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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CPT invariance of Dirac equation

We know that Dirac equation is \begin{equation} ( i \partial _\mu \gamma ^\mu - m ) \psi ~=~0. \end{equation} How can we show that Dirac equation is invariant under CPT transformation?
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Interacting Lagrangian - Coupling constant and cutoff factor

I have a general question concerning a given interacting Lagrangian: $$\mathfrak{L}_I = \frac{g}{\Lambda^2} \bar{\chi} \ \gamma^\mu \gamma_5 \ \chi \ \partial^\nu F_{\mu\nu}$$ where $F_{\mu\nu}$ is ...
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Spinor Commutator in Peskin and Schroeder

In (3.87, page. 53) Peskin and Schroeder write $$\psi(\vec{x}) = \int\frac{d^{3}p}{(2\pi)^{3}} \frac{1}{\sqrt{2E_{\vec{p}}}} e^{i\vec{p} \cdot \vec{x}} \sum_{s=1,2} (a_{\vec{p}}^{s}u^{s}(\vec{p}) + ...
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Another Power Counting/ mass dimension question

Are the mass dimension of the Dirac field different from those of the Klein-Gordon field, or is this just another issue of "cannonical normalization?" For instance if $\mathcal{L}_{KG}=\int ...
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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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Fermion as a mixture of particle and antiparticle

The solution to the Dirac equation (in the Dirac basis) are 4 coupled fields. The first 2 of them represent a particle (spin up/down), the other 2 fields are the antiparticle (spin up/down). When the ...
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Difference between $\psi_{\alpha}$ and and $u^{\pm}$ in Dirac fields?

What is clear difference between say Psi_1,psi_2,....psi_4 and the U+- and V+- matrices in case of dirac fields or are u,v (or some book use U^(1),U^(2)) matrices some rep of the same
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Why zero modes of the internal Dirac operator must be in representations of the isometry group of the compact space

Imagine a manifold $\mathbb{R}^{1,3}\times{}B$ where $B$ is a compact group-manifold with isometry group $U(1)\times{}SU(2)\times{}SU(3)$. Let's consider the Dirac equation for a massless Spinor ...
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Dirac equation in curved spacetime - found second derivatives of the metric, violation of the principle of equivalence?

I am working on the Dirac equation on curved spacetime. A Foldy-Wouthuysen transformation was applied to obtain the semiclassical limit of the equation to study the dynamics of the spin of the ...
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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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Spinor reps in $\mathbb{R}^{1,3}\times{}B$ space-times

I am considering spinors in a space-time which is $\mathbb{R}^{1,3}\times{}B$ being $B$ a compact manifold of $D$ dimensions. I know that in ordinary 4 dimensional space-time spinors are ...
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Does Dirac's idea of filled negative energy states make sense?

Please bear with me a bit on this. I know my title is controversial, but it's serious and detailed question about the explanation Dirac attached to his amazing equations, not the equations themselves. ...
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Fourier Coefficents in general solution to Klein-Gordon Dirac-equation?

The most general solution to the Klein-Gordon equation is written as \begin{equation} \Phi(x)= \int \mathrm{d }k^3 \frac{1}{(2\pi)^3 2\omega_k} \left( a(k){\mathrm{e }}^{ -i(k x)} + a^\dagger(k) ...
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Dirac Field Ehrenfest Proper Time derivative?

The Dirac Equation has a corresponding Ehrenfest time derivative for the evolution of operators relativistic quantum mechanics. Is there a similar theorem for the evolution of relativistic operators, ...
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The anapole moment, derivation from Dirac current density

Basically I am looking for a way to expand the electromagnetic interaction energy $W = A_{\mu}j^{\mu}$ (both $A$ and $j$ obtained from the Dirac equation) similar to the classical expansion in ...
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Zitterbewegung for massless particle

Is it possible for a massless particle to undergo zitterbewegung? In massive Dirac theory the Zitterbewegung frequency comes out to be $2mc^2/\hbar$. It looks like the effect will vanish for a ...
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How to show that in 1D scalar potential well there isn't pairs production (Dirac particle)

Let's have the potential $U = -V_{0}$ for $|x| \leqslant a$ and $U = 0$ for $|x| > a$. The stationary Dirac equation for bound states gives $$ tg(\frac{p_{2}a}{\hbar}) = \frac{2\Gamma}{1 - ...
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Why fermions have a first order (Dirac) equation and bosons a second order one?

Is there a deep reason for a fermion to have a first order equation in the derivative while the bosons have a second order one? Does this imply deep theoretical differences (like space phase dimesion ...
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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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Introduction to spinors in physics, and their relation to representations

First, I shall say that I am familiar with the intuitive idea that a spinor is like a vector (or tensor) that only transforms "up to a sign" when acted on by the rotation group. I have even rotated a ...
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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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Electromagnetic current for interaction with Dirac spinors

The covariant form of the Dirac equation is given by $$(i\gamma^{\mu}\partial_{\mu} - M) \Psi(x) = 0 $$ Einstein's summation is implied here, $x=(x^0,x^1,x^2,x^3)^T$. I am simply looking for the ...
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How is the current for the Dirac equation derived?

Why is it that the derivative of the current $j^\mu$ is the difference between the Dirac equation and its adjoint?
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Components of the Weyl spinor field

In the Weyl basis we can separate the spinor field into 2 components: the right-chiral spinor and the left-chiral spinor. Each of these fields has again 2 components which are coupled. What is the ...
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Proof of equivalence of different representations of the $\gamma$-matrices in the Dirac equation

This question concerns the Dirac equation and the $4\times4$ $\gamma$-matrices. The task is to prove that a similarity transformation of the standard $\gamma$-matrix conserves the commutation relation ...
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Dimension of gamma matrices in higher dimensional Dirac equations

Reading about Dirac's equation in higher dimensional space-times I have read that the gamma matrices are $2^{[D/2]}\times{}2^{[D/2]}$. So, if we have $D=11$, for example, how is this formula supposed ...
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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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Can we treat $\psi^{c}$ as a field independent from $\psi$?

When we derive the Dirac equation from the Lagrangian, $$ \mathcal{L}=\overline{\psi}i\gamma^{\mu}\partial_{\mu}\psi-m\overline{\psi}\psi, $$ we assume $\psi$ and ...
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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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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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Is Zitterbewegung an artefact of single-particle theory?

I have seen a number of articles on Zitterbewegung claiming searches for it such as this one: http://arxiv.org/abs/0810.2186. Others such as the so-called ZBW interpretation by Hestenes seemingly ...
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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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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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Where is spin in the Schroedinger equation of an electron in the hydrogen atom?

In my current quantum mechanics, course, we have derived in full (I believe?) the wave equations for the time-independent stationary states of the hydrogen atom. We are told that the Pauli Exclusion ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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} ...