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Grassmann number representation for fermions

How one can simultaneously represent fermionic operators and its corresponding Grassmann variables, so that all the anticommutation relations between them and also states would take place? $$ ...
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Does the commutator of anything with itself not vanish?

In a quantum mechanics exam one question was to write the commutator of a couple of operators. Everybody got points taken away since they did not write $[Q_i, Q_i] = 0$ for all the operators $Q_i$ in ...
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Relative Minus signs from different Feynman Diagrams

I have a problem understanding the occurrence of a the relative minus signs between contributions, coming from different Feynman diagrams, involving fermions. A simple example is Bhabha scattering ...
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Lagrangian and grassmann numbers

Why sometimes we remember that "classical" lagrangians of fermions are constructed from grassmann numbers, while sometimes don't? For example, for Majorana's field in terms of 2-component spinors ...
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What happens to the free energy of the two-dimensional ising model with vortices?

The classical 2d Ising model has a Hamiltonian of the form: \begin{equation} H = -\sum_{m,n = 0}^{M,N} J_1 x_{m,n}x_{m+1,n} + J_2 x_{m,n}x_{m,n+1} \end{equation} The partition function for the model ...
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The correspondence between Grassmann number and 4-spinor

In canonical quantization, we view the Dirac field $\psi$ as a $4\times1$ matrix of complex number. While in path integral quantization, we view the Dirac field $\psi$ as a Grassmann number. For two ...
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Fermion propagator is not a Grassmann-odd object?

Is the following differentiation correct: $$ \frac{\delta}{\delta\eta\left(z\right)}\int d^{4}yS_{F}\left(z-y\right)\eta\left(y\right) = S_F\left(z-z\right)$$ where $\eta$ is a Grassmann-valued ...
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dual variables for lattice fermions

I am quite familiar with duality transformations for lattice spin systems (i.e. systems with global $O(n)$ symmetry) and pure gauge systems (i.e. local $SU(n)$). However, after searching for a bit, I ...
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Assumptions of the Coleman-Mandula Theorem

In the original paper All Possible Symmetries of the S-Matrix, by S. Coleman and J. Mandula, they prove their famous 'no go' theorem regarding the possible extensions of Poincaré symmetry. The ...
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Path integral as a functional determinant

In Peskin and Schroeder on pg. 304, the authors call the fermionic path integral: \begin{equation} \int {\cal D} \bar{\psi} {\cal D} \psi \exp \left[ i \int \,d^4x \bar{\psi} ( i \gamma_\mu D^\mu - m ...
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Gaussian Integral over Grassman variables

I need to evaluate two Grassmann integrals, one over "real" Grassmann variable another one over complex variables. Lets start with the real one first : The prototype we have for $n$ real Grassmann ...
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Completing the square for Grassmann variables

When working with path integrals of both bosonic and fermionic field variables, I'm a bit unsure of how to do the usual complete the square trick when an interaction between the two is concerned. Say ...
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Integrals over grassmann numbers

I want to prove an identity from Peskin&Schroeder, namely that $$\left(\prod\limits_i^{} \int d \theta^*_i d\theta_i\right) \theta_m^* \theta_l \exp(\theta_j^* B_{jk} \theta_k)=\det(B) ...
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Proof that eigenvalues of Fermionic creation/annihilation operators are Grassman numbers

It's stated probably in all textbooks on many-body functional integrals that operators that satisfy $$ \hat{a}^\dagger \hat{a} + \hat{a} \hat{a}^\dagger = 1 $$ must have eigenvalues that satisfy $$ ...
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Integration with Grassmann variables

How to show that $$ \int d\Psi d\bar {\Psi}e^{i \int d^{4}x\bar {\Psi} \hat {A} \Psi} = det (\hat {A})? $$ $\Psi , \bar {\Psi}$ refers to Dirac spinors (the second is $\bar {\Psi} = ...
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Product of Grassmann numbers

Let $\bar\theta$,$\theta$ be two Grassmann numbers. Then their product is a commuting number. If you were to integrate a function of the two $f(\bar\theta \theta)$ over $\bar\theta$,$\theta$ would it ...
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A few simple questions about Grassmann numbers: commutation relations and derivatives

I'm trying to learn about Grassmann numbers from the book "Condensed Matter Field Theory" by Altland and Simons, but I am currently encountering some difficulties. I have several smaller questions ...
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Determinant expansion

I've seen in a few textbooks now a useful looking expansion procedure for determinants, but I don't understand the details of it. Here is precisely the example I'm thinking of (Ex. 7.6). I don't ...
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Four Fermion Interactions

Given an action with a term like \begin{equation}S_{I}\sim \int\int (\psi^{\dagger}\psi)V(\psi^{\dagger}\psi)\end{equation} How do you evaluate this with a Fermionic path integral? I know the fields ...
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Grassmann fields according to Peskin and Schroeder

On page 301 in Peskin and Schroeder, they claim that a Grassman field $\psi(x)$ may be decomposed as $$\psi(x) = \sum_i c_i \phi_i(x),$$ where the $c_i$ are Grassmann numbers and the $\phi_i$ are ...
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Strange Grassmann double integration

I can unterstand why because the integration over Grassman variables has to be translational invariant too, one has $$ \int d\theta = 0 $$ and $$ \int d\theta \theta = 1 $$ but I dont see where ...
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Why are differential forms on a n-dimensional manifold a Grassmann algebra?

This is stated as an obvious example of a Grassmann algebra on page 32 in this tutorial I am trying to read, but to me it is unfortunately not so obvious. So can somebody expand this comment a bit ...
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What is the value of a quantum field?

As far as I'm aware (please correct me if I'm wrong) quantum fields are simply operators, constructed from a linear combination of creation and annihilation operators, which are defined at every point ...
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Constructing Supersymmetric Lagrangians

It is a very trivial doubt but somehow I am not able to figure it out. While constructing a supersymmetric lagrangian we always even number of fermionic fields. One reason is of course the product ...
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dimensional analysis of Grassmann integration/differentiation

There is another paradox that I need to resolve: The Berezin integration rules for Grassmann odd variables give the same result as differentiation: If $f=x+\theta\psi$ is a superfunction, the ...
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Number of Grassmann generators for Dirac field?

How many Grassmann generators are sufficient for the description of a Dirac spinor in 4 dimensions? i.e. The Dirac field is a map to $\Lambda_N$, the space of supernumbers with $N$ real Grassmann ...
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Grassmann paradox weirdness

I'm running into an annoying problem I am unable to resolve, although a friend has given me some guidance as to how the resolution might come about. Hopefully someone on here knows the answer. It is ...
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Superspace Uncertainty Principle

Do the "operator for translations in superspace" and the "position in superspace operator" follow an uncertainty principle? How "real" is superspace? Aside from being weird (and possibly just a ...
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Nature of Derivatives of Anticommuting Variables

This may be a noob question but I've tried searching about this and haven't been able to put things into the context of what I've been studying. (Dot means the usual derivative w.r.t. time) If $c$ ...
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Grassmann Variables Representation?

It might be a silly question, but I was never mathematically introduced to the topic. Is there a representation for Grassmann Variables using real field. For example, gamma matrices have a ...
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A different type of Gaussian Grassmann Integral

Let $A$ be an antisymmetric matrix. Usually, one proves that for a Grassmann integral of the type, $$\int d\psi d\theta \exp( \psi^T A \theta) = \det(A)$$ where $\psi$ and $\theta$ are vectors of ...
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Basic Grassmann/Berezin Integral Question

Is there a reason why $\int\! d\theta~\theta = 1$ for a Grassmann integral? Books give arguments for $\int\! d\theta = 0$ which I can follow, but not for the former one.
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What are Grassmann (even/odd) numbers used in superalgebras?

Are Grassmann numbers a concept of graded Lie algebras or is something specific to superalgebras? What are they (i.e: how are they defined, important properties, etc.)? Is there a reasonable ...
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“Velvet way” to Grassmann numbers

In my opinion, the Grassmann number "apparatus" is one of the least intuitive things in modern physics. I remember that it took a lot of effort when I was studying this. The problem was not in the ...