|This requires character|
- 27. Irreducible representations / 10 April 2018 /
- 28. Discrete symmetry factorization / 12 April 2018 /
- Homework 14
Self-study week part II: Characters. Orthogornality relations. Character tables. If you have understood character projection operators, we are set. We liked Tinkham, chapter 3, or Dresselhaus chapters 3 and 4 (early version available as lecture notes).
Symmetries simplify and improve the cycle expansions in a rather beautiful, not entirely obvious way, by factorizing cycle expansions. Read sects. 25.1 and 25.2. For a 1-d map with reflection symmetry determinants factorize into symmetric and and antisymmetric ones, and each one receives contributions from all kinds of orbits. In a not entirely obvious way. A triple home run: simpler symbolic dynamics, fewer cycles needed, much better convergence of cycle expansions. Once you master this, going back is unthinkable.
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Due 24 April 2018
|Discussion forum for week 14|
|Tell no Lie to plumbers A retired Army two-star general [who requested anonymity]: “If you raise a group of plumbers, you shouldn't be upset if they can't do theoretical physics.”|
|Character orthogonality relations experimental - doodles plus talkin'|
|Life on the boudary: help needed|