A fully relativistic (Lorentz covariant) description, first put forward by Paul Dirac in 1928, of the first quantized, spin one half fermion with nonzero mass. Physical notions to do with this equation include the Dirac sea, Dirac hole theory, the Klein Paradox and the fine structure of the Hydrogen ...

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Dirac operator Feynman propagator

Is it true that the following identity holds for the Feynman prescription Dirac propagator: $$ S_F(x) \stackrel{?}{=} \gamma^0[S_F(-x)]^\dagger\gamma^0 $$ where $S_F$ is defined as the Green's ...
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How to find full energy of field of an arbitrary half-integer spin?

Let's have arbitrary half-integer spin $n + \frac{1}{2}$ representation: $$ \Psi_{\mu_{1}...\mu_{n}} = \begin{pmatrix} \psi_{a, \mu_{1}...\mu_{n}} \\ \kappa^{\dot {a}}_{\quad ...
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Why do we assume that Dirac spinor $\Psi$ describe the particle, not the field?

It is a well-known fact that Klein-Gordon scalar $\Psi(x)$, $$ (\partial^{2} + m^2) \Psi (x) = 0 $$ as well as 4-vector $A_{\mu}(x)$, $$ (\partial^{2} + m^{2})A_{\mu} = 0,\quad ...
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Hamilton formalism for Dirac spinors

Let's have the Dirac free lagrangian: $$ L = \bar {\Psi} (i\gamma^{\mu}\partial_{\mu} - m) \Psi . $$ I can rewrite it as $$ L = i\Psi^{\dagger}\partial_{0}\Psi - H_{d}, \quad H_{d} = ...
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In the Dirac equation, do $\alpha$ and $p$ commute?

The Dirac Hamiltonian is given as $H = \vec \alpha·\vec pc + \beta mc^2$ , Do the alpha and beta operators commute with the momentum operator? If yes then how?
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The average value of the the square of Dirac velocity operator

Let's have Dirac velocity operator (the case of the free particle: $$ \hat {\mathbf v} = i [\hat {H}, \hat {\mathbf r}] = \hat {\alpha}, \quad \hat {H} = (\hat {\alpha} \cdot \hat {\mathbf p}) + \hat ...
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Difference between positron and electron scattering in Coulomb field

In first order of perturbation theory the S-matrix amplitude for electron scattering in the Coulomb field will be (up to normalization factors) $$ S_{fi} = \frac{iZ q^2}{\sqrt{2E_{f}2E_{i}}}\bar ...
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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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Confusion about Dirac mass term

In chiral basis, $\psi=\begin{pmatrix} \psi_L\\ \psi_R \end{pmatrix}$ and therefore, $\overline\psi=\psi^\dagger\gamma^0=\begin{pmatrix} \psi^\dagger_L & \psi^\dagger_R ...
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Angular momentum operator for 2 dimensions?

Recently I get the task to build (2 + 1)-Dirac theory. I wrote corresponding Dirac equation in a form $$ (i\sigma_{0}\partial_{0} + i\sigma_{1}\partial_{1} + i\sigma_{2}\partial_{2} - m)\Psi = 0, $$ ...
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The proof that Dirac's hamiltonian commutes with inversion operator

I tried to check the statement that Dirac free Hamiltonian commutes with inversion operator. For $$ \hat {P}\Psi(\mathbf r , t) = i\hat {\gamma}_{0}\Psi (-\mathbf r , t), \quad \hat {H} = (\hat ...
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Majorana mass vs Dirac Mass

Why is it said that the Dirac mass term conserves the fermion number but the Majorana mass term does not? Can someone explain this mathematically? Which breakdown of symmetry is responsible for ...
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Dirac equation in QFT vs relativistic QM

How does the Dirac equation in quantum field theory solve the existing problems in the interpretation Dirac equation (as a single-particle wave equation) in relativistic quantum mechanics? EDIT: The ...
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How to find an action of $(\hat {\sigma} \cdot \hat {\mathbf L} )$ on spherical spinors?

Let's have the spherical spinors $\psi_{j, m, l = j \pm \frac{1}{2}}$, $$ Y_{j, m, l = j \pm \frac{1}{2}} = \frac{1}{\sqrt{2l + 1}}\begin{pmatrix} \pm \sqrt{l \pm m +\frac{1}{2}}Y_{l, m - \frac{1}{2}} ...
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Relation between Dirac spinor and its adjoint

I'm trying unsuccessfully to solve the following problem in Thomson's Modern Particle Physics: "Starting from $(\gamma^{\mu} p_{\mu} - m) u =0, $ show that the corresponding equation for the ...
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Sign in front of QFT kinetic terms

I'd like to know if the sign in front of a kinetic term in QFT important. For the scalar field we conventionally write (in the $ + --- $ metric), \begin{equation} {\cal L} _{ kin} = \frac{1}{2} ...
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From Dirac to Klein-Gordon in curved spacetime

Is there an easy/elegant way of showing that "squaring" the Dirac equation in curved spacetime yields the Klein-Gordon equation, just like it happens in Minkowski space? A brute force approach would ...
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Two pairs of projection operators of the Dirac equation

The Dirac equation may be interpreted as the action of projection operator $\frac{1 - \Delta}{2}\Psi = 0$, where $$ \Delta = \begin{pmatrix} 0 & \Delta_{b \dot {a}} \\ \Delta^{\dot {b}a} & 0 ...
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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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Parity violating Dirac particle

We normally write down the Dirac Lagrangian as \begin{equation} {\cal L} _D = \bar{\psi} ( i \partial _\mu \gamma ^\mu - m ) \psi \end{equation} but are the Lagrangian's, \begin{equation} ...
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Adjoint of Gamma Matrices - Dirac

I just started to learn how to quantise Dirac field. Meanwhile, as we can write the Dirac equation in terms of gamma matrices : $$ (i\hbar\gamma^\mu\partial_\mu - m)\psi = 0 $$ where $\gamma_\mu$ ...
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Majorana equation in two forms

Let's have two forms of Majorana equation. First form (standart or spinor representations of gamma-matrices). $$ i\gamma^{\mu} \partial_{\mu}\Psi - m\Psi = 0, \quad \Psi = \Psi_{c} = \hat {C} \bar ...
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Why the lowest order of matrices in Dirac equation are 4x4 matrices?

Why the lowest order of matrices in Dirac equation (Relativistic Quantums) are 4x4 matrices (and can not be 2x2 matrices)? How to prove it?
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Sign of mass of an anti-particle

When deriving the Lagrangian for Spin $\frac{1}{2}$ particles we are naturally led to using $\Psi$ and $\bar{\Psi}$. The Euler-Lagrange equations lead us to two wave equations: \begin{equation} ...
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Why must the Dirac equation multiplied by its complex conjugate give the KG equation?

This may be a simple question. I can show this is the case mathematically but cannot explain why it happens. It was only when asked why this happens when I realised I couldn't explain it ...
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Dirac adjoint of a matrix

The Dirac adjoint for Dirac spinors is defined as, $$ \bar{u} = u^{\dagger} \gamma^{0} \, . $$ However I have come across this, $$ \overline{\gamma^{\mu}} = \gamma^{\mu} \, , \tag{1} $$ (where ...
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Which of these two different forms of spin-orbit interaction is correct?

I am seeing the spin-orbit interaction in two different ways: $\lambda [\mathbf{p} \times \nabla V]\cdot \sigma$ $\lambda [\nabla V \times \mathbf{p}]\cdot \sigma$ I don't see how these two ...
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Which one is correct Dirac equation?

For a particle in potential $U(x)$ in 1D which equation is correct $$i\hbar\frac{\partial\psi}{\partial t}=(cp \sigma_x+mc^2\sigma_z+U(x))\psi$$ or $$i\hbar\frac{\partial\psi}{\partial t}=(cp ...
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Interpretation of Dirac equation states

In Pauli theory the components of two-component wavefunction were interpreted as probability amplitudes of finding the particle in particular spin state. This seems easy to understand. But when ...
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Wavefunction of an electron

Electron is a spin $\frac{1}{2}$ particle, so needs 2-component wave function but the Dirac theory of electron is based on 4-component wave function, are all components of it independent or only two ...
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Is the Dirac Lagrangian Hermitian?

I'm wondering of the Dirac Lagrangian density $$\mathcal{L} =\overline{\psi}(-i\gamma^\mu \partial_\mu +m)\psi $$ is an hermitian operator, since upon complex conjugating one gets ...
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Step in derivation of solution to Dirac equation for hydrogen

My text, when solving hydrogen in the Dirac equation, makes the claim $\varphi_{j m_j}^{(+)} = \frac{\mathbf{\sigma} \cdot \mathbf{x}}{r} \varphi_{j m_j}^{(-)}$ where $\varphi_{j m_j}^{(\pm)}$ are ...
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How to prove $(\gamma^\mu)^\dagger=\gamma^0\gamma^\mu\gamma^0$?

Studying the basics of spin-$\frac{1}{2}$ QFT, I encountered the gamma matrices. One important property is $(\gamma^5)^\dagger=\gamma^5$, the hermicity of $\gamma^5$. After some searching, I stumbled ...
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Derivation of a gamma matrices identity

While studying Srednicki's book on quantum field theory, I encountered a particular identity that is of interest to me (equation 36.40): $$\mathcal{C}^{-1}\gamma^\mu\mathcal{C}=-(\gamma^\mu)^T$$ where ...
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Dirac Lagrangian density in curved spacetime

I'm trying to derive this form of the Dirac Lagrangian density in curved space-time: $$ \mathcal{L}~=~\det\left(e\right)\bar{\Psi}\Bigg ...
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Calculating the dispersion relation of dirac lagrangian in curved spacetime

I am trying to calculate the dispersion relation for a fermion in a gravitational field. So far, I have computed the equation of motion, but I am stuck trying to figure out a determinant I just can't ...
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Derivation of the quadratic form of the Dirac equation

I am asked to derive the quadratic form of the Dirac equation in an electromagnetic field, $\left[\left(i\hbar \partial - \frac{e}{c}A\right)^2 - \frac{\hbar e}{2c} \sigma^{\mu\nu} F_{\mu\nu} - ...
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Parity Transformation Behavior of (Weyl-)spinors

Suppose $u^\pm (p)$ are Weyl-spinors with helicity $h = \pm$, i.e. solutions of the Dirac equation $p_\mu \gamma^\mu u(p) = 0$. How do these spinors behave under parity transformation? In ...
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Majorana equation and non-invariance of spinor representation under discrete Lorentz transformations

Here I asked about getting an equation for two-component spinor as the alternative for Dirac equation. It was found that it is called Majorana equation. It may be easily derived by using historical ...
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Unitary Lorentz transformation on quantized Dirac spinor

I am stuck again on page 59 of Peskin and Schroeder. In particular, I do not know how they get equation (3.110). Let me first give some background in the way that I understand it (but I might be ...
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Question about Majorana fermions

I have a few questions about Majorana fermions. What is Majorana mass? Does it have a different value compared to the mass in the Dirac equation for an arbitrary fermion? How exactly do they differ? ...
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Equation for relativistic electron and two-component spinor

Recently I heard that there is some "alternate" equation for the Dirac one. It can be introduced if we refuse some properties of the theory describes the electron, which Dirac used in his original ...
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Fermion field structure in non-abelian gauge theories

I am trying to understand the structure of the fermions in non-abelian gauge theories. Disclaimer: my question might be very trivial (I suspect the answer could simply be "a change of basis"), but I ...
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Massless spin 1/2 particle

Could a massless spin 1/2 particle, or more generally massless half-integer spin particles exist? Does it make sense to say that they could be described for example by the Dirac equation by forgetting ...
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Negative energy solutions Dirac equation without radation field

In the book "Relativistic Quantum Mechanics" by Bjorken and Drell in Chapter 5.1 page 64 there is the following statement about the problem of negative solutions to the Dirac equation: By their ...
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Dirac field and stress-energy tensor density

I read somewhere that stress-energy tensor density is a symmetric tensor. But if I take the Dirac Field tensor: $$T^{\mu \nu}=i \psi^\dagger \gamma^0 \gamma^\mu \partial^\nu \psi $$ How could I ...
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Representation of Hamiltonian in terms of “creation” and “destruction” operators

Let's have Schrodinger equation or Dirac equation in Schrodinger form: $$ i \partial_{0}\Psi = \hat {H}\Psi . $$ Sometimes we can introduce some operators $\hat {A}, \hat {B}$ (the second is not ...
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Lorentz transformation of the Spinor Field

I'm reading chapter 3 of Peskin and Schroeder and am stuck on page 43 of P&S. They have defined the Lorentz generators in the spinor representation as: \begin{equation} S^{\mu \nu} = ...
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Infinitesimal transformations and Poisson bracket for Dirac spinors

I apologize for the cumbersome calculations. Let's have $\Psi$, $i\Psi^{\dagger}$, which are canonical coordinate and impulse in space of solutions of Dirac equation. It can be showed that they have ...
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About Dirac equation in curved spacetime (spherical)

I would like to ask you about the separation of variables of the Dirac equation in curved space-time. The metric is given by $$ds^{2}=-dt^{2}+dr^{2}+r^{2}d\theta^{2}+\alpha^{2}r^{2}\sin^{2}\theta ...