lie algebra

  1. J

    (Physicist version of) Taylor expansions

    3) Taylor expansion question in the context of Lie algebra elements: Consider some n-dimensional Lie group whose elements depend on a set of parameters \alpha =(\alpha_1 ... \alpha_n) such that g(0) = e with e as the identity, and that had a d-dimensional representation D(\alpha)=D(g( \alpha)...
  2. J

    Lorentz algebra elements in an operator representation

    1) Likely an Einstein summation confusion. Consider Lorentz transformation's defined in the following matter: Please see image [2] below. I aim to consider the product L^0{}_0(\Lambda_1\Lambda_2). Consider the following notation L^\mu{}_\nu(\Lambda_i) = L_i{}^\mu{}_\nu. How then, does...
  3. D

    Other Textbooks for tensors and group theory

    Hello, I am an undergraduate who has taken basic linear algebra and ODE. As for physics, I have taken an online edX quantum mechanics course. I am looking at studying some of the necessary math and physics needed for QFT and particle physics. It looks like I need tensors and group theory...
  4. P

    A Highest weight of representations of Lie Algebras

    Hello there, Given a Lie Algebra ##\mathfrak{g}##, its Cartan Matrix ##A## and a finite representation ##R##, is there a way of determining its highest weight ##\Lambda## in a simple way? In my course, we consider ##\mathfrak{g}=A_2= \mathfrak{L}_{\mathbb{C}}(SU(3))##. It is stated that the...
  5. M

    I Spin matrices and Field transformations

    Let us for a moment look a field transformations of the type $$\phi(x)\longmapsto \exp\left(\frac{1}{2}\omega_{\mu\nu}S^{\mu\nu}\right)\phi(x),$$ where ##\omega## is anti-symmetric and ##S^{\mu\nu}## satisfy the commutation relations of the Lorentz group, namely $$\left[S_{\mu \nu}, S_{\rho...
  6. arivero

    A Charge in a Lie Group... is it always a projection?

    Given a representation of a Lie Group, is there a equivalence between possible electric charges and projections of the roots? For instance, in the standard model Q is a sum of hypercharge Y plus SU(2) charge T, but both Y and T are projectors in root space, and so a linear combination is. But I...
  7. D

    I Relation Between Cross Product and Infinitesimal Rotations

    Looking into the infinitesimal view of rotations from Lie, I noticed that the vector cross product can be written in terms of the generators of the rotation group SO(3). For example: $$\vec{\mathbf{A}} \times \vec{\mathbf{B}} = (A^T \cdot J_x \cdot B) \>\> \hat{i} + (A^T \cdot J_y \cdot B)...
  8. fresh_42

    Insights Lie Algebras: A Walkthrough The Representations - Comments

    Greg Bernhardt submitted a new blog post Lie Algebras: A Walkthrough The Representations Continue reading the Original Blog Post.
  9. fresh_42

    Insights Lie Algebras: A Walkthrough The Structures - Comments

    Greg Bernhardt submitted a new blog post Lie Algebras: A Walkthrough The Structures Continue reading the Original Blog Post.
  10. fresh_42

    Insights Lie Algebras: A Walkthrough the Basics - Comments

    Greg Bernhardt submitted a new blog post Lie Algebras: A Walkthrough the Basics Continue reading the Original Blog Post.
  11. N

    Left invariant vector field under a gauge transformation

    1. Homework Statement For a left invariant vector field γ(t) = exp(tv). For a gauge transformation t -> t(xμ). Intuitively, what happens to the LIVF in the latter case? Is it just displaced to a different point in spacetime or something else? 2. Homework Equations 3. The Attempt at a...
  12. N

    I Rings, Modules and the Lie Bracket

    I have been reading about Rings and Modules. I am trying reconcile my understanding with Lie groups. Let G be a Matrix Lie group. The group acts on itself by left multiplication, i.e, Lgh = gh where g,h ∈ G Which corresponds to a translation by g. Is this an example of a module over a ring...
  13. B

    I Can we construct a Lie algebra from the squares of SU(1,1)

    I am trying to decompose some exponential operators in quantum optics. The interesting thing is that the operators includes operators from Su(1,1) algebra $$ [K_+,K_-]=-2K_z \quad,\quad [K_z,K_\pm]=\pm K_\pm.$$ For example this one: $$ (K_++K_-)^2.$$ But as you can see they are squares of it. I...
  14. JTC

    A Example of how a rotation matrix preserves symmetry of PDE

    Good Day I have been having a hellish time connection Lie Algebra, Lie Groups, Differential Geometry, etc. But I am making a lot of progress. There is, however, one issue that continues to elude me. I often read how Lie developed Lie Groups to study symmetries of PDE's May I ask if someone...
  15. A

    All possible inequivalent Lie algebras

    1. Homework Statement How can you find all inequivalent (non-isomorphic) 2D Lie algebras just by an analysis of the commutator? 2. Homework Equations $$[X,Y] = \alpha X + \beta Y$$ 3. The Attempt at a Solution I considered three cases: ##\alpha = \beta \neq 0, \alpha = 0## or ##\beta = 0...
  16. A

    Contractions of the Euclidean Group ISO(3) = E(3)

    1. Homework Statement Consider the contractions of the 3D Euclidean symmetry while preserving the SO(2) subgroup. In the physics point of view, explain the resulting symmetries G(2) (Galilean symmetry group) and H(3) (Heisenberg-Weyl group for quantum mechanics) and give their Lie algebras...
  17. A

    Heisenberg algebra Isomorphic to Galilean algebra

    1. Homework Statement Given for one-dimensional Galilean symmetry the generators ##K, P,## and ##H##, with the following commutation relations: $$[K, H] = iP$$ $$[H,P] = 0$$ $$[P,K] = 0$$ 2. Homework Equations Show that the Lie algebra for the generators ##K, P,## and ##H## is isomorphic to...
  18. I

    Operation with tensor quantities in quantum field theory

    I would like to know where one may operate with tensor quantities in quantum field theory: Minkowski tensors, spinors, effective lagrangians (for example sigma models or models with four quark interaction), gamma matrices, Grassmann algebra, Lie algebra, fermion determinants and et cetera. I...
  19. fresh_42

    Insights A Journey to The Manifold SU(2) - Part II - Comments

    Greg Bernhardt submitted a new PF Insights post A Journey to The Manifold SU(2) - Part II Continue reading the Original PF Insights Post.
  20. J

    Applied Zee and Georgi Group Theory books

    Hello. I will be attending a course on Group theory and the book that the professor suggests is Georgi's Lie Algebras in Particle Physics. As I liked Zee's book on General Relativity, I thought that it would be a blast to also use his Group theory textbook for the course. Problem is that I don't...
  21. O

    Generators of Lie Groups and Angular Velocity

    I envision the three fundamental rotation matrices: R (where I use R for Ryz, Rzx, Rxy) I note that if I take (dR/dt * R-transpose) I get a skew-symmetric angular velocity matrix. (I understand how I obtain this equation... that is not the issue.) Now I am making the leap to learning about...
  22. Xico Sim

    A Matrix Lie groups and its Lie Algebra

    Hi! I'm studying Lie Algebras and Lie Groups. I'm using Brian Hall's book, which focuses on matrix lie groups for a start, and I'm loving it. However, I'm really having a hard time connecting what he does with what physicists do (which I never really understood)... Here goes one of my questions...
  23. S

    Lie algebra for particle physics

    Hello! I am sorry that this questions is not actually directly related to physics, but, can anyone recommend me a good book about abstract algebra (basically lie algebra, representation theory etc.) used in physics? I have tried for a long time to find something online but I haven't find a...
  24. O

    Praise Just Simply: Thank you

    No question this time. Just a simple THANK YOU For almost two years years now, I have been struggling to learn: differential forms, exterior algebra, calculus on manifolds, Lie Algebra, Lie Groups. My math background was very deficient: I am a 55 year old retired (a good life) professor of...
  25. G

    I About Lie group product ([itex]U(1)\times U(1)[/itex] ex.)

    I recently got confused about Lie group products. Say, I have a group U(1)\times U(1)'. Is this group reducible into two U(1)'s, i.e. possible to resepent with a matrix \rho(U(1)\times U(1)')=\rho_{1}(U(1))\oplus\rho_{1}(U(1)')=e^{i\theta_{1}}\oplus e^{i\theta_{2}}=\begin{pmatrix}e^{i\theta_{1}}...
  26. O

    A Integrating the topics of forms, manifolds, and algebra

    Hello, As you might discern from previous posts, I have been teaching myself: Calculus on manifolds Differential forms Lie Algebra, Group Push forward, pull back. I am an engineer approaching this late in life and with a deficient background in math. It is all coming together and I almost...
  27. O

    A Lie Algebras and Rotations

    The Lie Algebra is equipped with a bracket notation, and this bracket produces skew symmetric matrices. I know that there exists Lie Groups, one of which is SO(3). And I know that by exponentiating a skew symmetric matrix, I obtain a rotation matrix. ----------------- First, can someone edit...
  28. EnigmaticField

    The relation between Lie algebra and conservative quantities

    In quantum mechanics, a physical quantity is expressed as an operator G, then the unitary transformation coresponding to the physical quantity is expressed as exp(-iG/ħt), being also an operator, where t is the tranformation parameter. G is actually the conservative quantity corresponding to the...
  29. P

    Orthogonality of inner product of generators

    Hi, this is a rather mathematical question. The inner product between generators of a Lie algebra is commonly defined as \mathrm{Tr}[T^a T^b]=k \delta^{ab} . However, I don't understand why this trace is orthogonal, i.e. why the trace of a multiplication of two different generators is always zero.
  30. A. Neumaier

    When are isomorphic Hilbert spaces physically different?

    In quantum mechanics, a Hilbert space always means (in mathematical terms) a Hilbert space together with a distinguished irreducible unitary representation of a given Lie algebra of preferred observables on a common dense domain. Two Hilbert spaces are considered (physically) different if this...
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