplicate]

How does $U(1)$ gauge group at long distances, give rise to magnetic monopoles? Also why is it said that Dirac monopole is a topological defect in a compact $U(1)$ gauge 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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Relation between a change in the topological invariant and the closure of the gap

I would like to understand the relation between a change of the topological invariant (e.g. when the Chern number changes from 1 to 2) and the closure of the gap of a condensed matter system. I know ...
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Integrals of Chern class, $c_i$ in YM theories

I am a bit confused with the definition of the 1st (and 2nd by extension) Chern class in YM theories. I understand that in general $c_i \in H^{2i}(M,\mathbb{Z})$ where $M$ is a smooth manifold. Then, ...
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A simple conjecture on the Chern number of a 2-level Hamiltonian $H(\mathbf{k})$?

For example, let's consider a quadratic fermionic Hamiltonian on a 2D lattice with translation symmetry, and assume that the Fourier transformed Hamiltonian is described by a $2\times2$ Hermitian ...
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Schwarzschild manifold

I am given the following metric $$ds^2 = \frac{dr^2}{1-2m/r} + r^2dS,$$ where $dS$ is the standard metric on the unit sphere $S^2$. I am told that this is isometric to $\mathbb{R}^3$ or (taking its ...
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Topological terms VEVs and ghosts

Suppose we have the Standard model, and we want to calculate with VEVs of topological susceptibilities of $SU_{L}(2), U_{Y}(1)$ and $SU_{c}(3)$ fields, which have the form $$ \tag 1 \kappa \equiv ...
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What happens if locally manifold is seen as an Euclidean space? [closed]

I have been trying to understand the definition of a manifold and I have found out that the most common definition can be paraphrased as: A manifold is a space that has a complex "topology" globally ...
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About the $Z_2$ topological invariant

In Kitaev 2001 it is shown that the topological invariant $Z_2$ in a topological superconductor (Class D or BDI, one dimensional) can be defined as $$ (-1)^\nu={\rm sign\, Pf} [ A ]={\rm sign\, Pf}[ ...
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What does $L^2(S^1,\mu_H)$ mean?

It's a Hilbert space, $\mu_H$ stands for the Haar measure on $U(1)$, but what does $S^1$ mean? I found it in one of my quantum mechanics books which approaches from a very 'mathematical' way.
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Examples of topologies that are not metric topologies with relevance in physics?

Can you give me examples of topologies, that are not metric topologies, that are relevant in physics?
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Why pseudo-Riemannian metric cannot define a topology?

It is not clear for me why a positive definite metric is necessary to define a topology as noted in some textbooks like the one by Carroll. Does this imply that in cosmology, say through FLRW metric, ...
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Squashed spheres in general dimension

The point of this question is to help me find references regarding squashed spheres in general dimension. I am interested in the general theory of squashing for arbitrary dimension. All of the ...
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Topological susceptibility in QCD and corresponding pole

The topological susceptibility in QCD (here I've used path integral approach, and hence I will neglect all contact terms) is defined as $$ \kappa (p) \equiv \lim_{y \to 0}\int d^{4}x ...
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What is the relationship between a brane, a manifold, and a space?

I've read many ways to define manifold; one way is to define it as a type of mathematical space (a type of topological space to be exact). All of the definitions that I've seen for brane, on the ...