By Martin Schottenloher

ISBN-10: 3540686258

ISBN-13: 9783540686255

The first a part of this publication offers an in depth, 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 category of primary extensions of Lie algebras and teams. the second one half surveys a few extra complicated issues of conformal box conception, resembling the illustration thought of the Virasoro algebra, conformal symmetry inside string thought, an axiomatic method of Euclidean conformally covariant quantum box idea 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 variation makes particularly the second one a part of the ebook extra self-contained and educational, with many extra examples given. additionally, new chapters on Wightman's axioms for quantum box thought and vertex algebras expand the survey of complex issues. An outlook making the relationship with most modern advancements has additionally been added.

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Hence, Aut(P) is the group of bijections of P, the quantum mechanical phase space, preserving the transition probability. This means that Aut(P) is the full symmetry group of the quantum mechanical state space. For every U ∈ U(H) we define a map γ (U) : P → P by γ (U)(ϕ ) := γ (U( f )) for all ϕ = γ ( f ) ∈ P with f ∈ H. It is easy to show that γ (U) : P → P is well defined and belongs to Aut(P). This is true not only for unitary operators, but also for the so-called anti-unitary operators V , that is for the R-linear bijective maps V : H → H with V f ,V g = f , g ,V (i f ) = −iV ( f ) for all f , g ∈ H.

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.

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