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Tensor product over 3 (or more) vector spaces

  1. Dec 12, 2014 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    I have the operators

    ##D_{\beta}:V_{\beta}\rightarrow V_{\beta}##
    ##R_{\beta\alpha 1}: V_{\beta} \otimes V_{\alpha 1} \rightarrow V_{\beta}\otimes V_{\alpha 1}##
    ##R_{\beta\alpha 2}: V_{\beta} \otimes V_{\alpha 2} \rightarrow V_{\beta}\otimes V_{\alpha 2}##

    where each of the vector spaces are copies of ##\mathbb{C}^2##

    2. Relevant equations


    3. The attempt at a solution

    I want to write the product ##D_{\beta}R_{\beta\alpha 1}R_{\beta\alpha 2}##, which makes sense on the space ##V_{\beta} \otimes V_{\alpha 1} \otimes V_{\alpha 2}##.

    So I order to act on the full space I write ##D## as ##D_{\beta}\otimes I_{\alpha 1} \otimes I_{\alpha 2}##
    and write ##R_{\beta\alpha 1}## as ##R_{\beta\alpha 1} \otimes I_{\alpha 2}##, where ##I_{\alpha 1}## and ##I_{\alpha 2}## are the identity operators in ##V_{\alpha 1}## and ##V_{\alpha 2}##.

    My problem is that I don't know how to write ##R_{\beta\alpha 2}## since I'd basically have to stick and identity "in the middle".
     
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  3. Dec 13, 2014 #2
  4. Dec 14, 2014 #3

    Stephen Tashi

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    What is the statement of the problem?
     
  5. Dec 15, 2014 #4
    There isn't any statement of the problem - it's something that I need for my Bachelor's thesis. However, I can provide some more detail. The operator ##T## is defined as ##D_{\beta}R_{\beta\alpha n}\dots R_{\beta\alpha 2}R_{\beta\alpha 1}##, where the D and R operators are defined as above.

    It's equation (44) on page 8 of this paper http://arxiv.org/pdf/1204.2089v3.pdf
     
  6. Dec 15, 2014 #5

    Stephen Tashi

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    Do you mean "I want to define a product..."?

    I don't know what "makes sense" implies with respect to physics (because I don't understand the physics). Thinking only of mathematics, an attempt to refine the question could begin:

    Roughly speaking, we want what [itex] R [/itex] does on [itex] V_\beta \otimes V_{\alpha_1} \otimes V_{\alpha_2} [/itex] to project to what [itex] R_{\beta \alpha_2} [/itex] does on [itex] V_\beta \otimes V_{\alpha_2} [/itex].

    I don't know whether we are dealing with finite dimensional vectors spaces. Perhaps we are only dealing with linear operators. Perhaps you need to express the operator [itex] R [/itex] explicitly as a product of matrices or tensor product of operators.

    In finite dimensions, you can find an embedding operation [itex] E: V_\beta \otimes V_{\alpha_2} \rightarrow V_\beta \otimes V_{\alpha_1} \otimes V_{\alpha 2} [/itex] and a projection operation [itex] P: V_\beta \otimes V_{\alpha_1} \otimes V_{\alpha 2} \rightarrow V_\beta \otimes V_{\alpha_2}[/itex] and define [itex] R = E R_{\beta \alpha_2} P [/itex]


    If the mathematical requirements aren't specific then I'd say this isn't a "homework type problem". You'd could ask about it in the physics sections of the forum.
     
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