By Jean-Michel Raimond, Vincent Rivasseau

This booklet is the 8th in a sequence of complaints for the S´ eminaire Poincar´ e, that is directed in the direction of a wide viewers of physicists and of mathematicians. The target of this seminar is to supply modern information regarding basic issues of significant curiosity in physics. either the theoretical and experimental features are lined, with a few old history. encouraged via the Bourbaki seminar in arithmetic in its association, consequently nicknamed “Bourbaphy”, this Poincar´ e SeminarisheldattheInstitutHenriPoincar´ einParis,withcontributionsprepared inadvance.Particularcareisdevotedtothepedagogicalnatureofthepresentation on the way to ful?ll the target of being readable by way of a wide viewers of scientists. This new quantity of the Poincar´ e Seminar sequence “The Spin” corresponds to the 11th such Seminar, hung on December eight, 2007. It describes how this as soon as mysterious quantum truth referred to as spin has develop into ubiquitous in glossy physics from the main theoretical facets all the way down to the main sensible functions of miniaturizing digital and computing device units or aiding scientific prognosis

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Let ρ be a ﬁnite-dimensional, unitary representation of Spin(n) on a Hilbert space Vρ . , σ(ρ) = −1, then M must be assumed to be spinC ; for σ(ρ) = 1, this assumption is not necessary. From the transition functions of the Spin and Quantum Statistics 25 spinor bundle S (or the tangent bundle TM, for σ(ρ) = 1) and the representation ρ of Spin(n) we can construct a hermitian vector bundle Eρ over M whose ﬁbres are all isomorphic to Vρ . The hermitian structure on Eρ and dvolg determine a scalar product · , · ρ on the space of sections Γ(Eρ ).

This is an expression of thermodynamic stability of such systems, which is a pillar on which all of condensed-matter physics rests; (‘independence’ of condensed-matter physics of nuclear form factors and cut-oﬀs imposed on the magnetic ﬁeld). , that they satisfy Pauli’s exclusion principle. In Lieb-Thirring type proofs of stability of matter, the Pauli principle enters in the form of generalized Sobolev inequalities (bounding the electron kinetic energy from below by the Thomas-Fermi kinetic energy) only valid for fermions; see [31].

2 For details see [77] and [78]. 2, and [71–73]. In particular, the phases θj j can be arbitrary real numbers, and this is related to the fact that Spin(2) = SO(2) = R, which implies that the spin (parity) sj of a ﬁeld Ψj can be an arbitrary real number. The spin (parity) sj of a ﬁeld Ψj is deﬁned as follows: Since Rj is a ﬁnite-dimensional, irreducible representation of Spin(d), Rj (2π) = ei2πsj where sj = 0, 1 2 , mod Z, for d ≥ 3, while sj ∈ [0, 1) mod Z, for d = 2.