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Largest eigenvalue of the sum of hermitian matricies

Is there an expression for the largest eigenvalue of the sum of two hermitian matricies in terms of the spectrum of the same matricies?
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Helmholtz equation Poynting vector integral

The Maxwell's equation for harmonic time dependent field in vacuum is \begin{align} \nabla \times B + i\omega E &= 0\\ \nabla \times E - i\omega B &= 0 \\ \nabla \cdot B &= 0 \\ \nabla ...
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target category of extended field theory

An A-S TFT is a functor from $\text{Bord}_{<n−1,n>}(\mathcal{F})$ to $\text{Vect}$ where $\mathcal{F}$ denotes a set of background fields, eg a spin structure. An extended theory is a functor ...
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Minimum of Random Energy Model (REM) with logarithmically correlated potential

In the paper [FB] (ArXiv, J. Phys. A), the authors analyse a particular Random Energy Model (REM) with logarithmically correlated potential and conjecture in Eq. (2) that the distribution function of ...
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Learning roadmap to TQFT from a mathematics perspective

I had asked a question on math.stackexchange but did not receive any answers. I hope that this question is appropriate for this website as it is about an advanced subject. Hence I am posting it below. ...
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Perturbation theory of eigenvalues - Effects of degeneracy/ multiplicity

In Quantum mechanics Schrödinger's perturbation theory is very important (see Wikipedia) which deals with perturbation of the discrete spectrum of a self-adjoint operator. Where can I find a ...
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Causal+Imprisonment Condition+Compact Clausure -> Stably Causal?

My question arose after studying the article "John K. Beem: Conformal Changes and Geodesic Completeness". (http://projecteuclid.org/euclid.cmp/1103899983) One of the results there is: Let $(M,g)$ ...
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Geodesics on $SU(4)$

Are the geodesics of the following metrics on $SU(4)$ known or easy (in a way not known to me!) to find? In the adjoint representation, one can express the Killing form as a matrix and consider it as ...
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decomposition of Hilbert space into tensor product $L^2([0,\tfrac{1}{2}]) \otimes L^2([\tfrac{1}{2},1]) \simeq L^2([0,1])$

The definition of entanglement entropy in Quantum Field Theory involves decompositing a Hilbert space into a tensor product $\mathcal{H} = \mathcal{H}_A \otimes \mathcal{H}_B$. As an example, is it ...
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Reference request for instantons

I've been researching instantons lately and I'd like to learn more about them but would like some help finding what to read. I have read about the ADHM equations and their noncommutative analogues. ...
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Multiplicative Identity for all elements in SU(n)

Let $\{P_i\}$ be a subset of $SU(n)$ such that for any $U$ in another subset (or perhaps subgroup) $H$ of $SU(n)$: $$P_1UP_2U\cdots P_mU=I$$ where $I$ is the identity element. Is there a sequence ...
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graded generalization of the Moyal–Weyl product

Has anyone written about the graded generalization of the Moyal–Weyl product/star product, that is, where the original algebra is already graded? Is it just a matter of signs?
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First return time in an interval for N particles rotating on the circle at constant random speeds

Here is my problem: draw N velocities $v_1,v_2,\dots,v_n$ in $[-\pi,\pi]^N$ from some measure (Haar measure of uniform independent for simplicity) and make $N$ particles rotate around the circle with ...
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Implicit/Explicit Time Dependence for Melnikov Functions

My question concerns an article by Koiller and Carvalho found here: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/BF01260390 On page 645, they parameterize the time variable $t$ in terms of one of the ...
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Complex structure on the set of prequantization line bundles

For geometric quantization, the set of equivalence classes of prequantization line bundles of a quantizable symplectic manifold $(M, ω)$ is parametrized by $H^1(M, S^1)$ which represents the ...
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The Cauchy Problem in General Relativity: Existence of a Hausdorff Development

This is related to a problem that I posed about a year ago. I was given several references by a number of experts who were kind enough to entertain my rather arcane question. Those references were ...
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Finite differencing scheme for Hamilton's equation with planar linkages

I am trying to simulate the movement of a planar linkage in the plane whose position and momentum obey Hamilton's equations, which is to say that $${{dq}\over{dt}} = {{dH}\over{dp}}$$ and ...
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Error in trace of operator

Imagine you have a Schroedinger operator $H:=-\frac{d^2}{dx^2}+V$ with $V \in C[a,b]$ on some compact interval $[a,b]$. The boundary conditions are supposed to be taken in such a way that this ...
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Do principally polarized abelian varieties enjoy a genus expansion?

This is a vague question from an interested outsider: It is well known that abelian varieties which arise as Jacobian of a curve (or a bit more general as Prym variety) are distinguished by the fact ...
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Vector bundles, Higgs bundles and the Langlands program

This question is somewhat vaguely structured. But, I hope someone can make it more precise (or) it is indeed possible to answer it in the form that I am stating it.  Background : I recently chanced ...
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Some explanation about Dynin's formalism

I have seen this claim on the Wikipedia page for the Yang-Mills Millenium problem by Alexander Dynin. He is a mathematician working at the Department of Mathematics of Ohio State University and so, I ...
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How to evaluate the wiener measure of sets?

I would like to understand how the Wiener measure of some simple sets can be evaluated. I will sketch the construction of Wiener measure I have in mind: We denote the one point compactification of ...
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Self-adjoint extensions and delta potentials

Is there a self-adjoint extension of an operator that corresponds to a particle in a box $[a,b] \times [c,d] \subset \mathbb{R}^2$ with a delta potential, i.e., $-\Delta + \lambda \delta_y $ on ...
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Asymptotic behavior of Schrödinger operators

I am currently dealing with $1$ or at most $2$-dimensional Schrödinger operators on compact domains. A classical result of spectral theory is the Weyl approximations for this operator $H = -\Delta ...
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Free Boson Correlator $ \langle X(z)X(w) \rangle =- \ln |z - w| $

In physics papers, the massless free boson has a definition involving an action: $$ S(X) = \frac{1}{8\pi} \int d\sigma^2\, \partial X \overline{\partial X}$$ The random functions $X(z)$ are ...
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What to read for many-body problems in 3D Schrodinger equation

I am a graduate student just started learning dispersive PDE in MSRI's summer program. I roughly finished reading the paper by Klainerman and Machedon "ON THE UNIQUENESS OF SOLUTIONS TO THE ...
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Comparison of Different Types of QFT

As far as I can tell, there are a number of major types of quantum field theory. For example, Constructive QFT, which has two major branches (Algebraic/Axiomatic QFT and Functorial QFT). Topological ...
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Explicit probability conserving solvers for Pauli equation?

I know that there exist probability conserving explicit solvers for time-dependent Schrödinger's equation, for example, Visscher's one. But when I tried to add spin into account in this scheme, it ...
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Smallest subalgebra of $\mathfrak{su}(4)$ arrising from a control problem on $SU(4)$

What is the smallest subalgebra of $\mathfrak{su}(4)$ containing the span of the set $A = \{A, B_1, B_2\}$ where: $A = i (J^x \sigma_x \otimes \sigma_x + J^y \sigma_y \otimes \sigma_y + J^z \sigma_z ...
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Review of Tim Maudlin's New Foundations for Physical Geometry [closed]

Tim Maudlin, a philosopher of science at NYU, has a book out called: New Foundations for Physical Geometry: The Theory of Linear Structures. The section on about the book says the following: ...
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The Moyal action of a planar vector field

Let $X=P\frac{\partial}{\partial x}+Q\frac{\partial}{\partial y}$ be a polynomial vector field on $\mathbb{R}^{2}$. Consider the following (Moyal) derivation on $\mathbb{C}[x,y]$: ...
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Heat transfer: boundary conditions with fluid velocity

The following equation is considered: $$ \frac{\partial u}{\partial t} - a\Delta u + \mathbf v \cdot \nabla u = f. $$ I have difficulties in formulating boundary conditions for this equation. If ...
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Equivalence of the construction of the Lagrangian in a book of Sternberg to the “usual” construction

I have a question regarding the following cited text from [1]: Let $F$ be a representation of the structure group $G$ of the principal bundle $P_G\to M$ (a (semi-)Riemannian manifold), and let ...
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Extension of a bounded operator on manifold

I have a problem, which is quite urgent, as I have only today discovered an error in a proof i had in a thesis which is to be handed in tomorrow. The problem, if stated in as full generality as ...
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References for a physicist migrating to stochastic processes

I've studied "Markov Chains" - Norris and "Measure, Integral and Probability" - Capinski, Kopp. Now, I'm looking for a couple of books (or other references) that help me bridging these two topics. ...
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System of quadratic complex equations

I want to solve this system of N non-linear equations without using a numerical method: $x_{k}^{2}= \alpha_{k }+ \sum\limits_{m=1}^{N} (\beta_{km} x_{m} + \psi_{km} x_{m}^{*})$ With $\left| ...
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The mathematics in understand anyons [closed]

I've been about particles called anyons which exist within a two dimensional framework. I've also found out that these particles can have an angular momentum equal to any real number. Normally, in ...
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quantum states and observables for the non-commutative torus

The noncommutative torus $A_\theta$ is a $C^*$-algebra corresponding to an irrational foliation of the torus $\mathbb{T}^2$ by lines of slope $\theta \notin \mathbb{Q}$. As far as I am reading it is ...
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How to calculate the first and second homotopy groups of the following space constructed from $U(4)$

In solving a physics problem, I came across a weird topological space constructed from $U(4)$, the group of $4\times4$ unitary matrices. I want to know the first two homotopy groups of it. Here is how ...
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Orbital integral by using symplectic quotient

Let $(M,\omega)$ be a compact symplectic Hamiltonian $G$-manifold and $\Gamma_{\text hol}(M,L)$ be the space of holomorphic sections of the line bundle $L\to M$ I am looking for a proof for ...
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4d Constructive Quantum Field Theory

As a follow up to my previous question (How does Constructive Quantum Field Theory work?), I was wondering what difficulties physicists have had constructing 4d axiomatic qfts. Why has CQFT's success ...
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How does Constructive Quantum Field Theory work?

Please correct me if I'm wrong, but it seems to me that two and three dimensional axiomatic quantum field theory were constructed as follow: the wightman axioms were formulated in euclidean space via ...
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A question about Quantized closed Kaehler manifolds

Let $(M,\omega)$ be a Quantized closed Kaehler manifold then by Koderia embedding theorem , $M$ must be algebraicly projective i.e, we have the embedding $$\phi: (M,\omega)\to  (\mathbb CP^N, ...
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Is there a specific geometric meaning why fractional charges are allowed in SU(N) gauge theories?

So in the standard model of particle physics, there exist particles with fractional charge. What this means geometrically is as follows: We are given a smooth manifold with a principal $U(1)$ bundle ...
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Solving $T^2 = -\kappa\, \mathrm{Tr}\, (\log(e^{i T \hat{H}_0} \hat{O}) )^2$ equation

Is there a way to solve the equation: $T^2 = -\kappa\, \mathrm{Tr}\, (\log(e^{i T \hat{H}_0} \hat{O}) )^2$ for $T$? Here $\kappa$ is an arbitrary positive constant, $\hat{H}_0 \in \mathfrak{su}(N)$ ...
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The dogma of the natural numbers in physics

As is well known "God made the natural numbers; all else is the work of man" (Leopold Kronecker). However, "what would correspond more to the spirit of physics would be a mathematical theory of the ...
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Is the structure constant additive on connected components?

Let $M$ be a Riemann surface and $\mu$ a metric on it, which could be non-compact. Moreover let $\Delta_{\mu,\,M}$ be the Laplacian on $M$ induced by $\mu$ and $\mathrm{det}^*(\Delta_{\mu,\,M})$ its ...
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Mathematical equivalent to ladder operators?

A powerful method in theoretical physics are ladder operators. They are used in QM to solve problems like the harmonic oscillator and the hydrogen atom. The idea is to solve with their help the ...
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What are some good sanity checks for simulating BNLS?

After doing some googling, I failed to find any explicit solution for the Biharmonic Nonlinear Schrodinger Equation, which states: $$ i\psi (x,t) _t - \Delta ^2 \psi (x,t) + |\psi (x,t) | ^{2 \sigma} ...
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A question on existence of $Spin^c$-structure $P\to M$

Let $(M,\omega)$ be a compact symplectic manifold and the cohomology class $$[\omega]+\frac{1} {2}c_1(\wedge_{\mathbb C}^{0,n}(TM, J))\in H_{dR}^2(M)$$ is integral, for some almost complex structure ...