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Experimental test of the non-statisticality theorem?

Context: The paper On the reality of the quantum state (Nature Physics 8, 475–478 (2012) or arXiv:1111.3328) shows under suitable assumptions that the quantum state cannot be interpreted as a ...
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Orbits of maximally entangled mixed states

It is well known (Please, see for example Geometry of quantum states by Bengtsson and Życzkowski ) that the set of $N$-dimensional density matrices is stratified by the adjoint action of $U(N)$, where ...
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On the Coulomb branch of ${\cal N}=2$ supersymmetric gauge theory

The chiral ring of the Coulomb branch of a 4D ${\cal N}=2$ supersymmetric gauge theory is given by the Casimirs of the vector multiplet scalars, and they don't have non-trivial relations; the Casimirs ...
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How to apply the Faddeev-Popov method to a simple integral

Some time ago I was reviewing my knowledge on QFT and I came across the question of Faddeev-Popov ghosts. At the time I was studying thеse matters, I used the book of Faddeev and Slavnov, but the ...
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Systematic approach to deriving equations of collective field theory to any order

The collective field theory (see nLab for a list of main historical references) which came up as a generalization of the Bohm-Pines method in treating plasma oscillations are often used in the study ...
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Can Lee-Yang zeros theorem account for triple point phase transition?

Now the prominent Lee-Yang theorem (or Physical Review 87, 410, 1952) has almost become a standard ingredient of any comprehensive statistical mechanics textbook. If the volume tends to infinity, ...
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$\operatorname{O}(N)$ sigma model at large $N$

I would like to better understand the main principles of large-$N$ expansion in quantum field theory. To this end I decided to consider simple toy-model with lagrangian (from Wikipedia) $ \mathcal{L} ...
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Positivity for the level of Chern-Simons theory

In many classical papers about Chern-Simons theory (see, e.g. [1]), it is claimed that the Chern-Simons theories with gauge group $G$ are classified by an element of $k\in H^4(BG,\mathbb Z)$, the so-...
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Is there any way to distinguish experimentally gauge mediation from gravity mediation in an unambiguous way?

There are lots of models of gravity mediated SUSY breaking with various spectra as well as various general gauge mediation models. Are there any "smoking gun" experimental singnatures that could ...
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Minimal strings and topological strings

In http://arxiv.org/abs/hep-th/0206255 Dijkgraaf and Vafa showed that the closed string partition function of the topological B-model on a Calabi-Yau of the form $uv-H(x,y)=0$ coincides with the free ...
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Extended Born relativity, Nambu 3-form and ternary ($n$-ary) symmetry

Background: Classical Mechanics is based on the Poincare-Cartan two-form $$\omega_2=dx\wedge dp$$ where $p=\dot{x}$. Quantum mechanics is secretly a subtle modification of this. By the other hand, the ...
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Quantum statistics of branes

Quantum statistics of particles (bosons, fermions, anyons) arises due to the possible topologies of curves in $D$-dimensional spacetime winding around each other What happens if we replace particles ...
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Is there a physical interpretation to invariant random matrix ensembles?

Disclaimer. I am a graduate student in pure mathematics, so my knowledge of physics more advanced than basic 1st/2nd year undergraduate physics is very limited. I welcome corrections on any ...
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Is there an official name for "Lorentz Pairs" like energy and momentum?

In learning about relativity I've noticed that in the construction of Lorentz covariants (specifically four-vectors) two physical quantities that were previously considered distinct are instead ...
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$p$-Adic String Theory and the String-orientation of Topological Modular Forms (tmf)

I am going to ask a question, at the end below, on whether anyone has tried to make more explicit what should be a close relation between p-adic string theory and the refinement of the superstring ...
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Super Lie-infinity algebra of closed superstring field theory?

Bosonic closed string field theory is famously governed by a Lie n-algebra for $n = \infty$ whose $k$-ary bracket is given by the genus-0 (k+1)-point function in the BRST complex of the string. One ...
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Electric charges on compact four-manifolds

Textbook wisdom in electromagnetism tells you that there is no total electric charge on a compact manifold. For example, consider space-time of the form $\mathbb{R} \times M_3$ where the first factor ...
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TQFTs and Feynman motives

Questions Is a topological quantum field theory metrizable? Or else a TQFT coming from a subfactor? For a given metric, are there always renormalization and Feynman diagrams? Is there always a Feynman ...
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Hypersingular Boundary Operator in Physics

This has been a question I've been asking myself for quite some time now. Is there a physical Interpretation of the Hypersingular Boundary Operator? First, let me give some motivation why I think ...
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Where does the Berry phase of $\pi$ come from in a topological insulator?

The Berry connection and the Berry phase should be related. Now for a topological insulator (TI) (or to be more precise, for a quantum spin hall state, but I think the Chern parities are calculated in ...
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Does the Mott insulator exist?

The Mott insulator is a system that, due to strong electron-electron interactions, is an insulator but is expected to be a metal by formal charge counting of electrons in the unit cell. Often, the ...
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Why is full M-theory needed for compactification on singular 7-folds and what does that even mean?

In "M-theory on manifolds of $G_2$ holonomy: the first twenty years" by Duff, it is claimed (e.g. in section 8) that for compactification on singular 7-folds to be possible, we need to consider not ...
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The dual of a surface element in 4-space

In reading the classic text, "The Classical Theory of Fields", Third Edition, by Landau and Lifschitz, I found an "obvious" statement not so obvious to me. It is on p.19, the statement of the ...
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Orbifold CFT of $SU(2)/G$ and $SO(3)/G$

In this paper by Dijkgraaf, Vafa, Verlinde, Verlinde, orbifold CFT is discussed. In that paper, it outlined that orbifold CFT provides a way to generate the new theories from the old known ones. (i.e. ...
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Definition of vacua in QFT in generic spacetimes

I have been learning QFT in curved spaces from various sources (Birrell/Davies, Tom/Parker, some papers), and one thing that confuses me the most is the choice of vacua in various spacetimes, and the ...
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Are there classical infinite order / continuous non-symmetry breaking phase transititions besides BKT?

At the Berezinskii-Kosterlitz-Thouless (BKT) phase transition, the singular part of the free energy behaves as $\xi^{-2}$, where $\xi \propto e^{c/\sqrt{T-T_c}}$ (with $c>0$) is the correlation ...
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Compactifying on a circle and the exchange of R and NS sectors

I've noticed a general phenomenon in compactifying on a circle where if you start with, say, an NS field, then the KK fields with an index along the circle will be in the R sector, and those without ...
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Phil Anderson's Criticism of Existence of Stable Dissipative Structures

In this book chapter (1987), titled "Broken symmetry, emergent properties, dissipative structures, life," Phil Anderson and Daniel Stein criticize defining life as a dissipative structure (a ...
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Derivatives of distributions in general relativity

I am having some trouble when trying to reproduce some calculations involving the description of distributions (mostly used in spacetime junction conditions). I am trying to reproduce the ...
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Renormalisation and the Fisher-Rao metric

The renormalisation group (I'm talking about classical, statistical physics here, I'm not familiar with field theory too much) can be thought of as a flux in a space of possible Hamiltonians for a ...
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Can spheres leaking charge be assumed to be in equilibrium?

I am struggling with the following problem (Irodov 3.3): Two small equally charged spheres, each of mass $m$, are suspended from the same point by silk threads of length $l$. The distance between ...
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Does positronium have a stable crystalline phase?

I wonder if there is a way to stabilize and store positronium in a way that the mass of storage device is negligible to the antimatter fuel It is known that excited Ps atoms with high n (rydberg or ...
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Measure of Lee-Yang zeros

Consider a statistical mechanical system (say the 1D Ising model) on a finite lattice of size $N$, and call the corresponding partition function (as a function of, say, real temperature and real ...
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Do unstable equilibria lead to a violation of Liouville's theorem?

Liouville's theorem says that the flow in phase space is like an incompressible fluid. One implication of this is that if two systems start at different points in phase space their phase-space ...
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Fate of largest scale structures?

In $\Lambda\mathrm{CDM}$, structures form "bottom up" with larger structures forming later. Structures are generally speaking supported by the velocity dispersion of their constituent objects (e.g. ...
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Why does analytic continuation as a regularization work at all?

The question is about why analytical continuation as a regularization scheme works at all, and whether there are some physical justifications. However, as this is a relatively general question, I ...
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How does one compute the state of a quantum system following imperfect measurement?

Suppose I have a quantum system $S$ ("system") with Hamiltonian $H_S$ and initial density matrix $\rho_S(0)$. I allow $S$ to interact with another system $P$ ("probe"), which has Hamiltonian $H_P$ and ...
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Kolmogorov/Energy spectrum for turbulent boundary layer

Previously, I have calculated energy spectrum for 3D isotropic turbulent flow data which is equally spaced in all three directions and then to compute the energy spectrum, one performs Fourier ...
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Time Reversal, CPT, spin-statistics, mass gap and chirality of Euclidean fermion field theory

In Minkowski space even-dim (say $d+1$ D) spacetime dimension, we can write fermion-field theory as the Lagrangian: $$ \mathcal{L}=\bar{\psi} (i\not \partial-m)\psi+ \bar{\psi} \phi_1 \psi+\bar{\psi} ...
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About variational methods, renormalization and $a$, $c$-theorems

Variational approximation Variational methods are an important technique, frequently applied for the approximation of complicated probability distributions, with the applications in statistical ...
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In realistic gravitational collapse, can we have an absolute horizon without a trapped surface?

In gravitational collapse, it seems that there is no close or simple logical relationship between the formation of an event horizon (absolute horizon) and formation of a trapped surface (which implies ...
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What is the stringy interpretation of the cohomology classes arising from the Kähler class?

In superstring theory, one usually considers compactifications on Calabi-Yau 3-manifolds. These manifolds are in particular compact Kähler, hence possess a Kähler class which gives rise to nontrivial ...
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Where does a fermionic coherent state live (which Hilbert space)?

There have been a couple of questions on fermionic coherent states, but I didn't find any that covered the following question: If I define a coherent fermionic state in the 2-level-system spanned by $...
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Is it known what the necessary and sufficient conditions are for the existence of a "3+1 split" (by means of a foliation) of a (Lorentzian) manifold?

When trying to do physics on a more general pseudo-Riemannian manifold we want to require that there is a foliation of this manifold into three-dimensional subspaces. By this I mean we would like to ...
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Why do flux qubits have to be micrometer-sized?

Flux qubits are made using micrometer sized Josephson junctions. They exploit superconducting properties to create and interfere with the magnetic flux between them. My question is that I've seen ...
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How can I write a Gaussian state as a squeezed, displaced thermal state?

I would like to write a Gaussian state with density matrix $\rho$ (single mode) as a squeezed, displaced thermal state: \begin{gather} \rho = \hat{S}(\zeta) \hat{D}(\alpha) \rho_{\bar{n}} \hat{D}^\...
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Wick theorem and OPE

I'm trying to work out in detail how the Wick theorem is used for constructing OPEs in CFT. One of the first things which bothers me is the difference in definitions of normal ordered product and ...
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Is the real part of Green's function directly observable?

In many-body physics, the imaginary part of a Green's function corresponds to the signal intensity of some scattering experiments. Does the real part of a Green function directly correspond to any ...
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To what extent can one recover plane waves from the Airy eigenfunctions of a linear potential as the field is turned off?

Consider a single massive particle in one dimension under the action of a static linear potential, with the hamiltonian $$ \hat H=\frac{\hat p^2}{2}+\hat{x}F_0. $$ The eigenstate at energy $E$ is, ...
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Simple argument for unexpected behavior in SUSY model

Consider a supersymmetric theory with 3 chiral superfields, $X, \Phi_1$ and $\Phi_2,$ with canonical Kahler potential and superpotential $$ W= \frac12 h_1 X\Phi_1^2 +\frac12 h_2 \Phi_2\Phi_1^2 + fX.$$ ...
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