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Idea behind distributional solutions

I have a problem understanding the meaning of a distributional solution. Let me tell you the context the problem appeared: I read thorugh some papers by DiPerna and Lions concerning the Cauchy Problem ...
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Making new sense of the three-body problem in the light of Maryam Mirzakhani math contributions

I am unfamiliar with moduli spaces and ergodic theory which appear to be essential in Maryam Mirzakhani's math contributions which won her the Fields Medal. However, I am well conversant with ...
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Renormalization for mathematicians

Can someone explain to me the processes of renormalization and regularization used in quantum field theory and similar fields in a way that a pure mathematician might make sense of it? Is there a ...
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Explain this step in lecture notes

The bounty offered is for the person that explains me how the author gets from equation 3.19 to equation 3.20 in these lecture see here. Normally I would agree that copying the relevant equation would ...
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Learning roadmap to Topological Quantum Field Theories from a mathematics perspective

I want to learn TQFT's and am looking for review articles or books. My mathematics knowledge is limited to one year of graduate course in Algebra (Groups,Rings,Fields,Categories, Modules and ...
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Riemann Zeta function, quaternions and physics

Disclaimer: This question is rather vague, and thus probably not suitable for Mathoverflow, so I prefer to ask it here. I'm sorry if it doesn't meet the standards of this site. Several years ago, I ...
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Percolation and number of phases in the 2D Ising model.

Update. As my previous figure had conceptual mistakes I decided to change the picture to another, more instructive After a long time I came back to try to understand an article on the Ising ...
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Dimensional Regularization

I am studying a bit of theoretical physics (QFT and string theory), and I obviously stumbled upon dimensional regularization. I have been told that this technique has in fact a solid mathematical ...
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Deconvolution of distribution of diffraction reflexes

I'm a chemist stuck in a mathematical problem. Please bear with me as I'm trying to express myself in Math language. Let me explain in short terms the experimental method I'm using: X-ray ...
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Second law of thermodynamics as a theorem about state space evolution

I once saw a mathematical explanation of the second law of thermodynamics. The statement was something like this: there is a mapping $f$ from the set of thermodynamic states $S$ to itself, and a ...
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Min Max Principle and Rayleigh-Ritz-Method for eigenvalues of unbounded operators?

Finding eigenvalues of matrices using the Rayleigh-Ritz quotient is well-known, c.f. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Min-max_theorem Does the following generalization of that fact also hold? Theorem: ...
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Sorting out some integrals from physics

I'm doing some physics for a change, and I'm trying to sort things out a bit. From the definitions of mass, torque, momentum and angular momentum I've come up with the following integrals: ...
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C. Neumann passage in Latin from *Annali di Matematica Pura ed Applicata*

Neumann, Carl. “Theoria nova phaenomenis electricis applicanda.” Annali di Matematica Pura ed Applicata 2, no. 1 (August 1868): 120–128. doi:10.1007/BF02419606. p. 121: Nova introducitur ...
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How to write $SO(2n)$ characters in terms of rotation angles?

Say one is working in a representation of $SO(2n)$ such that it has the highest weights $(h_1,...,h_n)$. And let $\{H_i\}_{i=1}^{n}$ be a basis in the Cartan of $so(2n) = Lie(SO(2n))$. Now one says ...
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Application of Schwartz Kernel Theorem to Quantum Mechanics

I am currently reading Quantum Mechanics for Mathematicians and have a question about a statement made in the book: Remark. By the Schwartz kernel theorem, the operator B can be represented by an ...
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The Theory of Probabilistic Sets

${P}_m := \{ \Phi_{1m}, \Phi_{2m}, \ldots , \Phi_{nm} \}$ where $$|\Phi_{im} \rangle = \wp_{1m} | \phi_1 \rangle + \wp_{2m} | \phi_{2m} \rangle + \cdots + \wp_{km} | \phi_{km} \rangle$$ such that ...
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Solution of a particular PDE in 4 variables with non-constant coefficients

I have come across the following equation while reading about the Unruh Effect in Black Hole Physics. . K is a function of $x,y,\rho,t$ i.e $K=K(x,y,\tau, \rho)$. $\omega, k,m$ are constants. ...
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Rewriting the advection-diffusion equation

This is mostly a reference request question, although I certainly appreciate any insights and/or comments. Let us assume $p:R^n×(0,∞)\to \mathbb R$ is a scalar concentration, $u\in R^n$ is the ...
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Different functional brachystochrone

Until today I thought that $$ \int_0^b \sqrt{\frac{1+y'(x)^2}{2gy(x)}} dx$$ would be the only functional to derive the brachystochrone, but in the textbook Variational Methods in Mathematical Physics ...
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Curvature of Hyperbolic Space

I'm trying to prove that hyperbolic space has constant sectional curvature $-1$, but keep running into difficulties. Could someone show me a way out? I've been given the metric ...
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Solving inhomogenous bessel equation

I have the following differential equation to be solved $\dfrac{d^2\psi}{dr^2}+\dfrac{d\psi}{rdr}+4\left(\omega^2-k_0^2-\dfrac{n^2}{r^2}\right)\psi=AJ_n^2(kr)+\dfrac{k}{r}J_n(kr)J_{n+1}(kr)-\omega ...
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Spectra of periodic Schrödinger equations

This question might be a little bit physics-related, but I kind of have a deep interest to ask this here, cause I would like to get an idea of the Mathematics behind the things I just covered in my ...
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Simply-connected Lorentzian manifold and event horizon

Can a simply connected Lorentzian manifold admit an event horizon? Or does the event horizon makes it non-simply connected?
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12 in the definition of Virasoro algebra and Regge symmetry

In the definition of Virasoro algebra, there is a following condition on the generators: $[L_m,L_n]=(m-n)L_{m+n}+\frac{c}{12}(m^3-m)\delta_{m+n,0}$ Now, Regge symmetry is the following ...
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Taking a stationary phase approximation of a multidimensional integral

I'm looking for a way to take a stationary phase approximation of an integral of the following form: $$ \int_{-\infty}^\infty d\vec{q} \exp\left(2 \pi i N \left(S(q_{n+1}, \vec{q}, q_1) - ...
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Functional Extremum

Let a functional $H[\phi]$ of a map $\phi\in\mathbb{R}^{\mathbb{R}^4}$ be given by: $$ H(x^0) = \int_{\mathbb{R}^3} ...
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Why is entropy = the Legendre transform?

Can someone give me a mathematician's explanation (and not a physicist's) as to why $$\int_{\Omega}\Psi^*(b(u(t))$$ is called the entropy where $\Psi^*$ is the Legengre transform of ...
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Green's function the way George Green defined it

This is a curious question about the way George Green could have defined his Green's function. All the definitions I see have only Dirac-delta $\delta(x-x')$ function as their source on the RHS. But ...
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Contour Integration - Quantum field theory

I am a physics student. In calculating transition amplitude for Klein-Gordon real-scalar field, I encountered the integral, $$ \frac{-i}{2(2\pi)^2\Delta x} \int^{\infty}_{-\infty} \,dk ...
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Two properties about Bessel function

Let $J_\nu(x)$ be the Bessel function of the first kind. $\int_0^\infty J_\nu(x)dx=1 , (Re(\nu)>-1)$. $\lim_{\nu\to+\infty}J_\nu(x)=0$ for any fixed $x$. I think the above two properties of ...
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How to perform this matrix integral?

Edit: some backgrouds added. In quiver matrix model which is reviewed DV or CKR, the path integral reduce to the matrix integral $$Z \sim \int \prod_{i=1}^r d\Phi_i \prod_{<a,b>} dQ_{ab} ...
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Time evolution of the worldlines of 2 particles

Suppose I have a lab frame that is freely falling in a gravitational field of the Earth -- assume non-homogeneity-- and a uniform constant electric field in the vertical direction. There are 2 test ...
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Physical Significance of normalised and non-normalised function?

$\dfrac {\sin(x)}{x}= \rm{sinc}(x)$ unnormalized \rm{sinc} function And for the normalized sinc we have: $\dfrac {\sin(\pi x)}{\pi x}=\rm{sinc}(x)$ normalized \rm{sinc} function Is there any ...
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How to solve the advection equation with spiral motion

The advection equation is : $$\frac{\partial f(x,y,t)}{\partial t} + \nabla_{(x,y)} \cdot (A f)= 0$$ With initial condition $f(x,y,0) = f_0(x,y)$. If the vector $A$ is constant, ie. $A = ...
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The intuition behind a matrix of a Hamiltonian?

We have derived an elegant partition function for a problem which resembles a quantized model taking the particles to be Bosons. The related Hamiltonian for every $i$th ensemble is there: ...
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Is this Stokes problem well-posed?

I am solving Stokes problem: $$\begin{gathered} \nabla p = \mu \Delta \vec{u} + \vec{f} \\ \nabla \cdot \vec{u} = 0 \end{gathered}$$ in a domain that's bounded by two surfaces - a cuboid and a small ...
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Number of composition cycles on honeycomb graph embedded on torus

I am reading a lecture about dimers by R.Kenyon (http://arxiv.org/pdf/0910.3129v1.pdf). I have a question concerned to the honeycomb graph $H_n$ embedded on a torus (see the picture at page 24 of the ...
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Using the integral equation, find the eigenvalues and eigenfucntions

The integral equation: $$ \int_{-\frac{T}{2}}^{\frac{T}{2}}dt' \phi (t')e^{\Gamma\left | t-t' \right |} =\lambda \phi(t) $$ for $(-\frac{1}{2}T< t < \frac{1}{2}T)$ is useful in photon ...
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Hyperbolic Motion in a Central Field

I have to give a 30 mins lecture this coming Thursday in my classical mechanics class (graduate level in math department, with Arnold as the primary text) and I am really struggling to find any good ...
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Steps toward making the Feynman integral rigorous

I would like to know if there has been any progress recently toward giving the Feynman integral a rigorous definition. I heard that Richard Borcherds is working on giving quantum field theory a ...
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Defining entanglement in subspaces of tensor product

Let $\mathcal{H}=\mathbb{C}^n$ be a Hilbert space. A state $\rho\in\mathcal{B(H)}$ is a positive semi-definite operator with unit trace. $\rho\in \mathcal{B(H)}$, where ...
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BVP eigenvalue problem

I am working on the following problem and I am completely stuck: Show that the eigenvalue problem $$ -u''+4\pi^{2}\int_{0}^{1} u(x)\,dx=\lambda\,u $$ with $u(0)=u(1)$ and $u'(0)=u'(1)$ has ...
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Doubt in the derivation of the field Euler-Lagrange equations

I'm looking at a derivation of the Euler-Lagrange equations in a field setting, and one step in the proof is continually eluding me. Let $\phi(\vec x,t)$ be a field and $\mathscr ...
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Help needed in understanding the question

Let $D:=\mathbb{C}^* \to \mathbb{C}^*$ be regarded as an open subset of $\mathbb{C}^2$ which is equipped with its standard (symplectic) $2-$form $$\omega_{std}=\frac{i}{2}(dz_1 \wedge d\bar{z_1}+dz_2 ...
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Laplacian on $\mathbb{S}^2$ has a pure point spectrum

Consider an operator $T = -\Delta + V(\theta)$ where $V(\theta)$ is $C^{\infty}$ and $T : C^{\infty}(\mathbb{S}^2) \subset L^2(\mathbb{S}^2)\rightarrow C^{\infty}(\mathbb{S}^2).$ I was wondering why ...
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Learning Roadmap to Mathematical Physics

Currently, I am a graduate student specializing in algebraic geometry. On the other hand, I have also become extremely interested in the mathematical physics. However, I am not sure what steps I ...
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Resolvent and spectrum of a self-adjoint extension

In this paper, they give the resolvent, spectrum, and eigenfunctions of the self-adjoint extension of the Laplacian on a rectangle that corresponds to a delta potential at an arbitrary point (items ...
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Can a quaternionic Kähler manifold be NOT Kähler?

I have an explicit construction of the metric on the quaternionic Kähler manifold $$\mathcal M = \frac{Sp(1, 1)}{Sp(1) \times Sp(1)}.$$ Arranging the four real degrees of freedom into two complex ones ...
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Computation of the Frenet-Serret trihedron in $\Bbb L^3$ (Lorentz-Minkowski space)

Consider $\Bbb L^3 = (\Bbb R^3, \langle , \rangle)$, with the convention $$\langle (x_1,y_1,z_1), (x_2,y_2,z_2)\rangle = x_1x_2+y_1y_2 - z_1z_2$$ and $\| v \| = \sqrt{|\langle v, v \rangle|}$. Let ...
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How to power series expand determinants?

Say $g$ is a ($d\times d$) matrix which is given as, $g = g_0 + xg_2 + x^2 g_4 .. +x^{d/2 -1}g_{d-2}+ x^{d/2}(g_d + h_d(log (x)))$ where $d$ is an even number and each $g_i$ is a matrix (same ...