Questions tagged [lie-algebra]

A vector space $\mathfrak{g}$ over some field $F$ and kitted with a bilinear, antisymmetric and Jacobi-identity-fulfilling product ("Lie Bracket" or "commutator"). In physics, most often arises as the Lie algebra (tangent space to the identity) of a Lie group; in gauge theories, basis vectors of the gauge group's Lie algebra correspond to Noether currents and conserved quantities.

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Complexifying Lie algebras confusion

I have been studying a course on Lie algebras in particle physics and I could never understand how complexifying helps us understand the original Lie algebra. For example, consider $\mathfrak{su}(2)$...
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Why are generators defined oppositely in Weinberg's vs. Maggiore's QFT books?

I've been confused about the sign conventions used in Weinberg's QFT book for a long time. Here's my question: The generators $J^{\mu\nu}$ are defined in this book as $$U(1+\omega)=1+\frac{i}{2}\...
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Where in fundamental physics are Lie groups actually important (and not just Lie algebras)?

I was wondering where in fundamental physics the global structure of a Lie group actually makes a difference. Most of the time physicists are sloppy and don't distinguish groups and algebras ...
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explicit matrix elements for a representation decomposed into subgroup by branching rules

I'm looking for a way to construct a representation for a simple Lie group such that one particular subgroup is manifest. I learned the branching rules from Cahn, Georgi and Slansky, but I'm still not ...
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Modified Lie bracket

In a paper by Barnich, they use a different definition of the Lie bracket for vector fields at null infinity. Can somebody please give me the intuition behind using this Lie bracket in Equation 4.12: ...
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Is there a Virasoro group?

On page 14 of the survey article Kac-Moody and Virasoro algebras in relation to quantum physics by Goddard and Olive, the authors show that smooth selfmaps of the circle form a Lie group corresponding ...
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Nilpotent symmetry group in classical mechanics

> Hello everyone, I have two questions concerning symmetries in classical mechanics. 1) I am looking for examples of a lagrangian or hamiltonian model with a symmetry group which is a nilpotent or ...
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What Lie supergroup does the super-Poincare algebra generate?

Every Lie supergroup has an associated Lie superalgebra of generators (in general, some of which are bosonic and some fermionic). Which Lie supergroup(s) are generated by the Super-Poincare algebra ...
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Highest weight unitary representations of $psl(2|2)$

I'm having some trouble understanding how to extend representation theory from Lie algebras to super Lie algebras, in particular with $psl(2|2)$. Ultimately I'm interested in 2D quantum sigma models ...
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Killing vectors for 2-sphere as generators of $SO(3)$ symmetry

How to get Killing vectors in a form of generators of $SO(3)$ group symmetry? By using Killing equations for metric $ds^{2} = d\theta^{2} + \sin^{2}(\theta^{2}) d\varphi^{2}$ I got $$ \varepsilon_{\...
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Fierz identity for symplectic group

For the fundamental representation of $SU(N)$, there is a Fierz identity: $$ \sum_iT^i_{ab}T^i_{cd}=\frac{1}{2}\left(\delta_{ad}\delta_{bc}-\frac{1}{N}\delta_{ab}\delta_{cd}\right) $$ where $T^i$ is ...
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Is there any feature which distinguishes the Hamiltonian in the Poincare algebra?

The Poincare algebra is defined as \begin{align*} i[J^{\mu\nu},J^{\rho\sigma}]&=\eta^{\nu\rho}J^{\mu\sigma}-\eta^{\mu\rho}J^{\nu\sigma}+\eta^{\sigma\nu}J^{\rho\mu}-\eta^{\sigma\mu}J^{\rho\nu}\\ ...
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What is the physical meaning of Lie congruence classes?

Any weight $\lambda$ characterising a representation of $\mathfrak{su}(N)$ is an element of one of the $N$ congruence classes defined by (ref.1) $$ \lambda_1+2\lambda_2+\cdots+(N-1)\lambda_{N-1}\quad\...
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What are the relations between a ladder algebra and an $SU(2)$ algebra?

I am studying elementary models of the Quantum Hall Effect. I don't have a strong background in Lie algebras so I was hoping someone could elaborate on the following observation: For a free particle ...
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How do WZW coset models contain perturbations?

I've been studying the coset construction. As far as I understand it, the Sugawara energy momentum tensor is a way of embedding the virasoro algebra inside the Lie algebra of your original WZW model. ...
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Cartan Killing metric and Casimir operators

I'm a little confused about Casimir operators and Cartan-Killing metric. The Lorentz group is a semi-simple group and its Cartan-Killing metric is non-degenerate, say $g_{ab}$; it is invertible and ...
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How do gauge fields transform with an extra inhomogeneous term even though they are Lie Algebra valued in Non-Abelian gauge theories?

I am trying to work out Non-Abelian gauge theories but I couldn't get my head around the fact that gauge fields transform with an extra inhomogeneous term under the adjoint action of a group $G$, that ...
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Thomas precession, Lie algebra of the Lorentz group and the conservation of energy

If you read this post Thomas Precession, you will see a very good answer by WetSavannaAnimal, on the subject of Thomas Precession, which I am currently working my through, in conjunction with some ...
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Hamiltonian symmetry Lie algebra

What is the connection between complete set of commuting observables and generators of the Lie group? I have a Hamiltonian written down in second quantized formalism and I also checked that it ...
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New Supersymmetry Algebra

We know that SUSY generators commute with translation $$ [P_\mu,Q_\alpha]=0 $$ I have some questions: What is this equation physical meaning? Is it possible to make "SUSY-like" generators that do not ...
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Wilson's Renormalization Group and Lie's Third Theorem

If you think of a one-parameter group of transformations along a curve in the plane as a (Lie) group, and the tangent vector to the curve as a generator of the curve we can intuitively understand Lie'...
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Derivation of the enhancement of U(1)$_L$ x U(1)$_R$ to SU(2)$_L$ x SU(2)$_R$ at the self-dual radius

Towards the end of the paragraph with the title String theory's added value 2: enhanced non-Abelian symmetries at self-dual radii and abstract C with current algebras of this article, it is explained ...
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Symmetries of separable potential

For separable potential, say $x^4+y^4$, its symmetry are degenerate. Is that a generic case to every separable potential? I will explain my question: The potential $x^4+y^4$ has $A_1, B_1, A_2, B_2, ...
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Bosonic commutation relations for force carriers?

Why are force carriers bosons? The easiest answer that I can give myself is that the gauge field $A_\mu$ is introduced like this: $$ \partial_\mu \rightarrow D_\mu = \partial_\mu+ieA_\mu, $$ so it ...
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Poincaré invariance of linearly polarised plane wave

I am reading a book that just quotes the Lie group generators and the discrete subgroups that leave a linearly polarised plane wave unchanged. And I have no idea how to derive them. Context The ...
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Questions on how Wilson loops relate to field & charge conservation, and lattice QFT

The path-ordered exponential from which the Wilson loop is traced is, crudely, $$ \prod (I+ A_\alpha dx^\alpha) = \mathcal{P}\,\mathrm{exp}(i \oint A_\alpha dx^\alpha )$$ which returns a matrix $\...
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Another way to write the Einstein-Hilbert action?

Let's take a look at the equation for the Riemann tensor in terms of an arbitrary 1-form: $$\nabla_{\mu}\nabla_{\nu}A_{\alpha}-\nabla_{\nu}\nabla_{\mu}A_{\alpha}=R_{\mu\nu\alpha}^{\quad\:\delta}A_{\...
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Levi-Civita tensor and the Lorentz group generators in the vector representation

In the vector representation of the Lorentz group its generators are given by - $$(J^{\mu\nu})_{\alpha\beta} = i(\delta^\mu_\alpha\delta^\nu_\beta-\delta^\mu_\beta\delta^\nu_\alpha)$$ It can be ...
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For what angles (and why) does the equation for finite rotation fail to work?

I am learning rotations and group theory/representations and my lecturer's note mentioned that: "The group is considered connected, but not simply connected [...] As a result, the formula for a ...
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What was the first motive of physicists to interpret spin rotations as elements of $SU(2)$?

I have read several articles talking about the meaning of spins and spinor spaces. They only have a mathematical, or quantum mechanical identity. Thus one hardly finds a classical (geometrical) ...
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$SU(2)\times U(1) \rightarrow U(1)$ Symmetry Breaking

Consider a doublet of complex scalar fields $\mathbf{\Phi}$. The $SU(2)$ transformation is $\textrm{exp}\left(it^{i}\tau_{i}\right)$ with generators $\tau_{i}=\frac{\sigma_{i}}{2}$, whilst the $U(1)$ ...
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Relation between projective representations, connectivity of a group manifold and number of equivalence classes of paths

The projective unitary representations of a multiply-connected group $G$ is defined as $$U(g_1)U(g_2)=c(g_1,g_2)U(g_1g_2)$$ where $c(g_1,g_2)$ is phase. Reading various articles, and this old post of ...
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Equivariance Relation - Superconformal Hypermultiplets

I'm concerned with equation 2.24 of http://arxiv.org/abs/1601.00482 The superconformal hypermultiplets in this paper have a conic hyperkahler target manifold and the authors want to gauge some ...
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Traceless Tensors in $SU(3)$, Georgi's Lie Algebras

I'm doing a self-study through Georgi's Lie Algebra's in Particle Physics and there is a ''note without proof'' in the book that I have not managed to see through myself. In Section 10.3, Georgi ...
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Finding Casimir operators for the Poincare group $ISO(1,2)$

I was asked to write the generators for translations and Lorentz-transforms in 1+2 dimensions and then to find the Casimir operators. For the generators I can take the same ones as in 1+3 case $$P_\...
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Left (right) invariant vector fields on superspace

I read Freed'd book on "Five lectures on supersymmetry". For any vector space $V$ with metric of signature $(1,n-1)$ he constructs super Lie algebra $$ L=V \oplus S^*, $$ where $S$ is space of ...
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Possible Error in deriving conformal generator

My professor gave me the following derivation for the full generator of the Lorentz transformations. The starting point is to consider a subgroup of the conformal group that leaves the origin fixed (...
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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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Commutation relation Lorentz Algebra

Related question, which I don't understand either. I think is easier to get the Lorentz group algebra as defined by Maggiore, $$ [J^{\mu\nu},J^{\rho\sigma}] = i(\eta^{\nu\rho}J^{\mu\sigma} - \eta^{\...
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Representations of the rotation group

(I have already done a similar question, but I did not express myself very well and the question was a bit confusing, so let me try again. If you find the question repetitive, I apologize and you can ...
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Is it always possible to move to the “Cartan Gauge”?

Forgive me for potentially coming up with a new name for what I am about to describe. Let's say we have a scalar field $\phi^a$ which transforms with respect to the adjoint representation of some Lie ...
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Hypercharge normalization for $SU(5)$ GUT

Reading about $SU(5)$ unification, texts says that they use the renormalization factor $\sqrt{3/5}$ for weak hypercharges in order to embed SM into a $SU(5)$ group. This implies a new $U(1)_Y$ ...
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Connection between Classical and Quantum symmetries

I am an advanced undergraduate student.I would like to know about the importance of symmetry in classical and quantum mechanics.Also a good book concerning the connection between symmetries of ...
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How are Dunkl operators used in Hamiltonian mechanics?

I am currently doing a math research project on the representation theory of Cherednik (double affine Hecke) algebras, specifically the algebra $\mathcal{H}_{t,c}(\mathfrak{S}_n,\mathfrak{h})$, which ...
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Lie algebra: Proof that the commutator of infinitesimal motions is an infinitesimal motion

I am following Classical and Quantum Mechanics via Lie Algebras by Neumaier and Westra. Setup I am stuck at part of Thm 2.3.1. Consider the matrix group $\mathbb{G}$. The set of $\mathbb{G}$-motions ...
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Physically, why don't we care about representations that differ only by a similarity transformation?

I was looking at how to derive the (1/2, 0) representation of the Lorentz group when acting on fields. Specifically, I'm interested in understanding the logic behind replacing the "symbols" $A,B$ with ...
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Books, papers, etc on Lorentz and Poincare groups/algebras/etc

I'm currently trying to learn more about the Lorentz- and Poincare Lie-algebras and the representation theory about them. But I'm really struggling with the material that we were given and I'm also ...
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How much information about a quantum operator is determined by its Poisson bracket Lie algebra?

Hamiltonian quantum mechanics is often built using many ideas from Hamiltonian classical mechanics like the Poisson bracket to determine the commutator between quantum operators, which is appropriate ...
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Gauge Field Transformation Properties

I'm a bit confused about the gauge transformation properties of non-abelian gauge fields, and I just wanted some clarification. I keep seeing the statement that "gauge fields transform in the adjoint ...
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Is there a difference of sign conventions of Dirac Index between mathematics and physics?

In section 12.6.2 of Nakahara, on a four dimensional manifold, the index of a twisted Dirac operator is given by $$\mathrm{Ind}(D\!\!\!\!/_{A})=\frac{-1}{8\pi^{2}}\int_{M}\mathrm{Tr}(F\wedge F)+\frac{...