By Martin Schottenloher

ISBN-10: 3540686258

ISBN-13: 9783540686255

The first a part of this publication provides a close, self-contained and mathematically rigorous exposition of classical conformal symmetry in n dimensions and its quantization in dimensions. specifically, the conformal teams are decided and the looks of the Virasoro algebra within the context of the quantization of two-dimensional conformal symmetry is defined through the class of imperative extensions of Lie algebras and teams. the second one half surveys a few extra complex issues of conformal box thought, similar to the illustration conception of the Virasoro algebra, conformal symmetry inside of string conception, an axiomatic method of Euclidean conformally covariant quantum box conception and a mathematical interpretation of the Verlinde formulation within the context of moduli areas of holomorphic vector bundles on a Riemann surface.

The considerably revised and enlarged moment version makes particularly the second one a part of the e-book extra self-contained and instructional, with many extra examples given. additionally, new chapters on Wightman's axioms for quantum box thought and vertex algebras expand the survey of complex themes. An outlook making the relationship with most modern advancements has additionally been added.

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To every projective representation T : SO(3) → U(P) there corresponds a unitary representation S : SU(2) → U(H) such that γ ◦ S = T ◦ P =: T . The following diagram is commutative: S is unique up to a scalar multiple of norm 1. SU(2) is the universal covering group of SO(3) with covering map (and group homomorphism) P : SU(2) → SO(3). 10. 2 Quantization of Symmetries 49 (cf. 10), this lifting factorizes and yields the lifting T (cf. 8). 9. In a similar matter one can lift every projective representation T : SO(1, 3) → U(P) of the Lorentz group SO(1, 3) to a proper unitary representation S : SL(2, C) → U(H) in H of the group SL(2, C): T ◦ P = γ ◦ S.

Example: Rotationally invariant classical system with phase space Y = R3 × R3 and action SO(3) ×Y → Y, (g, (q, p)) → (g−1 q, g−1 p). In general, such a group homomorphism is called a representation of G in Y . In case of a vector space Y and Aut(Y ) = GL(Y ), the group of invertible linear maps Y → Y the representation space Y sometimes is called a G-module. , differentiable) depends on the context. Note, however, that the symmetry groups in the above six examples are topological groups in a natural way.

6. Strong (operator) topology on U(H): Typical open neighborhoods of U0 ∈ U(H) are the sets V f (U0 , r) := {U ∈ U(H) : U0 ( f ) −U( f ) < r} with f ∈ H and r > 0. These neighborhoods form a subbasis of the strong topology: A subset W ⊂ U(H) is by definition open if for each U0 ∈ W there exist finitely many such V f j (U0 , r j ), j = 1, . . , k, so that the intersection is contained in W , that is k U0 ⊂ V f j (U0 , r j ) ⊂ W . j=1 On U(P) = γ (U(H)) a topology (the quotient topology) is defined using the map γ : U(H) → U(P): V ⊂ U(P)open :⇐⇒ γ −1 (V ) ⊂ U(H)open.

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