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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: ...
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Intuitionistic logic as quantization of classical logic?

A classically trained mathematician is more likely to be familiar (at least anecdotally) with an area of mathematical physics such as deformation quantization than with intuitionistic logic. It is ...
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Reference request: Superconformal algebra

I am looking for references that deal with the basics of $\mathcal{N=1,2}$ superconformal algebras in 2D, their representations and applications to physics, in particular I want to read about spectral ...
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Domains of raising and lowering operators in QM

I should add that what is known in physics as SUSY QM, is often called the Crum-Darboux method in Mathematics, so don't be confused about this. Let $H : \operatorname{dom}(H) \subset L^2(\Omega) ...
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Well-posedness of heat equation with distributional right hand side

The question is about well-posedness of heat equation $$ \frac{\partial\Theta}{\partial t}=\alpha^2\Delta\Theta+p(t)\delta(x-u(t))\delta(y-v(t)),~~ (x,y,t)\in\Omega\times[0,T], $$ subjected to ...
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Uhlenbeck's theorem novelty

This link provides a short introduction to the contributions of Uhlenbeck about regular gauge fixing. However, I feel quite puzzled about it and I do not understand the real novelty apported by this ...
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Is there a maximum principle for stress in continuum mechanics?

I'm working with the equilibrium equations in linear elasticity, which I have not worked with in the past. My engineering colleagues seem to "know" that the maximum Von Mises stress occurs on the ...
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Do position and momentum measurements determine a wave function?

Suppose we have a function $f\in L^2(\mathbb R^n)$ and we know the functions $x\mapsto|f(x)|$ and $p\mapsto|\hat f(p)|$, where $\hat f$ is the Fourier transform of $f$. Can we reconstruct the function ...
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Geometrical interpretation of a Schrödinger operator

Consider a $2 \times 2$ Hermitian (or symmetric) matrix-valued function $$g(x) = \{ g_{jk}(x)\}_{j,k=1,2}, \quad x \in \mathbb{R}^{2},$$ such that $0 < m_{-}I \leq g(x) \leq m_{+}I$, for some ...
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Quaternion Wishart matrices of half-integer dimension?

For a physics application (quantum delay times of a chaotic scatterer) I need to generate $m$ positive random variables $\lambda_1,\lambda_2,\ldots\lambda_m$ with probability distribution ...
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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 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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Electrodynamics modelled by U(1) gauge theory [closed]

As the article 'Electrodynamics in general spacetime' greatly explains, the U(1)-gauge theory is a good base for working in non-simply connected spaces. But I wonder whether there is a deep reason to ...
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“Semiclassical approximation” in random matrix theory

I am reading Planar Diagrams by Brezin, Parisi, Itzykson and Zuber. If you specialize the discussion in section 5 there we seem to derive the eigenvalue distribution of $N \times N$ random Hermitian ...
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translation invariance of the Laughlin wave function

This is a translation into math of the following question, posted on PhysicsOverflow. Let $H:=L^2(\mathbb C)$. For every $N$, let $\psi_N\in\Lambda^N H\cong (L^2(\mathbb C^N))^{S_N}$ be the function ...
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Variation formula of a metric [closed]

In Terry Tao's notes on the Poincare Conjecture, he makes a jump I can't understand. From differentiating the identity $g^{\alpha \beta}g_{\beta \gamma} = \delta^\alpha_\gamma$ we obtain the ...
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Mathematical study of Mpemba effect?

It has been known since the days of Aristotle and Descartes that under certain circumstances warm water freezes faster than cold water. This effect is now commonly known as the Mpemba effect, named ...
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Probability of close approach for multivariate normal variables

The following problem comes from a physical model of two groups of particles in three dimensions. I need to know the probability that the two groups of particles approach each other within some ...
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Positivity of the Coulomb energy in two dimensions

In dimensions $d\geq 3$ the Coulomb energy is always non-negative (since the Fourier transform of $\frac{1}{|\cdot|^{d-2}}$ is non-negative). What can one say about positivity properties of the ...
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Can one classify irreducible unitary representations of the Weyl algebra?

I saw in this MO post: Is there a machinery describing all the irreducible representations ? that classifying irreducible representations of the Weyl algebra is essentially intractable. My question is ...
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What is the BRST-anti-BRST formalism?

What is the BRST-anti-BRST formalism? Is the Sp(2) doublet the ghost, antighost pair? Introductory accounts of this subject seem to be hard to find. I would appreciate a reference for someone who ...
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Anderson localization - an embarassment of riches

I am looking for a good, not too technical discussion of Anderson Localization, and some explanation of why it exists. Googling "Anderson Localization" produces an infinite number of possibilities, ...
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Harmonic Crystal using Random Walk

Me and my advisor were looking for a specific proof of the disorder in $2d$ harmonic crystals. We could not find a paper or a textbook with it, so I thought trying my luck here. Basically, it is a ...
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How mirror of quintic was originally found?

In the 90-91 pager "A PAIR OF CALABI-YAU MANIFOLDS AS AN EXACTLY SOLUBLE SUPERCONFORMAL THEORY", Candelas, De La Ossal, Green, and Parkes, brought up a family of Calabi-Yau 3-folds, canonically ...
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Bogomol’nyi’s Formula for the Critical Action

I'm studying Aigner's paper 'Existence of the Ginzburg-Landau Vortex Number' (2001) and I have some difficulties to prove the equality (3.1) , which is ...
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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) operator on $\mathbb{C}[x,y]$: ...
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A technical question in Feix's construction of hyperkahler metric on cotangent bundles

I am now reading Feix's paper Hyperkahler metrics on cotangent bundles and I have a technical question to ask. In his paper, for an analytic Kähler manifold $(X,J,\omega)$, Feix considered its ...
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Nature of separatrix in Fokker--Planck Hamiltonian with two degrees of freedom

Background The semiclassical (weak noise, small $D$) limit of the Fokker--Planck equation $$\frac{\partial P}{\partial t}=D\frac{\partial^2 P}{\partial x^2}-\frac{\partial}{\partial x}(v(x) P)$$ can ...
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Ground State Degeneracy of 2+1D U(1) Chern Simons Theory?

I am a physics graduate student trying to understand more mathematical aspects of gauge theories. How can I understand ground state degeneracy of a simple Chern Simons Theory: 2+1D U(1) $S= \int_M ...
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How to calculate the Rise speed of a travelling wave? [closed]

As you can see in this wikipedia animation Phase velocity (red) and group velocity (green) are described, and both show different "speed" in the Propagation direction but what about the transverse ...
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Basic question about differential forms and physics

When, if ever, can we view a differential form, e.g. like $dx \wedge dy$, as the similar looking expression used in physics to represent the product of "infinitesimals" e.g. $dx$ $dy$? In particular, ...
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Deformation quantization of a closed Riemann surface with genus >1

Quantization of of an elliptic curve can be done in different ways. In C^*-algebraic version, one can start with the C^*-algebra ...
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What are the differences and relations between R matrices solutions of Quantum Yang-Baxter equations and set-theoretical solutions of QYBE?

What are the differences and relations between R matrices solutions of Quantum Yang-Baxter equations and set-theoretical solutions of QYBE? Is it possible to write set-theoretical solutions of Quantum ...
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The normalization axiom of a quantization

Guillemin, Ginzburg and Karshon explain a quantization in their book [Chap 6,MR1929136] as follows. The quantization is a process which associates to a symplectic manifold $M$ a Hilbert space ...
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Mathematical Physics Book Recommendation

I want to learn contemporary mathematical physics, so that, for example, I can read Witten's latest paper without checking other sources again and again to find some basic definitions and theorems. I ...
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“extended TQFT” versus “TQFT with defects”

There are two ways in which higher categories appear in topological field theory: in extended TFTs and in TFTs with defects. How are these appearances related? According to the Atiyah-Segal axioms, a ...
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What's the appropriate notion of a Unitary representation of a Lie algebra?

Here Lie algebras/groups are real. The most straightforward definition might be: Def: A representation $\rho:\mathfrak{g} \rightarrow \mathfrak{gl}(V)$ is unitary if $V$ is equipped with a Hermitian ...
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Self-adjointness of the components of the magnetic derivative

On $L^{2}(\mathbb{R}^{n})$ define the operator $\Pi_{j} u := (-i\partial/\partial x_{j} - A_{j})u$, where $A_{j} \in L^{2}_{loc}(\mathbb{R}^{n})$ represents the $j$-th component of the magnetic ...
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What is quantum Brownian motion?

It seems that the current state of quantum Brownian motion is ill-defined. The best survey I can find is this one by László Erdös, but the closest the quantum Brownian motion comes to appearing is in ...
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Equivalence of ensembles and $\sum_{N=0}^{\infty} \int_{-Bn}^{\infty} 1_{\text{{N>K or u>A}}}(u)e^{-\beta |\lambda_m|(\frac{u}{2}+n)}du $

I am thinking about a step in the proof of the equivalence of ensembles in StatMech on page 25. step from 3.19 to 3.20. It seems to be argued there that for $A$ and $K$ large enough, the term ...
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Spectral theorem for self-adjoint differential operator on Hilbert space

I need a reference concerning a theorem that shows the following result, stated very roughly: Given a self-adjoint differential operator densely defined on a Hilbert space, then the given Hilbert ...
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Matrix integral identity

1) How to prove that $N\times N$ matrix integral over complex matrices $Z$ $$ \int d Z d Z^\dagger e^{-Tr Z Z^\dagger} \frac{x_1\det e^Z -x_2 \det ...
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Can any antilinear involution be trivialized by a change of basis?

Consider an antilinear involution, that is an antilinear map on a complex vector space, whose matrix $M$ obeys $MM^*=1$ where the star denotes complex conjugation. Can we find a change of basis whose ...
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Reference request for a treatment of Schwinger–Dyson equations

Is there a treatment of Schwinger–Dyson equations with no mention of Green's functions? Is there perhaps a purely algebraic analog?
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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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What is Quantization ?

I would like to know what quantization is, I mean I would like to have some elementary examples, some soft nontechnical definition, some explanation about what do mathematicians quantize?, can we ...
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A simple question in Hitchin's paper “The Geometry of Three-forms in Six Dimensions”

I am reading Hitchin's beautiful paper "The Geometry of Three-forms in Six Dimensions". Everything goes smooth up to now except for a tiny problem in Section 6.2, which can be formulated as follows. ...
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Noncommutative geometry and line length

I would like to understand, in some formal sense, the relation between the Dirac operator and the line length introduced by Connes in noncommutative geometry. If $D$ is the Dirac operator, he sets $ds ...
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Are there any 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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Dislocations,Disclinations Latices, Displacement fields and scaling

I am looking up Frank, and Burger vectors and associated material on dislocation/disclination. It seems straightforward describing a lattice and what dislocation means. It is even possible to restrict ...