DSpace-CRIS at TU Wienhttps://repositum.tuwien.atThe reposiTUm digital repository system captures, stores, indexes, preserves, and distributes digital research material.Fri, 30 Jul 2021 09:25:15 GMT2021-07-30T09:25:15Z5021Highest weight representations of the virasoro algebrahttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12708/7925Title: Highest weight representations of the virasoro algebra
Authors: Wödlinger, Matthias Gerold
Abstract: The Virasoro algebra plays a fundamental role in modern research areas such as condensed matter physics or quantum gravity. Applying the theory requires a deep understanding of the underlying mathematical structure. Here, we define the Virasoro algebra as the unique central extension to the Witt algebra. The investigation of the Virasoro algebra leads to Verma modules and the Hermitian Shapovalov form which is used to define unitary highest weight representations. Subsequently, we investigate the Hermitian form and compute an explicit expression for the Kac-determinant. We use the determinant formula to obtain first results about the classification of unitary highest weight representations. To complete the classification, we explicitly construct unitary highest weight representations of the Virasoro algebra from factor algebras of affine Lie algebras. We conclude the investigation with some calculations regarding the Ising model and a short introduction to the applications of the Virasoro algebra in condensed matter physics and gravity.
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Mon, 01 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMThttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12708/79252018-01-01T00:00:00ZLight-light scattering in the presence of magnetic fieldshttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12708/3375Title: Light-light scattering in the presence of magnetic fields
Authors: Wödlinger, Matthias Gerold
Abstract: null; Evidence for scattering of light by light has been found recently in heavy ion collisions by the ATLAS collaboration at the LHC. These collisions produce strong magnetic fields that can influence the probability of light-light scattering events. Motivated by these findings we investigate low energy light-light scattering in the presence of spatially homogeneous magnetic background fields in the Euler-Heisenberg theory. We derive the scattering matrix element for four external photons in Euler-Heisenberg theory. With this we compute the full analytical differential cross section in the limit of weak fields and numerically for arbitrary field strengths. For spinor QED we find that scattering parallel to the magnetic field is suppressed. For scattering processes in which none of the involved photons is parallel to the magnetic field we find that the differential cross section for unpolarized photons averaged over final polarizations grows quadratically with the field strength were maximum growth can be found if the scattering plane is perpendicular to the field strength. For scalar QED we find no quadratic growth and the cross section drops quartic in the magnetic field. We conclude that the quadratic growth in the spinor case has its cause in the interaction of spin and magnetic field and show this claim in the worldline formulation of the one loop QED action. For charged vector particles we find a divergence of the cross section at B/B c = 1 which we identify as a consequence of a phase transition to a superconducting vacuum state.
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Mon, 01 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMThttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12708/33752018-01-01T00:00:00Z