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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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 ...
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Question about Supermatrix algebra

This question is inspired from a reading of Appendix F of P. van Nieuwenhuizen, Supergravity, Phys. Rep. 68 (1981) pp. 369-374. Consider a "supermatrix" $$M = \left(\begin{array}{cc} A & B\\ C ...
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One stupid question about Dirac mass term and Grassmann numbers

Let's have Dirac mass term in lagrangian: $$ L_{M} = \bar{\Psi}\Psi $$ Lagrangian must be real-valued, i.e., its Hermitian conjugation doesn't change it. But due to Grassmann nature of spinor fields, ...
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Exponent rule for Grassmann numbers

I would like to ask if the following statement is legit for the Grassmann numbers $\eta^*,\xi_1,\xi_2,\xi_3$ and real parameters $A,B$ and $C$? $$e^{A \eta^*\xi_1} e^{B \eta^*\xi_2}e^{C \eta^*\xi_3} ...
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Convert Grassmann numbers to real numbers [closed]

We know Grassmann numbers are complex numbers. Hence Grassmann integrals are also complex. How can we convert a Grassmann integral into real one, ie is there any transformation of converting complex ...
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Non-hermiticity of Dirac Lagrangian: null momentum?

The usual Dirac Lagrangian is $L(\psi,\bar\psi)=\bar\psi(i\not\partial-m)\psi$. The canonical momenta are $$ \pi=\frac{\partial L}{\partial \psi_{,0}}=i\psi^\dagger \\ \bar \pi=\frac{\partial ...
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About the definition of super Hilbert Spaces

I have founded in the literature at leas two different definition of Hilbert spaces: Definition 1: A super Hilbert space is a complex super-vector space $\mathcal{H}=\mathcal{H}_0\oplus ...
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Polchinski, (0,0) picture vertex operator

I am currently working through chapter 12 of Polchinski and am confused as to how the equation $(12.3.39)$ for the (0,0) picture vertex operator arises. From the text: The state–operator mapping ...
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Do the Grassmann coordinates in the superfield formalism have any physical meaning?

In the superfield formalism we consider fields in a space who has four so called bosonic coordinates $x^{\nu}$ and four so called fermionic coordinates ...
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Wrong sign anticommutation relation for the Dirac field?

Consider the Dirac Lagrangian $$\mathcal{L}=\psi ^{\dagger }\gamma ^{0}\left( \mathrm{i}\gamma ^{\rho }\partial _{\rho }-m\right) \psi .$$ The conjugate momenta to $\psi ^{a}$ are defined, as usual, ...
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Why must the supersymmetry generators be spinors?

I have read in a few places (for example, at page 5 here) that the supersymmetry generators must be spinors. Quoting the reference mentioned The generator of the symmetry must relate two types of ...
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What mathematical structure describes superspace and superfields?

In every book related to supersymmetry I have encountered at some point the idea of superspace is introduced. Superspace is presented as a space spanned by 4 "normal" directions and 4 Grassmannian ...
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Is it possible to write the fermionic quantum harmonic oscillator using $P$ and $X$?

The Hamiltonian of the quantum harmonic oscillator is $$\mathcal{H}=\frac{P^2}{2m}+\frac{1}{2}m\omega^2X^2$$ and we can define creation and annihilation operators ...
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Basic question about superspace, Grassmann numbers and world sheet supersymmetry

So, I'm trying to read the section on superspace from the book on string theory by Becker, Becker and Schwarz, and I realized that I've been stuck on something simple for a while. Some relevant ...
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Notation - d.o.f.'s for Grassmann delta functions in a SUSY field theory amplitude

I was reading the following paper http://arxiv.org/pdf/1306.2962v1.pdf as I stumbled upon an issue concerning counting and assigning the Grassmann degrees of freedom that appear in grassmann delta ...
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Multivariable functions of Grassmann numbers

I'm trying to derive the closed form of the fermionic coherent state defined by the relation: $$ f_i|\vec{\eta}\rangle = \eta_i |\vec{\eta}\rangle \tag{4.10} $$ My book (Atland and Simons, Condensed ...
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Supersymmetry transformations as coordinate transformations

Usually, a supersymmetry transformation is carried out on bosonic and fermionic fields which are functions of the coordinates (or on a superfield which is a function of real and fermionic ...
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Treating the spinors as Grassmann numbers or as c-number objects

In the literature on supersymmetry, the following spinor summation convention is often used (eg. Wess & Bagger's book Supersymmetry and Supergravity) $$ \psi\chi = \psi^{\alpha}\chi_{\alpha} = ...
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Transposition of spinors

Suppose we have two 4-components Dirac spinors, that is two non commuting objects, $\psi$ and $\chi$. We know that: $ \bar{\psi} \chi= - \chi \bar{\psi} $ $ \bar{\psi} = \psi^{+} \gamma_0 $ $+=T*$ ...
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Why doesn't this multiplication of Grassmann variables give the expected result?

Would anyone be able to tell me how srednicki goes from step $(44.29)$ to $(44.30)$? Here is the paragraph: Now let us introduce the notion of complex Grassmann variables via $$\begin{align} ...
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Minimization of a quaradic-like expression when calculating the generating functional for free Dirac field

The generating functional for a free Dirac field is $$Z_0[\eta,\bar{\eta}]=\int D\bar{\psi}D\psi \mathrm{exp}\{i\int [\bar{\psi}(x)S^{-1}\psi(x)+\bar{\eta}(x)\psi(x)+\bar{\psi}(x)\eta(x)]dx\}$$ where ...
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Geometric interpretation of Grassmann variable

Grassmann variables were introduced to make path-integral formalism easier to handle fermionic (anti-commutating) fields. Mathematically they represent the exterior algebra of forms (or exterior ...
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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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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 ...