E(n)=Euclidean group in n dimensions = symmetries of n-dimensional space = rotations and translations


xi=Rijxj+ai for R in SO(n).

g=T(a)R for R in SO(n) and a a translation vector.

Matrix representation:

                |        |a1|
                |   R    |: |
                |        |: |
                |        |an|
                |0.....0 | 1|

=n+1 dimensional defining rep.

generators of translations:
matrix all 0 except in the aith position.

generators of rotations:
same as SO(n)

For E(2) [P1,P2]=0, [M,P1]=P2 [M,P2]=-1P1


Unitary reps:
D(a,I)=D(T(a))=e^(ip*a) for a an arbitrary vector and p another vector. D(a,I)f(p)=e^(ip*a)f(p)

This rep is unitary w.r.t. the inner product of quantum mechanics.

Instead of having this continously infinite dimensional space, take the fourier series of of f(p,t).

=> f(p,t)-> |pm> where p in reals and m in Z.

<pm|pn> = delta(m,n)=integral(0,2Pi,1/2Pi*e^(imt)*e^(-int)dt)


where Jn(z)=bessel function=integral(0,2Pi,1/2Pi*e^(izSin(p) - np)dp)

The properties of the group give rise to several orthogonality relations on the bessel functions.

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