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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Should the complex conjugate of a derivative of a Grassmann number include a sign?

Take a real Grassmann variable, by which I mean $\theta=\theta^*$. We have $$\int d\theta~ \theta =1,\qquad \frac{\partial}{\partial\theta}\theta=1$$ If I define the conjugation of Grassmann ...
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Connection between “classical” Grassmann variables and Heisenberg Equation of motion

I have been reading di Francesco et al's textbook on Conformal Field theory, and am confused by a particular statement they make on pg 22. Let $\{\psi_i\}$ be a set of Grassmann variables. Starting ...
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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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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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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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Replacing fermionic operators with their Fourier transform and boundary conditions

In the section 4.1 of Quantum Computation by Adiabatic Evolution, Farhi et al proposes a quantum adiabatic algorithm to solve the $2$-SAT problem on a ring. To compute the complexity of the algorithm ...
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Second Quantization: Do fermion operators on different sites HAVE to anticommute?

In second quantization, we assume we have fermion operators $a_i$ which satisfy $\{a_i,a_j\}=0$, $\{a_i,a_j^\dagger\}=\delta_{ij}$, $\{a_i^\dagger,a_j^\dagger\}=0$. Another way to say this is that $$ ...
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An integration problem involving Dirac distribution [closed]

This is an integration problem involving Dirac distribution which I can not solve. The following is the description of the problem. Define two functions as follows, \begin{eqnarray*} j(x) & = &...
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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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Re: Quantization of a Fermi field

Consider the quantization conditions for a complex Fermi field $\Psi=\Phi_1+i\Phi_2$: $$\{\Psi(x),\Psi(y)\}=\{\Psi^\dagger(x)\Psi^\dagger(y)\}=0,~~~~ \{\Psi^\dagger(x),\Psi(y)\}=\delta(x-y)$$ Compare ...
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Ambiguity in assigning intrinsic parity

We know that, fermions can have intrinsic parity either $\eta_P=+1$ or $=-1$. How does one then fix the intrinsic parities ofthe elementary particles, uniquely? Again, the intrinsic parity of a baryon ...
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Why is there a state which is annihilated by two different operators with same absolute Fourier index?

In the section 4.1 of Quantum Computation by Adiabatic Evolution, Farhi et al proposed a quantum adiabatic algorithm to solve the $2$-SAT problem on a ring. To compute the complexity of the algorithm ...
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Confused about the substitution of the fermionic operators with their Fourier transform in an adiabatic Hamiltonian

In the section 4.1 of Quantum Computation by Adiabatic Evolution, Farhi et al proposes a quantum adiabatic algorithm to solve the $2$-SAT problem on a ring. To compute the complexity of the algorithm ...
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Reasoning behind taking the Fourier transform of the fermionic operators for a circular $1$D spin chain [closed]

In the section 4.1 of Quantum Computation by Adiabatic Evolution, Farhi et al proposes a quantum adiabatic algorithm to solve the $2$-SAT problem on a ring. To compute the complexity of the algorithm ...
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$\phi^4$ theory kinks as fermions?

In 1+1 dimensions there is duality between models of fermions and bosons called bosonization (or fermionization). For instance the sine-Gordon theory $$\mathcal{L}= \frac{1}{2}\partial_\mu \phi \...
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The definition of fidelity for fermion

The definition of fidelity for two mixed ensembles is $F=Tr\sqrt{\sqrt{\rho_1}\rho_2\sqrt{\rho_1}}$. Now I came across a problem in numerical calculation, Systems A,B are identical, but attached to ...
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Integrating out fermions in Weyl semimetals

This question may have some overlaps with Can I integrate out the fermion field that is not gapped? For a system which has isolated Fermi points, for example Weyl semimetal, what is the calculation ...
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Average speed of a molecule in a fermion gas

Starting from Fermi-Dirac statistics, how can be calculated the average speed on the x-axis, $\langle v_{x} \rangle$, of a molecule in a fermion gas a $T= 0\ \mathrm K$?
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Photons are self-conjugate but neutrinos may or may not: why is that?

Caution: This may be a very naive question but I find it confusing. Moreover, I believe this question is based on potential misconception. I would like it to be clarified. Although the neutrinos are ...
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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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Could a photon also be a fermion? [duplicate]

Some phycisits have found photons that has a spin of 1,5. Now fermions has always a half spin and bosons like photons always with a whole spin. But if those photons really exists are they than ...
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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 \,\bar\psi(x)...
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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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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 generally,...
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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 $B$...
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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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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, I'...
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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 hep-...
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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 ...