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Defining anti-symmetric operation. New ideas requested.
*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net
*Subject*: [mg47223] Defining anti-symmetric operation. New ideas requested.
*From*: Oleksandr Pavlyk <pavlyk at phys.psu.edu>
*Date*: Wed, 31 Mar 2004 02:58:00 -0500 (EST)
*Organization*: Penn State University; Department of Physics
*Reply-to*: pavlyk at phys.psu.edu
*Sender*: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com
Dear MathGroup,
In order to explain the problem I would need to
say few words about what I am trying to accomplish.
So please bear with me.
I am often define bare bones of a Lie algebra,
and check its consistency by Mathematica. To that
end I have some generators, and I define their
commutation relation. As an example let us take
SU(2) with 3 generators H[], X[], Y[]
To define the algebra I write
Commute[ H[], X[] ] = Y[]
Commute[ X[], Y[] ] = H[]
Commute[ Y[], H[] ] = X[]
now because of properties of Commute,
Commute[ OperatorA, OperatorB ] = - Commute[OperatorB, OperatorA]
So far I am realizing this property by defining
Commute[ X[], H[] ] := -Commute[ H[], X[] ]
Commute[ Y[], X[] ] := -Commute[ X[], Y[] ]
Commute[ H[], Y[] ] := -Commute[ Y[], H[] ]
So I come to my question. I would like Mathematica to
define automatically
Commute[OperatorB, OperatorA]
every time I define Commute[OperatorA, OperatorB].
I tried to approach the problem by examining
DownValues of Commute.
(* This is evaluated if no direct definition was matched *)
Commute[a_, b_]:=Module[{res},
res = HoldComplete[Commute[b,a]]/.DownValues[Commute];
If[ res === HoldComplete[Commute[b,a]], (* If nothing in DownValues *)
Return[0] (* we declare everything else commuting *)
,
Return[ -ReleaseHold[res] ]
]
]
This definition indeed gives Commute[ X[], H[] ] = -Y[], but if I try
it on some undefined generators
Commute[ J[], H[] ]
I get infinite recursion, which is there because the very definition
of trick solving part of Commute is also in DownValues, and hence we get
res = HoldComplete[ Module[{},.... ] ]
Any ideas on how to encode anti-symmetric properties of Commute would
be very appreciated.
I am sorry for slightly long post. The Mathematica notebook with the
code is posted at
http://www.pavlyk.com/SU(2).nb
Thank you,
Sasha
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