**Topics, O**

**O'Raifeartaigh Model** > see supersymmetry in field theory [supersymmetry breaking].

**Objectivity** > see decoherence;
foundations of quantum mechanics; symmetries.

**Observables** > s.a. Covariance; observables in classical gravity; observables in quantum theories; observable algebras.

**Observation of Physical Phenomena**

@ __General references__: Bondoni a1005-wd [measurements as meta-sentences on real events]; Jaroszkiewicz PRS(10) [dynamical theory of observation];
Sassoli de Bianchi FoS(13)-a1109; Nyman GT-a1309 [psychologically based general theory of observation].

@ __Observability in particle physics__: Fox PhSc(09) [definitions of observation, and quarks]; Cabbolet a1511-conf [claim about short-lived particles].

**Observer**s > see observers and observables.

**Occam's Razor (Ockham's Razor)** > s.a. physical
theories.

* __Idea__: The
principle according to which scientific explanations should be neat, with as
few arbitrary assumptions as possible; Avoid doing
with more what can be done with less; A.k.a. principle of economy; > s.a. Explanations [truth
and simplicity].

@ __ References__: Sorkin IJTP(83)ap/05;
Garrett PW(91)may; Jefferys & Berger AS(92);
Soklakov mp/00;
Standish FPL(04)
[justification]; Page a0811-conf; Gu et al nComm(12)-a1102 [sharpening, using quantum mechanics]; Gürel & Gürel a1107 [and special relativity]; Sober 15; Krizek a1701 [history, and the interpretations of quantum mechanics].

**Ocneanu Cells** > see SU(2) [6*j* symbols].

**Octonions** > s.a. dirac
field theory; lorentz group; Non-Associative Geometry;
spin.

* __Idea__: The largest of
the four normed division algebras; An example of elementary algebra with non-associative
composition; It is related to many interesting fields of mathematics.

@ __General references__: Porteous 69; Daboul & Delbourgo JMP(99)ht [matrix
representation]; Baez BAMS(02)m.RA/01 [review];
Conway & Smith 03; Hackett & Kauffman a1010 [topological model]; Baez & Huerta SA(11)may; Dray & Manogue 15.

@ __And spinors__: Carrion et al JHEP(03)ht [classification];
Boya mp/04-proc.

@ __Octonionic quantum mechanics__: De Leo & Abdel-Khalek PTP(96)ht, IJTP(98)ht/99;
Dzhunushaliev FPL(06)ht/05, ht/06, JGLTA(08)qp/07, AHEP(07)-a0706 [non-associative]; De Leo & Ducati JPA(12)-a1208 [eigenvalue problem for octonionic operators].

@ __Field theory__: Fredsted a0707 [generalization
of general relativity]; Pushpa et al IJTP(11)-a1006 [Yang-Mills theory, QCD]; Restuccia & Veiro a1412-proc [Yang-Mills connections]; > s.a. gravitational
instantons; formulations
of electromagnetism; types of yang-mills theories.

@ __Other physics__: Schray CQG(96)ht/94 [superparticle];
Okubo 95; Manogue & Dray
MPLA(99);
Boya ht/03-conf
[M-theory]; Toppan ht/03-proc
[and exceptional structures]; Gogberashvili AACA(05)ht/04;
Manogue & Dray JPCS(10)-a0911
[particle physics]; Dorofeev a1003; Gogberashvili & Sakhelashvili a1506, Gogberashvili a1602 [spacetime geometry].

> __Online resources__: see Tevian Dray's page; Wikipedia page.

**OGLE (Optical Gravitational Lensing Experiment)** > see gravitational lensing.

**Ohm's Law** > see electricity.

**Olbers' Paradox**

* __Idea__: The sky looks
dark at night, contrary to what an infinite uniform universe would imply.

* __Solution__: Existence
of a particle horizon (finite age of the universe) and, to a lesser degree,
expansion.

@ __References__: Wesson ApJ(91); Maddox Nat(91)jan;
Pešić AJP(98)nov
[average brightness]; Arpino
& Scardigli EJP(03)ap/00 [Newtonian
cosmology]; Couture EJP(12).

**Old Quantum Theory** > s.a. history of quantum physics.

* __Idea__: A set of heuristic prescriptions developed in the early 1900s that introduced the first quantum corrections to classical mechanics; Its main tool was Bohr-Sommerfeld quantization, a procedure for selecting the allowed orbits in the motion of a particle subject to an attractive potential through a quantization condition on the orbit's action.

@ __References__: Garon et al AJP(13)feb [comparison with known analytic results for simple quantum mechanical systems].

> __Online resources__: see Wikipedia page.

**Omega Number**

@ __References__: Chaitin 05.

**One-Loop Approximation** > see schrödinger
equation [WKB approximation].

**One-Parameter Subgroup** > see lie
group.

**Onsager Solution** > see ising model.

**Onsager-Machlup Theory** > see non-equilibrium statistical mechanics.

**Ontology** > s.a. Epistemology; foundations
of quantum mechanics; Structural Realism.

* __Idea__: The study of the
question, "What exists?", as opposed to "What do we know?" (epistemology); In quantum theory in practice it means the question of the reality of the wave function, in gravity it often refers to the debate between spacetime substantialism and relationalism.

@ __General references__: Roemer M&M(06)qp [substance
vs process ontology]; Maudlin 07; Lokajíček CoP(07)-a0710 [phenomenological
and ontological models].

@ __Matter, particles__: Esfeld et al a1510 [atomism and structural realism].

@ __In quantum theory__: Margenau PhSc(49)oct
[quantum objects as 'onta']; Albert et al PRL(85)
[properties and predictions]; Peruzzi FP(90)
[objects]; Pusch SHPMP(02)
[classical vs quantum]; Mohrhoff qp/03-ch
[and spacetime]; Hardy SHPMP(04)
[ontological embedding]; Singh qp/04 [general];
De Baere qp/05 [Renninger's
thought experiment]; Caponigro & Lynn qp/06;
Verelst & Coecke phy/06 ['system',
'entity', and being vs non-being]; Monton PhSc(07)dec;
de la Torre FP(07)
[position and momentum have no values]; Tung SHPMP(10)-a1005 [Hardy's
quantum ontological excess baggage]; Kuhlmann 10; Mansfield a1306 [ontic and epistemic interpretations]; Griffiths SHPMP(13) [consistent, from histories interpretation]; Esfeld a1406 [assessment of some proposals]; Hari Dass Quanta(14)-a1406; Esfeld Synth(14)-a1408 [and non-locality]; Herbut a1409, a1409 ["ontic breakthrough"]; Gambini & Pullin a1605 [even ontology and downward causation]; Tung a1704 [generalized]; > s.a. correlations; *ψ*-Ontic Theories; quantum
field theory.

@ __In other physics__:
Caulton & Butterfield BJPS-a1002 [diffeomorphism
invariance, permutation symmetry
and structuralist ontology]; Page a1412-proc [cosmology]; > s.a. Event; general relativity; quantum field theory; radiation; spacetime.

**Oort Cloud** > see solar system.

**Open Mapping**

$ __Def__: A mapping *f*
: *X* → *Y* between two topological spaces is open if the image
of any open set in *X* is open in *Y*.

**Open Set** > see topological space.

**Open System** > s.a. system
theory / composite systems; dissipative systems; open quantum systems.

* __Idea__: Originally,
an open system was one that exchanges energy and possibly matter with a bath; Now, the term has come to denote one that exchanges information
with an environment.

@ __References__: Li PRP(86) [general physics of open systems]; Li et al PhyA(11) [Tsallis statistical distribution].

> __States__: see states in statistical mechanics and non-equilibrium statistical mechanics.

**Operad** > s.a. Module.

* __Idea__: A set of operations, each one with a fixed finite number of inputs (arguments) and one output, which can be composed one with others; A category-theoretic analog of universal algebra; Algebras are to operads as group representations are to groups.

@ __General references__: Vallette a1202 [introduction, and application to homotopical algebra].

@ __And physics__: Paal CzJP(01)mp;
Paal gq/02 [curvature];
Zois RPMP(05)ht/03 [and quantum gravity]; Paal RPMP-a1402 [and Yang-Mills gauge theories].

> __Online resources__: see Wikipedia page.

**Operation on a Set** > see sets [associative].

**Operational-Probabilistic Theories** > see probabilities in physics.

**Operationalism**

* __Idea__: Physical quantities
are completely defined by the series of operations with which one measures them; In other words, an operationalist theory is defined by entities external to the system, or requires them in addition to entities and concepts pertaining to the system (as opposed to realist theories).

* __Example__: No absolute
time in physics.

@ __References__: Delaney IJTP(99) [limitations].

**Operator Product Expansion** > see quantum field theory techniques.

**Oppenheimer-Snyder Solutions** > see collapse;
lattice gravity.

**Oppenheimer-Volkoff Equations / Solutions** > see under Tolman-Oppenheimer-Volkoff Equations / Solutions.

**Optical Activity** > see optics.

**Optical Geometry** > see electromagnetism
in curved spacetime; optics [including specific
spacetimes]; self-force.

**Optical Lattice** > see optics.

**Optical Theorem** > see scattering.

**Optics** > s.a. optical technology.

**Orbifold, Orbispace** \ s.a. types
of manifolds.

* __Idea__: The quotient
space
*M*/*G* of a manifold by a group action; If *G* has
fixed points it is not a manifold.

@ __References__: Pflaum mp/02 [deformation
quantization]; Martin ht/04 [fuzzy]; Borzellino & Brunsden T&IA(12) [differential topology].

**Orbit in Mathematics** > see group
action; lie group examples; vector field.

**Orbit in Mechanics** > see classical-mechanical systems / orbits
of test bodies, of newtonian and
relativistic gravitating bodies; Trajectories.

**Orbiton**

* __Idea__: One of the three electron-like quasiparticles predicted to exist in a 1D solid; A collective excitation of electrons in a 1D solid with orbital angular momentum but with no spin or electric charge.

@ __References__: news pw(12)apr [experimental discovery].

**Order** > s.a. Disorder; posets [partial order relations].

* __Remark__: In quantum statistics,
it is described in terms of symmetry breakdown, which is not antithetical to the notion of disorder.

* __In matter__: A gas has no short-range or long-range order; A liquid has short-range but no long-range order; A crystalline solid has both short-range and long-range order.

@ __General references__: Suzuki PLA(80)
[microscopic theory]; Strogatz 03 [spontaneous, r PT(04)jun];
Gorbban PhyA(07)
[ordered and disordered states in phase space]; Sewell a0711-en
[in quantum statistical mechanics, survey].

@ __Types__: Baake et al SdW(02)m.HO [aperiodic,
introduction];
Wen AP(05)
[quantum, and forms of matter]; Gallas & Herrmann PhyA(05)
[emergence, in class-4 cellular
automaton]; Nussinov & Ortiz AP(09) [topological quantum order]; Juzeliūnas & Spielman Phy(11) [order-disorder, topological order].

> __Phenomenology__: see Defects; diffraction; phase
transitions [topological order]; thermodynamics [second law].

> __Systems__: see Extended
Objects; lattice gauge theories [QCD]; random
systems; spin models.

**Order Parameter** > s.a. Potts Model.

* __Idea__: A thermodynamic function of state associated
with a phase transition, whose value in a state indicates what phase it corresponds
to; For example, for a ferromagnetic system the
order parameter is the net magnetization, and for solid-liquid or liquid-gas transitions the density.

**Organized States** > see non-equilibrium
statistical mechanics; Order.

**Orientifold** > see types of manifolds.

**Orlicz Inequality**

$ __Def__: For any open set Ω ⊂ \(\mathbb R\)^{n}
and *N*-function *A*, with complementary *N*-function \(\tilde A\),

| ∫_{Ω} *u*(*x*)
*v*(*x*) d*x *| ≤ 2
||*u*||_{LA(Ω)} ||*v*||_{LA~(Ω)}
.

* __Relationships__: This is a generalization of the Hölder inequality.

**Orlicz Space**

$ __Def__: A Banach space
*L*_{A}(Ω):=
{set of all functions *u* such that ∫_{Ω} *A*(*u*(*x*))
d*x* < ∞, or *u* is a (real) multiple of such a function},
where Ω is an open set in \(\mathbb R\) and *A* an *N*-function, and
the norm ||*u*||:=
inf_{k > 0 }∫_{Ω} *A*(*u*(*x*)/*k*)
d*x* ≤ 1.

@ __General references__: in Adams 75.

@ __And physics__: Streater mp/04-conf [quantum,
in information geometry]; Labuschagne & Majewski a0902 [non-commutative]; Majewski & Labuschagne a1502, a1605 [and statistical physics]; > s.a. statistical mechanics.

**Ornstein-Uhlenbeck Process** > see diffusion.

**Orthode** > see states in statistical mechanics.

**Orthogonal Groups** > see examples of lie groups.

**Orthogonal Polynomials** > see Special Functions.

**Orthogonalization Methods**

@ __References__: Lee PRL(82) [simpler than Gram-Schmidt]; Chaturvedi et al JPA(98)qp [overview
and proposal]; Rebollo-Neira mp/02, mp/02 [biorthogonalization].

**Oscillations**

> __In particle theory__: see axions [photon-axion oscillation]; gravity and matter fields [flavor
oscillations]; hadrons [meson oscillations]; neutrino oscillations; standard model.

> __In astronomy and astrophysics__: see gravitating bodies; milky-way galaxy [stellar motion]; solar system [solar oscillations]; stellar properties.

> __In cosmology__: see cosmological acceleration, dark energy and large-scale geometry [baryon oscillations]; semiclassical cosmology.

> __Other systems__: see Bloch Theory [Bloch oscillations]; oscillators; Superoscillations; test-body orbits.

**Oscillators** > s.a. quantum
oscillators.

**Osserman Conditions / Manifold** > s.a. lorentzian geometry;
riemannian geometry.

* __Idea__: Study the question
of how much information the sectional curvatures in a semi-Riemannian manifold give us on the Riemann tensor.

@ __References__: Bonome et al CQG(01) [generalized, 4D]; García-Río et al 02;
Nikolayevsky DG&A(03); Alekseevsky et al JGP(05) [symmetric spaces].

**Osterwalder-Schrader Construction** > see algebraic
quantum field theory.

**Ostrogradski Instability** > see higher-order lagrangian systems.

**Ostrogradski Theorem** > see types of higher-order
gravity theories.

**Out-of-Time Order Operators** > see quantum chaos.

**Outer Measure of a Set in a Metric Space** > see distance.

**Overhang Problem** > see Center of Mass.

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