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### Why does closed string theory have only one dilaton field instead of $22$? [closed]

Looking at $5D$ Kaluza-Klein theory, the Kaluza-Klein metric is given by
$$
g_{mn} = \left(
\begin{array}{cc}
g_{\mu\nu} & g_{\mu 5} \\
g_{5\nu} & g_{55} \\
\end{array}
\right)
$$
...

**18**

votes

**1**answer

825 views

### Why is there a connection between enumerative geometry and nonlinear waves?

I'm not 100% sure that this question is appropriate for this site. If it's not, please tell me and I'll delete it.
Recently I encountered in a class the fact that there is a generating function of ...

**9**

votes

**5**answers

313 views

### Observables and dimensional analysis

Here is a simple question about physical units that I hope has a simple satisfying answer. In mathematically sophisticated treatments of both quantum and classical physics one often speaks of an ...

**1**

vote

**1**answer

178 views

### What's the asymptotic behavior of this function at large distance? [closed]

This question is based on some Physics motivation. Define a distance function $f(\mathbf{r})=\int_{\Omega }d^2k\int_{\Omega }d^2q \cos[(\mathbf{k}-\mathbf{q})\cdot\mathbf{r}]$, where ...

**7**

votes

**0**answers

234 views

### The space-time dimension of the N-superstring theory?

Let $\mathfrak{W}$ be the Lie algebra generated by $d_{n} = ie^{in\theta}\frac{d}{d\theta}$ and $\mathfrak{Vir} = \mathfrak{W} \oplus C \mathbb{C}$ its central extension:
$$
...

**6**

votes

**0**answers

230 views

### Are there exactly solvable CFTs?

I am wondering if there are CFTs such that n-point correlation functions in them of the fields (may be the primaries or of some notion of twist fields) is exactly known.
Are there such?
Aren't ...

**11**

votes

**1**answer

839 views

### Is this error in this paper of Langlands fixable?

The FQS criterion for the Virasoro algebra was discovered by Friedan, Qiu and Shenker (1), but the mathematicians found their proof insufficient, so that, FQS (2) and Langlands (3), published in the ...

**2**

votes

**1**answer

125 views

### Absent 2nd order terms in deformation quantization of Poisson manifolds

I am reading Kontsevich' famous paper on deformation quantization of Poisson manifolds. In section 1.4.2 on page 4 he gives the general formula for the star product associated to a Poisson structure ...

**2**

votes

**1**answer

370 views

### A question about flag variety of $SL(n,\mathbb{C})$

We know that the flag variety $SL(2,\mathbb{C})/B$ which $B$ is Borel subgroup, can be identified with $\mathbb{P^1}$, What can we say about $SL(n,\mathbb{C})/B$ which $B$ is Borel subgroup of ...

**4**

votes

**1**answer

201 views

### How does one calculate homotopy classes for group coset spaces?

Inspired by Witten's Wess-Zumino term arguments, I'm curious to know how one calculates homotopy classes more generally for coset spaces. In the above example the coset is $G/H=(SU(3)_L\times ...

**6**

votes

**1**answer

291 views

### Calogero-Moser system: relationship between dual variables and the KKS construction

This is a question about the relationship between two ways of viewing the Calogero-Moser system.
$$\ddot x_i=2\sum_{j\neq i}\frac{1}{(x_i-x_j)^3}\qquad i=1,\ldots N$$
By introducing the $N$ ...

**58**

votes

**3**answers

4k views

### What is the amplituhedron?

The paper ”Scattering Amplitudes and the Positive Grassmannian” by Nima Arkani-Hamed, Jacob L. Bourjaily, Freddy Cachazo, Alexander B. Goncharov, Alexander Postnikov, and Jaroslav Trnka, introduces ...

**16**

votes

**1**answer

670 views

### Combinatorial spin structures

I would like to know how to define spin structures combinatorially, for an oriented smooth manifold equipped with a triangulation. In the case of a 2d manifold, spin structures correspond to ...

**2**

votes

**0**answers

70 views

### What are the boundary asymptotics of harmonic symmetric transverse traceless rank-s tensors on $\mathbb{H}^n$ in the Poincare upper-half-space model? [closed]

This question is motivated by the results in this paper, http://calvino.polito.it/~camporesi/JMP94.pdf
In this paper some of its most important results about the asymptotics of symmetric traceless ...

**3**

votes

**1**answer

335 views

### Path integrals for stochastic equations

Does there exist a rigorous mathematical proof for path integral representations given in the physics literature? See for example
http://arxiv.org/abs/hep-ph/9912209v1
For imaginary time rigorous ...

**0**

votes

**1**answer

136 views

### How to calculate eigenvalue density function of $XX^\dagger$ from the density function of X

Let X be a complex random matrix, which has the probability function (drawn from the ensemble) V($XX^\dagger$), where V(x) is some function which guaranties good behavior at infinity. Note the unitary ...

**2**

votes

**0**answers

95 views

### Positiveness of the double integral

How it can be proved that the following double integral (which emerged in a physics project) $$\int\limits_{-1}^1d\tau\;\tau \int\limits_0^\infty dk\frac{k\sin{(kr\tau)}}{(1+\beta ...

**2**

votes

**0**answers

87 views

### The condition of maximality in branching rules of $SO$ group representations

Let the highest weight of a $SO(2n+1)$ representation be given as $(m_1,m_2,...,m_n)$ ($m_1\geq m_2 \geq .. \geq m_n \geq 0$) and the highest weight of a $SO(2n)$ representation be $(s_1,s_2,...,s_n)$ ...

**4**

votes

**1**answer

327 views

### About using the character formula for $SO(2n)$.

I have known of the following equation for characters of a $SO(2n)$ representation with highest weights $(h_1,...,h_n)$ and for $(t_1,t_2,..,t_n,t_1^{-1},t_2^{-1},..,t_n^{-1})$ being the eigenvalues ...

**6**

votes

**1**answer

264 views

### Formal series convergence in deformation quantization and $C^*$-condition

A link between formal series convergence in deformation quantization (strict deformation quantization) and producing $C^*$-algebras instead of mere $*$-algebras (which ...

**1**

vote

**1**answer

568 views

### An integral representation of the Riemann zeta function

I am referring to the equality in equation $3.29$ (page 12) and $4.20$ (page 17) in this paper.
I am unable to recognize where this comes from or what is the general expression for values other than ...

**5**

votes

**2**answers

329 views

### Physical meaning of the integral cohomology condition in Souriau-Kostant pre-quantization?

The question is in the title. The form of the condition looks like the Bohr-Sommerfeld quantization formula of angular momentum, is there a link between the two formulas?

**3**

votes

**0**answers

286 views

### 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 ...

**2**

votes

**1**answer

122 views

### 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 ...

**4**

votes

**2**answers

240 views

### 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 ...

**3**

votes

**0**answers

253 views

### 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}
...

**2**

votes

**1**answer

264 views

### 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 ...

**7**

votes

**1**answer

374 views

### 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 ...

**6**

votes

**2**answers

404 views

### 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 ...

**10**

votes

**2**answers

458 views

### 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 $(\ell + 1)^2$ ...

**-1**

votes

**1**answer

316 views

### A reference about Dolbeault cohomology

I am looking for a reference about Dolbeault cohomology when the line bundle is not supposed to be positive.

**12**

votes

**1**answer

367 views

### 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 ...

**2**

votes

**0**answers

210 views

### 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 ...

**5**

votes

**1**answer

450 views

### Validity of functional derivative using the Dirac delta function

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

**3**

votes

**0**answers

97 views

### 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 ...

**8**

votes

**1**answer

446 views

### 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 ...

**4**

votes

**0**answers

170 views

### 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 ...

**0**

votes

**0**answers

110 views

### 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 ...

**2**

votes

**2**answers

190 views

### 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 ...

**3**

votes

**0**answers

164 views

### $\mathbb Z/2$-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 ...

**7**

votes

**0**answers

69 views

### 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.,
$$
\int_{I\times D} \langle(u^{-1} \, du)^3\rangle
$$
...

**2**

votes

**0**answers

96 views

### Elliptic equations with divergence-free drift terms

Given
$\
\mathbf{u}\cdot \nabla c=\Delta c-a_{1}c+\rho \text{ on }\Omega $ with a $\Omega \subset
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%BeginExpansion
\mathbb{R}
%EndExpansion
^{2}$ bounded, $div$$(\mathbf{u})=0$, ...

**0**

votes

**0**answers

140 views

### 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 ...

**6**

votes

**0**answers

154 views

### 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 ...

**2**

votes

**0**answers

90 views

### 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 ...

**11**

votes

**4**answers

617 views

### 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 ...

**3**

votes

**2**answers

555 views

### 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 ...

**4**

votes

**0**answers

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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 ...

**1**

vote

**1**answer

141 views

### 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. ?

**3**

votes

**2**answers

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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 ...