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Minkowski spacetime in Newman Penrose formalism

I have a rather basic question for which (surprisingly!) I cannot find a short and clear answer anywhere: I'm currently looking at the Newman Penrose (NP) formalism (I use primarily Chandrasekhar's ...
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Definition of $k$-precosymplectic manifold

A precosymplectic manifold of rank $2r$ is a triple $(M,\omega,\eta)$ where $M$ is a smooth manifold of dimension $2m+1$, $\omega$ is a closed 2-form on $M$ and $\eta$ is a closed 1-form on $M$ such ...
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Quantum Hamiltonian for an Inverse Cube Force Law

If you have a nonrelativistic quantum particle in $\mathbb{R}^3$ in an attractive inverse cube force, its Hamiltonian is $$ H = -\nabla^2 - \frac{c}{r^2} $$ where I'm keeping things simple by ...
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Asymptotic $\int_M \mathrm{exp}[\mathbf{e}\left(n -\frac{t}{2\pi i}\right)] \left( 1 + \frac{5}{6} \mathbf{e}^2 \right)^{1/2} $ on quintic Calabi-Yau

Let $M = \{ G(x) = 0 \} \subseteq \mathbb{P}^4$ be a quintic Calabi-Yau and $\mathbf{e} \in H^2(M, \mathbb{Z})$ such that $\int_M \mathbf{e}^3 = 5$. Then as $t \gg 1$: $$ \int_M e^{n \mathbf{e}} ...
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Singular integral equation

Investigating a control problem for heat equation I stacked on solution of this integral equation which seems to be singular: $$ \int_0^1\mathcal{K}(\tau)u(\tau)d\tau=\mathcal{M}, $$ in which ...
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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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How should a mathematician approach the physics literature concerning percolation?

I would like to read some of the physics literature on two-dimensional percolation, however in attempting this I have run into two problems. (1) Physics papers on percolation are (relatively) hard ...
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AKSZ sigma models for higher spin

The AKSZ framework constructs 2D sigma models in the BV formalism. Is there a generalization of the AKSZ approach to higher spin?
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Can I derive the Boltzmann distribution by an invariance argument?

In statistical mechanics, the Boltzmann distribution gives the probability of a system being in state $i$ as $$\displaystyle \frac{e^{- \beta E_i}}{\sum_i e^{-\beta E_i}}$$ where $E_i$ is the energy ...
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Shape of snowflakes

Is there a mathematical theory that explains the shape of a snowflake? Why is it not round? Update Tree-like metric spaces appear often as limits of sequences of metric spaces (say, asymptotic cones ...
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Existence and uniqueness for two-dimensional time-dependent Schrödinger equation

I currently have to deal with time-dependent Schrödinger equations in two variables on bounded domains and wanted to find out about uniqueness and existence of solutions. Unfortunately, I am a ...
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Action of G_2 on certain 7x7 skew-symmetric matrices

I have been working with something related to Goldman bracket for $G_2$ gauge group. There I have something like "$\text{Tr}(M_{\gamma}O_i)$", where $M_{\gamma}$ is a monodromy which takes value in ...
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A proof of the Ibragimov et al. commutation relation

Let $u_a(x),\,a=1,2,\ldots n$ be a $n$-component field in Minkowski spacetime $x^\mu,\,\mu=0,1,2,3$ and let $u_{a,\,\mu}=\frac{du_a}{dx^\mu}$. Let us introduce two operators (we use Einstein ...
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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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Ruelle Perron Frobenius Operator

Hello everybody! Recently in my research, I came across the Perron-Frobenius operator .. I would like to intuitive interpretation of this operator, ie, physical interpretations are possible, articles ...
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What is the symbol of a differential operator?

I find Wikipedia's discussion of symbols of differential operators a bit impenetrable, and Google doesn't seem to turn up useful links, so I'm hoping someone can point me to a more pedantic ...
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anomaly polynomial of generalized Hitchin system

I would like to ask about mathematical background of this object. So, I am trying to puzzle out with 4d $\mathcal{N}=2$ SQFT. As far as I can gather this theroy can be described in terms of ...
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Total energy of the Universe

In popular science books and articles, I keep running into the claim that the total energy of the Universe is zero, "because the positive energy of matter is cancelled out by the negative energy of ...
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Can the compactification of a (co)tangent bundle equipped with Saski metric be viewed as a “Wick rotation”?

We can equip the (co)tangent bundle of a Riemannian manifold (B,g) with a Saski metric $\hat{g}$ (see, for example, "On the geometry of tangent bundles" by Gudmunssun & Kappos) that looks like ...
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Witten's proof of Morse inequalities, question on eigenvalues?

See here. I present Theorem 6 and Corollary 7 as follows. Theorem 6. For large $s$, $\Delta_s$ and $H$ have the same number of eigenvalues in the interval $[0, s^{-2/5}]$. Corollary 7. $\dim ...
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Fock Space Proof of $(g(x)\phi^4)_2$ Mass Gap?

Is there a proof that does not depend on Euclidean methods? Is this a proof? : $V(g)$ can be written as $P+R$ where $P$ is non-negative and $R$ is $N$-bounded (and hence $(H_0+\lambda P)$-bounded). ...
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Which journals publish applied mathematics with mostly pure mathematics content?

In the spirit of Which journals publish expository work? please advise: What consistently high quality journals$^1$ today publish results that would otherwise go to a pure mathematics journal if ...
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Conformally covariant distributions

In Conformal Field Theory (in $D$ dimensions) one considers (in particular) correlation functions of the form $$ \langle O(x)O(y)\rangle, $$ where $O$ is a scalar primary field. Scale covariance ...
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Petrov type D spacetime [on hold]

I have a rather general question about the Petrov type D spacetime. The standard definition (also used in the official Wikipedia article) is that the Petrov classification is according to which Weyl ...
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Gauss-Milgram formula for fermionic topological order?

For Bosonic topological order, a very useful formula was proved to be true: $\sum_a d_a^2 \theta_a=\mathcal{D} \exp(\frac{c_-}{8}2\pi i) $ (for more detail: $d_a$ is the quantum dimension of anyon ...
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Is there a relation between 4-dimensional general relativity and exotic smooth structures on $\mathbb{R}^4$?

Let's say General Relativity is the study of the Einstein equation on smooth Lorentzian manifolds, i.e. pseudo-Riemannian manifolds of signature $(n-1,1)$. I've heard more than once people say that ...
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Can the equation of motion with friction be written as Euler-Lagrange equation, and does it have a quantum version?

My (non-expert) impression is that many physically important equations of motion can be obtained as Euler-Lagrange equations. For example in quantum fields theories and in quantum mechanics quantum ...
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Good references for Rigged Hilbert spaces?

Every now and then I attempt to understand better quantum mechanics and quantum field theory, but for a variety of possible reasons, I find it very difficult to read any kind of physicist account, ...
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Certain inverse problem related to moments

Suppose $D\subset \mathbb C$ is a smoothly bounded domain and it contains the origin. Let $ds$ denote the arc length measure on $\partial D.$ I am interested in the following two inverse problems ...
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Proof of Arnold-Liouville theorem in classical mechanics [closed]

I am currently reading Arnold's book "Mathematical Methods of classical mechanics" on page 278 and I don't see through his arguments there at a point. Especially, I am talking about the part that ...
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Stationary distribution of last passage percolation

Consider last passage percolation model on $\mathbb{Z}^2$. I am interested to know if there is any known result for the stationary distribution of passage times, given some distribution for the ...
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When is the discrete logarithmic energy not approximable by its ostensibly more general counterparts?

In my answer at Maximum of the Vandermonde determinant / minimum of the logarithmic energy it is shown that that for each large enough natural $n$ there is some $a=(a_0,\dots,a_{n-1})$ with ...
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Gauge freedom in the tetrad

I'm reading the following paper about Petrov type D space times called "Type D vacuum metrics": http://scitation.aip.org/content/aip/journal/jmp/10/7/10.1063/1.1664958 by Kinnersley. I have a ...
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Extracting information from a differential equation if the zero eigenvalue eigen-function is known

Given the second order linear homogeneous differential equation $$ -\dfrac{d^2}{dx^2}\psi_m(x) + V(x)\psi_m(x)=E_m\psi_m(x) $$ with eigen-functions $\psi_m(x)$ and eigenvalues $E_m$, what information ...
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Ambidexterity and Quantization

Here the nlab says about Hopkins-Lurie's ambidexterity paper: "The discussion in the article is apparently motivated as part of what it takes to make precise the discussion of quantization in ...
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Kerr metric affine parameter

I'm going through the chapter about Kerr space-time of Chandrasekhar's "Mathematical theory of black holes", and have a question about the following transformation: the idea is, that one wants to ...
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Is the structure constant additive on connected components?

This is the reanimation of a question which already got an answer, that I did not fully understand. Coming back to it, after let it sit in a corner for some time, I keep not getting the point. I would ...
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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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Infinitesimal variation of spectrum of Schrödinger operator with changing domain

Suppose we have a Schrödinger operator $$-\frac{d^2}{dx^2}+V(x)$$ defined on $[a,b]$ with Dirichlet boundary conditions. I am interested in whether there are any results for the variation of the ...
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Do non-normal states exist in the Solovay model?

Let H be an infinite dimensional Hilbert space. Then there exist non-normal states on B(H) in ZFC (i.e. states that are not represented by a density operator). Is this also true in the Solovay model ...
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Why is there a connection between enumerative geometry and nonlinear waves?

Recently I encountered in a class the fact that there is a generating function of Gromov--Witten invariants that satisfies the Korteweg--de Vries hierarchy. Let me state the fact more precisely. ...
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Subset of causal spacetime+Imprisonment Condition+Compact Closure -> Stably Causal spacetime?

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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$A \wedge A \wedge A$ in Chern-Simons

I am confused with the wedging operations of Lie algebra valued differential forms. Especially, for instance, I have some problems with the Chern-Simons 3-form $$A \wedge dA + \frac{2}{3}A \wedge A ...
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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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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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How does one express a Lagrangian via differential forms? [duplicate]

I asked this question here on Physics.SE; and I accepted an answer, which thinking about it later I was dis-satisfied with; to save clicking on the link I'm reproducing the question below: In ...
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Reference for measures of commutativity needed

I'm looking for an appropriate measure to quantify the extent to which two matrices commute. In other words, if A and B are two n×n Hermitian matrices, and [A,B]=C. I'd like a function μ:Cn×n→[0,∞) ...
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Find the expansion of the exact solution (beyond Taylor)

In a paper by Kitagawa & Ueda Squeezed spin states they give an argument that the minimum variance in one-axis twisting Hamiltonian scales like $V_{min} \propto S^{-2/3}$. I will shortly describe ...
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What's the relation between spin model for subfactors theory and physics?

In the sense of subfactor theory, a spin model is a commuting square of the form $$\begin{matrix} \Delta &\subset & M_n(\mathbb{C})\cr \cup &\ &\cup\cr \mathbb{C} &\subset ...