** Topics, B**

** B Modes** > see gravitational
radiation; cmb polarization.

**Baby Universes** > s.a. dynamical
triangulations; minisuperspace
quantum cosmology; multiverse;
wormholes.

* __Idea__: Small
universes, spawned by the universe, usually through wormholes in a
Euclidean path integral approach to quantum gravity; They received a lot
of attentionin the late 1980s and early 1980s because of the proposed
Baum-Hawking-Coleman mechanism for suppression of the cosmological
constant; The formalism, to the extent that it is well defined, allows for
each universe to have different values for the interaction coupling
constants, and is one of the ideas that led to the development of the
concept of multiverse and the anthropic principle.

* __ Separate universe
problem__: The claim that an overdense (positive curvature) region in
the early universe cannot extend beyond some maximum scale and remain part
of our universe.

@ __General references__: Dijkgraaf et al PRD(06)ht/05,
IJMPD(06)
[in string theory]; Guendelman IJMPD(10)-a1003-proc;
Hwang & Yeom CQG(11)-a1106 [generation of a bubble universe];
Kawana a1405
[in the Lorentzian path integral approach].

@ __Separate universe problem__: Carr & Harada PRD(15)-a1405 [analysis].

**Bach Equation** > see Conformal Gravity.

**Bach Tensor** > s.a. huygens'
principle.

$ __Def__: For a
Lorentzian 3-manifold with metric *q*_{ab},

*B*_{abc}
:= *D*_{[a} (*R*_{b]c}
− \(1\over4\)*R q*_{b]c})
.

* __Applications__:
Used to study the conformal symmetries of *q*_{ab}
(vanishes iff the metric is conformally flat).

@ __References__: in Ashtekar & Magnon CQG(84);
Glass CQG(01)gq
[and conserved current]; Álvarez et al ht/02v1
[AdS-cft].

**Back-Reaction** > see phenomenology
of cosmological perturbations; self-force;
semiclassical gravity.

**Background of a Physical System** > s.a. covariance
[background independence].

* __Idea__: A
non-dynamical structure used to define quantities of interest in a
physical theory; In Newtonian mechanics it includes \({\mathbb R}^3\) with
a Euclidean metric, and time; In general relativity it consists of a
differentiable manifold, possibly with an asymptotic metric at infinity, but certain gravitational theories have background fields which break diffeomorphism invariance, either spontaneously or explicitly.

@ __References__: Vassallo a1602-in
[conceptual analysis]; Bluhm a1607-conf [in gravity theories].

**Backward Causation** > see Retrocausation.

**Bäcklund Transformation** > s.a.
maxwell's equations; solitons.

* __Idea__: In gauge
theories, a transformation of the fields that adds (or subtracts) a
soliton.

@ __References__: Kuznetsov & Vanhaecke JGP(02)nl/00
[geometric]; Ragnisco & Zullo TMP(12)
[quantum]; > s.a. integrable systems.

> __Online resources__:
see Wikipedia page.

**Bag Model** > s.a. casimir
effect; Gravitational Bag
[different kind]; QCD.

* __Idea__: A
phenomenological model for hadrons, originated at MIT, in which quark
confinement is simulated by enclosing them in a bag.

@ __References__: Chodos et al PRD(74)
[baryon
structure]; Colanero & Chu JPA(02)
[spherical,
solution]; Lavenda JPG(07)ht/06
[thermodynamic problem]; Rollmann & Miller a1501
[confining forces].

**Baire Category Theorem** > see distance.

**Baker's Map** > s.a. chaotic
systems.

* __Idea__: A discrete
chaotic system.

@ __Quantum__: in Schack PRA(98)qp/97
[on quantum computer]; Rubin & Salwen AP(98)qp;
Schack PRA(98)
[and quantum computers]; Soklakov & Schack PRE(00)qp/99;
Inoue et al qp/01,
JMP(02)qp/01
[semiclassical]; Tracy & Scott JPA(02)
[classical limit]; Łoziński et al PRE(02)qp
[irreversible]; Degli Esposti et al CMP(06)mp/04
[variance and ergodicity]; Nonnenmacher & Anantharaman AHP(07)mp/05
[entropy of semiclassical measures]; Scherer et al PRD(06)
[coarse-grained
evolution].

> __Online resources__:
see MathWorld page;
Wikipedia page.

**Baker-Campbell-Hausdorff Formula**
> s.a. Zassenhaus Formula.

* __Idea__: The
solution to *Z* = log(e^{X}
e^{Y}).

@ __References__: Van-Brunt & Visser a1505
[explicit formulae for some specific Lie algebras].

> __Online resources__:
see Wikipedia page.

**Bakry-Émery Manifold / Tensor**
> s.a. singularities [singularity theorems
in scalar-tensor gravity].

* __Idea__: A
Riemannian manifold with a smooth measure.

@ __General references__: Lott math/02
[Bakry-Emery tensor, geometric properties]; Wei & Wylie a0706
[comparison theorems]; Limoncu MZ(12)
[and applications to compactness theorems]; Zhang AGAG(14).

@ __Bakry-Emery spacetimes__: Woolgar CQG(13)-a1302
[in scalar-tensor theories]; Galloway & Woolgar JGP(14)-a1312
[cosmological singularities].

**Ball** > see sphere.

**Banach Space** > s.a. Degree
Theory; tensors [tensor product].

$ __Def__: A complete
normed vector space.

* __Types__: A Banach
space *E* is reflexive iff the canonical injection *E* → *E***
is onto.

* __Examples__: Any
finite-dimensional or Hilbert space; L^{p}
for 1 < *p* < ∞; C([0,1], \(\mathbb R\)) with the Sup norm,
not reflexive.

* __Fréchet derivative__:
The differential D*f* of a mapping *f* : *X* → *Y*
between (possibly infinite-dimensional) Banach spaces, defined by *f*(*x*+*h*)
− *f*(*x*) = D*f*(*x*) + R(*h*), where
||R(*h*)|| = *o*(||*h*||); __Example__: The
operator giving the linearized version of a non-linear pde.

@ __General references__: Banach 32;
Cirelli 72; Lindenstrauss &
Tzafriri 77 [standard].

@ __Special types__: Gill & Zachary JPA(08)
[construction
of \(\mathbb{KS}\)^{p}, and
\(\mathbb{KS}\)^{2} as Hilbert space for
quantum theory]; Dow et al T&A(09)
[conditions
close to separability]; > s.a. Orlicz
Space.

> __Related topics__: see poisson brackets [on Banach manifolds].

**Banach-Tarski Paradox**

* __Idea__: A solid ball can be taken apart into finitely many pieces that can be rearranged using rigid motions to form a ball twice as large.

@ __References__: Tomkowicz & Wagon 16.

**Barbero-Immirzi Parameter** > see under Immirzi
Parameter.

**Barbour-Bertotti Model** > see parametrized
theories.

**Bargmann Algebra**

* __Idea__: The
centrally extended Galilean algebra.

@ __References__: Andringa et al CQG(11)-a1010
[gauging, and Newton-Cartan gravity].

**Bargmann Invariant** > see phase.

**Bargmann-Segal Representation / Transform** > see representations
of quantum theory; Segal-Bargmann
Transform.

**Bargmann-Wigner Formalism** > see higher-spin
fields.

**Barker's Theory of Gravitation**

@ __References__: Yepes & Domínguez-Tenreiro PRD(86)
[cosmological models].

**Barnett Effect** > see magnetism.

**Barometric Formula** > see gas.

**Barrett-Crane Model** > s.a.
spin-foam models / fractals
in physics; quantum regge
calculus.

* __Idea__: The
original

* __Issue__: 2007,
There is a problem with the non-diagonal components of the graviton
propagator [see 070918 ILQGS by J Engle].

@ __General references__: Barrett & Crane JMP(98)gq/97;
Crane gq/97;
Barrett ATMP(98)m.QA
[evaluation]; Reisenberger JMP(99)
[vertices]; Livine gq/01
[Immirzi parameter]; Pfeiffer CQG(02)gq/01
[Euclidean, dual variables]; Baez & Christensen CQG(02)gq/01
[positivity of amplitudes], et al CQG(02)gq
[partition function]; Oriti PLB(02)gq
[boundary terms]; Livine CQG(02)gq
[and covariant lqg]; Lorente & Kramer gq/04-conf
[and
SO(4) representations]; Lorente gq/04-conf
[Lorentz-invariant
weight]; Maran JMP(06)gq/05
[derivation of intertwiner], gq/05-conf
[reality
conditions]; Bonzom & Livine PRD(09)-a0812
[Lagrangian approach]; Kamiński & Steinhaus CQG(14)-a1310
[the measure factor].

@ __Lorentzian__: Livine & Oriti NPB(03)gq/02,
gq/03-proc
[causality];
Pfeiffer PRD(03)gq/02;
Cherrington CQG(06)gq/05;
Cherrington & Christensen CQG(06)gq/05
[positivity].

@ __And BF theory__: Oriti & Williams PRD(01)gq/00
[from discretized BF theory]; Livine & Oriti PRD(02)gq/01.

@ __Effects__: Alexander et al gq/03
[cosmology]; Girelli & Livine PRD(04)gq/03
[Λ > 0, speed quantization]; Dupuis & Livine CQG(11)-a1102
[physical boundary states for the quantum 4-simplex].

@ __Deformed__: Barrett & Crane CQG(00)gq/99
[Lorentzian]; Noui & Roche CQG(03)gq/02
[and Λ > 0]; Khavkine & Christensen CQG(07)-a0704
[Riemannian, numerical, spin-spin correlation functions].

@ __Variations__: Pérez & Rovelli NPB(01)gq/00;
Oriti & Pfeiffer PRD(02)
[+
gauge fields]; Baez et al CQG(02),
CQG(02)
[numerical];
Maran gq/05
[SO(4, \(\mathbb C\)) theory]; Alexandrov PRD(08)-a0705
[from covariant lqg]; Kramer & Lorente a0804,
a0804.

**Barrier Penetration in Quantum Theory** > see Non-Linear
Quantum Mechanics.

**Barycentric Coordinates** > see simplex.

**Baryons** > see hadrons.

**Base for a Topology** > s.a. topology
/ Subbase.

* __Idea__: A
collection of open sets generating the topology; Every other one is the
union of some subcollection of it.

> __Online resources__:
see Wikipedia page.

**Base Space** > see bundle.

**Basic Physics / Science** > see physics.

**Basis for an R-Module**
> see module.

**Batalin-Tyutin, Batalin-Vilkovisky, Batalin-Fradkin-Vilkovisky
Quantization** > see quantization
of first-class constraints; quantum
particles.

**Bateman's Dual System** > see quantum
oscillator.

**Bath** > s.a. Environment
/ spin models; statistical-mechanical
systems.

@ __References__: Fink & Bluhm a1402
[coupled to a single qubit, classical vs quantum bath].

**Baum-Connes Conjecture** > see deformation
quantization.

**Bayes Theory** > see probability
theory; for the quantum-Bayesian interpretation of quantum theory
(or QBism), see probabilities in quantum
theory.

**BBO (Big Bang Observatory)** > see space-based
gravitational-wave
detectors.

**BCS Theory** > s.a. superconductivity.

@ __References__: Hainzl et al CMP(08)
[for general pair interactions].

**Beable**

* __Idea__: Within
quantum mechanics, theories of "beables" are, e.g, the theories of de
Broglie, Bohm, Bell, Vink, and also "modal" theories.

@ __In quantum mechanics__: Vink PRA(93);
Finkelstein PLA(96)qp/95
[measurement]; Clifton qp/97-in
[algebraic]; Elze JPA(08)
[symmetry of beables]; Norsen FP(10)
[exclusively local beables based on pilot-wave theory]; Smolin a1507-conf
[non-local]; > s.a. hidden
variables.

@ __In other theories__: Anderson Sigma(14)-a1312
[and observables, in classical and quantum gravity].

**Beal Conjecture** > see conjectures.

**Beauty of a Theory** > see physical
theories.

**Beliefs** > see Knowledge.

**Bell's Inequality / Theorem**
> s.a. applications and generalizations;
foundations of quantum mechanics.

**Bell Non-Locality** > see locality
in quantum theory.

**Bell-Szekeres Spacetime** > see gravitational
wave
solutions.

**Benford's Law**

* __Idea__: A statement
about the frequency of occurrence of the digits, 1, 2, ..., 9, as the
leftmost non-zero digit in numbers from many real world sources; It states
that the distribution is not uniform as one might naively expect, but
instead nature favors smaller numbers, according to a logarithmic
distribution.

@ __References__: Shao & Ma PhyA(10)-a1005;
Eliazar PhyA(13);
Alexopoulos & Leontsinis JAA(14)-a1401
[in astronomy]; Chanda et al a1509
[and quantum correlations].

**Berezinian**

* __Idea__: The
superdeterminant of a supermetric.

@ __References__: Khudaverdian & Voronov mp/05
[formula].

**Berezinskii-Kosterlitz-Thouless Mechanism**

* __Idea__: A mechanism
by which certain 2D systems acquire a "quasi"-long-range order, in which
correlations fall off much more slowly than in a disordered phase.

@ __References__: Berezinskii JETP(72);
Kosterlitz & Thouless JPC(73);
Ries et al PRL(15)
[effect of the BKT mechanism on the superfluid phase transition of Cooper
pairs].

**Bergmann Manifold**

@ __References__: Holm IJTP(90)
[connections].

**Bergmann-Wagoner Theory**
> s.a. Birkhoff's Theorem; scalar-tensor
gravity.

* __Idea__: A
scalar-tensor theory of gravity.

@ __Quantum cosmology__: Pimentel & Mora gq/00
[FLRW model]; Pimentel GRG(01)gq/00
[Bianchi-I models].

**Bernoulli's Equation / Principle**

$ __Def__: The equation
*p* + \(1\over2\)*ρv*^{2} + *ρ**gy*
= constant.

@ __References__: news uwn(09)may
[simpler proof]; Faulkner & Ytreberg AJP(11)feb
[understanding through simulations].

> __Online resources__:
see Wikipedia page.

**Bernoulli Inequality** > see inequalities.

**Bernoulli Map / Shift** >
s.a. classical systems [discrete systems].

* __Bernoulli shift__:
The map {*x*_{n}} → {*x*'_{n}},
with *x*'_{n} = *x*_{n+1},
between doubly infinite sequences (*n* ∈ \(\mathbb Z\)) of binary
numbers; As a dynamical system, it is Kolmogorov, with Kolmogorov entropy
*S* = ln 2.

@ __References__: Ordóñez & Boretz a1110-in
[quantum version].

**Bernoulli Numbers**

$ __Def__: The numbers
*B*_{n} that appear in the
power series expansion

*x* / (e^{x}
− 1) = ∑_{n=0}^{∞}
*B _{n}*

* __History__: First
studied by Faulhaber, but made popular by James Bernoulli.

@ __References__: Arakawa et al 14
[and zeta functions].

> __Online resources__:
see CRC page.

**Bernoulli System** > see ergodic
theory [ergodic hierarchy].

**Berry's Phase / Curvature / Connection** > see geometric
phase.

**Berry-Hannay Model** > see quantum
systems.

**Bertotti-Robinson Spacetime** > see Robinson-Bertotti
Spacetime.

**Bertrand Spacetimes**

* __Idea__: Static,
spherically symmetric solutions of Einstein's equations.

@ __References__: Dey et al PRD(13)-a1304
[and galactic dark matter].

**Bertrand's Paradox**

* __Idea__: Consider an
equilateral triangle inscribed in a circle, and choose a chord of the
circle at random; What is the probability that the chord is longer than a
side of the triangle? Different, apparently valid arguments give different
answers, illustrating the need for specifying the meaning of "at random".

@ __References__: Di Porto et al EJP(11)
[physical way out]; Aerts & Sassoli de Bianchi JMP(14)-a1403
[the easy and hard parts, and how to solve them]; > s.a. Wikipedia
page.

**Bertrand's Theorem** > s.a. classical
systems.

* __Idea__: The only
central potentials leading to closed orbits (for a range of initial
conditions) are the harmonic oscillator and the 1/*r* (Newtonian,
or Coulomb) potential.

@ __ References__: Bertrand CR(1873)
[translation Santos et al LAJPE(11)-a0704];
Brown AJP(78)sep;
in Goldstein 80; Tikochinsky AJP(88)dec;
Gurappa et al MPLA(00)qp/99
[quantum analog]; Zarmi AJP(02)apr
[using Poincaré-Lindstedt perturbation method]; Ballesteros et al CMP(09)-a0810
[generalization to curved spaces, and new superintegrable systems]; Santos
et al PRE(09)
[alternative proof using apsidal angles]; Chin AJP(15)apr
[truly elementary proof].

> __Online resources__:
see ScienceWorld page;
Wikipedia page.

**Berwald Spaces** > see finsler
spaces and physics.

**BESS (Balloon-borne Experiment with
Superconducting Spectrometer)**

@ __References__: news disc(09)oct.

> __Relevant websites__:
NASA site.

**Bessel Transforms**

@ __References__: Oberhettinger 72.

**Beta Decay** > s.a. neutrons
[neutrinoless double-*β* decay].

* __Idea__: A process
occurring inside atomic nuclei in which a neutron decays into a proton,
plus an electron (beta particle) and an antineutrino, or viceversa.

> __Online resources__:
see Wikipedia page.

**Beta Function** > s.a. renormalization
group [in quantum field theory].

$ __In mathematics__:
The function

*B*(*x*, *y*):= 2 \(\int_0^\infty\)d*t*
*t*^{2x−1} (*t*^{2}
+ 1)^{−(x+y)}
, with Re *x* > 0 and Re *y* > 0 .

related to the Gamma function by *B*(*x*, *y*) =
Γ(*x*) Γ(*y*) / Γ(*x*+*y*).

**Bethe Ansatz**

* __Idea__: An ansatz
to obtain the energy eigenstates of the one-dimensional version of
Heisenberg's model of interacting, localized spins.

@ __References__: Batchelor PT(07)jan
[history]; Levkovich-Maslyuk a1606-ln
[pedagogical introduction, integrable QFTs and spin chains].

@ __Thermodyamic Bethe Ansatz__: van Tongeren a1606
[pedagogical introduction].

> __Online resources__:
see Wikipedia page.

**Bethe Lattice (Cayley Tree)**

@ __References__: Ostilli PhyA(12)
[rev].

> __Online resources__:
see Wikipedia page.

**Bethe-Peierls
Approximation** > see ising model.

**Bethe-Salpeter Equation** >
s.a. Salpeter Equation [same?].

* __Idea__:
Relativistic generalization of the Schrödinger equation, used to describe
bound states.

@ __References__: Nakanishi ed-PTPS(88)#95;
Karmanov & Carbonell EPJA(06)ht/05
[solution method]; Salpeter a0811
[origins].

**Betti Numbers** > s.a. euler
classes.

* __Idea__: Topological
invariants representing roughly the number of independent *p*-dimensional
boundaryless surfaces which are not boundaries themselves; *b*_{0}
is the number of connected components and *b*_{k}
effectively counts the number of *k*-dimensional holes; More
specifically, the number *b*_{k}
is the dimension of the *k*-th de Rham cohomology group.

$ __Def__: The *k*-th
Betti number of a manifold *M*, *b*_{k}(*M*)
or *R*_{k}(*M*), is
the rank of the free part of the homology group H_{k}(*M*).

* __Special cases__: If
there is no torsion subgroup, *b*_{k}
= dim H_{k}(*M*); If *M*
is closed, *B*_{p} = *B*_{4−p},
*B*_{1} = *B*_{4
}= 1; If *M* is simply connected, *B*_{1}
= *B*_{3} = 0.

@ __References__: Yano & Bochner 53;
Garvín & Lechuga T&A(03)
[elliptic space, NP-hard]; Robins PRE(06)mp
[for Poisson-centered spheres of given radius].

> __Applications__:
see matter distribution in cosmology
[cosmic web].

**BFV Formalism** > see quantization
of first-order constraints.

**Bhabha Scattering**

@ __References__: Bonciani & Ferroglia NPPS(06),
Becher & Melnikov JHEP(07)
[2-loop QED corrections].

**Bi-Differential Calculus** > see symmetry.

**Bi-Fundamental Fields** > see types
of gauge theories.

**Bi-Hamiltonian Structure / System **
> s.a. types of integrable systems;
quantum systems and states;
symmetry.

* __Idea__: A
bi-Hamiltonian system is one which allows Hamiltonian formulations with
respect to two compatible Poisson brackets, i.e., Poisson brackets such
that an arbitrary linear combination of them is also a Poisson bracket;
They are related to integrable systems.

@ __References__: Kupershmidt PLA(87)
[not necessarily integrable]; Bolsinov & Izosimov a1203
[singularities]; Esen et al a1511
[3D, chaotic].

**Bi-Local Fields** > see types
of field theories.

**Bi-Spinor Fields** > see types
of quantum field theories.

**Bialgebras** > see algebra.

**Bianchi Classification**
> s.a. bianchi I; bianchi
IX; bianchi models.

**Bianchi Identities** >
see curvature.

**BICEP (Background Imaging of Cosmic Extragalactic Polarization )**
> see cmb polarization.

**Bicompact Space**

* __Idea__: A compact
Hausdorff space; A bicompact space is T_{4}.

**Bicomplex**

@ __References__: Dimakis & Müller-Hoissen IJMPB(00)ht,
JPA(00)nlin.SI
[and integrable models], JPA(01)
[and Bäcklund transformations].

**Biconformal Spaces** > see formulations
of
quantum mechanics.

**Biconformal Vector Fields** > see conformal
structures.

**Bidifferential Calculi** > s.a. symmetries.

@ __References__: Chavchanidze mp/01
[and non-Noether symmetries].

**Bieberbach Conjecture** > see conjectures.

**Bieberbach Manifolds**

@ __References__: Pfäffle JGP(00)
[Dirac spectrum].

**Biermann Battery**

* __Idea__: A process
discovered by Ludwig Biermann in 1950, by which a weak seed magnetic field
can be generated from zero initial conditions.

* __Applications__: It
is considered a possible mechanism of formation of primordial magnetic
fields in cosmology.

@ __References__: Zweibel Phy(13)
[and primordial magnetic fields].

> __Online resources__:
see Wikipedia page.

**Bifurcation Theory** > s.a. Stability
Theory.

* __History__: 1879,
Originated with Poincaré; 1933, Developed by Andronov.

* __Types__: Pitchfork,
Hopf bifurcations.

@ __General references__: Iooss & Joseph 80;
Chow & Hale 82 [standard treatise];
Ruelle 89; Gaeta PRP(90);
Crawford RMP(91).

@ __Example__: Johnson AJP(98)jul
[unicycle].

**Big Bang** > see cosmology.

**Big Break** > see tachyons.

**Big Crunch** > s.a. cosmology
[future of the universe].

* __Idea__: A
cosmological scenario in which in the far future the universe will
recollapse to a final singularity; In the standard cosmological theory,
this will happen if the overall density of the universe is above a
critical value; Because this does not seem to be the case, the evidence
today is that the universe will not recollapse.

**Big Freeze**

* __Idea__: A
cosmological singularity that shows up in some dark energy models.

@ __References__: Bouhmadi-Lopez et al a1002-MG12
[avoidance in quantum geometrodynamics].

**Big Rip** > see cosmology.

**Big Trip**

* __Idea__: A
cosmological process thought to occur in the future by which the entire
universe would be engulfed inside a gigantic wormhole and might travel
through it along space and time.

@ __References__: González-Díaz PLB(06)ht
[viability]; Faraoni PLB(07)gq
[unfounded claims].

**Bigravity** > see under bimetric
theory of gravity.

**Bilinear Form**

$ __Def__: A map *B*:
*V* × *V* → \(\mathbb R\) or \(\mathbb C\), linear in both
arguments, with *V* a vector space.

$ __Hermitian form__: A
bilinear form with *B*(*x*,* y*) = *B*(*y*,*
x*)*.

* __Relationships__:
Any quadratic function *f* : *V* → \(\mathbb R\)
determines a bilinear form by *B*(*u*,*v*):= \({1\over2}\)
[*f*(*u*+*v*) − *f*(*u*) − *f*(*v*)].

$ __Strongly
non-degenerate__: A bilinear form (*B*: *V* × *V*
→ \(\mathbb R\), considered as) *B*: *V* → *V**,
with *V* a vector space, is (strongly) non-degenerate if it is an
isomorphism (1-1 and onto).

$ __Weakly non-degenerate__:
*B* is weakly non-degenerate if it is only injective or 1-1; This
means *B*(*X*, · ) = 0 iff *X* = 0.

**Billiard** > see classical
systems; causality violation
[consistent evolutions]; spectral geometry
/ cosmological models; quantum
systems.

**Bilocal Fields, Bilocality** > see foundations
of
quantum mechanics; types of quantum field
theories.

**Binary Objects in Astrophysics** > see black-hole
binaries; star types.

**Binary Operation on a Set** > see set.

**Binary System** > see dynamics
of
gravitating bodies; Two-Body Problem.

**Binding Energy** > see matter
phenomenology
in gravity.

**Bing Topology**

> __Online resources__:
see Wikipedia page
on R H Bing.

**Binomial Coefficients**

$ __Def__: The number
of ways to choose *n* different objects (unordered) out of *k*:
* ^{n}C_{k}*
≡ \({n \choose k}\):=

*

∑_{k =
0}^{n} (* ^{n}C_{k}*)
= 2

* __Remark__: They get
their name from the fact that (*a* + *b*)^{n}
= ∑_{k = 0}^{n}
(^{n}C_{k})
*a*^{n−k} *b*^{k} .

@ __General references__: Zhang DM(06) [generalization
of Calkin's identity]; Sun DM(08) [sums, and applications].

@ __Generalizations__: Sprugnoli DM(08)
[extended to all integer values of their parameters]; Cano & Díaz a1602 [continuous analog].

**Binomial Distribution**

$ __Def__: Given that a
property occurs with probability *p* per trial, the probability
that it occurs exactly *n* times out of *N* trials is

*P*_{bin}(*n*,*
N*, *p*) = \({N \choose n}\)*p*^{n}
(1−*p*)^{N−n} .

* __Cumulative binomial
distribution__: The probability of it occurring *j* ≥ *n*
times, *P*_{cb}(*n*, *N*,
*p*) = ∑_{j} *P*_{bin}(*j*,*
N*, *p*) for *j* = *n*, ..., *N*.

@ __Generalizations__: Kowalski JMP(00);
Curado et al JSP(12)-a1105
[and Poisson-like limit]; Bergeron et al JMP(12)-a1203,
a1308 [based
on generating functions]; > s.a. photons
[and quantum statistics].

**BIon**

* __Idea__: A finite
energy solution of a non-linear field theory (> see, e.g., born-infeld
theory) with distributional sources (a soliton has no sources) /
Magnetic bions are stable bound states of monopoles and twisted
("Kaluza-Klein") monopoles, carrying two units of magnetic charge.

@ __References__: Gibbons CQG(99)ht/98
[from branes]; Tamaki & Torii PRD(00)gq
[Einstein-BI-dilaton], PRD(01)gq
[string-inspired]; Anber & Poppitz a1104.

**Biot-Savart Law** > see magnetism.

**Bipartite System** > see composite
quantum systems; entangled
systems.

**Birefringence** > see polarization.

**Birkhoff's (Jebsen-Birkhoff) Theorem**
> s.a. spherical symmetry in general
relativity.

* __Idea__: The only
vacuum, spherically symmetric solution of Einstein's equation is static
(and it is the Schwarzschild metric); In other words, general relativity
(and Yang-Mills theories as well) forbids monopole radiation because it
has no zero-helicity modes.

* __Generalizations__:
In general relativity, it can be generalized to electrovacuum solutions,
giving, as unique spherically symmetric solution, Reissner-Nordström (one
cannot, however, generalize it to axisymmetric solutions); It generalizes
to other theories, but is violated in braneworld models, such as the
Randall-Sundrum models.

@ __General references__: Jebsen AMAF(21),
translation GRG(05);
in Birkhoff 23; in Hawking &
Ellis 73; Bondi & Rindler GRG(97)
[addendum re meaningful time coordinates]; Schmidt G&C(97)gq;
Abbassi gq/98,
gq/01
[more solutions??]; Severa gq/02
[geometry]; Johansen & Ravndal GRG(06)phy/05
[history, J T Jebsen]; Deser GRG(05)
[re Jebsen]; Deser & Franklin AJP(07)mar
[and *t*-independence in general relativity]; Zhang & Yi IJMPCS(12)-a1203-conf
[and light deflection, Shapiro time delay]; Schmidt GRG(13)
[different Birkhoff-type theorems].

@ __With cosmological constant__: Rindler PLA(98)
[reformulation, Bertotti-Kasner as extra solution]; Schleich & Witt JMP(10)-a0908,
a0910 [as
local result].

@ __2+1 dimensions__: Ayón-Beato et al PRD(04)ht
[Λ < 0]; Skákala & Visser a0903
[rotating stars].

@ __Higher dimensions__: Bronnikov & Melnikov GRG(95);
Keresztes & Gergely CQG(08)-a0712
[5D].

@ __In Lovelock gravity__: Zegers JMP(05)gq;
Gravanis PRD(10)-a1008
[shock waves]; Ray CQG(15)-a1505
[for arbitrary base manifolds].

@ __In scalar-tensor theories__: Venkateswarlu & Reddy ASS(89)
[Bergmann-Wagoner theory]; Faraoni PRD(10)-a1001;
Capozziello & Sáez-Gómez AIP(12)-a1202
[perturbative approach]; Carloni & Dunsby GRG(16)-a1306
[non-minimally coupled, 1+1+2 covariant approach, and some new exact
solutions].

@ __In higher-derivative theories__: Oliva & Ray CQG(11)-a1104 [theories in which Birkhoff's theorem holds]; Capozziello & Sáez-Gómez AdP(12)-a1107 [*f*(*R*) gravity]; Nzioki et al PRD(14)-a1312 [*f*(*R*) gravity].

@ __In other theories__: Brodbeck & Straumann JMP(93)
[Einstein-Yang-Mills]; Schmidt G&C(97)gq
[including other signatures]; Cavaglià ht/98-conf
[quantum dilaton gravity]; Cavaglià G&C(99)gq
[topologically massive gravity]; Deser & Franklin CQG(05)gq
[with second-order field equations]; Oliva & Ray PRD(12)-a1201
[asymptotically Lifshitz black holes]; Meng & Wang EPJC(11)-a1107,
Dong et al EPJC(12)-a1205
[*f*(*T*) gravity]; Gomes CQG(14)-a1305
[shape dynamics, isotropic wormhole solution]; Mesić & Smolić a1407
[including non-vacuum cases]; Mercati GRG(16)-a1603
[shape dynamics]; Kocic et al a1708 [ghost-free bimetric theory].

@ __Consequences of non-validity__: Dai et al PRD(08)-a0709
[DGP model].

@ __Other generalizations__: Szenthe JGP(07);
Goswami & Ellis GRG(11)
[for almost LRS-II vacuum spacetimes]; Goswami & Ellis GRG(12)-a1202
[approximately vacuum, spherically symmetric spacetimes]; Ellis &
Goswami GRG(13)-a1304-proc
[and local physics in an expanding universe].

**Birth-and-Death Processes** > see stochastic
.

**Bispectrum** > see CMB
anisotropy.

**Bistochastic Matrix** > see matrices.

**Bivector** > s.a. types
of field theories [bivector fields].

* __Idea__: An object
of the form *u*_{[a}*v*_{b]},
representing the *u*-*v* plane; The magnitude can be given
by *u*^{a} *v*^{b}
*u*_{[a} *v*_{b]}.

* __In a Lorentzian
metric__: The sign of the "magnitude" is related to whether the plane
is spacelike, timelike, or null.

@ __References__: Coley & Hervik CQG(10)-a0909
[in higher-dimensional Lorentzian manifolds].

**BKL Conjecture** > see types
of spacetime singularities.

**Black-Body Radiation** > see thermal
radiation.

**Black Holes**

> __Theory__: see 2D,
3D, and 4D
solutions; higher-dimensional;
in modified theories; geometry
and topology; black-hole radiation, entropy
and thermodynamics.

> __Astrophysical
black holes__: see binary black
holes; supermassive black
holes and other types of black holes;
black-hole uniqueness and hair.

> __Phenomenology__:
see black-hole formation, phenomenology
and matter near black holes; black-hole
perturbations and quasinormal modes.

> __In quantum gravity__:
see quantum black holes.

**Black Rings, Strings** > see black-hole
geometry and topology.

**Black Tides** > see black-hole
phenomenology.

**Blandford-Znajek Effect** > see matter
and radiation near black holes.

**Blazar** > s.a. black-hole
phenomenology; astrophysics; gamma-ray
bursts.

* __Idea__: Blazars are
the most common sources detected by the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope;
They are black-hole-powered galaxies in which, as matter falls toward the
supermassive black hole at the center, some of it is accelerated outward
and forms jets pointed in opposite directions; When one of the jets
happens to be aimed in the direction of Earth, the galaxy appears
especially bright and is classified as a blazar (> see NASA
page).

**Bloch Ball / Sphere** > see discrete
quantum systems.

**Bloch Equations**

* __Idea__: A set of
phenomenological equations introduced by Felix Bloch in 1946, which
describe spin precession and relaxation in external magnetic fields; They
are used in a macroscopic theory of nuclear magnetization as a function of
time (and sometimes called equations of motion of nuclear magnetization),
and are applied in nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), magnetic resonance
imaging (MRI), and electron spin resonance (ESR).

@ __References__: Stöckmann & Dubbers NJP(14)
[generalized to polarization tensors of various ranks in arbitrary
multipole fields].

> __Online resources__:
see Wikipedia page.

**Bloch Paradox**

@ __References__: Schroeck JPA(09)
[does not appear in quantum mechanics on phase space].

**Bloch Theory**

* __Application__:
Analyze spectral properties of differential operators which are invariant
under an abelian group.

* __Bloch's theorem__:
Electron wave functions in the presence of a periodic potential (such as
the electric potential of a crystalline lattice of atoms) are of the form
exp{± i* kx*} *u*(*x*), where *u*(*x*)
is periodic with the same period.

* __Bloch oscillations__:
A phenomenon that occurs when particles subject to a periodic potential
are exposed to an additional static force, say, an electric (or
gravitational) force in a single direction; The electrons then do not all
move in the direction of the force, but instead oscillate back and forth
in place; > s.a. tests of
newtonian gravity.

@ __General references__: Gruber JMP(01)mp/00
[non-commutative generalization]; Bouda & Meziane IJTP(06)qp/07
[Hamilton-Jacobi formulation].

@ __ Bloch oscillations__: Lebugle et al a1501
[for 2-photon EPR states, experimental observation].

**Block Universe (or Eternalism)** > see time.

**Blueshift** > see Redshift.

**BMS Group** > s.a. asymptotic
flatness at null infinity.

@ __References__: Kehagias & Riotto JCAP(16)-a1602
[in cosmology]; Delmastro a1708-MS [in higher dimensions]; Alessio & Esposito a1709 [pedagogical review]; Schöller a1711 [smooth, well-defined extensions into the bulk of Minkowski space].

**Bochner Theorem**

* __Idea__: A result on
measures in constructive quantum field theory.

@ __References__: in Gel'fand & Vilenkin 64;
in Yamasaki 85.

**Bode's Law** > see Titius-Bode
Law.

**Bogoliubov Quasiparticle** > see Quasiparticles.

**Bogomolny Equation**

* __Idea__: The
equation *B* = *Dφ* one gets in Yang-Mills-Higgs theories,
minimizing the energy with the constraint *φ*^{2}
= *C*^{2}, whose solution gives a
class of monopoles.

* __And self-duality__:
If one considers *φ* as the 5th component of *A*, the
equation becomes the self-dual equation *F*_{ab}
= \(1\over2\)*ε*_{abcd} *F*^{cd},
whose solutions are static self-dual monopoles, characterized by an
integer *m*; For *m* = 1, we have the Prasad-Sommerfied
solutions.

@ __References__: Bogomolny SJNP(76);
Coleman, Parke, Neveu & Sommerfield PRD(77).

**Bogomol'ny Inequality**
> s.a. positive-energy theorems.**
***

@

**Bohm Metrics**

* __Idea__: Infinite
sequences of inhomogeneous Einstein metrics on spheres and products of
spheres of dimension 5 ≤ *d* ≤ 9.

@ __References__: Gibbons et al PRD(03).

**Bohr
Compactification of R **> s.a. functions
[almost periodic].

* __Idea__: A compact
group obtained as the dual of the real line endowed with the discrete
topology; Can be used as the configuration space for a non-standard,
polymer representation for the quantum theory of a system on the real
line.

@ __General references__: Halvorson SHPMP(04)qp/01;
in Bratteli & Robinson 02.

@ __And quantum mechanics of point particles__: Ashtekar et al CQG(03)gq/02;
Velhinho Sigma(15)-a1410
[measure-theoretic results]; > s.a Polymer
Representation of Quantum Theory.

@ __And quantum gravity / quantum cosmology__: Husain & Winkler PRD(04)gq/03;
Velhinho CQG(07)-a0704;
> s.a. minisuperspace.

**Bohr Magneton**

* __Idea__: The
constant *μ*_{0} = *e*ℏ/2*mc*.

**Bohr Model of the Atom** > see history
of quantum physics.

**Bohr-Rosenfeld Theory** > see quantum
measurement [quantum field theory].

**Bohr-Sommerfeld Quantization** > see history
of quantum physics; Old Quantum
Theory.

**Bohr-van Leeuwen Theorem** > s.a. casimir
effect.

* __Idea__: A theorem
of classical statistical physics, stating that at thermal equilibrium
transverse electromagnetic fields decouple from matter in the classical
limit.

@ __References__: Savoie RMP-a1403
[rigorous proof in the semiclassical limit].

**Boltzmann Brains** > s.a.
multiverse.

* __Idea__: Freak
observers that pop in and out of existence as a result of rare thermal or
quantum fluctuations in the multiverse and last at least long enough to
think a few thoughts.

@ __References__: Overbye NYT(08)jan;
De Simone
et al PRD(10)-a0808
[and multiverse measure]; Davenport & Olum a1008;
news ns(14)may
[Sean Carroll's proposal to kill them off]; Boddy et al a1505-proc
[in the Many-Worlds approach to quantum mechanics the problem is much less
generic than has been assumed]; Carroll a1702-ch [why they are bad].

**Boltzmann Constant** > see constants.

**Boltzmann Distribution** > see states
in statistical mechanics [canonical ensemble].

**Boltzmann
(Transport) Equation** > s.a. diffusion;
stochastic processes.

* __Idea__: An equation
based on scattering theory describing non-perturbatively how the motion of
a single test particle is affected by collisions with an ideal background
gas, leading to diffusion.

* __Approximations
involved__: (i) *Dilute gas*, there are only binary
collisions; (ii) Ignore the walls of the container; (iii) Ignore the
effect of the external force on the collision cross section; (iv) *Molecular
chaos*, the velocity of a molecule is uncorrelated to its position.

* __Chapman-Enskog method__:
A successive-approximations method used to find some solutions of the
Boltzmann equation.

@ __General references__: in Huang 63*;
in Gorban & Karlin cm/03
[rev].

@ __Derivations__: Romatschke PRD(12)-a1108
[with non-ideal equation of state]; Saffirio a1602
[from many-body classical Hamiltonian dynamics].

@ __Solutions and techniques__: in Huang 63
[Chapman-Enskog]; Kandrup MNRAS(98)ap/97
[collisionless, time-independent]; Cercignani JSP(05)
[global, weak]; Yu JSP(06)
[Green's function]; Yang & Zhao JMP(06)
[energy method]; Bardos et al JSP(06)
[in half space]; Arkeryd et al a0812
[Rayleigh-Bénard convective solutions]; Guéry-Odelin et al PRL(14)
[non-equilibrium, with an external force].

@ __And the Navier-Stokes equation__: Golse & Saint-Raymond JMPA(09)-a0808;
news Quanta(15)jul;
> s.a. fluids [Euler and Navier-Stokes
equations].

@ __Quantum__: & Joichi, Matsumoto, Yoshimura; Singh &
Srednicki PRD(00)hp/99;
Yamamoto IJMPA(03)ap
[fermions in curved spacetime]; Chen CMP(06)
[as limit of random Schrödinger equation]; Breuer & Vacchini PRE(07)-a0707
[Monte Carlo simulation]; Lukkarinen & Spohn JSP(09)-a0807;
Vacchini & Hornberger PRP(09)-a0904
[rev]; Diósi PRA(09)
[with finite intercollision time]; Hollands & Leiler a1003
[in quantum field theory]; Breteaux a1107
[particle interacting with a Gaussian random field]; > s.a. origin
of quantum mechanics.

@ __In FLRW spacetime__: Takou & Noutchegueme gq/05
[spatially flat]; Lee a1307.

@ __Relativistic__: Lucquiaud JMP(78);
Horwitz
FP(95);
Calogero
JMP(04)mp
[Newtonian limit]; Noutchegueme et al GRG(05)gq,
& Dongo CQG(06)gq/05
[in Bianchi I]; Debbasch & van Leeuwen PhyA(09),
PhyA(09),
Bailleul & Debbasch CQG(12)
[general-relativistic]; Lee & Rendall a1203
[Einstein-Boltzmann system]; Kremer AIP(12)-a1207
[in special and general relativity]; Drewes et al PLB(12)-a1202
[from quantum field theory, and the Kadanoff-Baym equations]; Cardall et
al PRD(13)
[conservative, 3+1]; Denicol et al PRL(14)-a1408,
Hatta et al PRD(15)-a1502
[solutions].

@ __Related topics__: Jiang et al CPDE-a0903
[acoustic limit]; Desvillettes et al KRM(11)-a1009
[Cercignani's entropy conjecture]; Trushechkin pUAA(11)-a1108
[derivation from the Liouville equation]; Pulvirenti RVMP(14)
[for short-range potentials]; Alexanian JMP(14)
[non-Markovian]; Brandt et al PRD(15)-a1501
[and thermal field theory, for QED].

**Boltzmann Factor** > see states
in statistical mechanics [thermal state].

**Boltzmann Principle**
> s.a. entropy.

* __Idea__: The
relationship *S* = *k*_{B}
ln Ω, where Ω is the number of microstates accessible to the system in a
given macrostate.

@ __References__: Campisi & Kobe AJP(0)jun
[derivation].

**Boltzmann (Maxwell-Boltzmann)
Statistics**

* __Idea__: The
statistical treatment of indistinguishable particles that is applicable
when quantum effects are negligible.

@ __References__: Liu et al IJTP(12)
[as limit of quantum statistics].

> __Online resources__:
see Wikipedia page.

**Boltzmann-Sinai Ergodic Hypothesis** > see ergodic
theory.

**Bolzano-Weierstraß Theorem**
> see compactness.

**Bondi Energy / Mass / Momentum ** > see asymptotic
flatness at null infinity.

**Bondi-Sachs Metric** > see gravitational-wave
solutions.

**Bonnor / Bonnor-Swaminarayan
Solutions** > s.a. c-metric.

* __Idea__:
Boost-rotation symmetric spacetimes describing pairs of accelerating
particles, possibly connected to struts.

@ __References__: Podolský & Griffiths GRG(01)gq/00
[null limits]; Garecki CQG(05)gq/04
[energy-momentum].

**Bonnor-Ward Spacetimes**

@ __References__: Rosa & Letelier PLA(07)
[closed timelike geodesics, stability].

**Boolean Algebra** > s.a. logic.

$ __Def__: A ring* R*
of subsets of a space *X*, with *X* in *R*.

* __Result__: (Sachs) A
Boolean algebra is determined by its lattice of subalgebras.

> __Online resources__:
see Wikipedia page.

**Boost** > see kinematics of
special relativity.

**Bootstrap Theory**

* __Idea__: An approach
to understanding elementary particles in hadronic physics that was very
popular in the 1960s (one of the main proponents was Geoffrey Chew), as an
alternative to quantum field theory; According to this "nuclear democracy"
(G Chew) or "hadronic egalitarianism" (M Gell-Mann) view, no particles are
more fundamental than others, and they can all be seen as composites of
each other; The theory sought to derive as much information as possible
about the strong interaction from plausible assumptions about the
S-matrix, as advocated by Werner Heisenberg two decades earlier; It was
following up on these ideas that Gell-Mann eventually came up with quarks.

@ __References__: Chew PT(64)apr;
Redhead FP(05)
[overview, assessment]; news wired(17)mar [return of the idea, space of all quantum field theories].

> __Online resources__:
see Wikipedia page;
description by Gell-Mann.

**Bordism** > the term now used for
the original term Cobordism; see MathWorld
page.

**Borel Fixed-Point Theorem** > see fixed-point
theorems.

**Borel Measure, Sigma-Field** >
s.a. ring.

* __Idea__: A positive
measure on Borel sets of a locally compact Hausdorff topological space.**
**$

**Borel Transform** > see quantum field theory techniques.

**Borexino Experiment** > see neutrino
oscillations.

**Born’s Reciprocity Hypothesis**

* __Idea__: The
Hamiltonian and equations of motion for physical systems are invariant
under the transformation (**p**, **r**) → (*b***r**,
−**p**/*b*), where *b* is some scale factor.

@ __References__: Delbourgo & Lashmar FP(08)
[particle in 1/*r* potential].

**Born Rule** > s.a. interference;
probability in physics.

* __Idea__: The
statement that *ρ*(**r**, *t*) = |*ψ*(**r**,
*t*)|^{2} for the probability
density of finding a particle at a location **r**, or more
generally that the probability of obtaining a certain eigenvalue of an
observable in a measurement is the square modulus of the corresponding
coefficient in the expansion of the state in eigenvectors of that
observable.

* __Remark__: There
have been many attempts over the years to derive the Born rule from the
wave equation, but critics have always pointed out loopholes and
unsupported assumptions; One example is the Deutsch-Wallace
decision-theoretic approach.

@ __General references__: Born ZP(26);
Zurek PRL(03),
Schlosshauer & Fine FP(05)qp/03
["envariance" derivation]; Mould qp/05
[replace by probability current alone]; Brumer & Gong PRA(06)qp
[in quantum and classical mechanics]; Buniy et al PLB(06)ht
[and state space discreteness]; Landsman RVMP(08)-a0804
[mathematical clarificaton of role]; Finkelstein a0907;
Jarlskog a1107
[comment on Zurek's derivation].

@ __Dynamical origin__: Bohm PR(53);
Valentini
PLA(91)
[subquantum
*H*-theorem], PLA(91);
Potel
et al PLA(02);
Valentini & Westman PRS(05)qp/04
[in the pilot-wave interpretation, simulations]; Goldstein & Struyve JSP(07)-a0705
[uniqueness of equilibrium distribution]; Towler et al PRS(12)-a1103
[time scale for dynamical relaxation]; Bennett JPA(10)-a0908
[Lagrangian analysis]; Colin PRS(12)-a1108
[relaxation to quantum equilibrium for Dirac fermions]; 't Hooft a1112;
Patel & Kumar a1509
[and gradual weak measurements]; Mayergoyz a1607 [randomness from amplification of microscopic effects]; Shrapnel et al a1702 [more fundamental probability rule]; > s.a. pilot-wave
interpretation.

@ __Violation__: Kastner IJQF-a1603
[implications for the classical electromagnetic field].

@ __Variations__: Kazemi et al a1504
[relativistic generalization]; Galley & Masanes a1610 [classification of all alternatives]; Lienert & Tumulka a1706 [for arbitrary Cauchy surfaces]; Frauchiger & Renner a1710 [non-probabilistic substitute].

@ __And quantum foundations__: Khrennikov PLA(08),
FP(09)
[from
classical
random fields], AIP(11)-a1007
[possible violation and tests]; Drezet AFLB-a1609 [in de Broglie pilot-wave theory]; Bolotin a1610 [in the intuitionistic interpretation]; Tappenden SHPMP-a1702 [in Everett's many-worlds interpretation]; > s.a. EPR experiment; experiments
on quantum mechanics; many-worlds
interpretation; sub-quantum theories.

@ __And cosmology__: Page JCAP(09)-a0903,
a0907, a1003;
Cooperman JCAP(11)-a1010
[comment on Page]; Aguirre & Tegmark PRD(11)-a1008
[cosmological interpretation of quantum mechanics]; Page a1711 [generalization].

**Born-Jordan Quantization** >
s.a. Dequantization.

* __Idea__: A
prescription for promoting polynomial observables to operators in quantum
theory, which consists in using the equally weighted average of all the
operator orderings; > different from Weyl
Quantization.

@ __General references__: de Gosson FP(14)-a1405
[for arbitrary variables, and approaches to quantization], FP(16)-a1502
[and the angular momentum dilemma], a1506/FP
[short-time propagators].

@ __Systems__: Rastelli Sigma(16)-a1606 [2D anisotropic harmonic oscillator, and Weyl quantization].

**Born-Oppenheimer Approximation**
> s.a. semiclassical quantum gravity.

* __Idea__: An
approximation used in the quantum theory of molecules, in which ones
divides the degrees of freedom into "heavy" ones, the nuclei, and
"light"ones, the electrons, which can be treated separately; The wave
function for a molecule can then be factorized into a nuclear part that
only depends on an electronic mean field, and an electronic part that
depends on the nucleons' positions but not their velocities.

@ __References__: Jecko JMP(14)-a1303
[mathematical treatment].

> __Online resources__:
see ChemWiki page;
Wikipedia page.

**Bose-Einstein Statistics** > see particle
statistics.

**Bosons** > s.a. gas;
particle statistics.

* __Idea__: Particles
obeying Bose-Einstein statistics, such that any *N*-particle
quantum state remains unchanged when any two of them are interchanged;
They are usually represented in physics by boson fields, belonging to a
representation space for the Poincaré group with integer value of the spin
*s*, and their role is that of mediators of the fundamental
interactions between matter particles.

* __Composite bosons
(quasibosons)__: Composite particles made of two fermions can be
treated as ideal elementary bosons as long as the constituent fermions are
sufficiently entangled; Composites differ from bosons or fermions in that
their creation and annihilation operators obey non-standard commutation
relations, even for the "fermion + fermion" composites.

@ __General references__: Marzuoli et al JPA(14)-a1406
[su(1,1) as the natural unifying frame for characterizing boson systems];
Ray et al JPA(16)-a1512
[semiclassical initial-value representation].

@ __Bosons from fermions, quasibosons__: Rajeev PRD(84);
Gavrilik et al JPA(11)-a1107
[quasiboson algebra from deformed oscillators]; Tichy et al APB(14)-a1310
[and entanglement]; > s.a. Bosonization;
composite models.

@ __Relationship with fermions__: Sriramkumar GRG(03)gq/02
[interpolation]; Gough mp/03
[transformation between Fock spaces]; Pavšič ht/05
[and Clifford space]; Patton et al PhyA(05)
[thermodynamic equivalence]; Nikolić FP(09)
[unified description, superstrings, and Bohmian mechanics]; Marchewka
& Granot a1009
[consequences of quantum statistics].

@ __Related effects__: Gogolin et al PRL(08)
[solution to three-body problem, including Efimov trimers];
Reslen PhD(10)-a1002
[low-temperature quantum effects]; > s.a. atomic
physics; Chirality; geons.

**Boson Star** > see astronomical
objects.

**Bosonization** > s.a. duality; Fermi-Einstein
Condensation; particle statistics; types
of field theories.

@ __References__: Liguori & Mintchev NPB(98)ht/97
[on the half-line]; Ilinskaia & Ilinski cm/98-conf;
Dhar
& Mandal PRD(06)ht
[non-relativistic fermions on S^{1}];
Kanakoglou & Daskaloyannis mp/07-conf
[and
parastatistics]; Sazonov a1411
[bosonization of complex actions]; Botelho & Rodrigues a1611.

**BOSS (Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey)**

* __Idea__: The largest
component of the third Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS-III); Redshift data
from 140,000 quasars collected by a 2.5-meter telescope at Apache Point,
New Mexico, provide the most accurate measurement to date of the expansion
rate of the Universe at different locations [@ see Phy(14)apr].

> __Related topics__:
see cosmological acceleration, expansion
and parameters; dark-energy
equation of state.

**Bott's Periodicity Theorem**

* __Idea__: A theorem
on periodicities in π_{q}(*G*)
for Lie groups (> see homotopy).

@ __References__: in Milnor 73
[last chapter].

**Boulware Vacuum** > see quantum
field theory in curved backgrounds.

**Boulware-Deser Ghost**
> s.a. bimetric gravity and massive
gravity [including ghost-free thories].

* __Idea__: A ghost in
the spectrum of certain alternative theories of gravity, such as massive
gravity and multi-gravity; Its presence is considered to make the theory
non-viable, because of the loss of unitarity of the quantum theory.

@ __General references__: de Rham & Tolley PRD(15)-a1505
[the vielbein formulation does not help].

@ __In massive gravity__: Boulware & Deser PRD(72);
Chamseddine & Mukhanov JHEP(11)-a1107,
Golovnev PLB(12)-a1112
[quadratic action]; Hassan & Rosen JHEP(12)-a1111
[secondary constraint and absence of ghost]; de Rham & Gabadadze
PRD(10)-a1007;
Deser & Waldron PRL(13)-a1212
[acausality from constraint].

@ __ In bigravity__: Hassan & Rosen JHEP(12)-a1109,
JHEP(12)-a1111
[secondary constraint and absence of ghost]; Klusoň IJMPA(13)-a1301
[no constraint to eliminate the ghost]; Yamashita et al IJMPD(14)-a1408
[with doubly-coupled matter].

**Bounce** > s.a. cosmology
[initial singularity]; quantum cosmology.

> __Classical models__:
see early-universe models.

**Bound State** > see atomic
physics; types of quantum states.

**Boundary** > s.a. boundaries
in field theory; spacetime boundary.

$ __In homology__: A *q*-chain
*c* such that *c* = *∂*(*c*'), for some (*q*+1)-chain
*c*'.

$ __In topology__: The
boundary of a subset *S* ⊂ *X* is its closure minus its
interior, \(\dot S\)** **or *∂S*:= closure(*S*)
\ interior(*S*).

**Boundary Conditions** > see boundaries
in field theory; electromagnetism; quantum
cosmology.

**Boundary-Value Problems** >
s.a. Cauchy, Dirichlet,
Neumann, Riemann-Hilbert,
Robin problem; laplace
equation.

@ __References__: Fokas PRS(04)m.AP
[linear, with variable coefficients]; Adamyan & Sushko a1306-text;
Figotin & Reyes JMP(15)-a1407
[as interacting boundary and interior systems, Lagrangian variational
framework]; Krikun a1801-ln [intro].

> __For specific theories__:
see einstein's field equation.

**Bounded Convergence Theorem**

* __Idea__: Under
appropriate circumstances, the integral of a limit function, is the limit
of the integrals.

**Bounded Operator** > see operator
theory.

**Bounded Variation** > see functions.

**Bounds on Physical Quantities** > see Bogomol'ny
Inequality; CHSH Inequalities; Tsirelson
Bound.

**Box World**

* __Idea__: A theory
(different from quantum theory and classical theory) that is sometimes
considered as reasonable because it satisfies the non-signaling condition;
It does not satisfy branch locality, however.

**Boyer-Lindquist Coordinates** > see kerr
metric.

**Boyle's Law (or
Boyle-Mariotte law)** > s.a. gas
[ideal-gas law].

* __Idea__: The volume
of a gas of fixed mass and temperature is inversely proportional to the
gas's pressure, *pV* = constant when *T* = constant.

> __Online resources__:
see Wikipedia page.

**BPHZ Regularization Scheme** > see regularization.

**BPS Solutions** > see black-hole
solutions, and black holes in modified
theories.

**Bradyon**

* __Idea__: A
slower-than-light, positive-mass particle (> as opposed to a tachyon).

**Bragg Diffraction / Scattering** > see X
Rays.

**Braided Geometry** > see geometry.

**Braids / Braid Group** > s.a. phenomenology
of magnetism [braided field lines]; Yang-Baxter
Equation.

* __Braid__: A braid is
a set of *n* strings or "strands" stretching between two sets of *n*
points on parallel lines in 3D space; Or actually an equivalence class of
such sets of strings under deformations.

* __More precisely__:
The strands must start and end at distinct points, always move towards the
second line without "turning around", and no two strands can intersect;
Two braids with strands connecting the same pairs of points are
inequivalent if they differ by which strand passes in front of the other
when two of them cross; So, in particular, if the two lines are
represented in the *z* = 0 plane as *x* = 0 and *x*
= 1, then each strand *i* must include a function *y*(*x*)
starting at the *i*-th point (0,*y*_{i})
and ending at some *y*_{π(i)}.

* __Braid group__:
Braids with *n* strands form the group *B*_{π},
where the group composition law consists in placing the braids one next to
the other.

* __Applications__:
They have been used as tools in the calculation of knot and link
invariants; > s.a. 3D general relativity;
composite models.

@ __Braid group__: Cappuccio & Guadagnini PLB(90)
[statistics]; Kassel & Turaev 08;
Iliev a1004
[permutation representations]; > s.a. group
types.

@ __Invariants__: Berger LMP(01);
Nechaev & Voituriez NPB(05)
[3-strand, Brownian].

@ __And physics__: Lomonaco & Kauffman SPIE(11)-a1105
[quantization].

> __Online resources__:
see John Baez page;
Wikipedia page.

**Brane World** > s.a. brane
cosmology; brane-world gravity.

**Brans-Dicke Theory**
> s.a. brans-dicke
phenomenology.

**Bravais Lattice** > see crystals.

**Breathers** > s.a. lattice
theories [discrete breathers].

* __Idea__: Solutions
of (non-linear) field theories that are time-periodic and (typically
exponentially) localized in space.

**Bregman Divergence** > see distance
[generalized].

**Breit Equation** > see modified
formulations of QED.

**Breit-Wheeler Process** >
see QED phenomenology.

**Breit-Wigner Amplitude**

@ __References__: de la Madrid PTPS(10)-a1005.

**Bremsstrahlung** > see acceleration radiation.

**Brick Wall Model** > see black-hole
entropy.

**Brieskorn Sphere** > see 3-manifolds.

**Brillouin Zone** > see cell
complex; crystals [quasicrystals].

**Brillouin-Wigner Perturbation Expansion**

@ __References__: see Ziman 69, pp
55–56.

**Brinkman's Theorem** > see types
of spacetimes [Einstein spaces].

**Brouwer Theorem** > s.a. fixed-point
theorems.

$ __Def__: The unit
sphere S^{n} in E^{n}
is not a retract of the closed unit ball B^{n}
which it bounds.

**Brown Dwarfs** > s.a. extrasolar
planets.

* __Idea__: Substellar
objects that are not massive enough to start main sequence H burning
(their masses are between 0.001 and 0.1 *M*_{Sun});
They can be seen in the infrared through the release of some of their
internal gravitational energy.

* __Consequences__:
They are a candidate for dark matter (Bahcall 1984).

* __Observation methods__:
Look for methane lines in spectrum.

* __Examples__:
Jupiter; VB8B, first outside the solar system, *M* ~ 10–50 *M*_{Jup},
*T* = 1360 K, *R* = 0.09 *R*_{Sun});
Gliese 229B, first unambiguous sighting, *d* ~ 30 ly, *M*
~ 20–50 *M*_{Jup}, *T* <
1000 K [@ Nakajima et al Nat(95)nov].

@ __I__: Martin et al AS(97), Basri SA(00)apr
[discovery]; Mohanty & Jayawardhana SA(06)jan.

@ __General references__: Jameson & Hodgkin CP(97);
Oppenheimer et al ap/98-in
[rev]; Chabrier JPCM(98)ap/99-in
[physics];
news ns(10)may
[formation from stellar close encounters]; Baraffe in(14)-a1401;
Luhman ApJ(14)-a1404
+ news nasa(14)apr
[newly discovered one 2 pc from the Sun].

> __Online resources__:
see Wikipedia page.

**BRST Transformations / Quantization**

**Brudno Theorem**

* __Idea__: A result in
classical information theory, relating entropy rate and algorithmic
complexity per symbol.

@ __References__: Benatti et al CMP(06)
[quantum
version, connecting von Neumann entropy rate and quantum Kolmogorov
complexity].

**BTZ Spacetime** > see 3D
black holes.

**Bubbles**

> __In ordinary matter__:
see Floating; fluids;
meta-materials [foam, soap bubbles]; Surface
Tension.

> __In cosmology__:
see Baby Universes [bubble universes]; brane-world
cosmology; inflation [bubble
collisions]; multiverse; quantum
phase transitions [early universe].

> __Other
gravity-related__: see causality
violations [warp bubbles]; kaluza-klein
phenomenology.

**Bubble Divergences** > see topological
field theory.

**Buchdahl Inequality** > see astrophysics.

**Buchdahl Metric / Solution** > see types
of spacetimes [cylindrically symmetric].

**Buckingham's Theorem** > see Dimensional
Analysis.

**Buffon's Needle** > see statistical
geometry.

**Bunch-Davies Vacuum** > see quantum
field theory in curved backgrounds.

**Bundle** [including Bundle
Gerbes, Bundle Map]

**Buoyancy / Buoyant Force** > see Floating.

**Bures Metric** > see mixed
quantum states; riemannian geometry;
types of distances.

**Burgers Equation**

* __Idea__: A partial
differential equation used in fluid dynamics.

@ __References__: Kirsch & Simon mp/01
[forced, approach to equilibrium]; Hamanaka & Toda JPA(03)
[non-commutative]; Bec & Khanin PRP(07)
[turbulence].

> __Online resources__:
see Wikipedia page.

**Burnside Ring of a Group** > see
ring.

**Butcher Group** > related to Hopf
Algebras.

**Butcher Series** > see scalar
field theory.

**Butterfly Effect** > see quantum chaos.

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