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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 proof the Lorentz algebra using the Poincaré algebra? [closed]

Show that $$[J_{i},J_{j}]=i\varepsilon_{ijk}J_{k},\quad [K_{i},K_{j}]=-i\varepsilon_{ijk}J_{k}, \quad [J_{i},K_{j}]=i\varepsilon_{ijk}K_{j},$$ using $$[M_{\mu\nu},M_{\rho\sigma}]=ig_{\nu\rho}M_{\...
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Is the fundamental representation of $SU(3)$ irreducible?

I want to check if the fundamental representation of $SU(3)$ is irreducible. The algebra is $$\mathbb{su}(3) = \{ m \in Mat(3,\mathbb{C} )\ |\ m = -m^+,\ Tr[m] = 0 \}$$ and I've found the generators. ...
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Why is it that every locally conformal transformation can be extended to a global conformal transformation for $D>2$?

In $D=2$, we can have locally analytic transformations that cannot be globally well-defined. However, for CFTs in $D>2$, we have only the global group. Why is that? Also, is it a statement that ...
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Symmetries in QM and QFT — operator transformation laws

In quantum mechanics, we implement transformations by operators $U$ that map the state $|\psi\rangle$ to the state $U|\psi\rangle$. Alternatively, we could transfer the action of $U$ onto our ...
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Are the Pauli matrices closed under commutation?

I tried to make a group multiplication table for the Pauli matrices, but I keep getting multiples in front of the elements. What am I doing wrong? I thought the Pauli matrices formed a group that was ...
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Correspondence between one-parameter subgroups of $G$ and $T_eG$

I am reading the proof of this theorem from Andreas Arvanitoyeorgos and I cannot get some points in it, highlighted below. Theorem. The map $\phi \to d\phi_0(1)$ defines a one-to-one correspondence ...
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Verification of the Poincare Algebra

The generators of the Poincare group $P(1;3)$ are supposed to obey the following commutation relation to be verified: $$\left[ M^{\mu\nu}, P^{\rho} \right] = i \left(g^{\nu\rho} P^{\mu} - g^{\mu\rho} ...
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Generator of the Special Conformal Transformation

In this thread Integrating the generator of the infinitesimal special conformal transformation, the generator of the 'flow' of the transformation is written as $$G_b = 2(b \cdot x)x - x^2 b,$$ where $...
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A roadmap for learning standard model of particle physics [duplicate]

Assuming that a person has understanding of theory of Lie groups, Lie algebras and basic quantum mechanics, what is the simplest route to gain a basic understanding of the SM of particle physics? Are ...
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(Physics version of) Taylor expansion. In the the context of deriving a Lie groups generators (a Lie algebra from a Lie group)

Statement which I'm confused about: "Consider some n-dimensional Lie group whose elements depend on a set of parameters $\alpha = (\alpha_1 ... \alpha_n)$, such that $g(0) = e$ with e as the identity,...
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Representation of $SU(2)$, i.e., spin

Let \begin{equation} X= \begin{bmatrix} 0 & 1\\ 0 & 0\\ \end{bmatrix}, \qquad Y= \begin{bmatrix} 0 & 0\\ 1 & 0\\ \end{bmatrix}, \qquad H= \begin{bmatrix} 1 & 0\\ 0 & -1\\ \end{...
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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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Representation and Lie algebra of $SO(3)$

Studyng the book Group Theory in Physics of Wu-Ki Tung, I have read: "... every representation of the [$SO(3)$] group is automatically a representation of the corresponding Lie algebra, (...) a ...
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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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Product of generators in fundamental representation of $SU(N)$

I'm trying to prove equation 25.20 in Schwartz: $$T^a T^b=\frac{1}{2N}\delta ^{ab}+\frac{1}{2}d^{abc}T^c + \frac{1}{2}if^{abc}T^c,\tag{25.20}$$ where $T^a$ are the fundamental representation ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Basis-free, non-power series definition of the exponential of linear operator?

Given an arbitrary linear operator $A$ (be it real, complex or whatever), how can the exponential of it ($e^A$) be defined naturally, without stuff like power series? The exponential for regular ...
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Decomposition of $E_6$ into $SO(p,q)$

I've seen the following decomposition of the fundamental representation 27 of $E_6$ into $$E_6 \rightarrow SU(2) \times SO(5,2) \times SO(1,1)$$ $$27 \rightarrow (1,1)(-4) + (1,7)(-2) + (2,8)(+1) + ...
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What does “consistent at an infinitesimal level” mean?

I'm studying the canonical quantization of the real scalar field. I've managed to condense the Hamiltonian and momentum operators in the 4-momentum operator $P^{\mu}$ and have shown that its ...
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How to derive an $E_8$ algebra?

What is the simplest way to derive an $E_8$ algebra? I am not interested in $E_8$ itself but what would compel one to think about it. I know for example why you would want to think about $SU(2)$ and ...
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Infinitesimal Poincare transformations , Taylor expansion

Let $(\Lambda,a)\in\text{ ISO}_o(3,1)$ be a finite (proper) Poincare transformation and Let $U(\Lambda,b)$ be the corresponding unitary operator implementing this transformation on the Hilbert space ...
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Why must a fundamental particle's spin be a multiple of $\frac 1 2$? [duplicate]

A fermion is a particle whose spin is an odd multiple of $\frac 1 2$, and a boson is a particle whose spin is an integer. From what I've seen, these appear to be the only two possibilities; not only ...
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Representations of the Lorentz Group

The Lorentz group can be divided into two separate $SU(2)$ algebras and thus we label such representations with two spins $(j_{1},j_{2})$. The first and second spins correspond to generators $$J^{\pm}...
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Symmetry group of quantum optical interactions

Some quantum optical interactions such as the beamsplitter and two-mode squeezing are unitaries that belong to certain continuous groups of transformations. For example, the beamsplitter is an $SU(2)...
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Generalized Pauli matrix for spin larger than 1/2 [duplicate]

for Spin 1/2, we have Pauli matrix as in wiki. So what's the generalized 3-by-3 Pauli matrix for spin 1 or even larger spin? Is there a generalization method?
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Generators of $SU(2)\times U(1)$

I'm currently reading about spontanous symmetry breaking. In particular about a Lagrangian that is invariant under $SU(2)\times U(1)$, in other words pretty standard QFT stuff. I know that the ...
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How to construct a space which is translation invariant but not rotation invariant

I am just confused by the following idea. Consider a 3-dimensional translation invariant space, we now have 3 translation generators. Then let us start with a point, the full 3-dimensional space ...
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Does Operator Product Expansion form an algebra?

The operator product algebra in CFT is defined as $$\mathcal{O}_i(z,\bar{z})\mathcal{O}_j(\omega,\bar{\omega}) = \sum_{k} C^k_{ij}(z-\omega,\bar{z}-\bar{\omega})\mathcal{O}_k(\omega,\bar{\omega}).$$ ...
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Structure constant of the commutators of generators in broken symmetry

When I read a paper related to spontaneously global symmetry breaking, I cannot understand a statement: If we use the notation $T^i$ for the unbroken group generators in $H$ and $X^a$ the broken ...
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Finding the proportionality constant of the Quantum Angular Momentum raising operator $T_{+}$ [closed]

This is a question about the mathematics of angular momentum operators in Quantum Mechanics- specifically a recursive relation from Robert Cahn's Semi-Simple Lie Algebras and their Representations ...
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Where does $E_8$ come from in M-Theory?

Where does the $E_8$ symmetry comes from in M-Theory? For example when you compactify one of the dimensions on a line you get E8xE8 heterotic string theory. Or if you compactify 11D Supergravity ...
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Relationship between those two “exponentials”

Let $G$ be a Lie group and $L(G)$ it's Lie algebra. We know that every left-invariant vector field $X$ in $G$ is complete, and so one can consider the integral curve defined for all $t\in \mathbb{R}$ ...
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Representations of Lorentz algebra

It is well known that the Lorentz algebra can be written as two $SU(2)$ algebras. By defining $$N_i=\frac{1}{2}(J_i+iK_i), \qquad N^{\dagger}_i=\frac{1}{2}(J_i-iK_i)$$ we have $[N_i,N_j]=i\...
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Classical limit and generalized coherent states

In quantum optics coherent states introduced by Glauber have a localized probability distribution in classical phase-space with maximum following classical equations of motions. This is not a ...
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What exactly are the ADE type of gauge theories?

What exactly are the ADE type of (susy) gauge theories? What exactly we mean, intuitively, the ADE singularities? What are their relation to brane constructions and do you have any references one ...
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Schrodinger equation, commutative operators, and Symmetry

When solving Schrodinger's equation in 3D with a spherical laplacian you reach a point at which you introduce a separation constant and can see that the same eigenvalue satisfies the radial and ...
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What is the point of defining the lie algebra of the proper Lorentz group in a “covariant” way?

In Muller-Kirsten's book Introduction to Supersymmetry, the author first defines the proper Lorentz group's lie algebra basis in the standard manner - antisymmetric matrices consisting of $0$s and $\...
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Why does non-abelianity implies a single coupling constant?

Why does a theory described by a non-abelian group has only a single coupling constant $g$? While on the other hand in an abelian theory, as Electromagnetism, each charged particle has its own charge ...
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Translation and Dilation transformations within the conformal group

I am using Di Francesco's book P.39. The equation that the generators of the transformations satisfy is given by: $$iG_a \Phi = \frac{\delta x^{\mu}}{\delta w_a} \partial_{\mu} \Phi - \frac{\delta F}{...
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How to theoretically determine the angular momentum of an atom?

To determine if an atom is a boson or a fermion I have to count the fermions that constitute the atom (protons, neutrons and electrons). My question is: How to theoretically (as opposed to ...
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Lie algebra of lorentz group

I'm stuck in following calcualtion from sredniki's QFT book.(Its actually in the solution manual) How can i get from $$\delta\omega_{\rho\sigma}(g^{\sigma\mu}M^{\rho\nu} - g^{\rho\nu}M^{\mu\sigma}) $...
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high spin atoms SU(2) representation

I am very confused that some atoms called high spin or magnetic atoms have spin level more than $\frac{1}{2}$ but are still said to have $SU(2)$ symmetry. Why not $SU(N)$?
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Wigner-Eckart projection theorem

I'm following the proof of Wigner-Eckart projection theorem which states that: $$\langle \bf{A} \rangle ~=~ \frac{\langle \bf{A} \cdot \bf{J} \rangle}{\langle {\bf{J}}^2 \rangle} \langle \bf{J} \...
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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 ...