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 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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Charge of a field under the action of a group

What does it mean for a field (say, $\phi$) to have a charge (say, $Q$) under the action of a group (say, $U(1)$)?
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What is the exact relation between $\mathrm{SU(3)}$ flavour symmetry and the Gell-Mann–Nishijima relation

I'm trying to understand how the Gell-Mann–Nishijima relation has been derived: \begin{equation} Q = I_3 + \frac{Y}{2} \end{equation} where $Q$ is the electric charge of the quarks, $I_3$ is the ...
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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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Why is supersymmetry a continuous symmetry?

Supersymmetry feels like a discrete symmetry to me, since the fermions are turning into bosons, and vice versa. I understand there is an infinitesimal parameter involved in the transformations, but I ...
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Branching rules for $SU(3)$

How does one compute the branching rules for $SU(3)\to SU(2)\times U(1)$.? In particular, I do not know how to put the abelian charges. Take for example the adjoint $\mathbf{8}$ of $SU(3)$. I can ...
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Representations and transformations under an $SU(n)$ Lie groups?

I think my problem is that I misunderstand what "transforms under" really means. Let's take $SU(3)$, for the $\mathbf{3}$ with Dynkin indices $(1,0)$, a state transforms like : $ψ→gψ$. For the $\...
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Conceptual question about field transformation

(c.f Conformal Field Theory by Di Francesco et al, p39) From another source, I understand the mathematical derivation that leads to eqn (2.126) in Di Francesco et al, however conceptually I do not ...
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Show that the fundamental representation is a representation

I want to see that the fundamental representation is a representation. Suppose the structure constants $f^{abc}$ are given. We can assume there is at least one non-zero structure constant, otherwise ...
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Why does a transformation to a rotating reference frame NOT break temporal scale invariance?

Naively, I thought that transforming a scale invariant equation (such as the Navier-Stokes equations for example) to a rotating reference frame (for example the rotating earth) would break the ...
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Spin commutation relations

For orbital angular momentum defined as $L= r \times p $ we can prove, in quantum mechanics, the commutation relations. Also, we could prove these relationships through the study of rotations (...
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The Asymmetry between Real and Imaginary in the three Pauli Spin Matrices

The Pauli spin matrices $$ \sigma_1 ~=~ (\begin{smallmatrix} 0 & 1 \\ 1 & 0 \end{smallmatrix}), \qquad\qquad \sigma_2 ~=~ (\begin{smallmatrix} 0 & -i \\ i & 0 \end{...
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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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$SU(2)$ generators and creation annihilation operators

The algebraic method to find the irreducible representation of the $SU(2)$ group makes use of the operators: $$J_z\\J_+=\frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}(J_x+iJ_y)\\J_-=\frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}(J_x-iJ_y)$$ In the book ...
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Symmetry transformation on Quantum Field

I stumbled upon this point several times, the latest beeing this question: Connection between conserved charge and the generator of a symmetry I want to understand, why Quantum fields transform under ...
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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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Spontaneous symmetry breaking by two scalar multiplets

Consider a theory with two multiplets of real scalar fields $\phi_i$ and $\epsilon_i$, where $i$ runs from $1$ to $N$. The Lagrangian is given by: $$\mathcal L = \frac{1}{2} (\partial_{\mu} \phi_i) (\...
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Index of representation of $SU(N)$ fundamental and adjoint

Im getting crazy trying to derive this simple expression. Say $f^{abc}$ are structure constants of a Lie algebra of $SU(N)$ with $[T^a, T^b]=i f^{abc}T^c$. Then chosing normalization such that $$\...
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Why is $\rm{Conf}(\mathbb{R}^{1,1}) = \rm{Diff}(S^1) \times \rm{Diff}(S^1)$ and not $ \rm{Diff}(\mathbb{R}) \times \rm{Diff}(\mathbb{R})$?

The Minkowski metric for $\mathbb{R}^{1,1}$ is $$ ds^2 = dt^2 - dx^2 = du dv $$ for coordinates $$ u = t + x \hspace{1cm} v = t - x $$ If you do any coordinate transformation that acts independently ...
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axial anomaly for adjoint fermion v.s. fundamental fermion

It is known that the axial anomaly (chiral anomaly, the left L- right R) shows that $U(1)_A$-axial symmetry is not a global symmetry at quantum level. In particular, one can consider the (1) ...
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Spin matrix for various spacetime fields

Let $V^{\mu}$ be a vector field defined in a Minkowski spacetime and suppose it transforms under a Lorentz transformation $V'^{\mu} = \Lambda^{\mu}_{\,\,\,\nu}V^{\nu}$. We can write this like $V'^{\...
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“Color charge” of the adjoint fermion?

What kind of "color charge" does the adjoint fermion carry? Let us consider the SU(N) gauge theory. The gauge field is in the adjoint representation (rep). Well-Konwn: If the fermion is in SU(N) ...
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Why are the “coupling constants” constant?

The coupling constants (in the gauge theory) fix an inner product on the lie algebra of the gauge group and we use it to define strength of the fields. we are using ad-invariant inner products which ...
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Why complexify in order to construct Dirac representation?

Suppose we have a theory is covariant under the Spin group Spin(2n-1; 1). We consider the real vector space $V = R^{2n-1,1}$, which naturally comes with a Lorentzian inner product. On this vector ...
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Why in QFT what really matters is $\exp(\mathfrak{so}(1,3))$ instead of $O(1,3)$?

In QFT fields are classified according to representations of the Lorentz group $O(1,3)$. Now, most books when getting into this say that in order to understand the representations of $O(1,3)$ we need ...
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Commutation relations of the generators of the Lorentz group

$$ J^{\mu\nu} = i(x^\mu\partial^\nu-x^\nu\partial^\mu). \tag{3.16}$$ We will soon see that these six operators generate the three boosts and three rotations of the Lorentz group. To determine ...
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Angular momentum - proof for integer or half-integer eigenvalues

I am confused about a proof my Quantum Mechanics textbook has left "as an exercise for the reader". So, we've got the angular momentum operator $\hat{L}$. We've also got the generalized ...
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Number of Parameters of Lorentz Group

We embed the rotation group, $SO(3)$ into the Lorentz group, $O(1,3)$ : $SO(3) \hookrightarrow O(1,3)$ and then determine the six generators of Lorentz group: $J_x, J_y, J_z, K_x, K_y, K_z$ from the ...
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Why the Lorentz group has complex generators in QFT treatments? [duplicate]

In Schwartz' and Peskin's QFT books, when trying to deal with representations of the Lorentz group the authors study the representations of the Lie algebra of such group. By definition, if $SO(1,3)$ ...
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Weight $h$ as a function of the central charge $c$ in a Unitary Highest Weight Irrep of the Virasoro algebra

A highest weight irreducible representation of the Virasoro algebra can be labelled uniquely by $(c,h)$, with $c$ the central charge and $h$ the "Witt weight" (the weight of the Witt algebra part of ...
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Triangle inequality Clebsch-Gordan coeffcients

The Clebsch-Gordan coefficients can only be non-zero if the triangle inequality holds: $$\vert j_1-j_2 \vert \le j \le j_1+j_2$$ In my syllabus they give the following proof: $$-j \le m \le j$$ $$-j_1 ...
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What is the QCD gluon field (mathematically)?

In QCD, the gluon field is described as $A^a_\mu$. In the covariant derivative for the Lagrangian, it is multiplied by the Gell-Mann $SU(3)$ generator matrices $\lambda_a$ ($a=1..8$) as $\lambda_aA^a_\...
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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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Euler-Arnold equation

In https://arxiv.org/abs/1905.05765, I came across the Euler-Arnold equation which is equation (2.8) reproduced here for convenience: \begin{equation} G_{ab}\frac{dv^b}{ds}-f_{ca}\,^d\,G_{de}\,v^cv^e=...
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Virasoro Algebra commutation

In Introduction to Conformal Field Theory by Blumenhagen and Plauschinn (springer link) the Virasoro algebra is introduced the central extension of the Witt algebra. They give the central extension $$\...
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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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$\mathrm{SU}(2)$ as a representation of the rotation group

I have read in a book that the group $\mathrm{SU}(2)$ is one of the irreducible representations of the rotation group. The book begin saying that the rotation group has 3 generators $J_{1}, J_{2}$ and ...
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Why are 3 colors used in QCD?

The mapping of strong charge to RGB left me believing that there are only 3 conserved quantities in QCD. I recently came to the understanding that there are in fact 8 conserved quantities, as ...
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How do you subtract colors and divide them by irrational numbers? (Gluons) [closed]

There is a gluon that is $$\frac{1}{\sqrt{3}} (red \cdot\overline{red} + blue\cdot\overline{blue} - 2\cdot green \cdot\overline{green})$$ This confuses me because I do not understand how adding and ...
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Invariant tensors in a general representation and their physical meaning

I'm trying to use tensor methods to find invariant elements of representations. Specifically I'm looking at representations of $SU(5)$. I can show that the invariant element in $5\otimes\bar{5}$ (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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Commutator of Gauge Covariant derivatives

What is the physical meaning of $$ [D_{\mu}, D_{\nu}] ~\propto~ F_{\mu, \nu}, $$ where $D_{\mu}$ is the gauge covariant derivative and $F_{\mu,\nu}$ is the field strength? Is it just a definition? ...
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Heuristic derivation of $W^\mu=\frac{1}{2}\epsilon^{\mu\nu\sigma\rho}P_\nu J_{\sigma\rho}$ using combination of physical and mathematical arguments

If a simple systematic way to derive or guess (either mathematically or by a combination of physical arguments and mathematics) that one of the Casimir operator of Poincare group is $W^2\equiv W_\mu W^...
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Why do we get fake half-spin values for orbital angular momentum if we solve it algebraically?

It is a well-known fact that the values for the square of the orbital angular momentum of a particle $L^2$ and it's projection in the $z$-direction $L_z$ are $m\hbar$ and $l(l+1)\hbar$ and that $l$ ...
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Hermitian operators in the expansion of symmetry operators in Weinberg's QFT

This is related to Taylor series for unitary operator in Weinberg and Weinberg derivation of Lie Algebra. $\textbf{The first question}$ On page 54 of Weinberg's QFT I, he says that an element $T(\...
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Multiplicity of eigenvalues of angular momentum

Reading Dirac's Principles of Quantum Mechanics, I encounter in § 36 (Properties of angular momentum) this fragment: This is for a dynamical system with two angular momenta $\mathbf{m}_1$ and $\...
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Anticommutator of spin-1 matrices

We know that in the spin-1/2 representation the anticommutation relation of the Pauli matrices is $\{\sigma_{a},\sigma_{b}\}=2\delta_{ab}I$. Does a similar relation hold for the spin-1 representation?
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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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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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Eigenvalues of Angular Momentum in Quantum Mechanics

The eigenvalue equation of the $L^2$ operator is given by $$L^2f_l^m = \hbar ^2l(l+1)f_l^m$$ Side: So a determinate state for some observable $Q$ is a state where every measurement of $Q$ returns ...