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### Symplectic manifolds with dense group of periods

Let $ (M, \omega) $ be a symplectic manifold. The de Rham class of $\omega$ induces a homomorphism $[\omega]: H_2(M) \to \mathbb{R}$, whose image $\Gamma_{\omega} \subseteq \mathbb{R}$ is called the ...

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### On fundamental solutions to Poisson equation on 3-dimensional manifolds

I am interesting in solutions to Poisson equation
$$\triangle \varphi = 4 \pi \rho \qquad (1)$$
defined on 3-dimensional oriented Riemannian manifold $(M,g)$,
where $g$ is metric and ...

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### Is there an alternate name for the symplectic convolution?

Looking into the Wigner-Weyl transformation mapping Hilbert space operators to functions on phase-space, I've run up against the need for a symplectic convolution
$$[F\star G](x,p) = \int \!dy\,dk\, ...

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### What mathematical treatment is there on the renormalization group flow in a space of Lagrangians?

What mathematical treatment is there on the renormalization group flow in a space of Lagrangians?

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### How to prove this determinant is positive-II?

Question: Given an arbitrary number of real matrices of the form $ A_i=
\biggl(\begin{matrix}
C_i+E_i & B_i \\
B_i^T & D_i-F_i
\end{matrix} \biggr)
$, where $B_i$ is an arbitrary $n\times n$ ...

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### TAP expression for entropy [closed]

This paper by Barton and Cocco: http://www.phys.ens.fr/~cocco/Art/articlejstat.pdf
claims on page 17 (Formula (30)) an expression for the "high-temperature" entropy of an Ising model, given its ...

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votes

**1**answer

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### A Gaussian integral over complex variables by a defined Green's function for a Gaussian ensemble of random matrix

We construct an $N\times N$ matrix $J$ whose elements are drawn from Gaussian distribution with zero mean and variance $\frac{1}{N}$. Since we want to have different variances for different columns, ...

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### Geometric / physical / probabilistic interpretations of Riemann zeta(n>1)?

What are some physical, geometric, or probabilistic interpretations of the values of the Riemann zeta function at the positive integers greater than one?
I've found some examples:
1) In MO-Q111339 ...

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vote

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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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vote

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### Transferring connection information to associated bundles and back

This might not be research level but I've tried more than once to ask about this in MSE and it got nowhere. So I thought It's fair to at least try.
At the risk of repeating well known stuff I tried ...

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### Spectrum of the Laplace-Beltrami operator on a domain of finite volume in the hyperbolic space $H^n$

What is known about the ($L^2$) spectrum of the minus Laplace-Beltrami operator ($- \Delta$) with zero boundary conditions on $B =H^n/\Gamma$, where $H^n$ is $n$-dimensional hyperbolic space ...

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### Flat connection from gauged WZW model

$\newcommand{\g}{\mathfrak g}$
$\newcommand{\h}{\mathfrak h}$
In short my question is :
Has someone worked out the flat connection that one should get from the gauged WZW model in genus 0 ?
Some ...

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votes

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367 views

### States in C*-algebras and their origin in physics?

in $C^*-$algebras with unit element, there is the definition of a state, as a functional $\omega$ with $\omega(e)=||\omega||=1.$
Now, of course there is also in classical physics and quantum ...

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### Non-trivial but simple concrete examples for some categories related to Tensor/Fusion categories

I'm writing a note on Tensor and Fusion categories, the readers of which are physicists rather than mathematicians. So instead of giving abstract definitions I have to give examples to inspire each ...

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### Examples where physical heuristics led to incorrect answers?

I have always been impressed by the number of results conjectured by physicist, based on mathematically non-rigorous reasoning, then (much) later proved correct by mathematicians. A recent example is ...

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votes

**0**answers

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### How to compute $t_0$ and $r^0$ in Belavin-Drinfeld's classification of solutions of classical Yang-Baxter equations?

I tried to understand Belavin-Drinfeld's classification of solutions of classical Yang-Baxter equations.
In the book a guide to quantum groups, on page 83, there is an example of solutions of the ...

**0**

votes

**1**answer

102 views

### Possible lower bound in quantum many body system with non-local terms

I am asking a question related to Lieb-Robinson bound and nonlocality.
As we know from Lieb-Robinson theorem (see e.g. http://arxiv.org/abs/1008.5137): Suppose a Hamiltonian system is local, i.e. ...

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**1**answer

206 views

### 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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**1**answer

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### Why curvature is equivariant as a moment map?

In Atiyah and Bott's famous paper "The Yang-Mills Equations over Riemann Surfaces", they treated curvature as a moment map of the gauge group acts on the connection space of a principal bundle $P$ ...

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### Math and Wormholes

Hopefully, MathOverflow is the correct place for this.
I had a student approach me and ask me what kinds of mathematics goes into the study of wormholes. She specifically asked whether there is any ...

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votes

**1**answer

154 views

### How to solve this system of Partial Differential Equations for reflection from a surface

The problem is to find the surface $z(x,y)$ determined by the following system of partial differential equations:
$${\partial z \over \partial x}f(x,y,z)+{\partial z \over \partial ...

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votes

**4**answers

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### Does quantum mechanics ever really quantize classical mechanics?

I was curious about a physics question which I thought might be suitable for mathoverflow. I looked at the answer to this question, but it's not what I'm looking for.
Basically, classical mechanics ...

**0**

votes

**0**answers

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### Complex tetrad vs Real metric

I have a question on the relationship between the complex tetrad in general relativity and the metric. All the papers I've sen so far just usually state the metric and the (null) tetrad without ...

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votes

**2**answers

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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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votes

**1**answer

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### Does a classical wave detect compact dimensions?

Please excuse if the question is too easy; I'm just not familiar enough with PDEs.
I'd like to understand a little bit classical implications of "adding compact dimensions" in Physics, that is, what ...

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votes

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### Classical Limit of Feynman Path Integral

I understand that in the limit that $\hbar$ goes to zero, the Feynman path integral is dominated by the classical path, and then using the stationary phase approximation we can derive an approximation ...

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votes

**0**answers

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### Metric calculation from tetrad gives wrong answer

I'm reading the following article by Kinnersley
http://scitation.aip.org/content/aip/journal/jmp/10/7/10.1063/1.1664958
and cannot reproduce one (rather trivial) result.
On page 5 of the paper, in ...

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votes

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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 ...

**0**

votes

**0**answers

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### Proper time and asymptotic flatness

I have asked this question at physics stackexchange but got no response. I thought I could try my luck here:
I'm trying to understand the concept of asymptotic flatness in general relativity, and ...

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votes

**1**answer

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### How are the real-space RG transformations defined?

I'm reading Shang-keng Ma's book Modern theory of critical phenomena, and I'm a bit confused as to how the real-space RG transformations are defined. Ma basically says that these transformations are ...

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votes

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### Poincaré Recurrence and Dense Sets

This is kind of a spin-off of the question asked here. Take the interval $X:=[0,1]$ with $\mu$ being standard Lebesgue measure. Let $f$ be a measure preserving map $f:[0,1]\rightarrow [0,1]$. The ...

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**0**answers

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### Smoothness of the twistor space of a lorentzian manifold, or “convexity wrt null geodesics”

Null lines in Minkowski space form a 5-dimensional manifold, represented as a (real) quadric $\mathbf{PN}\subset\mathbb{C}\mathbf{P}^3$. This is a well-known fact, on which R. Penrose’s twistor ...

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### Number theory and physics

I was following some lectures by Edward Frenkel about Langlands correspondence. He was describing some analogies between number theory and theoretical physics (Mirror symmetry). At some point ( my ...

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votes

**1**answer

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### conservation law and generalized Symplectic Monge-Ampere equation arising from 3-variables

If we have a Jacobi PDE system with conservation law $\theta \in \Omega^1(M)$ such that $d \theta$ is non-degenerate 2-form , then we know this fact that it can be written as symplectic 2D ...

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votes

**0**answers

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### Looking for A. J. Tolland's exposition of non-renormalizability [duplicate]

In the MathOverFlow thread "Mathematical explanation of the failure to quantize gravity naively" there are references to "A.J. Tolland's very nice exposition of nonrenormalizability". However, ...

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votes

**1**answer

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### What is known about first return times to Markov partitions for Anosov diffeomorphisms?

Consider an Anosov diffeomorphism $T: M \rightarrow M$ and a corresponding Markov partition $\mathcal{R}$ of $M$. For $x \in M$, let $\mathcal{R}(x)$ denote the element of $\mathcal{R}$ containing $x$ ...

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vote

**1**answer

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### Intuition behind the “Lapse Function”

I came across the following definite of the Lapse Function:
$N=\sqrt{\frac{1}{2}g(L,\overline{L})}$
where $L,\overline{L}$ are the null geodesic vector fields. Further, I have been looking at this ...

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votes

**1**answer

450 views

### What is the spin connection in 9 dimensions as opposed to 5 dimensions?

From Spin Connection in 5 dimensions I can define a massless fermion's covariant derivative on a curved manifold as
$$
\nabla_\mu \psi = (\partial_\mu - {i \over 4} \omega_\mu^{ab} \sigma_{ab}) \psi
...

**0**

votes

**0**answers

110 views

### Path integral methods

Are there detailed expositions of the path integral methods in (mathematical) physics other than Feynman-Hibbs and Glimm-Jaffe?

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votes

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### Projective Hilbert space: L^2

I am trying to get my head around the geometric formulation of Quantum Mechanics as a projective Hilbert space (see Ashtekar, http://arxiv.org/abs/gr-qc/9706069). So one identifies all the rays ...

**0**

votes

**1**answer

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### gradient descent in space of functions

Differential equations of the form
$$\frac{d}{dt}\vec{x} = - \nabla E(\vec{x})$$
can be analyzed using phase portrait method. In particular, if the function $E$ (we call it energy) has local minimums, ...

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votes

**1**answer

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### Is this function Schwartz?

I already asked this question here on MSE, didn't get an answer, and I'm still stuck with it.
Suppose I have a smooth function $\psi$ from $\mathbb{R}^n$ to $\mathbb{C}$, for which I know that
$$
...

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votes

**0**answers

158 views

### Squeezing physics out of formal deformation quantizations

I am reading various texts concerning the concept of "quantization". I am interested in quantization on Riemannian manifolds (as opposed to just on $\Bbb R ^n$); for absolute clarity, I am interested ...

**0**

votes

**0**answers

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### An analytic family of in fact non-existent improper Riemann integrals

Question:
Are there any useful interpretations or "applications" of the formula
$$\intop_0^\infty e^{-ax}\frac{\sin x}{x}\,dx=\frac{\pi}{2}-\arctan(a)\qquad \forall\;a\in \mathbb{R},
$$
in which the ...

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votes

**11**answers

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### Standard model of particle physics for mathematicians

If a mathematician who doesn't know much about the physicist's jargon and conventions had the curiosity to learn how the so called Standard Model (of particle physics, including SUSY) works, where ...

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votes

**1**answer

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### Brauer-Picard for a fusion category coming from a quantum group

In Fusion Categories and Homotopy Theory, ENO attatch a 3-groupoid to a fusion category. In the case of A graded vector spaces they further compute it's truncation as an orthogonal group $O(A ...

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votes

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### What is an integrable system

What is an integrable system, and what is the significance of such systems? (Maybe it is easier to explain what a non-integrable system is.) In particular, is there a dichotomy between "integrable" ...

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vote

**0**answers

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### On Different Ways of Proving Isoperimetric Inequalities [closed]

Update: Thanks to Douglas Zare's comment, My previous questions in this thread turned out to be equivalent to the Isoperimetric problem. Thus I edited my question to make it a bit different.
...

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votes

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### Time decay for Hartree equation with Coulomb potential

Are there any time-decay results for the solution of the Hartree equation
\begin{equation}\frac{1}{i}\partial_t\phi-\Delta\phi=-(|x|^{-1}\ast|\phi|^2)\phi,\quad x\in\mathbb{R}^3\end{equation} in ...

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votes

**6**answers

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### Mathematician trying to learn string theory

I'm a mathematician. I want to be able to read recent ArXiv postings on high energy physics theory (String theory) (and perhaps be able to do research). I want to understand compactifications, ...