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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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How to prove that any rotation can be represented by 3 Euler angles

How can one prove that any rotation of a rigid object in 3-dimensional (3D) space can be represented by a sequence of three rotations around pre-fixed axes by 3 Euler angles? I see this statement in ...
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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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Kac-Moody algebra from WZW model via Poisson brackets

In 'Non-abelian Bosonization in Two Dimensions', Witten shows that the Poisson brackets of the currents that generate the $G\times G$ symmetry of the WZW model give rise to a Kac-Moody algebra upon ...
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What's the difference between a generating function and a generator?

Usually in physics we use the notion generator to describe the infinitesimal elements associated with any finite Lie group transformation. But in the context of the Hamiltonian formalism, all authors ...
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Lie group Homomorphism $SU(2) \to SO(3)$

The Lie algebra of $ \mathfrak{so(3)} $ and $ \mathfrak{su(2)} $ are respectively $$ [L_i,L_j] = i\epsilon_{ij}^{\;\;k}L_k $$ $$ [\frac{\sigma_i}{2},\frac{\sigma_j}{2}] = i\epsilon_{ij}^{\;\;k}\frac{...
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How can the exponential generator apply to all Lie groups (not just rotation)?

How can it be shown that any element of a Lie group can be represented as $A=e^{ig_A V^A}$? I think this results from the exponential map. In the case of $SO(3)$ it can be shown through the Taylor ...
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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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How to decompose the representation of $\rm SU(5)$?

This question comes from Srednicki's textbook "Quantum Field Theory". On pages 514-515, it states: Under the unbroken $\rm SU(3)\times SU(2) \times U(1)$ subgroup, the $5$ representation of $\rm ...
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What does Addition of Angular Momenta tell us about Group Theory?

I've come across this a lot, but I've never understood it. I do know basic Group Theory including Lie Groups. In Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, Griffiths ends the chapter on spin with the remark ...
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Half Witt algebra

I have the following Lie algebra which is generated by $\{L_n|n\geq 0\}.$ It satisfies the following commutation rule $$ \Big[ L_i ,L_j \Big]=\frac18 \frac{(2i+2j-1)(2j-2i)}{(2j+1)(2i+1)}L_{i+j-1}-\...
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Why isn't $SO(n)/SO(n\!-\!1)$ a symmetric space?

It's my understanding that one way to define a symmetric space $G/H$ is by the commutation relations $$ [T^a, T^b] = f^{abc} T^c, \qquad [T^a, X^{\hat{b}}] = f^{a\hat{b}\hat{c}}X^{\hat{c}}, \qquad [X^{...
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Problem counting spin states

I can't figure out how many different spin states I can create with a four-electron system. I think I can create a spin-zero state, three spin-one states, and five spin-two states. That gives me nine ...
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Commutator of Lie Group Generators

This is from Maggiore's "A Modern Introduction to Field Theory", Page 15. I have a Lie group with matrix generators $$ T^{a}_{R}$$ Where $a$ takes values from 1 to the dimension of the Lie group. ...
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Measuring the lorentz transform generators $J$, $K$, and providing evidence that photons have no internal continuous d.o.f

I am reading Weinberg's first QFT book. We looked for (and I suppose found) unitary representations of the Lorentz group: $$U(\Lambda) = 1 - i (\vec{\theta}\cdot\vec{J}-\vec{\eta}\cdot \vec{K})$$ ...
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Generator of 3D rotations in $\mathbb{C}^2 \otimes \mathbb{C}^2$

Let us consider a system of two spinors. The 3D rotation operator around the $\vec{n}$ axis in $\mathbb{C}^2$ is clearly $R(\theta) = \exp(i \frac{\theta}{2}\vec{n}\cdot\vec{\sigma})$. If I wish to ...
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Symmetry of the Batalin-Vilkovisky (BV) antibracket operation

Batalin and Vilkovisky define $^1$ an operation they call antibracket which is $$(F,H) = \Big(\frac{\partial_r F}{\partial \Phi^A}\Big) \Big(\frac{\partial_l H}{\partial \Phi^* _A} \Big) - \Big(\frac{...
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Products of Lie-Groups versus Lie-Group Extensions in Physics

The Standard Model of elementary particle physics is a gauge theory based on the Lie group $U(1) \times SU(2) \times SU(3)$. From the mathematical perspective I read that: Simple Lie groups have ...
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Relation Between Cross Product and Infinitesimal Rotations, Generators, Etc [duplicate]

Looking into the infinitesimal view of rotations from Lie, I noticed that the vector cross product can be written in terms of the generators of the rotation group $SO(3)$. For example: $$\vec{\mathbf{...
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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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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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Why are all transformations of quantum operators inner automorphisms?

Operators in quantum mechanics are basically related to each other through their Lie algebra i.e. the commutator $\times \frac{1}{i\hbar}$. This is then connected to the state space i.e. the Hilbert ...
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Is there an anticommutator relation for orbital angular momentum?

So I know that there are commutator relations for $L$ such as $[L_x,L_y] = i\hbar L_z$, but is there a relation for the anticommutator? For example, $L_xL_y + L_yL_x$?
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Bosonic representation of $SU(N)$: what values can $n_b$ take?

In Assa Auerbach's book on page 166, he describes the construction of a bosonic representation of $SU(N)$ where the generators $S^{mn} \rightarrow b^\dagger_m b_n$. I'm a bit confused about the ...
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Isometry group on a coset manifold

In ''Einstein Gravity in a Nutshell'' Zee says ''On a coset manifold $G/H$, the isometry group is evidently just $G$'' when discussing the relation between the Killing vector fields and Lie ...
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What physical significance has the Heisenberg Group?

I read that the canonical commutation relation between momentum and position can be seen as the Lie Algebra of the Heisenberg group. While I get why the commutation relations of momentum and momentum, ...
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About $(0,1/2)$ representations

While studying representations of Lorentz group, we get the generators to be $J_{i}$ - rotations and $K_{i}$ - boosts. We define $N_{i}^+$ and $N_{i}^-$ operators and these operators obey the same ...
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Which are the underlying Lie group and algebra related to the translation invariance in field theories?

I'm new to Physics SE. I've seen a lot of interesting questions and answers, and thought it will be very useful to participate a little. I'm currently stuck in a, probably, very simple matter, ...
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Role of the special linear Lie algebra in general relativity (GR)

The Lie derivative measures the difference between two paths in the timespace manifold, and hence the commutator bracket occurs naturally, as explained in the presentation What is a Tensor? Lesson 21: ...
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Generators in Field Theory and Derivatives

Let's consider a representation of the multiplicative group $(0,\infty)$ on Minkowski space $\mathbb{R}^4$ by dilations. \begin{align} \rho:(0,\infty)&\rightarrow\text{GL}(\mathbb{R}^4)&\\ a ...
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Covariantly constant Lie algebra-valued field with Dirichlet boundary condition

I have a question about a statement in Witten's paper 'Analytic Continuation of Chern-Simons Theory' (https://arxiv.org/abs/1001.2933). On page 66, below equation 4.13, he discusses a Lie algebra-...
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Commutator generating transformations

Lately I am encountering the commutator of variations of the variables and I'm not quite sure about its physical meaning. Some examples. 1) "The composition of two supersymmetries generates a time ...
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Calculating adjoint representation of Lie group/algebra [duplicate]

How do I calculate adjoint representation of Lie group and Lie algebra? I would be thankful if anyone can give good example or general formula on calculating adjoint of any Lie group
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Decomposition of the complex conjugate of the fundamental representation of $SU(5)$ in $SU(3)\times SU(2)\times U(1)$

I know I can decompose the fundamental representation (denoted as $5$) of $SU(5)$ as: $$ (3,1)_{-2c/3} \oplus (1,2)_{c} $$ But how do I get the decomposition of the complex conjugate of this ...
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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{...
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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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Irreducibility of $SU(N)$ rank-2 tensors [closed]

Given a rank-2 $\mathrm{SU}(N)$ tensor $X^{ab}$, it transforms as $X'^{ab} = U^a{}_c U^b{}_d X^{cd}$, where $U \in \mathrm{SU}(N)$. We can decompose it into a symmetric and an anti-symmetric part $$ X^...
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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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Weights of $SU\left(5\right)$ representation

Consider the representation $\Lambda^2V$ of $su\left(5\right)$ where $V$ is the fundamental representation. How can I work out the Dynkin labels of its weights? Are these the correct Dynkin labels ...
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$SU\left(N\right)$ Dynkin labels, how to compute

Let $V$ be somecomplex irreducible representation of $SU\left(N\right)$. I read that to compute the Dynkin labels of the weights, one can take the highest weight and then subtract from it the rows of ...
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Why can we write lagrangian for gauge theory without the traces?

I understand that trace is needed in order to preserve gauge invariance of the lagrangian equation by using the cycling property. But I fail to see why the following equation holds true: $$-\frac{1}{2}...
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Why do we use infinitesimal forms of operators?

In many undergraduate texts on quantum mechanics (I'm using Modern Quantum Mechanics 2nd Edition by Sakurai as reference here), the treatment of angular momentum goes something along the lines of: ...
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Proof that (1/2,1/2) Lorentz group representation is a 4-vector

Taken from Quantum Field Theory in a Nutshell by Zee, problem II.3.1: Show by explicit computation that $(\frac{1}{2},\frac{1}{2})$ is indeed the Lorentz vector. This has been asked here: How do I ...
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Commutator of Gauge Transformations for Yang-Mills Theory

Following the conventions of "Quantum Field Theory and the Standard Model" by Schwartz, we have that for Yang-Mills Theory, an infinitesimal gauge transformation acts like $$\delta_{\alpha} A = d\...
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Physical meaning of the Casimir operators of Poincarè algebra

If one considers the algebra $su(2)$, it is well known that the Casimir Operator is $$ C=L_1^2+L_2^2+L_3^2. $$ It corresponds to the total angular momentum and correctly is a conserved quantity. ...
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Generators of conformal transformations

I'm currently reading about the Witt algebra, and I'm trying to understand in what sense the Witt algebra basis $L_n = -z^{n+1}\partial _z$ generates conformal maps in dimension $2$. From what I've ...
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Symmetric tensor product decomposition of $su(2)$

Taking the tensor product of two spin 1 representations of $su(2)$ yields $$1 \otimes 1 = 0 \oplus 1 \oplus 2.$$ What changes if instead we take the symmetric tensor product $1 \odot 1$ of these ...
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How to construct a supersymmetry algebra?

Starting with the general notion of supersymmetry: $$Q| boson \rangle = | fermion \rangle \\ Q| fermion \rangle = | boson \rangle$$ I want to construct the superalgebra relations. After applying $...
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Isospin of pions

Suppose that I have two pions with zero relative angular momentum. I want to find possible total isospin values. What I'm thinking is that their state should be symmetric since they are bosons. Each ...
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Books about Group Theory [duplicate]

I was looking for a book to complement the lecture notes of the course for a more intuitive approach to the subject and full of examples (mathematical), because the handouts seem only a bunch of ...
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Composition of Lorentz transformations using generators and the Wigner rotation

I solved this problem by painful calculations of Lorentz matrices. However, I heard that there is a much easier solution using the generators of boosts and rotations and their commutation relations, ...