Sudarshan: Seven Science Quests
Particle motion in classical mechanics is invariant under the Galilean (or Lorentz) group. Just as the Hamiltonian is the generator of time evolution, and depends on dynamical variables by Poisson brackets, the relativistic invariance should also be implemented by Poisson brackets with the ten generators of space translation, time evolution, rotations, and boosts. These constitute a Lie algebra with the Poisson bracket as the Lie bracket. The generalization of Lorentz contraction and time dilation may be seen as special cases of the effect of boosts on many parameters. (These are described in the book "Classical Dynamics" by Sudarshan and Mukunda). Rigid Lorentz invariance imposed on a multiparticle system implies that there can be no interaction. This "No Interaction Theorem" was discovered by Currie, Jordan, and Sudarshan and further extended by H. Leutwyler and by G. Marmo to multiparticle systems.

A way out of this is to define time itself via manifestly invariant constraints. Mukunda and Sudarshan carried this out for simple systems. It can be put into a very general form by a method developed by Sudarshan and others.

The same invariances and Lie algebra arise in quantum theory in which the commutator is used for constructing the Lie brackets.

In quantum mechanics there are very important internal symmetries like the isotopic spin. These symmetries are broken by specific symmetry breaking. The general theorem on the sum rules for this was formulated by Marshak, Okubo, and Sudarshan.

There are many other applications of symmetry groups to particle decays and other reactions. The first application of symmetry groups to obtain sum rules was made by Marshak, Okubo, and Sudarshan. Other applications of group theoretic methods led to the discovery of relations between the magnetic moments of the “sigma” particles and the transition moments of the "sigma and lambda" particles.

Another fruitful field for group theory is the theory of optical instruments. Sudarshan with Mukunda and Simon has worked out the theory of coaxial thin lenses and showed them to be governed by the symmetry group Sp(2,R) or Sp(4,R) depending on whether the lenses are rotationally invariant or not.

See more detailed REVIEW and REFERENCES below.
Schedule of symposium talks for Symmetry.
Next topic overview: III. Spin Statistics


Consequences of Charge Independence of Magnetic Moments and Masses of Sigma Hyperons; with R. E. Marshak and S. Okubo, Phys. Rev. 106, 599-601 (1957).

Isotopic Spin Selection Rules and K02 Decay; with S. Okubo and R. E. Marshak, Phys. Rev. Letters 2, 12 (1959).

Additive and Multiplicative Quantum Numbers, J. Ind. Math. Soc. 24, 557-561 (1960).

Relativistic Invariance and Hamiltonian Theories of Interacting Particles; with D. G. Currie and T. F. Jordan, Rev. Mod. Phys. 35, 350-375 (1963).

Concerning Space-time, Symmetry Group and Charge Conservation, J. Math. Phys. 6, 1329 (1965).

The Harmonies in the Motion of Celestial Bodies Under Newtonian Attraction, Lectures on Theoretical Physics; with N. Mukunda, Proc. of Summer School, Boulder, Colorado (1965).

Shmushkevich's Method for a Charge Independent Theory; with G. Pinski and A. J. Macfarlane, Phys. Rev. 140, B1045 (1965).

Current Algebras and Generalized Ward Takahashi Identities; with K. Raman, Phys. Lett. 21, 450 (1966).

Origin of Unitary Symmetry and Charge Conservations in Strong Interactions; with L. O'Raifeartaigh and T. S. Santhanam, Phys. Rev. 136, 1092 (1966)

Master Analytic Representation: Reduction of O(2,1) in an O(1,1) Basis; with J. G. Kuriyan and N. Mukunda, J. Math. Phys. 9(12), 2100 (1968).

Constraint Dynamics of Particle World Lines, with N. Mukunda and J. Goldberg, Phys Rev D23, 2218 (1981).

Form of Relativistic Dynamics with Worldliness; with N. Mukunda, Phys. Rev. D 23, 2210 (1981)

Nonabelian Monopoles Break Color I: Classical Mechanics; with A. P. Balachandran, G. Marmo, N. Mukunda, J. Nilsson and F. Zaccaria, Phys. Rev. D 29, 2919 (1984).

Unfolding, Fibre Bundles, Color Breaking and Gauge Invariance, Physics Reports 137, 93-108 (1986).

The Theory of Screws: A New Geometric Representation for the Group SU(1,1); with R. Simon and N. Mukunda, J. Math Phys. 30, 1000 (1989).

Time as a Dynamical Variable; with G. Bhamathi, Phys. Lett. A 317, 359 (2003).

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