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### What's the current state of Yang Mills Mass Gap question?

What's the current state of Yang Mills Mass Gap question, is there any place that does this problem? Especially I want to know if there is any progress (out of that mentioned in the introduction ...

**6**

votes

**5**answers

657 views

### Symplectic structures from Lagrangians?

In Witten's paper 'Quantization of Chern-Simons Gauge Theory with Complex Gauge Group,' he makes the statement (p. 35) that the symplectic form on the moduli space of flat $G_\mathbb{C}$ connections ...

**2**

votes

**1**answer

250 views

### a question about geometric quantization background

I don't understand why for geometric description of a regular system, we take always the classical phase space as a symplectic manifold?

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**2**answers

529 views

### Geometric Quantization

I'm curious about geometric quantization.
Of course, I know the procedure:
Start with a classical phase space $T^{*}X$, $X$ is the configuration space, then do prequantization by creating a ...

**6**

votes

**7**answers

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### A good primer for geometric quantization.

Hello everyone:
I'm searching for a good primer on geometric quantization.
I found the following:
Mathematical foundations of geometric quantization (A. Echeverria-Enriquez, et al.)
Symplectic ...

**25**

votes

**4**answers

4k views

### What is Chern-Simons theory?

What is Chern-Simons theory? I have read the wikipedia entry, but it's pretty physics-y and I wasn't really able to get any sense for what Chern-Simons theory really is in terms of mathematics.
...

**4**

votes

**1**answer

479 views

### Solution of Helmholtz-Equation where Phase is restricted by additional PDE

Hello!
Let's say I have
$(\partial_x^2 + \partial_y^2 + a)f(x,y)=0$
with $f(x,y) \in \mathbb{C}$, ($\lim_{x,y \to \infty} f(x,y)=0$).
Now separate the Amplitude and Phase of the solution:
...

**8**

votes

**2**answers

560 views

### 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 ...

**0**

votes

**0**answers

42 views

### Time-dependent Schrödinger equation [closed]

I need to write a program to solve Schrödinger equation. There is solution:
$\frac{\partial \psi \left(x_{n},t\right)}{\partial t}=-i \left(H \psi \left(x_{n},t\right)\right)$
$\psi \left( ...

**0**

votes

**0**answers

46 views

### 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 ...

**9**

votes

**1**answer

357 views

### 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 ...

**2**

votes

**0**answers

186 views

### 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 ...

**1**

vote

**2**answers

129 views

### 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 ...

**3**

votes

**0**answers

296 views

### 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, $\hat{H}_0 \in \mathfrak{su}(N)$ ...

**5**

votes

**1**answer

546 views

### Cartan 3-form on a Lie group G

Does anyone have a reference to learn more about the Cartan $3$-form on a group manifold $G$? I have read that the WZW term is nothing more than the integral of the pullback of the Cartan $3$-form via ...

**7**

votes

**4**answers

3k views

### Role for generalized geometries in string theory

What role do generalized geometries (in terms of Dirac structures, for instance, symplectic, Poisson, complex, and generalized complex structures in the sense of Hitchin, Cavalcanti, and Gualtieri) ...

**0**

votes

**0**answers

202 views

### How can we formulate maximal time $T$ in Hyperbolic Kahler Ricci ﬂow

In general, the exact maximal time $T$ of a Riemannian Ricci flow may not be easy to find. However, fortunately, for Kähler-Ricci flows, the maximal time of existence $T$ is explicitly determined by ...

**5**

votes

**1**answer

327 views

### 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. ...

**1**

vote

**3**answers

113 views

### 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} ...

**4**

votes

**3**answers

149 views

### 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
...

**5**

votes

**1**answer

168 views

### 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 ...

**7**

votes

**2**answers

299 views

### 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 ...

**4**

votes

**1**answer

139 views

### 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 ...

**1**

vote

**1**answer

179 views

### 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 ...

**5**

votes

**2**answers

730 views

### Calculate the group cohomology classes $H^d[U(1)\rtimes Z_2, Z]$ and $H^d[U(1)\rtimes Z_2, Z_T]$

I would like to know what are the group cohomology classes $H^d[U(1)\rtimes Z_2, Z]$ and $H^d[U(1)\rtimes Z_2, Z_T]$, and/or how to calculate them.
It can be shown that $H^d[U(1), Z]$ is $Z$ for ...

**4**

votes

**1**answer

70 views

### 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 ...

**5**

votes

**1**answer

215 views

### 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 ...

**1**

vote

**1**answer

62 views

### 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 ...

**9**

votes

**2**answers

864 views

### 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:
...

**5**

votes

**1**answer

395 views

### 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
$$
g_{mn} = \left(
\begin{array}{cc}
g_{\mu\nu} & g_{\mu 5} \\
g_{5\nu} & g_{55} \\
\end{array}
\right)
$$
...

**21**

votes

**8**answers

2k views

### In what ways is physical intuition about mathematical objects non-rigorous?

I'm asking this question as a mathematician who is very far removed from the Physics world, and has little to no knowledge of what math goes into it, and what math comes out of it. What I do hear is ...

**5**

votes

**3**answers

845 views

### Is there a useful generalization of the Schmidt decomposition to the tensoring together of 3 or more vector spaces?

I've rewritten the question in math notation, and I've left the old version in physics bra-ket notation here.
Background
A simple consequence of the singular value decomposition is that any vector ...

**1**

vote

**0**answers

102 views

### 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 $\mathbb{C}[x,y]$:
...

**0**

votes

**1**answer

202 views

### direct proof that schrodinger's equation kernel corresponds to delta-function initial value [closed]

I want to show directly, that the kernel for the n-dimensional free linear schrodinger equation, if taken to time t=0, is dirac's $\delta $ function. I can show that the integral is constant, but it ...

**2**

votes

**1**answer

86 views

### 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 ...

**17**

votes

**3**answers

895 views

### What is Chern-Simons theory expected to assign to a point?

Let $G$ be a compact, connected, (simply connected?) Lie group and let $k \in H^4(BG, \mathbb{Z})$ be a cohomology class. Witten showed, at a physical level of rigor, that this data determines a ...

**3**

votes

**1**answer

105 views

### 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 ...

**1**

vote

**0**answers

103 views

### 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 ...

**3**

votes

**1**answer

162 views

### 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 ...

**3**

votes

**2**answers

207 views

### What are the modular transformation properties of q-Pochhammer symbols?

Do q-Pochhammer symbols, defined as
$(a;q) = \prod_{k=0}^{\infty} (1- a q^k)$
have known modular transformation properties? That is, if we write $q = q[z] = e^{2\pi i z}$, is there any reasonably ...

**1**

vote

**1**answer

162 views

### 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| ...

**1**

vote

**0**answers

169 views

### 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 ...

**2**

votes

**0**answers

132 views

### 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 ...

**2**

votes

**1**answer

204 views

### 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 ...

**0**

votes

**1**answer

290 views

### 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, ...

**2**

votes

**1**answer

244 views

### 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 ...

**5**

votes

**1**answer

273 views

### 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 ...

**1**

vote

**1**answer

123 views

### 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 ...

**61**

votes

**8**answers

6k views

### Theoretical physics: Why not just R^4?

You and I are having a conversation:
"Okay," I say,"I think I get it. The gauge groups we know and love arise naturally as symmetries of state spaces of particles."
"Something like that"
"...And ...

**3**

votes

**0**answers

235 views

### 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 ...