What is Clebsch-gordan: Definition and 25 Discussions

In physics, the Clebsch–Gordan (CG) coefficients are numbers that arise in angular momentum coupling in quantum mechanics. They appear as the expansion coefficients of total angular momentum eigenstates in an uncoupled tensor product basis. In more mathematical terms, the CG coefficients are used in representation theory, particularly of compact Lie groups, to perform the explicit direct sum decomposition of the tensor product of two irreducible representations (i.e., a reducible representation into irreducible representations, in cases where the numbers and types of irreducible components are already known abstractly). The name derives from the German mathematicians Alfred Clebsch and Paul Gordan, who encountered an equivalent problem in invariant theory.
From a vector calculus perspective, the CG coefficients associated with the SO(3) group can be defined simply in terms of integrals of products of spherical harmonics and their complex conjugates. The addition of spins in quantum-mechanical terms can be read directly from this approach as spherical harmonics are eigenfunctions of total angular momentum and projection thereof onto an axis, and the integrals correspond to the Hilbert space inner product. From the formal definition of angular momentum, recursion relations for the Clebsch–Gordan coefficients can be found. There also exist complicated explicit formulas for their direct calculation.The formulas below use Dirac's bra–ket notation and the Condon–Shortley phase convention is adopted.

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    I Change of basis matrix for point group C3V

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    I Clebsch-Gordan coefficients and their sign

    Summary: Different sign in the combination of two ##\textbf{1/2}## isospins with opposite third component Hello everybody! I was doing an exercise regarding isospin and I noticed something from the Clebsch-Gordan coefficients that made me think. For example, if I consider the combination...
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    Clebsch-Gordan Decomposition for 6 x 3

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    Isospin Doublet Derivation Using Clebsch-Gordan Coefficients

    Homework Statement I am trying to improve my understanding of the Clebsch-Gordan coefficients. I am looking at page 5 of the following document https://courses.physics.illinois.edu/phys570/fa2013/chapter3.pdf Homework Equations I have derived the result for the I = 3/2 quadruplet but am...
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    Clebsch-Gordan coefficients (l+1/2)

    Homework Statement I was going through Sakurai's textbook and I tried to work out by myself the following expression for the Clebsch-Gordan coefficients (Addition of orbital angular momentum and spin 1/2) \begin{equation} \langle m-1/2,1/2|l+1/2,m \rangle = \sqrt{\frac{l+m+1/2}{2l+1}}...
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    Calculating Clebsch-Gordan coefficients

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    Clebsch-Gordan coefficients calculation

    Homework Statement So i have to calculate the Clebsch-gordan coefficients for the state j1=3/2 and j2=1/2[/B]Homework Equations Recursiom formula, lowering and uppering operator[/B]The Attempt at a Solution I have tried to calculate the first set of the coefficients stating that: L- l2,2> =...
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    Clebsch-Gordan coefficients symmetry relation

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    Why are invariant tensors also Clebsch-Gordan coefficients?

    On one hand, in reading Georgi's book in group theory, I comprehend the invariant tensor as a special "tensor", which is unchanged under the action of any generators. On the other hand, CG decomposition is to decompose the product of two irreps into different irreps. Now it is claimed that...
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    Electron Clebsch-Gordon coefficients

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    Clebsch-Gordan Coefficients for three spin-1 particles?

    I'm doing a problem where I need to know the coefficients to change from the \vec{J} = \vec{J}_1 + \vec{J}_2 + \vec{J}_3 to the {\vec{J}_1, \vec{J}_2, \vec{J}_3} for three spin-1 particles, but I'm having trouble finding a table or reference for this... surely every time someone needs to...
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    Two questions on Clebsch-Gordan coefficients

    Hello everyone, I'm reading a bit about Clebsch-Gordan coefficients and I found two things in their general description I didn't quite understand. Can anyone help me with these questions? First, I read that the Clebsch-Gordan coefficients are zero unless the total angular momentum...
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    Fining Clebsch-Gordan coeffs in special cases, alternate method

    Hello, I was wondering, is there a way to derive the expression for these coefficients without the use of the general CGC formula? For example, the J=0 case (this is taken from wikipedia) The 1/sqrt term is clear but the (-1)^.. term not so much, is there a way to find this...
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    Clebsch-Gordan coeffs, special cases

    Hello, I'm not sure whether I should have posted this in main Quantum mechanics thread because it's not really regarding homework, but I posted it in here just to be safe. I was wondering, is there a way to derive the expression for these coefficients without the use of the general CGC...
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    Trouble finding Clebsch-Gordan coefficient for deutron triplet state?

    Hi, for the deutron triplet state, I am trying to find the coefficient using the lowering operator but I kept getting 0 hope someone can help me. Using J-|j,m>=[(j+m)(j-m+1)]1/2|j,m-1> I can get from |++> to 1/\sqrt{2}(|-+> + |+->) but from here I am stuck since j+m=0 for |+->. What is...
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    Calculation of Clebsch-Gordan coefficients

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    Query regarding representations and Clebsch-Gordan series

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    Clebsch-Gordan coefficients

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    Clebsch-Gordan Coefficients

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    The Clebsch-Gordan Theorem: Proving the Symmetric Spinor Tensors as IRR of SU(2)

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    Exploring the Delta(1232) Particle & its Clebsch-Gordan Coefficients

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    Need help with Clebsch-Gordan calculations?

    Hey there, I'm new to this forum, but I just wanted to let you know that I have put out a clebsch-gordan calculator that is a little bit better than the ones I've found out there so far, check it out. http://phys.csuchico.edu/C-G/ -Fish