Majorana fermions are the particles associated to the real representation (hence the real solution) of the Dirac equation, as established by the Italian physicist Ettore Majorana in the late 30's. By extension, a Majorana fermion will be any particle (emergent or fundamental) having the property to ...

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Anti-commutator relation of supercharges

Reading mutiple references on SUSY (e.g. Baer and Tata's Weak Scale SUSY and A SUSY Primer by S.P. Martin, arXiv:hep-ph/9709356), there seems to be different anti-commutation relation conventions for ...
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Are pure Dirac fermions (electrons, quarks, …) allowed to have effective Majorana mass?

Charged particles such as electrons and quarks are not allowed to have a hard Majorana mass (see here). With 'hard' I mean an explicit mass term in the Lagrangian which would break the corresponding ...
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Left-handed Majorana mass term forbidden by $SU(2)$?

I'm trying to figure out why a left-handed Majorana mass term is mathematically forbidden by the $SU(2)_L$ symmetry in the context of the seesaw model. As far as I get it, it is because the left ...
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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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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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Majorara zero mode in Ising chain, not exactly zero subtlety

We know the transverse field Ising model with N sites(open boundary), can be mapped into N free fermions(there are 2N modes if including the negative energy counterparts) With property: $$\gamma^\...
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A question about Majorana equation in Zee's QFT book

In chaper 2.1 of Zee's book(1st edition), he says that the majorana eqation $$i \gamma^{\mu}\partial_{\mu}\psi=m\psi_{c}$$ can be obtained from the Lagrangian:$$L=\bar{\psi}i\gamma^{\mu}\partial_{\mu}\...
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Is a Weyl fermion its own antiparticle?

Majorana fermions are their own antiparticles, and Weyl fermions are just Majorana fermions without mass. However, I haven't been able to find any source that says whether a Weyl fermion is its own ...
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Plane Wave Solutions to the Majorana Equation with Zero Momentum

My question concerns the plane wave solutions to the Majorana equation. First, recall the Dirac equation: $$(i\gamma^\mu \partial_\mu-m)\psi=0$$ I suggest a solution in the form of a plane wave with $...
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Nambu notation and the Majorana bound state

In celebrated work of Fu and Kane they show appearance of Majorana bound state thanks to presence of superconductor and surface states of topological insulator. They write Hamiltonian $H = \tfrac{1}{...
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Majorana modes in Kitaev chain [duplicate]

I am reading paper about Kitaev chain of electrons, which can exhibit famous Majorana fermions at ends of wire. The Hamiltonian (his Eq. (6)) reads $H = \frac{i}{2} \sum_j - \mu c_{2j-1}c_{2j} +(w+|\...
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Charge-conjugation of Majorana pair

I was reading this article about WIMP pair annihilation. At page six the author says that under charge conjugation a state of Majorana particles with orbital angular momentum $L$ and spin angular ...
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Majorana neutrino masses from left-handed neutrino condensate?

Let us consider a model with only left-handed neutrinos and with a new-physics interaction between these neutrinos, which leads to their condensation below a certain energy scale. Can we in principle ...
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Majorana bound states in the Bogoliubov-de Gennes (BdG) formalism

I have the Kitaev chain tight-binding Hamiltonian into the BdG formalism (like the one in the "Bulk-edge correspondence in the Kitaev chain" section of Week 1 of this course http://www.topocondmat.org/...
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Neutrinoless double beta decay: annihilation of neutrinos or nucleon absorption?

I've a question regarding the interpretation of the neutrinos in neutrinoless double beta decay: The basic issue that I have is with papers that regard the decay as a neutrino-neutrino ...
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If a neutrino and his antineutrino has different helicity how can it be a possibility that it is a Majorana particle?

All antineutrinos observed thus far possess right-handed helicity (i.e. only one of the two possible spin states has ever been seen), while neutrinos are left-handed. Notwithstanding that it is said ...
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A question about the Dirac mass and Majorana mass

I am sorry if my question seems to be naive. For the free Dirac field, the Lagrangian is $$\mathcal{L}=\bar{\psi}(i\gamma^{\mu}\partial_{\mu}-m_D)\psi$$ or expressed in the Weyl spinor, the mass term ...
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About the $Z_2$ topological invariant

In Kitaev 2001 it is shown that the topological invariant $Z_2$ in a topological superconductor (Class D or BDI, one dimensional) can be defined as $$ (-1)^\nu={\rm sign\, Pf} [ A ]={\rm sign\, Pf}[ \...
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About Weyl superconductors and fractionalized Weyl semimetals

Recently, the experimental observations of Weyl fermion semi-metal have been made. Weyl fermion becomes very hot in condensed matter physics. I am confused about the Weyl superconductors and ...
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Edge states of Kitaev chain [closed]

I am reading paper about Kitaev chain of electrons, which can exhibit famous Majorana fermions at ends of wire. The Hamiltonian (his Eq. (6)) reads $H = \frac{i}{2} \sum_j - \mu c_{2j-1}c_{2j} +(w+|\...
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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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Kitaev chain for an odd number of electrons

Kitaev shows in "Unpaired Majorana fermions in quantum wires" how unpaired Majorana fermions arise at both ends of a chain of $N$ electrons, where $N$ is even. After a quick literature search, I ...
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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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Majorana fermions in s wave superconductor

I need some help to understand the majorana fermions in $s-$ wave superconductor and to check whether following method is correct For $s-$ wave superconductor we can write the Hamiltonian as $$H=-t\...
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How can we use Majorana spinors for charged fermions in MSSM?

According to "Supersymmetry in Particle Physics" by Ian Aitchison (see e.g. p62 of arXiv), in the Minimal Supersymmetric Standard Model (MSSM) we can use Majorana language to build supermultiplets: ...
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Pseudoscalar current of Majorana fields

Consider a Majorana spinor $$ \Phi=\left(\begin{array}{c}\phi\\\phi^\dagger\end{array}\right) $$ and an pseudoscalar current $\bar\Phi\gamma^5\Phi$. This term is invariant under hermitian conjugation:...
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Quasiparticle poisoning in fractional Josephson effect

It is predicted that in the presence of Majorana zero modes, which can mediate a current that is effectively carried by half of a Cooper pair, a Josephson junction can exhibit a periodicity of 4$\pi$. ...
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Interpretation of Majorana's wave function

Given the BdG Hamiltonian of a 1D p-wave superconductor we can obtain the zero-energy excitation solution as Eq. 16.24 from Topological Insulators and Topological Superconductors (Bernevig & ...
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Ground state of AKLT chain invariant under time-reversal?

The AKLT chain is an example of an SPT phase protected by time-reversal symmetry. The Hamiltonian of the system has time-reversal symmetry. The ground state wave function can be pictured as follows (...
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Hamiltonian in Majorana basis

I read (for example here: cond-mat/0010440) very often that if we transform the Hamiltonian from a fermionic basis to the basis of Majorana operators by expanding the fermionic operators in real and ...
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Is the right-handed antineutrino the CPT conjugate of the left-handed neutrino?

I am working from the book Massive Neutrinos in Physics and Astrophysics by Mohapatra and Pal (which is available here). On page 66, the authors claim that $\psi_{L}$ is the $\mathcal{CPT}$ conjugate ...
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Unpaired Majoranas in the Kitaev chain

How can we see unpaired Majoranas for a Kitaev chain in topological non-trivial phase? By looking at the equation below (obtained by making $c_{j}=\frac{e^{-i\phi/2}}{2}\left(\gamma_{B,j}+i\gamma_{A,j}...
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Basic questions about the Kitaev chain

I am trying to understand the first 5 pages of Introduction to topological superconductivity and Majorana fermions http://arxiv.org/abs/1206.1736 I read it 2-3 times and thought about it but a few ...
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Why is non-abelian property of Majorana fermion so difficult to observe experimentally?

Kouwenhoven's group observed experimental signatures consistent with the realization of Majorana bound states in semiconductor nanowire. (Mourik et al. 2012 Science 336, 1003, http://www.sciencemag....
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Question about Majorana spinor's property

I am reading the BBS, Exercise 5.1 This exercise is nothing but showing that two Majorana spinors $\Theta_1$ and $\Theta_2$ \begin{align} \bar{\Theta}_1 \Gamma_{\mu} \Theta_2 = -\bar{\Theta}_2 \...
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Plane wave solutions of the Majorana equation

Let u(p) and v(p) be the plane wave solutions of the Dirac equation with positive respectively negative energy. In case of a solution of the Majorana equation the charge-conjugated solution is ...
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Are there topological non-trivial states in zero dimension?

The periodic table of topological insulators and superconductors suggests that there can be topological non-trivial phases in zero dimension in non-interacting system with certain symmetries. A 0D ...
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About Majorana fermion in spin-orbit coupled quantum wires

Majorana mode has attracted great theoretical and experimental interest. The experimental evidence is obtained in quantum wires. The origin theoretical proposals of quantum wires are the papers: 1、R. ...
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Topological superconductors: what is the role of spin-orbit coupling? Are there topological non-trivial states without spin-orbit?

Let's say I have a one-dimensional system with particle-hole symmetry and with broken time-reversal symmetry. As a consequence, the chiral symmetry is also broken in this case (the chiral symmetry ...
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Dirac bracket for the Majorana Lagrangian

Note: See update below. Consider the Majorana Lagrangian $$\mathcal{L}=-\psi ^{\mathrm{T}}\mathrm{i}% \gamma ^{0}\left( \gamma ^{\rho }\partial _{\rho }+m\right) \psi ,\tag{1}$$ where $% \psi \in ...
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When was the first time that superconducting quasiparticles were called Majorana fermions?

Since a number of years, the field of superconductivity has a growing obsession with Majorana fermions. I wonder how far back we can go: When was the first time that superconducting quasiparticles ...
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commutation relations for operators in projected subspaces

I am looking for a consistent re-definition of commutators for certain operators when I work in a projected subspace. Basically, I have a spin defined in terms of 4 Majorana operators $b_{x}$, $b_{y}$,...
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How the Vortex containing majorana bound state is non-abelian statistics

Recently,I read some papers about non-abelian statistics of majorana fermion, such as: Majorana Returns F. Wilczek http://www.nature.com/nphys/journal/v5/n9/full/nphys1380.html and Non-Abelian ...
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About recent experimental evidence of Majorana edge states in topological superconductors

I have a couple of question about the recent experimental evidence of Majorana edge states in topological superconductors. Which are the main differences between the experimental signatures of ...
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Anomaly for Majorana fermion?

In 4-spacetime dimension, is there U(1) gauge field chiral anomaly associated with Majorana fermion (or I am not sure if it is equivalent, majorana representation)? Besides, I have read from several ...
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How to calculate the ground states' Berry phases with doubly degeneracy, such as that due to the particle-hole symmetry or time reversal symmetry?

Suppose the ground states of a system are doubly degenerate due to an anti-unitary symmetry $K$, which are $|\psi>$ and $|K\psi>$. If the system is an one-dimensional Fermion system and anti-...
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What makes a superconductor topological?

I have read a fair bit about topological insulators and proximity induced Majorana bound states when placing a superconductor in proximity to a topological insulator. I've also read a bit about ...
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What are the quantum numbers of Majorana neutrinos?

I have a question about majorana neutrinos. Majorana particles are particles that are their own antiparticle. From this I would argue that they need to have all quantum numbers equal to zero. My ...
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Neutrino mass and the Majorana equation

I can't seem find this on the Internet. What does the Majorana equation predict neutrino masses to be (if they were their own antiparticle), and how? (I have little understanding of spinors, btw...) ...
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What is the number of fermions in Kitaev honeycomb model?

One way to solve the Kitaev honeycomb model: $$ H = J_x \sum_{\textrm{x links}, <ij> } \sigma^x_i \sigma^x_j + J_y \sum_{\textrm{y links}, <ij> } \sigma^y_i \sigma^y_j + J_z \sum_{\...