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Chirality, helicity and the weak interaction

From what I'm understanding about Dirac spinors, using the Weyl basis for the $\gamma$ matrices the first two components behave as a left handed Weyl spinor, while the third and the fourth form a ...
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Chirality and helicity

I have massless Dirac equation and chirality and helicity operators which are given as $$ \hat {P}_{ch}\Psi = \gamma_{5}\Psi, \quad \hat {P}_{h}\Psi = \frac{(\hat {\mathbf S} \cdot \mathbf ...
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How to determine the orientation of the massive Dirac Hamiltonian?

In the calculation of the Chern number within a 2D lattice model, let's take the Haldane model for example, the Chern number$=\pm1$ has 2 contributions coming from 2 Dirac points described by ...
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Helicity and Chirality

Does the concept of both helicity and and chirality make sense for a massive Dirac spinor? A massive electron in chiral basis is written as a column made up of $\psi_L$ and $\psi_R$. What are the ...
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Massless neutrinos and Chirality

The massless neutrinos can be represented by two component Weyl spinors. Then how does one say that it is an eigenstate of the chirality operator $\gamma^5$, which is a $4\times 4$ matrix and can act ...
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Mirrored decoupling fermion doublers and a lattice chiral fermion / gauge theory

Nielsen Ninomiya Fermion-doubling problem has known to be a challenge to construct a chiral fermion or chiral gauge theory on the lattice. There is a proposed resolution to use so-called two mirrored ...
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Complex Representation of a gauge group and a Chiral Gauge Theory

In this John Preskill et al paper, a statement is made in page 1: We will refer to a gauge theory with fermions transforming as a complex representation of the gauge group as a chiral gauge ...
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Chiral Spin Liquid(CSL), Chern number, and the ground state degeneracy(GSD)

Consider a 2D gapped CSL with a nonzero Chern number $m$, then is the GSD of the system on a torus directly related to the Chern number $m$? For example, see this article, in the last paragraph on ...
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Ground states of Chiral Boson Theory with tunneling

I am reading this paper(pdf) and on page 11, the chiral boson theory on a cylinder is studied when both edges of the cylinder are brought in close proximity so that electron is allowed. Why is it ...
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Why does the Standard Model predict Neutrinos are massless?

Why are neutrinos massless in the Standard Model? Is it connected with experimental fact that neutrinos always have only one direction of projection of spin on motion direction?
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Explaining chirality for spin 1/2 particle

I found the following explanation for chirality for spin 1/2 particles here What happens when you rotate a left- vs right-chiral fermion 360 degree about its direction of motion. Both ...
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Definition for Chiral Spin Liquid

What is the definition of chiral spin liquid? Especially what does chiral mean here? I encounter a lot of terminologies with chiral. It seems they mean differently in different contexts. If you could ...
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Weak interaction and the Chirality of anti-particles

Consider a weak current of the form $ J^{\mu} = \bar{u}_{\nu}\gamma^{\mu}(1-\gamma^5)u_{e} $ This describes the part of a weak process where a left-handed electron converts into a left-handed ...
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Chirality and helicity operators for the massless bispinor rep and their generalisation on arbitrary (tensor, 4-vector etc) cases

Let's have chirality projection operator $$ \hat {C}_{\pm} = \frac{1 \pm \gamma^{5}}{2}. $$ We introduce it and called it chirality, because $$ \hat {C}_{+}\psi = \begin{pmatrix} \psi_{\alpha} \\ 0 ...
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Chirality, helicity and their relationship for the massless case

Chirality can be interpreted as a property of Lorentz group - Lorentz transformation of field through representation $(s, 0)$ or representation $(0, s)$. For the massless particles one says, that ...
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chirality oscillations in weak interaction

As far as I have understood, the mass $m$ of a fermion causes a coupling of the both chiralities $\psi_L$ and $\psi_R$. This coupling would induce an oscillation of the chirality within a time scale ...
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What does “clockwise” mean, exactly? [closed]

I am in the middle of a discussion with a friend about the meaning of the term "clockwise". Wikipedia indicates that a clockwise rotation goes as top-right-down-left. However, my friend argues that ...
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On the Axial Anomaly

I know that if we start with a massive theory, the chiral states $L$ and $R$ remain coupled to each other in the massless limit. Because a charged Dirac particle of a given helicity can make a ...
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Could someone explain why the alpha angle in the chiral angle proof below is 120 degrees?

Here's the question: Nanotube chiral angle as a function of $n$ and $m$ Can someone explain why the alpha angle in the chiral angle proof below is 120 degrees?
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Chiral perturbation theory: what is the Quark Condensate? why expand in $U$ rather than Goldstone fields?

I'm studying Chiral Perturbation Theory (ChPT) from Scherer's manuscript "Introduction to Chiral Perturbation Theory", available at http://arxiv.org/abs/hep-ph/0210398 What I am currently having ...
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Chiral edge state as topological properity of bulk state

As far as I know, quantum hall effect and quantum spin hall effect has chiral edge state. Chiral edge state is usually closely related with delocalization, since back scattering is forbidden. However, ...
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Chirality when moving around legs in Feynman diagrams

Assuming one has the following term in a Lagrangian: $$ g (\overline{A_R} B_L)(\overline{C_R}D_L) $$ where A,B,C,D correspond to spin 1/2 Dirac particles and the subscripts $R$ and $L$ denote left- ...
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What is the relation between the Higgs field and chirality?

Wikipedia states that the spontaneous breaking of chiral symmetry "is responsible for the bulk of the mass (over 99%) of the nucleons". How do the nucleons gain mass from the spontaneous breaking of ...
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Chiral anomaly in odd spacetime dimensions

In odd number of space-time dimensions, the Fermions are not reducible (i.e. do not have left-chiral and right-chiral counterparts). Does this mean that there is no such thing as 'chiral' anomalies ...
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simple explanation of chiral anomaly?

Can somebody provide a fairly brief explanation of what the chiral anomaly is? I have been unable to find a concise reference for this. I know QFT at the P&S level so don't be afraid to use math.
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Yukawa Coupling of a Scalar $SU(2)$ Triplet to a Left-Handed Fermionic $SU(2)$ Doublet

Suppose we have a field theory with a single complex scalar field $\phi$ and a single Dirac Fermion $\psi$, both massless. Let us write $\psi _L=\frac{1}{2}(1-\gamma ^5)\psi$. Then, the Yukawa ...
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Why do chiral objects only come in pairs?

My question arise and is connected to the "strange" fact that many things seem to come in pair or in number of two similar "objects". Why are there chiral "pairs" and not groups of 3,4, or more? What ...
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Would a person not be able to distinguish left from right in outer space?

Is it true that human in outer space can't differ right side and left side, with no other objects for reference?
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absolute defintion of the right (i. e. not left) direction

The other day somebody told me that there are absolute definitions of hot and cold for instance. You can always say a is warmer than b, no matter where you are. But he said, there is no absolute ...
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How does one experimentally determine chirality, helicity, spin and angular momentum?

If I've got an instance of a fundamental particle, how can I separate out the measurements of these three concepts? (I think) I understand the theory behind them, and why the particles in the ...
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Chiral fermions from torsion flux in M-theory?

Witten's 1981 paper "Search for a realistic Kaluza-Klein theory" is frequently cited for its observation that, in a compactification of d=11 supergravity on a manifold with SU(3) x SU(2) x U(1) ...
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Weak equivalence principle tests

on the wikipedia article about the equivalence principle there is a mention about testing the EP against parity-violating masses; "The equivalence principle is untested against opposite ...
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Is there any situation in Physics where the Right Hand Rule is not arbitrary?

We use Right Hand Rule in calculating Torque not because that's the direction torque is pointing in the real, physical world, but because it's a convenient way to indicate the "sign" of the rotation ...
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What's the difference between helicity and chirality?

When a particle spins in the same direction as its momentum, it has right helicity, and left helicity otherwise. Neutrinos, however, have some kind of inherent helicity called chirality. But they can ...