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Area enclosed by an equipotential curve for an electric dipole on the plane

I am currently teaching Physics in an Italian junior high school. Today, while talking about the electric dipole generated by two equal charges in the plane, I was wondering about the following ...
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Existence of classical solution for equation $\Delta u + v(x) u = 0$

It is known that if $D$ is a bounded domain in $\mathbb R^n$, $n \geq 2$, with $\partial D \in C^2$ then the Dirichlet problem $$ \begin{array}{rl} \Delta u & = 0 \quad \text{in $D$}, ...
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Connection between distributional and renormalized solutions for Boltzmann equation

I have a problem understanding the meaning of a distributional solution. Let me tell you the context the problem appeared: I read through 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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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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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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Could you explain the failure of the Hodge decomposition to exist for non-compact manifolds?

I'm a physicist and the mathematics around the Hodge Decomposition is way formal than I can currently follow (I'm trying to better myself but it'll take a while). Specifically what I'm ...
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The metric and Kronecker's delta

I am reading some lecture notes for GR and it is currently showing how we are going to derive the field equations using a metric for a massive free particle with a metric ...
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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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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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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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Rigorous Justification of Infinitesimal Techniques

As you may know that there are a bunch of heuristic techniques in physics to make integrals converge. For example, when we define a following Fourier transform, we add a positive infinitesimal and let ...
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How do you prove $\delta (ds^2) = 2 ds \delta(ds)$?

How do you prove $\delta (ds^2) = 2 ds \delta(ds)$ ? To give context, this comes from: Dirac's Theory of General Relativity p19: http://imgur.com/mrkT5C7 I'm not comfortable with proofs regarding ...
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Defining the quantum group $U_q(\mathfrak{sl}_2)$

I've seen two defining relation for $U_q(\mathfrak{sl}_2)$ by the Serre relations $$[H,E]=E,\quad[H,F]=-F, \quad [E,F]=\frac{q^H-q^{-H}}{q-q^{-1}}, $$ or by taking $K=q^H$ $$KK^{-1}=K^{-1}K=1,\quad ...
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Green's function in a moving frame for a constant heat source

I am looking for the Green's function of the problem in two dimensions $r =(x,z)$, \begin{equation} \nabla^2g + \frac{v}{D}\frac{\partial g}{\partial z} = -\delta (r-r_0) \end{equation} Which ...
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Analytical Models for Hysteresis of Complicated Systems

I’ve been working with a system that exhibits hysteresis and I’ve found that the more common models do not work for me. I am wondering if anyone is aware of other models that might be out there for ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Interpretation of a certain transform

I'm having troubles with understanding the physical meaning of a certain transform. If $u$ is a solution to the wave equation $$\partial_t^2u-\Delta u=0\ \mathrm{in}\ ...
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Upper bound on the Lipschitz constant of entanglement entropy

I'm looking for an upper bound for the Lipschitz constant of entanglement entropy between two subsystems with respet to the standard distance measure of pure states in the Hilbert space of the full ...
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Solvability of an integral equation

Is the following integral equation solvable ? $$ F(x)-\int^{1}_{-1} K(x,y)F(y)dy=f(x) $$ Where $$K(x,y)=\frac{\sin \gamma(x-y)}{\pi(x-y)}$$ and $$f(x)=e^{i\gamma x}$$ and $\gamma$ is a parameter.
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Notation for Christoffel symbols used by Gödel in “An example of a new type of cosmological solution of Einstein field equations of gravitation”

I have difficult to understand the meaning of the notation used by Gödel in the article cited in the title of this post. You can find it here: http://www.lygeros.org/10552b.pdf In the second page ...
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How to solve the biharmonic equation in this problem?

I'm struggling with the following Boundary Value Problem for some time. The problem is to solve the biharmonic equation $\nabla^4\psi = 0$ with $\psi$ dependent not just on the coordinates on the ...
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Potential theory for LCA groups

I was wondering if there is a potential theory for locally compact abelian groups.
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Regge symmetry and outer automorphisms of Dynkin diagrams

Quantum $6j$-symbols are the coefficients of the change of basis matrix in the central extension of Temperley-Lieb algebra(see the book by Kauffman and Lins). It is my understanding that Ocneanu has ...
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Wave equation for a string nonuniform (PDE)

I have tried to solve this exercise from Applied Partial Differential Equations-Richard Haberman , but I have been impossible these paragraphs. The displacement $u$ of a nonuniform string ...
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Is compatibility with a gauge sufficient to turn a parallel transport into a connection?

As the title suggests, is compatibility with a gauge sufficient to turn a parallel transport into a connection?
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Hawking's and Ellis' derivation of the form of Einstein's field equations

On pages 72-73 of the book "The large scale structure of space-time" Hawking and Ellis show while determining the form of the field equations of general relativity that there is a relation of the form ...
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Perturbation of Laplacian

Let's consider a potential $V(x)\in L^3(\mathbb{R}^3)$. I want to know if the following Hamiltonian $$-\Delta+V(x)$$ is self-adjoint on $H^2(\mathbb{R}^3)$. My idea is to use Kato-Rellich theorem; ...
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Functional derivatives on manifolds

This might be more of a physics question, but it is mathematics-related, I hope I am not out of place with this. Let $(M,\mathcal{S},g)$ be a smooth, $n$-dimensional manifold equipped with a Riemann ...
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Numerical scheme to 1D advection equation

I am trying to numerically solve a system of equations which model the early universe in 1D. The equations I am stuck on are; $$ (1)\quad \partial\rho/\partial t + \partial(\rho v)/\partial x = 0 ...
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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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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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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 ...