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Understanding the Charge Conjugation Operator

I am trying to understand the charge conjugation operator. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C_parity Because the operator is Hermitian, this seems to imply that there is a (possibly spontaneous?) ...
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Physical reason for annihilation? [duplicate]

What is the fundamental reason as to why matter and antimatter annihilate? Is it because both particles and antiparticles are excitations of quantum fields, and the annihilation process corresponds ...
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Do particles travel backward in time in a particle interpretation of field theory?

In this Phys.SE answer Ron Maimon stats: there is no relativistic particle formalism in which the particles have postive energies and casual propagation. You can either deal with fields in which ...
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Does Fermi-Dirac Statistics explain anti-particles?

I wondered whether the Fermi-Dirac Statistics describes the anti-fermion particles. Does it include the anti-particles?
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Equality of masses of particle and antiparticle

Usually we say that equality of masses of particle and antiparticle follows from CPT-theorem. But do we need it for showing this equality? The first method to show that is following. The equation ...
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Little confusion in drawing Feynmam diagram

If the arrows of both the outgoing solid lines of the Feynman diagram corresponding to the bhabha scattering of $e^+$ and $e^-$, are just reversed, will it not describe same thing? Doesn't both imply ...
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How to think about antiparticles in KG equation?

I am a beginner to study QFT and have a problem. I know, in Dirac equation, thanking to the Pauli exclusion principle and believing that the vacuume is the state that all the negative energy states ...
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Quantum Field Theory and antiparticles vs particles

Does a particle and its antiparticle share the same field in QFT? If an electron is an energized spot in the electron field, is a positron a less energized spot or even a spot of negative energy (if ...
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Can path integral paths go backwards in time?

The paths can cross any coordinate at any time in the whole space (e.g. Universe space). Integration goes over all could-you-imagine paths. But time goes strictly forward. Can time variable resemble ...
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If time travel to the past is not possible why is this situation considered in Feynman diagrams?

I recently read R.P Feynman's QED:A Strange Theory of Light and Matter. It is believed that time travel to the past is not possible. Then why is particles going backward in time considered in the book ...
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Anti-particle problem for Dirac sea

According to the Dirac hole theory we know that Dirac sea is completely filled with negative energy, called vacuum. We will need $2mc^2$ or greater to get electron and a positron by incident photon. ...
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matter anti-matter world

let us suppose the gedanken experiment a man isolated into a room he ask if he is made of matter oder of antimatter could he set some experiments to see if he is made of matter or if he is made of ...
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Creation of particle anti-particle pairs

I was reading some QFT notes and there is one point that I don't understand, they are justifying why we need QFT saying that the number of particles is not preserved once we consider special ...
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supressing certain decay paths and enhancing others with interference

In a scattering reaction, there are many possible final states for the products, each with different production rates. Question: Is there a way in which we could in general supress certain rates ...
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What makes *electric* charge special (wrt. CPT theorem)?

I'm wondering why the 'C' in CPT - charge conjugation - refers specifically to electric charge. Of course you could say that C is just defined as $e^+ \leftrightarrow e^-$... but there has to be ...
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How does Annihilation work?

How does annihilation work? I'm wondering why matter and antimatter actually annihilates if they come into contact. What exactly happens? Is that a known process? Is it just because of their different ...
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What is anti-matter?

Matter-- I guess I know what it is ;) somehow, at least intuitively. So, I can feel it in terms of the weight when picking something up. It may be explained by gravity which is itself is defined by ...
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Can the charge of particles spontaneously flip from positive to negative or vice versa?

I'm thinking of matter antimatter annihilation, are there reactions where normal matter converts to antimatter?
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What was missing in Dirac's argument to come up with the modern interpretation of the positron?

When Dirac found his equation for the electron $(-i\gamma^\mu\partial_\mu+m)\psi=0$ he famously discovered that it had negative energy solutions. In order to solve the problem of the stability of the ...
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the causality and the anti-particles

How can I quantitatively and qualitatively understand the fact that there is a relevence between the existence of anti-particles and the causality?
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Why do or don't neutrinos have antiparticles?

This was inspired by this question. According to Wikipedia, a Majorana neutrino must be its own antiparticle, while a Dirac neutrino cannot be its own antiparticle. Why is this true?
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Why Negative Energy States are Bad

The argument is often given that the early attempts of constructing a relativistic theory of quantum mechanics must not have gotten everything right because they led to the necessity of negative ...
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No hair theorem for black holes and the baryon number

The no hair theorem says that a black hole can be characterized by a small number of parameters that are visible from distance - mass, angular momentum and electric charge. For me it is puzzling why ...
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Is anti-matter matter going backwards in time?

Or: can it be proved that anti-matter definitely is nót matter going backwards in time? From wikipedia: There is considerable speculation as to why the observable universe is apparently almost ...