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In the topos-theoretic interpretation of Physics by Isham & Doering what role does intuitionistic logic play? [closed]

I've asked this question on Physics.SE but was advised to ask it here. Isham & Doering have written a series of papers exploring how to ground physics in topoi. Now the internal logic of topoi is ...
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Self-adjointness of a perturbed quantum mechanical Hamiltonian specified in an infinite matrix form

Consider an operator $H$ on the Hilbert space $\ell_2$ given as an infinite matrix with two pieces, one diagonal and one arbitrary: $H_{ij}=E_i\delta_{ij}+V_{ij}$. This has a physical meaning in ...
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Limit of a double integral

What is the $\varepsilon\to 0$ limit of the following double integral $$\int\limits_{-1}^1d\tau\;\sqrt{1-\tau^2}\;\tau\int\limits_0^\infty dq\;q^2e^{iq(\tau+i\varepsilon)}\;?$$ I was asked about this ...
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Inequalities in paper by Jean Bourgain

The question refers to the following paper by Jean Bourgain: http://arxiv.org/abs/math-ph/0011053 Specifically, I can't derive the following inequality in (1.20): \begin{equation} ...
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Folium in GNS construction and von Neumann algebras

The GNS construction allows one to represent a $C^*$-algebra as the algebra of bounded operators on a Hilbert space when a state is fixed, this state being represented as a vector on the Hilbert ...
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A question on chiral rings and geometry of the vacuum bundle

I am reading "Mirror Symmetry" by Hori et al, and have a question on Chap.17 (Chiral rings and geometry of the vacuum bundle). On p.425 the authors say Consider the path-integral on the ...
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C*-algebraic representation of observables vs self-adjoint operators one

I am trying to reconcile the "physicist" definition of an observable: self-adjoint operator on a Hilbert space, and the operational one as given by Strocchi in "An introduction to the mathematical ...
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the spectrum of the Laplacian and Dirac operator on $S^3$

A paper on supersymmetry in 3-dimensions uses results on the spectra of elliptic operators on $S^3$: The eigenvalues of the vector Laplacian on divergenceless vector fields is $(\ell + 1)^2$ ...
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A reference about Dolbeault cohomology

I am looking for a reference about Dolbeault cohomology when the line bundle is not supposed to be positive.
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Applications of non-separable Hilbert spaces

In applications, Hilbert spaces of interest are often assumed to be separable. In addition to being extremely convenient mathematically, this assumption can often be justified on computational or ...
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Bohr topos and quantization

Bohrification is a natural way to construct a quantum "phase space" (with some nice insights on foundational problems like non-contextuality through Kochen-Specker etc). I was wondering, since we get ...
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Validity of functional derivative using the Dirac delta function

In physics, it's customary to compute the functional derivative as $$\frac{\delta F[\rho(x)]}{\delta \rho(y)}=\lim_{\varepsilon\to 0}\frac{F[\rho(x)+\varepsilon\delta(x-y)]-F[\rho(x)]}{\varepsilon}.$$ ...
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Rarefaction Shock Wave Interaction

I am interested in explicit solutions in 1D for the interaction of a rarefaction wave with a shock wave of arbitrary strength. The book Supersonic Flow and Shock Waves by Courant and Friedricks ...
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Dimensional regularization in odd dimensions

I am not quite sure that my question below is appropriate for this site, probably it should be addressed to the physical commutity. But I hope that some (mathematical) physicists do attend MO. I have ...
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Quantum Drinfeld-Sokolov reduction for a module

There is a well-established procedure for quantizing the Drinfeld-Sokolov reduction for an affine Lie algebra. In particular, this paper of de Boer and Tjin describes an algorithm to produce the ...
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Can we construct CHU as an internal category in a monoidal category?

I have recently read Abramsky and Heunen's paper on Operational structures and categorical physics. I have been looking at operational structures as internal categories in a monoidal category like we ...
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Ewald's generalized theta function

Could anyone provide me some materials on the derivation of Ewald's generalized theta function (in English)? The original paper was written in German :-( Die Berechnung optischer und ...
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$\mathbb Z/2$-orbifolds in Virasoro representations, CFTs, VOAs

Suppose that ${\rm Vir}_c$ is a rational Virasoro algebra with central charge $c$. Then ${\rm Vir}_c$ has finitely many irreducible modules $M_h$, parametrised by the highest weights $h$. Furthermore ...
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Explicit expression of WZ term for orthogonal groups

Consider the Wess Zumino term on the the space $W=I\times D$, where D is a two dimensional disk disk and $I$ is an interval, $[0,1]$, say, i.e., $$ \int_{I\times D} \langle(u^{-1} \, du)^3\rangle $$ ...
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Elliptic equations with divergence-free drift terms

Given $\ \mathbf{u}\cdot \nabla c=\Delta c-a_{1}c+\rho \text{ on }\Omega $ with a $\Omega \subset %TCIMACRO{\U{211d} } %BeginExpansion \mathbb{R} %EndExpansion ^{2}$ bounded, $div$$(\mathbf{u})=0$, ...
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Is there a translation invariant measure on an infinite dimensional space 'without points'?

This is just a reference request. I thought I'd come across a paper demonstrating that there is a translation invariant measure on an infinite-dimensional space without 'points' whilst browsing the ...
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Spectral theory for Dirac Laplacian on a funnel

I would like to study the spectral theory of the Dirac Laplacian on a non-compact quotient of the hyperbolic plane by a discrete group (I am particularly interested in the simple case where the ...
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Helmhotz decomposition and Regularity in Stokes equation

It is known that every function $f\in L^{q}(\Omega )^{n}$ can be uniquely decomposed as \begin{eqnarray*} \ f=f_{0}+\nabla Q, \text{ (Helmhotz decomposition)} \ \end{eqnarray*} with $f_{0}\in ...
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Einstein field equations in perspectives from PDE and functional analysis

The Einstein field equations have been subject of research in theoretical physics, and differential geometry, apparently with methods from classical analysis and geometry. In particular, solutions in ...
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Van Vleck-Morette Determinant

There seems to be something curious about the so-called Van-Vleck-Morette determinant, as I cannot find any source that properly defines it in terms of expressions previously defined in that source ...
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semiclassical proof of Wigner semicircle

In Terence Tao's discussion of the Gaussian Unitary Ensemble, he derives the Dyson and Airy kernels. The GUE is the probability distribution of the eigenvalues of a random Hermitian matrix. \[ \int ...
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pre-symplectic and foliation and its trajectories

Let $(M,\omega)$, be pre-symplectic, then can we say, we have a foliation of $M$, with tangent spaces $ker\omega$.What can we say about its trajectories. ?
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Integration over special unitary group

It is known that for $SU(N)$ $$ \int \chi_{\mu_1}(UV_1)\chi_{\mu_2}(U^{-1}V_2)\, dU = \delta_{\mu_1\mu_2}\frac{\chi_{\mu_1}(V_1V_2)}{\dim(\mu_1)} $$ where $dU$ is Haar measure on $SU(N)$ normalized ...
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Is there a version of supersymmetry for homogeneous spaces?

The notion of "supersymmetry" that I am aware of proceeds as follows. One fixes a spacetime $\mathbb R^n$ and signature; I will write $\mathrm{SO}(n)$ for the corresponding group of orthogonal ...
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Certain partial integrations in quantum mechanics

In classical quantum mechanics (and specifically in the introductury texts on this topic) while calculating expectation values of certain operators in the Schrödinger approach we often have to do ...
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Idea behind distributional solutions

I have a problem understanding the meaning of a distributional solution. Let me tell you the context the problem appeared: I read thorugh some papers by DiPerna and Lions concerning the Cauchy Problem ...
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Differences of Numbers of Helicity States in 4-dimensional Strings

The question whether the states in $D=2m + 2$ dimensional string theory, which carry a representation of $SO(2m)$, span spaces which carry representations of $SO(2m+1)$ seems hopelessly complicated. ...
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Book on the Three body Problem

Hi all, I am looking for a good book about the famous (infamous perhaps?) three body problem - both theoretical and numerical hardless and accomplishments. can you help? Thanks
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A variation of Poisson's equation in cylindrical coordinates

Our team of undergraduate physicists are familiar with finding numerical approximations to the following Poisson-like PDE central to our plasma research in a torus: $\nabla^2 V = \frac{f(V)}{R^2}$ ...
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How to understand the matrix behind a Hamiltonian?

thanks to the answers I received to my previous questions, I could derive correctly an elegant partition function for my problem which resembles a second quantized model taking the particles to be ...
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Are Turaev--Viro invariants secretly a discretized path integral?

Turaev--Viro http://www.ams.org/mathscinet-getitem?mr=1191386 defined an invariant of three-manifolds $M$ denoted $TV(M)$, which was subsequently shown by Kevin Walker to coincide with ...
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Is there a maximal finite depth infinite index irreducible subfactor?

A subfactor $N \subset M $ is irreducible if $N' \cap M = \mathbb{C} $. It's maximal if it admits no non-trivial intermediate subfactors $N \subset P \subset M $. It's cyclic if its lattice of ...
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What is Kirillov's method good for?

I am planing to study Kirillov's orbit method. I have seen Kirillov's method in several branch of mathematics, for instance, functional analysis, geometry, .... Why is this theory important for ...
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Semi-Standard Young Tableaux: Do Diagrams for $O(2m)$ combine to Diagrams from $O(2m+1)$?

Let $n_\lambda^K$ be the number all semi-standard Young tableaux of size $K$ with Ferrers diagrams diagram $\lambda$ (i.e. the number of all fillings of $\lambda$ with natural numbers with weakly ...
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identifying dual of lie algebra of general linear groups

Is there any reference for the following fact? I am looking for a nice and simple proof. Assume that $G=GL(n,C)$, the group of invertible $n\times n$ matrices with complex entries. Why can the dual ...
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Explanations for mathematicians, about the falsifiability (or not) of string theory [closed]

Like many other mathematicians, I think string theory very attractive. This theory has wonderfully influenced many new topics in mathematics (I myself have worked on one of them), but it's not the ...
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Generalized basis

In quantum mechanics, people introduce the notion of "continuous basis" (I actually don't know the mathematical denomination of it). It is not a Schauder basis. I would like to know what could be a ...
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What is about nonassociative geometry ?

At the end of a conference given by Alain Connes in 2000 (here is a video in French), a member of the audience asked a question. I transcribed and translated it for you below: Audience: You showed ...
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Do circular pipes maximize flow rate?

Suppose that $U \subset \mathbb{R}^2$ is nonempty, open, connected and bounded. Consider a Poisseuille flow in the pipe $U \times \mathbb{R}$. That is: a time-independent incompressible flow of the ...
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The cyclic subfactors theory: a quantum arithmetic?

Context: First recall some results: - Actions of finite groups on the hyperfinite type $II_{1}$ factor $R$ (Jones 1980). - A Galois correspondence for depth 2 irreducible subfactors ...
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Computing a cobordism group of manifolds endowed with a real vector bundle with constraints on the Stiefel-Whitney classes

I am interested in computing the cobordism group of oriented manifolds $M$ of dimension 7 endowed with real vector bundles $N$ of rank 5 with the following conditions on the Siefel-Whitney classes: $ ...
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Hodge decomposition in Minkowski space

This question is motivated by the physical description of magnetic monopoles. I will give the motivation, but you can also jump to the last section. Let us recall Maxwell’s equations: Given a ...
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Deriving Helfrich's shape equation for closed membranes

I have a bunch of papers that claim that, from the equation for shape energy: $$ F = \frac{1}{2}k_c \int (c_1+c_2-c_0)^2 dA + \Delta p \int dV + \lambda \int dA$$ one can use "methods of variational ...
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Cauchy problem for Boltzmann equations

I am just studying a paper by DiPerna and Lions with the title "On the Cauchy problem for Boltzmann equations: global existence and weak stability." You can find it here: ...
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Similarity solutions of the imaginary time Benjamin--Ono equation

This problem arose in the course of a theoretical physics project. We seek (complex) solutions of the imaginary time Benjamin--Ono equation $$u_t-iu u_x-iu_{H,xx}=0$$ where $u_H(x,t)$ denotes the ...