Fermions are particles with an intrinsic angular momentum (i.e. spin) equal to a "half integer" number of fundamental units: $\frac{(2n+1)}{2} \hbar$ for integer $n$. Fermions are required to be in a quantum state that is globally anti-symmetric, which leads to the Pauli Exclusion Principle barring ...

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Why does exchanging coordinates produce a phase of $\pm 1$ in an identical particle wavefunction?

Consider a system of two identical particles described by a wavefunction $\psi(x_1, x_2)$. There are two kinds of exchange operators one can define: Physical exchange $P$, i.e. swap the positions of ...
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Quick clarification needed on degeneracy

I need some hints about degeneracy. So, I consider an energy level degenerate if there are two distinct wave functions at that energy. Then, let's say I have two spin1/2 fermions in a 1D box. Is ...
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Does an instanton couple equally to all flavors?

Do gravitational / electroweak / QCD / ... instantons couple equally to all fermion flavors? For example, do QCD instantons distinguish between the different quark flavors? Edit, due to comment (...
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How is the total spin of a particle actually measured?

Say I have a fermion whose total spin I do not know. I then use a stern gerlach setup to measure $S_z$. If I find +1/2, I could say that the total spin is $1/2$. But it could also be the eigenket $|3/...
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Exchange principle in terms of states and coordinates?

I have seen the exchange principle written in two ways, one in terms of coordinates and the other in terms of states: If $\psi_{AB}(1,2)$ represents particle $A$ in state $1$ and particle $B$ in ...
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Current Status of the Monte Carlo Sign Problem

I've been reading about the Monte Carlo sign problem, and I am a little confused about its current status. Specifically, after reading this post When is the "minus sign problem" in quantum ...
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Why are spin-1/2 particles the simplest particles? [closed]

Paul Dirac, in his interview with Friedrich Hund, mentioned that it was to his surprise that his equation automatically incorporated spin. He said that he thought the simplest theory, for which he was ...
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Magnetisation of a degenerate electron gas in a weak field?

So I am looking at Landau's and Lifshitz's "Statistical Physics, Part I" chapter on degenerate fermi gases and specifically at chapter on Pauli's Mangetism or magnetism of degenerate electron gases, §...
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Chemical Potential in the canonical and grand canonical ensemble

I'm studying the ideal Fermi gas from "Statistical Mechanics", by R. K. Pathria. In particular, the following formula, which can be found on page 237: \begin{equation} \mu=\left(\frac{3N}{4 \pi g V}\...
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Could someone explain how antisymmetric position states and symmetric spin states work in an atom?

I'm reading Griffiths QM 2nd ed and he talks about how all fermions are antisymmetric in nature. Later he talks about how exchange forces with identical particles. He states that because fermions are ...
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Solving non scalar integrals in loop calculations

Consider the following integral that comes out of a loop calculation along with some fermionic propagators (e.g virtual one loop correction to a $p \gamma^* \rightarrow p'$ process such as in DIS): $$ ...
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Fermions, different species and (anti-)commutation rules

My question is straightforward: Do fermionic operators associated to different species commute or anticommute? Even if these operators have different quantum numbers? How can one prove this fact in a ...
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Physical interpretation of the chemical potential in Bose and Fermionic gas

I understand that both Fermions and bosons have the chemical potential $\nu <0$ when it is T>0, but still behave classically, the fermions would increase its chemical potential at T=0, whereas the ...
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Do I need to consider the spin of electrons when they are in infinite potential well

This is the problem I have And this is one of my books tell me what should I do And my question is: Do I need to consider spin in this case?(that is, I don't think the book is right...) I found ...
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Question about the expression of Witten Index

I am studying supersymmetry by myself. I do not understand the expression of Witten index, which is ${\rm Tr}(-1)^{F}$. What does it mean by writing $-1$ to the power of an operator $F$? Is this ...
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What are anticommuting spinor parameters $\zeta^\alpha$?

I'm reading Martin F.Sohnius, Introducing supersymmetry, page 82. It is the first time he introduces the anticommuting spinor parameters $\zeta^\alpha$ to calculate the supersymmetry variations of a ...
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Classical Fermion and Grassmann number

In the theory of relativistic wave equations, we derive the Dirac equation and Klein-Gordon equation by using representation theory of Poincare algebra. For example, in this paper http://arxiv.org/...
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Fermion decay into axions

Do you know any literature on fermion decay into an axion and a lighter fermion? I am especially interested in the dependence of the decay width on the initial fermion momentum. The momentum should ...
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inverse problem for specific heat of fermion .. has been solved?

hi given the specific heat is given by an integral equation $$ C(T)=\int_{0}^{\infty}d\nu g(\nu)\frac{u^{2}}{(e^{u\nu}+1)^{2}}\nu^{2}$$ where $ u= \frac{h}{kT}$ my question is is the following ...
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Model of the nucleus as fermi gas

I am taking an introductory course in modern physics, and am reviewing some of the exams from previous years. In our course, we studies the Fermi gas model for electrons in a metal. In one of the ...
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Two fermions with total spin 1 antisymmetric wave function? [closed]

How can I prove, that two fermions with a total spin of 1 must have an antisymmetric wave function?
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Definition of partity in quantized Dirac Theory.

I'm studying from the book "An Introduction to Quantum Field Theory" from Michael E. Peskin and Daniel V. Schroeder, and I read the following: "The operator P should reverse momentum of a particle ...
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Majorana fermions and the continuum limit of the Ising model

In Paolo Moligini's Analyzing the two dimensional Ising model with conformal field theory lecture notes, it is shown at the end of chapter 3 that the Lagrangian of the continuum limit of the Ising ...
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Why $\delta F = B\epsilon$ and not $F=B \epsilon$ in supersymmetry?

We can express supersymmetric transformations as $$\delta F = B\epsilon, \tag{1} $$ $$\delta B = F\bar{\epsilon},\tag{2}$$ where $B$ and $F$ denote the bosons and fermions, respectively, in the theory ...
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Why can a left handed fermion transform into a right handed fermion and vice versa? [closed]

How (mathematically) can we show a left handed fermion turning into a right handed fermion?
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Kitaev honeycomb model: Ground state degeneracy

Consider the Kitaev honeycomb model: $\quad -J_x\sum_{x\; links} S_i S_{i+x}- J_y\sum_{y\; links} S_i S_{i+y}- J_z\sum_{z\; links} S_i S_{i+z}$. From Lieb's theorem, the ground state is given by, $...
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Fermion Lagrangian with linear momentum versus quadratic momentum

$$ L = \bar{\psi} (\gamma^\mu (p_\mu -A_\mu)- m)\psi \tag{1} $$ $$ L = \bar{\psi} ((\gamma^\mu( p_\mu-A_\mu))^2 - m^2)\psi \tag{2} $$ Is there a difference between the two Lagragians in equations 1 ...
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How many fermions?

Quick question: I just read in a PhD thesis that there are 48 fermions. I count 6 quarks + 3 leptons + 3 neutrinos times 2 for anti-particles = 24 fermions. Am I missing something?
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Grassmann numbers in the dual space

I'm reading the section on Grassmann numbers in QFT for the Gifted Amateur and I'm confused by something said therein: First, they define a coherent state for fermions $\rvert \eta \rangle$ as \begin{...
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Why is the derivative of the Fermi-Dirac distribution negative?

Why the derivative of Fermi-Dirac distribution function at absolute zero temperature becomes negative of Dirac_Delta function. The Fermi-Dirac distribution function is \begin{equation} f_{0}(E)=\...
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Why are coherent states necessary for defining the fermionic path integral?

I am following the discussion of fermionic path integrals and Grassmann variables in QFT for the Gifted Amateur (ch. 28). It defines a coherent state for fermions $\rvert \eta \rangle$ as \begin{...
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What is the difference between Fermi level and Fermi edge?

Just as in title: What is the difference between Fermi level and Fermi edge? My friend makes some research about XPS and he encountered this term. He knows what is Fermi level, but never heard about ...
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Measuring the Dirac field

If the Dirac field $\psi(x)$ is to the electron as the Electromagnetic field is to the photon, why is it that we can measure the Electromagnetic field, whereas the Dirac field we cannot?
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What is the correct way of writing the antisymmetrized state of two identical fermions?

I am just confused: If I have 2 identical fermions, where one of them is in state A and the other one is in state b, and they are normalised and orthogonal, which statement is right: 1) $|\Psi\...
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How to find the normalization constant of Fermi-Dirac distribution function?

The Fermi-Dirac distribution function is given by $$f(E):=\dfrac{A}{{\mathrm e}^{(E-E_{F})\,/\,(k_{B}T)}+1},$$ where A is the normalization constant. When we sum over all the states, we get $1$. ...
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QFT decay rates in lower dimensions

My starting point is the decay of a Higgs particle into two fermions, with decay rate proportional to \begin{equation} \Gamma \propto g_\psi^2 N m, \end{equation} where $g_\psi$ is the coupling, $N$ ...
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Why is this proof that all $\overline{\psi}\psi\overline{\psi}\psi$ interactions are trivial incorrect?

This is a homework question for my quantum field theory class. I haven't been able to figure out the answer, and neither has anybody I asked. The homework was due two days ago. Consider a spinor ...
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Nature of the quantum degeneracy pressure

It is commonly known that it is the electron degeneracy pressure that prevents the collapse of a white dwarf into a neutron star, and it is not the electromagnetic force. However, it is also widely ...
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Dirac string and Nielsen–Ninomiya theorem

Nielsen–Ninomiya theorem states that in a lattice system one can not have just one chiral fermion. Fermions necessarily come in pairs of opposite chirality. I am wondering if one can "explain" this ...
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What is meant by fermionic and bosonic “modes”?

The paper The Dirac quantum automaton: a short review (pdf) starts off by stating: The starting point for the construction of space–time and the physical laws therein is an unstructured, countably ...
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Propagator for fermion fields and Feynman diagrams

I need some help concerning the interpretation of propagators and Feynman diagrams. The free fermion propagator is given by the contraction of two fields $\psi(x),\bar\psi(y)$: $D_F(x-y)=T\{\psi(x)\...
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Derivation of Fermions anticommutation rule

How one might derive fermions anticommutation rule? For bosonic particles, there is no ordering issue, and its commutation relation could be easily derived. However, for fermion, is there any easy way ...
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Are fermions intrinsically non-local?

Background: When one studies quantum mechanics of more than one particle, one learns that all fundamental particles can be classified as either bosonic or fermionic. Fermions have a spinor structure, ...
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Numeric fermiomic creation operators and unit cell

I have to do some numerics (e.g. FFT in Maple/Octave) on a 1D fermionic chain without forces between the particles. The description says that two sites build an unit cell. What does this mean? And ...
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Grassmann variables

In lots of QFT and SUSY texts they give you the basic properties of left and right handed Weyl spinors, $\psi$ and $\bar{\chi}$. They state that the components of these objects, $\psi^a$ and $\bar{\...
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Entangled electrons seem impossible

Two fermions cannot share the same quantum state. But two electrons can be entangled. Entangled electrons share the same quantum state. Thus a contradiction. Where is my error?
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Pauli's exclusion principle and square well potential [closed]

Consider an infinite square potential well with potential $$V(x)=\begin{cases} 0 & \text{if} -a<x<a\\ \infty & \text{otherwise.}\\ \end{cases}$$ The stationary state energies for a ...
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Why do bosons and fermions exist? [duplicate]

if i have two particles in states: |1> and |2> respectavly , and they are not identical then the combined state is |1>|2> , but if they are identical then the labels 1 or 2 are arbitrary and could be ...
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Confused about Slater Determinant

Consider a system of 2 identical fermions. $$\psi_{k_1,k_2}(x_1,x_2,m_1, m_2) = \langle x_1\,x_2\,m_1\,m_2\mid \psi \rangle$$ According to what I have read we can construct a state with the right anti-...
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quantum two particle system? [duplicate]

according to wiki if you have two different particle with state vectors |1> and |2> respectively than the state vectors of the combined system is the tensor product denoted: |1>|2> but if the two ...