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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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Angular momentum of the vacuum

I'm studying quantum field theory from "An introduction to Quantum field theory" by Peskin and Schroeder and from "A modern introduction to quantum field theory" by Maggiore. I've read from "An ...
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Density matrices vs Pauli matrices

Studying quantum mechanics, I have suddenly come to the conclusion that Pauli matrices are essentially density matrices for spin systems. Does it make any sense or I have missed something?
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Supercovariant Derivative action

My query is with Weinberg Vol3 equation just above 26.7.22 Weinberg follows Majorana Superfield formalism. Where, covariant derivative is defined as, $$D_{R\alpha}=-\epsilon_{\alpha ...
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Why can the spin of a relativistic particle not be orthogonal to its momentum?

I have read that the 3-momentum of a relativistic particle cannot be orthogonal to its spin 3-vector. When thinking about how the spin vector transforms when the particle approaches light speed, it ...
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Geometry of spacetime and spinor bilinears

In this paper (http://arxiv.org/abs/0704.0247) p.20, the author says in the section titled Geometry of spacetime the following: In order to obtain the spacetime geometry, we consider the spinor ...
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How do we know if a Killing Spinor is Time-like or Null?

How to know whether a Killing spinor orbit is time-like or null? This is present in a paper like this 29/39 here. I'm not asking for a technical answer, just a logical cliche answer chit-chat answer. ...
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Basic Dirac Spinors question

Here p. 25, it says Generically, the space of Dirac spinors has $2^{d/2}$ (complex) components, and one can recast them in terms of the complexified space of forms on $\mathbb{R}^{d/2}$. My ...
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Why do $\psi_a$ and $\bar{\psi}_{\dot{\alpha}}$ represent two different degrees of freedom?

I am taking a course in QFT and I've been introduced to the concept of left-handed (undotted) and right-handed spinors (dotted). I know that left-handed spinors are associated with the irreducible ...
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What are susy transformations for N=2 sugra?

Killing spinor equations are equations that result from supersymmetric transformations. One example of those is for example is in $N=2$ Supergravity theories. As suggested by some books and papers on ...
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Spin-1/2 rotation operator: rotation about an angle of $\pi$

The spin-1/2 rotation operator: $$ R_{n}(\alpha) = \begin{pmatrix} cos(\frac{\alpha}{2})-in_{z}sin(\frac{\alpha}{2}) & (-in_{x}-n_{y})sin(\frac{\alpha}{2}) \\ ...
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spin representations and polynomials

I'm reading Group Theory and General Relativity by Moshe Carmeli and his discussion of spin representations of SU(2) and the isomorphism to the space of homogenous polynomials is confusing me. I'll ...
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Solving Weyl Equations

In my second taking of QFT we just finished the Dirac equation. As an exercise I tried applying what I have (re-) learned to the Weyl equations. I'd like someone to check if my work is correct. For ...
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$(\frac{1}{2},\frac{1}{2})$ and $(\frac{1}{2},0)\bigoplus (0,\frac{1}{2})$ [duplicate]

I am confused about the notation. What's the differences between $(\frac{1}{2},\frac{1}{2})$ and $(\frac{1}{2},0)\bigoplus (0,\frac{1}{2})$, or maybe $(\frac{1}{2},0)\bigoplus (\frac{1}{2},0)$ ? ...
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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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Which particles have helicity?

I know electrons have helicity but can particles which are not fundamental i.e.protons have helicity?
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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 ...
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Helicity amplitudes and muon/electron currents

I have the following helicity spinor: $$ u_R=\sqrt{E} \begin{pmatrix} c \\ se^{i\phi} \\ c \\ se^{i\phi} \end{pmatrix} $$ We take $s=\sin\theta/2$ and $c=\cos\theta/2$. Also, $E$ and $\phi$ are ...
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Cyclicity of trace with fermionic arguments

I think this is a non-question, but it has me considerably worried. Consider the piece of a Lagrangian density given by, $$\mathcal{L} = ...
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Tensor product of spin states

I just wanted to check that I carried out this problem correctly. I got the correct answer, but I'm not sure if what I did to get it is completely correct. This is from the second part of problem 3.4 ...
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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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Local Lorentz transformations

If $\gamma^m$ denotes a tangent space gamma matrix, and $\gamma^\mu$ denotes a curved space gamma matrix, then they are related by $$\gamma^\mu(x) = \gamma^m e_{m}^{\mu}(x)$$ where $e_{m}^{\mu}(x)$ ...
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Are fermions intrinsically non-local?

Background: When one studies quantum mechanics of more than one particle, one learns that all fundamental particles can be classified as either bosonic or fermionic. Fermions have a spinor structure, ...
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Conformal compactification and the use of spinors (Twistor theory)

I was reading the book from Huggett and Tod "An introduction to twistor theory" and as the book evolves they reach to the necessity to "found" a Lie derivative of a spinor respect to a conformal ...
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Twistor theory. Huggett and Tod (problems with one equation)

I'm reading about twistors from the book of Huggett and Tod: $\textit{ An introduction to twistor theory}$. I'm trying to understand everything and reproduce every equation that comes here. So, ...
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A Lie derivative $\mathcal{L}_{\alpha^A}$ with respect to a spinor $\alpha^A$?

Suppose we work with Minkowski flat space $M$ (just to make things easy). If $\textbf X$ is a Killing vector field it is possible to define the Lie derivative of an spinor $\alpha^A$ with respect to ...
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Covariant Derivative commutator on a Spinor [closed]

I am trying to prove 8.14 of Supergravity - Freedman. The equation that I am trying to show is $$\gamma^\mu \nabla_\mu \gamma^\nu \nabla_\nu \psi = (g^{\mu\nu}\nabla_\mu \nabla_\nu - ...
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Complex conjugation of Weyl Spinors

Let $\chi$ be a left-handed Weyl spinor transforming as $$\delta\chi=\frac{1}{2}\omega_{\mu\nu}\sigma^{\mu\nu}\chi.$$ In my lecture notes it is explicitly stated that complex conjugation interchanges ...
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Is there a heuristic explanation why the possible spin values in another direction are not equiprobable for a spin-1 particle?

Let's deal with spin $1/2$ systems and fix a value (e.g. $+1/2$) in a given direction (e.g. $z$). Following a measurement along an orthogonal direction (e.g. $x$), we obtain 50% probability for $+1/2$ ...
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Scattering Amplitudes from Feynman Diagrams (Spinor Helicity Formalism)

$\require{cancel}$ I am trying to do an exercise from Scattering Amplitudes By Elvang (Exercise 2.9) which states: Show that $A_5(f^-\bar{f}^-\phi\phi\phi) = g^3\frac{[12][34]^2}{[13][14][23][24]} ...
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Spinor field normalisation from poles in the propagator

In the theory of free scalar bosons (KG field) it is a basic result that the propagator $\Delta(p)$ has poles at $p^2=m^2$, with residue $1$ (or any other constant, depending on conventions). Thinking ...
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Neutrinos and global $U(1)$ symmetry of Weyl fields

My book on QFT says that neutrinos are well described by left-handed Weyl spinor. The classical Lorentz-invariant Lagrangian density for that field is: $$ \mathcal{L} = ...
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Simple question about gamma five and re-writing the Dirac lagrangian

I'm working a problem (Zee, p. 100) asking me to rewrite the Dirac lagrangian in terms of the left and right projections, and along the way I run into: $$\overline{\psi} i \gamma_µ \partial^µ \psi - ...
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Index Placement for Spinors in Relativity

This may ultimately be a silly question, but a pedantic mind like mine gets tied into knots over differing notation. (Disclaimer: I'm a mathematician.) Let $\mathbb{W}$ be a complex two-dimensional ...
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Derivation of Dirac equation in curved spacetime

In all the Literature I have read, the covariant Dirac equation in curved spacetime is given as \begin{equation} ...
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Four-momentum and Dirac equation in curved spacetime

Norm of four momentum in Minkowski spacetime is proportional to the square of rest mass as \begin{equation}|P|^2= P^\alpha \eta_{\alpha\beta}P^\beta= (E/c)^2 - p^2 = (mc)^2 \end{equation} While in ...
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Spin 1/2 wavefunction transformation under inversion and mirror symmetry

I'm considering group-theory applications to condensed matter physics now. In particular I work with the following paper: http://journals.aps.org/pr/pdf/10.1103/PhysRev.100.580 and try to understand ...
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Pauli matrices identity with no repeating indices

I was just wondering if there is a proof of, or an example utilizing the following relation: ...
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Is the Dirac equation equivalent to the Klein-Gordon equation for its left handed component?

The Dirac equation $$(i\gamma^a\partial_a - m)\psi=0\tag{0}$$ is given by a first order operator acting on a Dirac spinor, which is the direct sum of a left handed spinor and a right handed spinor. ...
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Why do electrons and positrons exhibit opposite helical motion in a magnetic field?

When you throw an electron through a solenoid, it moves helically around the field lines, as per this schoolphysics illustration: © Keith Gibbs 2013 Then if we were to throw a positron through the ...
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Why complexify in order to construct Dirac representation?

Suppose we have a theory is covariant under the Spin group Spin(2n-1; 1). We consider the real vector space $V = R^{2n-1,1}$, which naturally comes with a Lorentzian inner product. On this vector ...
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Where do certain relations relevant to helicity eigenstates come from in Peskin and Schroeder?

On pages 46-47 of Peskin and Schroeder, equations 3.52 and 3.53 are introduced when we have picked specific values of the numerical two-component spinor $\xi$. We choose a basis of ...
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What does it mean to differentiate a spinor-valued field?

Peskin and Schroeder, equation 3.28, states that the Klein-Gordon equation $$(\partial^2+m^2)\psi=0 \tag{3.28}$$ is a valid choice of equation for a Dirac spinor field. Their explanation makes sense ...
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Spin angular momentum

Spin angular momentum is defined as $\Sigma^{i}= 1/2 e^{ijk} \sigma_{jk}$ . Thus, I can write $\Sigma^{1}$ as $[\gamma_{2},\gamma_{3}]$ . I want some insights on this definition. Also, Can anybody ...
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Clarification of Type D space-time

I've asked this question on MathOverflow but received no feedback, so I thought I'd try better luck here. I've read the following formulation of the Goldberg-Sachs theorem in Chandrasekhar's ...
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Necessity, significance of Spinors

This is an area I am researching at my own pace, general rotations in 3D. I've known about the plate trick for a while as well, and have a very rough understanding of the concept of ...
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Hermiticity of Dirac operator in curved spacetime

The Dirac Lagrangian in curved spacetime is usually given by \begin{equation} \mathcal{L} = i\bar{\Psi}\gamma^a e^{\mu}_a(\partial_\mu + \frac{1}{4}\omega_{\mu bc}\gamma^b\gamma^c)\Psi \end{equation} ...
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Antiparticles, charge conjugation and chirality

(Why/how) are antiparticles and charge-conjugates different things? I am trying to understand the effect of discrete symmetries on spinor fields (neutrinos in particular). In the article, Dirac, ...
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The chirality of (2+1)D Dirac equation

Are there any definitions about the chirality of (2+1)D Dirac equation? For the (3+1)D Dirac equation, the Dirac field can be written as the sum of left- and right-hand Weyl field. Can this be reduced ...
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Future causality of Dirac charge current spinor

I am trying to solve following problem: The Dirac equation reads \begin{equation} \nabla^{AA'} \psi_{A} = \mu \chi^{A'}, \quad \nabla_{AA'} \chi^{A'} = -\mu \psi_{A} \end{equation} where $ \mu ...