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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Fermi energy of electron gas with electrostatic interaction

I have been given the following exam question and am unsure how I would go about solving it: Consider the case of a one-dimensional metal, consisting of a chain of $N$ positive charges $+q$ ...
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“Constant Fermion”

I was talking to a professor in my institution which works in Lorentz Violation of various QF theories. While we talk about a SUSY lagrangian, I asked him if we could have a fermion acquiring VEV and ...
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Can light be a spinor?

A recent discovery suggests that photons can have half-integer spins. This seems to contradict the well understood notion that photons are vector (1-form) fields What does this mean for the ...
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Variables in the Dirac Equation Lagrangian [duplicate]

(Warning: I'm a student of mathematics with no training in physics.) In derivations of the Dirac equation from an action principle, one encounters the action $$S= \displaystyle\int\,d^4x ...
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Peculiarity about a system of three electrons

Consider three (or any number bigger than 2) electrons without spatial degrees of freedom, thus the only degree of freedom is the spins. The Hilbert space is then formed by the tensor product of the ...
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Chemical Potential as a function of Temperature

I have considered an ideal fermi gas. Then, we can obtain an expression for chemical potential as a function of Temperature. I want to understand the physical significance to it or what it really ...
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Why don't degenerate gases expand from heat?

Degenerate gases are excellent conductors of heat. However, the fermions that compose the gas will not expand outwards due to heat, except in incredibly high temperatures. Why is this? Does it have ...
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Supersymmetrizing bosonic actions at higher orders

Given only the bosonic terms of a supersymmetric action, using a knowledge of the (local) supersymmetry transformations, is there a systematic way of reconstructing the fermionic terms? More ...
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Fierz identity for chiral fermions [closed]

First of all I define the convention I use. The matrices $\bar{\sigma}^\mu$ I will use are $\{ Id, \sigma^i \}$ where $\sigma^i$ are the Pauli matrices and $Id$ is the 2x2 identity matrix. I will use ...
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Why don't we call the fermions in the standard model force carriers?

Maybe this is a chicken-and-egg problem, but couldn't we call all the bosons fundamental and treat the fermions as force carriers between them? EDIT: After all we never see the asymptotic states of ...
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Time-ordering of fermion operators

If $A$ and $B$ are fermion operators then the time ordering is defined as \begin{eqnarray} T(AB) = \left\{ \begin{array}{rl} AB, & \mbox{if $B$ precedes $A$}\\ -BA, & \mbox{if $A$ precedes ...
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What experimental measurement could be used to show that a neutrino is a Majorana and not a Dirac particle?

I've just been reading something on the concept that neutrinos could be Majorana particles and not Dirac fermions. I was wondering what experimental measurement could show/prove that neutrinos are in ...
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Spontaneous symmetry breaking of a spinor / vector field [duplicate]

Why does SSB deal only with scalar fields and not with fermion or vector fields? My professor told me that it's closely related to the Lorentz invariance of the theory, but I don't understand at all ...
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Why cannot fermions have non-zero vacuum expectation value?

In quantum field theory, scalar can take non-zero vacuum expectation value (vev). And this way they break symmetry of the Lagrangian. Now my question is what will happen if the fermions in the theory ...
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Connection between singlet, triplet two-electron states and the Slater determinant

I'm confused about a number of things concerning two-electron systems and spin. Here is (perhaps too much) exposition, skip to "the problem" if you want: Consider the helium atom in the simplified ...
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Is there a simple man's perspective of Pauli’s exclusion principle [closed]

I've been pondering over a questions from a while. Please forgive me if I am being too naive. We all know that because of Pauli's exclusion principle no two electrons can populate one state. This ...
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Would Hund's rules still be valid if the electron had spin 3/2?

One of my homework assignments in atomic physics was the following: Given electrons had a Spin of $S = 3/2$, what would be the number of the first 4 noble gasses (complete shells)? The obvious ...
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What is the form of the kinetic energy operator on a one-dimensional (real space) lattice? (In second quantization)

I'm trying to figure out how one would write down the Hamiltonian of a free fermion system (eventually in second quantization) on a one dimensional lattice and I'm having trouble both coming up with ...
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Energy in free Dirac equation [duplicate]

In one text after general solution of free Dirac equation, I read: for consistency in contribution to the energy both from particles and antiparticles we need anti commutator, and particle and ...
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Super conductivity and energy gap in fermionic/bosonic subspaces

I am trying to understand the phenomena of super-conductivity from a broader level. What I understand for now is that for super-conductivity to be possible in a system, a necessary requirement is that ...
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Do Weyl fermions carry electric charge?

Do Weyl fermions carry ordinary electric charge? That is, do they interact with, for instance, electrons or photons?
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Why do the different lepton generations have different masses?

I've been reading Mark Srednicki's book on Quantum Field Theory, and toward the end (Chapter 88), he describes how the different generations of leptons acquire mass via Yukawa interactions. However, ...
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The fifth gamma matrix and fermion fields

I am aware of the various relations with Dirac spinors and chirality but how does the fifth gamma matrix $\gamma^5$ behave with fermion fields, $\psi$? Does the fifth gamma matrix have any particular ...
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What is the difference between the generation of mass for Fermions compared with Bosons in the standard model?

I've seen a few questions asking how the Higgs mechanism generates mass for particles of the standard model. However, I haven't seen any which specify the differences between Bosons and Fermions in ...
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Fermi momentum and Fermi energy

I have some confusion about the concept of fermi energy/fermi momentum. Is the fermi momentum always defined as $\sqrt{2mE_F}$ ,where $E_F$ is the fermi energy, or the fermi momentum depends, as ...
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Is there some special case where a fermion can mediate a force?

Looking at the comments of this questions Does the gravitino contribute to the gravitational interaction? and even considering that the answers here in this other question Why are all force particles ...
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Why is Fermi-Dirac type of distribution used in semiconductors?

We assume that distribution of electrons follows Fermi-Dirac distribution / statistics in semiconductor model which will help to find the concentrations of electron and holes and the relationship ...
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Is there a reason why the spin of particles is integer or half integer instead of, say, even and odd?

It seems to me that we could change all the current spin values of particles by multiplying them by two. Then we could describe Bosons as even spin particles and Fermions as odd spin particles. Is ...
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Fermion Trucation

I recently posted about truncating fermions in supergravity Lagrangians and got a good answer about how this gives a vev to the bosonic content and therefore freezes it to a stationary point of the ...
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Fermionic ladder operators [closed]

After reading Dirac's method for finding the eigen energies of a harmonic oscillator by means of ladder operators and commutation relations, I tried making some exercises on them. First I did a ...
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Ignoring fermions in string theory/supergravity

Often in string theory/supergravity, papers will say something along the lines of "we set all the fermions to zero and focus purely on the bosonic field content". See e.g. the final lines on p3 of ...
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Modeling non-quantum objects (in finance, sociology etc) using fermionic fields?

Please provide (if any) applications of fermionic field theory in non-physics macro contexts (finance, sociology etc). I see only bosonic fields being used mostly. The only (minor) application of ...
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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: Let $P$ be physical exchange. This operator swaps ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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Is there a soft Goldstino theorem?

For ordinary spontaneously broken symmetries, you can demonstrate relations between S-matrix elements with a soft goldstone emission and another S-matrix element without the emission. If I break ...
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Does charge conjugation affect parity?

Notice that these transformations do not alter the chirality of particles. A left-handed neutrino would be taken by charge conjugation into a left-handed antineutrino, which does not interact in ...
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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 ...