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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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How do simple two-component Fierz identities follow from a property of the Pauli matrices?

On page 51 Peskin and Schroeder are beginning to derive basic Fierz interchange relations using two-component right-handed spinors. They start by stating the trivial (but tedious) Pauli sigma identity ...
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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 ...
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Canonical spinors from gauge transformations

In this 2006 paper, http://arxiv.org/abs/hep-th/0610128, there is the concept of gauge transformation and how was it employed that I do not fully understand. Note, what will be talked about below is ...
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Do the eigenstates of the Pauli operators correspond to the six directions of the 3D world?

I understand that the six eigenstates of the three Pauli operators $X, Y, Z$ correspond to the six poles of the Bloch sphere. By fixing an orthonormal basis of our physical word, does "measuring Pauli ...
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Covariant derivative commutator on spinors [closed]

What is this object $[\nabla_{\mu},\nabla_{\nu}]\epsilon$ in terms of curvature tensor $R_{\mu\nu}$? Where $\nabla_{\mu}$ is the covariant derivative on a four sphere and $\epsilon$ is spinor. PS: I ...
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Regarding the Weyl spinor and its transformation properties

I am trying to prove the Lorentz invariance of the (left-handed) Weyl Lagrangian: $$\mathcal L=i\psi^\dagger\bar\sigma^\mu\partial_\mu\psi$$ A Lorentz transformation is realized as $\psi\to M\psi$, ...
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How can it be derived that particles described by the Dirac equation must have spin 1/2?

I am reading some lecture notes that unfortunately don't seem to be available online, but that are quite close in spirit in their treatment of the Dirac equation to Sakurai's "Advanced Quantum ...
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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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Lorentz transformation of Gamma matrices $\gamma^{\mu}$

From my understanding, gamma matrices transforms under Lorentz transformation $\Lambda$ as \begin{equation} \gamma^{\mu} \rightarrow S[\Lambda]\gamma^{\mu}S[\Lambda]^{-1} = ...
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Generalization of De Rham cohomology for spinor fields

I am interested in possible generalizations of The De Rham cohomology for spinor fields. I am also interested in applications to physics such as in the construction of topological charges I can see ...
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Invariance of supersymmetric Yang-Mills theory under supersymmetry

I was following Brink, Scherk and Schwartz, "Supersymmetric Yang-Mills theories". The variation of the Lagrangian w.r.t a supersymmetry transformation can be reduced to $$ \delta L = -igf_{a b c} ...
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Do particles have spin because there exist spinor representations for the Lorentz group?

I am reading Peskin and Schroeder's An introduction to field theory. They first describe the spinor representation of the Lorentz group, and then they mention the fact that different particles have ...
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Counting degrees of freedom in spinor-helicity formalism

Just a couple of quick questions about the spinor-helicity formalism. We start with $p^\mu$ and $\epsilon^\mu$, so we have eight degrees of freedom. Then we have that $p^\mu p_\mu = 0$ and that ...
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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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Some questions about Weyl spinor algebra

I am following a review on supersymmetry and I am having trouble with Weyl spinor algebra. These are equations (4.2.1) ...
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Why does the Dirac equation reduce the fermionic degree of freedom by half

We know that in 4D a Dirac spinor has 4 complex components or 8 real components meaning 8 real off shell degrees of freedom (please correct me if I say something wrong here). When we go on-shell i.e ...
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How can I prove that $\gamma^0$ is the parity operator for Dirac fields? [closed]

How can I prove that the parity operator on a Dirac field is $\gamma^0$? I was trying to prove it through Lorentz transformations but failed shortly.
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Spinors and Möbius strips

I asked this question on Math.SE as I thought the perspective of representation theory might be enlightening. But since the question was provoked by a description of Spinors describing the spin of ...
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Spinor notation in general relativity

I have a somewhat broad/big question, and I know that there are many references for it available out there. However, so far I couldn't find anything that I can really understand, that's why here is my ...
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Spinor helicity formalism, exact form of the spinors

I am trying to understand how to perform computations with the spinor helicity formalism, I am studying on this review http://arxiv.org/abs/1308.1697. I have stumbled upon a problem though, in pag. ...
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How do I operate on a spin state with a sigma operator?

For any arbitrary spin state $|s\rangle$. How do I operate on it with the Pauli spin matrix, $\hat{\sigma_z}$? Does this have something to do with a Bloch sphere?
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Evolution of Eigenstates when two spin systems are coupled

I would like to describe the following situation: We have two spin systems: Spin 1 ($S_1$) and Spin 1/2 ($S_2$). Now imagine you somehow change their interaction so that you can fine-tune the ...
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Two-component formalism and four-component formalism [closed]

When deriving the Dirac equation for spin-1/2 particles, we realize that the wave function must be four-component. In some works, people use two-component wave function for calculation. So, my ...
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Hermitian Adjoint of Spinor

Say we have a four component spinor $\psi$: $$ \psi=\begin{pmatrix}\psi_L\\\psi_R\end{pmatrix} $$ Is the Hermitian adjoint of this: $$ \psi^\dagger =\begin{pmatrix}\psi_L^\dagger ...
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How to derive the form of the invariant spinor inner product?

So we have gamma matrices that satisfy the spacetime algebra relations, $\{\gamma^\mu, \gamma^\nu\} = 2 \eta^{\mu\nu}$. We know that if we set $\sigma^{\mu\nu} = \frac{1}{4}[\gamma^\mu, \gamma^\nu]$ ...
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Spinors and asymmetry of wave function

A spinor is a mathematical entity which changes sign if it is rotated by $2\pi$. Is this connected to the asymmetry of the spinor wave function?
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What is a spinor? [closed]

In a youtube video, sir Michael Atiyah mentioned that even after working during the most of his life on spinors, he doesn't know what a spinor is. Now surely that was part of his humorous introduction ...