Springer Series in Solid-State Sciences

Symmetries in Physics

Group Theory Applied to Physical Problems

Authors: Ludwig, Wolfgang, Falter, Claus

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Everyone knows that symmetry is fundamentally important in physics. On one hand, the symmetry of a system is often the starting point for general physical considerations, and on the other hand, particular problems may be solved in simpler and more elegant ways if symmetry is taken into account. This book presents the underlying theories of symmetry and gives examples of their application in branches of physics ranging from solid-state to high-energy physics via atomic and molecular physics. The text is as self-contained as possible, with as much mathematical formalism given as required. The main emphasis is on the theory of group representations and on the method of projection operators, this is a very powerful tool which is often treated only very briefly. Discrete symmetries, continuous symmetries and symmetry breaking are also discussed, and exercises are provided to stimulate the reader to carry out original work.

Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Ludwig, Wolfgang (et al.)

    Pages 1-3

  • Elements of the Theory of Finite Groups

    Ludwig, Wolfgang (et al.)

    Pages 4-17

  • Discrete Symmetry Groups

    Ludwig, Wolfgang (et al.)

    Pages 18-46

  • Representations of Finite Groups

    Ludwig, Wolfgang (et al.)

    Pages 47-86

  • Irreducible Representations of Special Groups

    Ludwig, Wolfgang (et al.)

    Pages 87-125

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Symmetries in Physics
Book Subtitle
Group Theory Applied to Physical Problems
Authors
Series Title
Springer Series in Solid-State Sciences
Series Volume
64
Copyright
1988
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-97029-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-97029-0
Series ISSN
0171-1873
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 461
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