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Center of $SU(3)$

I assumed a 3x3 matrix of the form $$A= \begin{pmatrix} a & b & c\\ d & e & f\\ k & l & m \end{pmatrix}$$ Then, since we know that the center is always an Abelian invariant ...
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Inner product on group theoretic coherent states and anti-commutator of Lie algebra generators

This question is related to group theoretic coherent states (Gilmore, Perelomov etc.). I consider a semi-simple Lie group $G$ with Lie algebra $\mathfrak{g}$ and a unitary representation $U(g)$ acting ...
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Co-spinors and contra-spinors

As i was reading my teacher's notes on $SU(2)$ and $SO(3)$, i have had this question. Why do co-spinors transform differently under a rotation than contra-spinors?
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SO(3) and SU(2) [closed]

If we define $$X(\textbf{a} )=e^{(ia_iL_i)} ,$$ how can we show that $X(\textbf{α} )$ can be written as a $2×2$ matrix in terms of 2 complex parameters $a$ and $b$ with $|a|^2 + |b|^2 = 1$, and ...
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Significance of Wigner-Eckart theorem [duplicate]

What is the physical importance of the Wigner-Eckart theorem and are there any examples of its physical application?
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Doubt in Weinberg's book on QFT

In chapter 3 of his book on QFT (volume 1), while discussing the symmetries of the S-matrix, Weinberg makes the following statement For any proper orthochronous Lorentz transformation $x\rightarrow ...
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Direct product spaces of angular momentum

Consider the direct product space of two angular momentum eigenfunctions: $$|j_1, j_2; m_1, m_2⟩ = |j_1, m_1⟩|j_2, m_2⟩$$ for the simple case when $$j_1 = j_2 = 1/2.$$ How can i construct the ...
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Symmetry of the scattering super-operator

Suppose we have an initial ensemble described by a density matrix $\rho$ and any given member of the ensemble scatters from one of some set of scattering matrices $\{S_g \equiv O_g S O_g^\dagger : g \...
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Eigenspaces of the hydrogen atom as representations of $SO(3)$

When we computing the discrete spectrum of the hamiltonian of the hydrogen atom $$H=\Big(-\frac{\hbar^2}{2m} \Delta - \frac{e^2}{r} \large),$$ by some explicit computation we get that eigenspace $...
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Confusions with gluons. How many of them are there?

Gluons are bicolored objects. They are made out of one color and one anticolor. Therefore, there seems to be nine possible states $r\bar{r},r\bar{b},r\bar{g},b\bar{r},b\bar{b},b\bar{g},g\bar{r},g\bar{...
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Induced representation in Zee's Group Theory

I am trying to understand the topic of Induced representation of the euclidean Group E(2) in A. Zee's Group theory in a Nutshell in Chapter IV.i3. The Lie algebra of E(2) has three elements $P_1, P_2,...
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Confusion about trace in the vertex term of Lagrangian

I was reading through Mariano Quirós's lecture notes titled "Finite Temperature Field Theory and Phase Transitions". In Sec. 1.2, the author is calculating the one-loop effective potential at $T=0$. ...
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Why do all fields in a QFT transform like *irreducible* representations of some group?

Emphasis is on the irreducible. I get what's special about them. But is there some principle that I'm missing, that says it can only be irreducible representations? Or is it just 'more beautiful' and ...
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$z$ component of angular momentum under Lorentz transformation for massless particle

This question is related to this Helicity states. Suppose we have $k=[\omega,0,0,\omega]$. In Weinberg's book The Quantum Theory of Fields: Volume I he defines the state $|k,\sigma\rangle$ as an ...
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Helicity states

On page 71 of Weinberg's book The Quantum Theory of Fields: Volume I, he defines the operators $$A=J_2+K_1$$and $$B=-J_1+K_2$$ where ${\mathbf{J }}=(J_1,J_2,J_3)$ are the rotation generators and ${\...
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Helicity under rotation

Suppose that the state $|p,\sigma\rangle$ (for a massless particle) has 3 momentum ${\bf p}=p_3$ (that is the momentum is in the $z$ direction) and that $J_3|p,\sigma\rangle=\sigma|p,\sigma\rangle$ ...
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There is a classification of matrix representations of Euclidean group $\mathrm{E}(n)$ (also called $\mathrm{ISO}(n)$)?

I'm wondering if someone has already done a classification of matrix representations of the Euclidean group $\mathrm{E}(n)$, more specifically I'm trying to classify $\mathrm{E}(2)$. I watched a ...
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Why are physicists so interested in irreps if in their non-block-diagonal form they mix all components of a vector?

Consider a group $\{G,\circ\}$, with elements $e,g_1,g_2,...$, represented by the matrices $\{D(e), D(g_1), D(g_2)...\}$. If all the matrices can be brought to block diagonal forms by a similarity ...
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How to make a triplet out of 2 doublets in the $SU(2)$ representation?

In Y.Grossman and Y.Nir "The Standard Model" book in chapter 4 (non abelian symmetrys) they present the law of whom we can have a triplet and singlet out of 2 doublets name them $\phi_a$ and $\phi_b$, ...
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Generators of 2D global conformal group in terms of differential operators?

I'm looking for a reference that lists generators of two dimensional global conformal group on a complex sphere in terms of differential operators that may act on quasi primary fields $\phi(z,\bar z)$....
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What does it mean to take the tensor product of two reps of the Lorentz group? [duplicate]

If I reduce the Lorentz group to the representation $\mathfrak{su}(2)\oplus \mathfrak{su}(2)$, I can write left and right-handed Weyl spinors respectively as $\left( \frac{1}{2},0 \right)$ and $\left(...
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Spinor transformations as representations of $\mathrm{SL}(2, \mathbb{C})$

Background In the Weyl representation of the Dirac $\gamma$-matrices, the spinor transformations $S=e^{\frac{1}{2} \omega_{\alpha \beta} \Sigma^{\alpha \beta}} \in \,\mathrm{G}_{\mathrm{L}} \leq \...
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$3+3$ representation of $SO(4)$

In Zee's Group Theory in a Nutshell book, he says that the antisymmetric tensor $A^{ij}$ furnishes a 6 dimensional representation of $SO(4)$. He further argues that this 6 dimensional representation ...
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Representation of Poincaré group

Let's consider the most general Lorentz transformation: $x'^{\mu} = \Lambda^{\mu}_{\ \ \nu} x^{\nu} + a^{\mu}$. These transformations form the Poincaré group. The generators of translations of this ...
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Connection between $2n$ real fermions and $SO(2n)$

In section 11.4 of "Basic Concepts of String Theory" by Blumenhagen et al, they say: Consider a system of $2n$ two-dimensional real fermion (...) transforming as a vector of $SO(2n)$. I guess they ...
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Representation of the Lorentz group using matrices of $SL(2,\mathbb{C})$

There is a correspondence between the Lorentz group and the group $SL(2,\mathbb{C})$. To each Lorentz transformation $\Lambda$ we can associate two matrices $\pm A(\Lambda) \in SL(2,\mathbb{C})$ such ...
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Representation of the Lorentz group and correspondence with the $SL(2,\mathbb{C})$ group

We can find a correspondence between the restricted Lorentz group and the group $SL(2,\mathbb{C})$ if to each coordenate $x^{\mu}$ we associate a $2\times 2$ hermitian matrix $X$ given by $$X = x^{\mu}...
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What is a rotation group and how do we get its unitary representation?

The rotation group is ${\rm SO(3)}$. It is the group of $3\times 3$ orthogonal matrices $\{g(\theta)\}$ with unit determinant. So these are already defined in terms of $3\times 3$ matrices. But we use ...
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How do we know the group property of a new particle?

Suppose I have a particle $W'$ which can decay into $\mu$ and $\nu_{\mu}$ and $e$ and $\nu_{e}$. Suppose we know such new gauge bosons come from some additional gauge group added to the Standard ...
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How to construct invariant forms under the effect of an arbitrary group?

First I would like to mention that I do not know that should I post this question here or in the math community, but since my background is in physics and this kind of question is usually asked by ...
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Combining SU(N) multiplets using Young diagrams

I am trying to follow the Particle Data Group's instruction (PDF link) to combine SU(N) multiplets. On page 3, they show an example calculation of SU(3)'s $\textbf 8\otimes \textbf 8$. I understand ...
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Unitarity representations of CFT in arbitrary dimensions

There is a well defined notion of unitarity of representations in Euclidean Conformal field theories that follows from the requiring unitarity in the Lorentzian space. Under this notion, all states ...
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Wigner-Eckart theorem and vectors

Let's consider a system in state $^3$D$_1$: $$\vec{L}^2=L(L+1)=6 $$ $$\vec{S}^2=S(S+1)=2$$ $$\vec{J}^2=J(J+1)=2$$ According to Wigner-Eckart theorem, if this is an irreducible representation, all ...
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How to map the symmetry property of the lattice unit cell to the symmetry properties of eigen modes

For example, in $\mathbf{r}$ space, a honeycomb lattice (like graphene) has C6v symmetry about the center of the unit cell. The ground state (singlet) eigen mode has C6v symmetry and the 1st order ...
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Representation of $SO(3)$ acting on 3-index tensors in Zee's Group Theory Book

In page 193, the book Group Theory in a Nutshell for Physicists started to explain inductively how we need to consider only the traceless symmetric (in all indices) tensors to construct $3^j$-...
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What is the physical interpretation of the occurrence of a particular irreducible representation more than once?

I am working on a problem about the crystal field splitting of the five-fold degenerate $d$ states. First, in a crystal field of $O$ point group symmetry, the five-fold degenerate $d$ states are split ...
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Operators of the special orthogonal group $\mathrm{SO}(3)$ in 3 dimensions

My professor taught us that when we want to rotate a 3D vector we need a $3\times 3$ matrix $R$ that is a rotation matrix. The set of all these matrices is the special orthogonal group in three ...
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$SU(5)$ group theory: Contracting three adjoints to make a singlet

There's probably a trivial answer to my question, but I'm having trouble finding it. In an $SU(5)$ GUT, we have a gauge field, $A_{\mu} = A^{a}_{\mu}T^{a}$ which lives in the $24 (\text{Adjoint})$ ...
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A question about Lorentz transformations in spinor representation

For $$\Lambda^{\mu}{}_{\nu}= \frac{1}{2} Tr(\bar{\sigma}^{\mu} S \sigma_{\nu}S^{\dagger}) $$ We need to prove that $$\Lambda (S)= \Lambda (-S)$$ Am I naive to say that by adding $-S$, $S^{\dagger}...
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Lie Algebra in Particle Physics

In his book " Lie Algebra in Particle Physics" Georgie directly put the relation $$(1-P)D(g)(1-P)=D(g)(1-P)...(1)$$ This came from the two previous relations: $$PD(g)P=D(g)P$$ $$PD(g)P=PD(g).$$ where ...
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Parameter space of $SO(3)$ and $SU(2)$

Is it parameter space of $SO(3)$ and $SU(2)$ are same? can we use quaternions to represent both groups? what about their connectedness?
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Complex conjugated representation and its Young tableaux

This post is an exact copy of one that I posted in Math's site. I do this copy because people there suggested me to do it since, apparentely, in Mathematics and Physics we use different conventions ...
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Spinor representation

I am trying to study Special unitary group of order 2 and some textbooks mention objects transform under special unitary group are called Spinors. then How can we represent a spinor using matrix?
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Irrep decompositions for $SO(N)$ tensors for $N>3$

How do I take a tensor products of $SO(N)$ irreps and decompose it in terms of irreps for $N>3$? (I understand the special case of $SO(3)$ we can use the nice $SU(N)$ technology of Young Tableauxs ...
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Clarification about confinement of colour charged objects

In lecture today we were reviewing the QCD lagrangian, and discussing hadronic wavefunctions. My lecturer said that QCD alone allows for states of colored hadrons, however because we do not see ...
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Quantum mechanics and Group theory

Vectors are representations transform under $SO(3)$ Group, 4-vectors are representations transform under $SO(1,3)$ Group, Like wave function in discrete but infinite basis (hilbert space) are some ...
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How to write $3\otimes3\otimes 3=10\oplus8\oplus8\oplus1$ in a tensorial way? [duplicate]

I wasn't sure how to write the title because I don't really understand this topic. Here's my question: When we are constructing hadrons we put quarks together to form higher representations of the ...
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How groups act on fields in QFT?

I read a lot a posts on how to verify what are the symmetries of a given Lagrangian but I really can't find what I need and can't even get it by myself, this because I don't actually understand how ...
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Non-abelian anyons, relation between representation of braid group and fusion rules

As far as I understand, anyons correspond to fields that live in the representation space of some (unitary?) representation of the braid group. One-dimensional representations commute and give rise to ...
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Are the so-called representations of the Lorentz group actually all representations of it?

Fermionic fields change sign under a rotation by $2\pi$. However, in $SO^+\left(1,3\right)$ a rotation by $2\pi$ is the identity. For any representation $R$ of $SO\left(1,3\right)$ then we have $$R\...