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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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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 \psi_R^\dagger\end{...
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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 ...
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Connection between two Petrov classification schemes

For the Weyl scalars of all spacetimes, at any point, possess one special structure, the so called principal null directions. Consider a general null tetrad $\{ l_a,n_a,m_a,\overline{m}_a \}$, we ...
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How to find the time evolution for two-component spinor? [closed]

I would like to find the time evolution for the given Hamiltonian, the initial state of the system we choose two spinor wavefunction $\psi_{+}(t=0)$ and $\psi_{-}(t=0)$ as given below: The effective ...
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Expressing the Schrödinger equation in terms of spinors

I appreciate that the Dirac equation can be thought of in terms of spinors, as it directly implies the presence of spin, in addition to initiating the concept of treating fields as operators. From ...
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How one can write $\bar{\psi}$ in odd dimension?

I know that the Dirac equation in general dimensions has a form of $$ (i\gamma_{\mu} \nabla_\mu - m ) \psi =0 $$ and the action for that is written as $$ S = \int d^d x \bar{\psi} (i\gamma_{\mu} \...
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Why does dimensional reduction of 10,6,2 to 9,5,1 have an equal number of supersymmetry?

In general, the number of supersymmetry is different for each dimension since from dimensional reduction, the number of supersymmetry is usually increased. $i.e$ 4d N=1 $\rightarrow$ 3d N=2 $\...
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Parker-Taylor formula in the $n=4$ simple case

I am trying to do ex. 2.23 of http://arxiv.org/pdf/1308.1697v2.pdf. I have chosen as reference spinors $q_1,q_2 = p_3$ and $q_3,q_4 = p_1$. Therefore if I compute $A^4[1^- 2^- 3^+ 4^+]$ the ...
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How many Killing spinors exist on $S^5$?

So, I know that on $S^n$, a spinor of the form $$ \Sigma^\pm = \frac{1 \pm i\gamma^\alpha z_\alpha}{\sqrt{1+z^2}}\Sigma_0$$ where $\Sigma_0$ is a constant spinor, is a Killing spinor on $S^n$ ...
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Decomposition of the gravitino into helicity $\pm \frac{3}{2}$ and $\pm \frac{1}{2}$ components

I'm reading this book on string theory. When they decompose two dimensional gravitino (formula 7.16) $$ \chi_\alpha = \frac{1}{2}\rho^\beta \rho_\alpha \chi_\beta + \frac{1}{2}\rho_\alpha \rho^\gamma \...
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What are the conditions of wave function continuity when solving for Dirac Spinors as done in “Klein paradox” paper by Novoselov?

In the paper "Chiral tunneling and Klein paradox" paper by Katsnelson, Novoselov, and Geim, they use the wave function for Dirac spinors. What are the conditions for continuity of the wave function ...
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Is my Summary of a Spinor Bundle Associated with a String Worldsheet Correct?

I've been having difficulty finding a source that lists all the properties of the spinor bundle of a string worldsheet explicitly, so I've had a go at creating my own description. I'd really ...
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How can a spinor represent an “epistemic” state?

I have read a lot of stuff on the seemingly endless debate on ontology/epistemology of the quantum state $\psi$. But I always wonder: how can a spinor be considered epistemic when $\psi$ really ...
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What is the role of the spacetime algebra?

For Minkowski space $M^4=\mathbb{R}^{1,3}$ the Clifford algebra $Cl_{1,3}$ (Dirac algebra) with $\{\gamma^\mu, \gamma^\nu \}=2 g^{\mu \nu}$ is sometimes called "spacetime algebra". What is its ...
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An identity of Pauli matrices

I am studying spin recently, and textbook gives some identities of Pauli matrices, one said that for any two unit vectors $\bf m$ and $\bf n$, $[\bf m \cdot \bf{\sigma},\bf {n \cdot \sigma}]= 2i(m\...
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representation of spinors

I am trying to get from the abstract representation of Spinors, as wave functions $|\Psi \rangle$ in the base of tensors products $| S_z \rangle \otimes | x \rangle$ of eigenvectors of the spin ...
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Is a spinor in some sense connected to space?

Spinors transform under the representation of $SL(2,\mathbb{C})$ which is the double cover of the Lorentz group $SO(1,3)$ - or in the non-relativistic case under $SU(2)$, the double cover of $SO(3)$. ...
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what does Peskin's square root of a matric mean?

Peskin (Intro to QFT) is using the next symbols when discussing dirac fields - $\sqrt{p\sigma}$ with $\sigma = (1,\sigma^1,\sigma^2,\sigma^3)$ (unit & Pauli). For example he represents the dirac ...
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Why is the $(\frac{1}{2},\frac{1}{2})$ representation of the Lorentz group realized as the vector space of complex $2\times 2$ matrices?

Why can we write an arbitrary object $v_{a \dot{b} }$ our transformations in this basis act on as $$ v_{a \dot{b} } = v_{\nu} \sigma^{ \nu}_{a \dot{b} } = v^0 \begin{pmatrix} 1&0 \\ 0&1 \...
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If $v_{a \dot{b}}$ transforms like a four-vector, what does $v_{a}^{\dot{b}}$ describe?

The $( \frac{1}{2}, 0)$ representation of the Lorentz group acts on left-chiral spinors $\chi_a$, the $( 0,\frac{1}{2} )$ representation on right-chiral spinors $\chi^{\dot a}$. The $( \frac{1}{2}, \...
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Variation of the kinetic quark term of the QCD Lagrangian under gauge transformation

A simple kinetic quark term would look like $$\bar{\psi}(\gamma^{\mu}\partial_{\mu} - m){\psi}.$$ Imposing SU(3) symmetry the Dirac spinor transforms like $$\psi(x) \rightarrow \psi'(x) = e^{ig_s \...
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Transformation of spinors due to Lorentz group

Assume we have a Dirac spinor $\psi(x)$ which satisfies the Dirac equation: $$(i\gamma^{\mu}\partial_{\mu} - m)\psi(x) = 0.$$ If we boost our spacetime coordinates to a new system with a Lorentz ...
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How does the Lorentz group act on a 4-vector in the spinor-helicity formalism $p_{\alpha\dot{\alpha}}$?

Given a 4-vector $p^\mu$ the Lorentz group acts on it in the vector representation: $$ \tag{1} p^\mu \longrightarrow (J_V[\Lambda])^\mu_{\,\,\nu} p^\nu\equiv \Lambda^\mu_{\,\,\nu} p^\nu. $$ However, I ...
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In what sense is the chiral decomposition of spinors unique?

We may decompose a spinor field $\psi = \psi_L + \psi_R$ where $\psi_L = \frac12 (1 - \gamma^5) \psi$ and $\psi_R = \frac12 (1 + \gamma^5) \psi$. (I believe this is because the clifford algebra has ...
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Counting d.o.f. and gauge fixing $A_{\mu}$ and $\psi$ in $D$-dimensions

Setup: Let us assume we are in $D$-dimensional Minkowski space-time where $D=d+1$. Consider a free Abelian gauge theory. Then the electromagnetic field will satisfy $$\partial_{\mu}F^{\mu \nu}=0 \...
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Solutions to Dirac Equation in Weyl Representation

Reading a into QFT I recently came across basically this (Kaku p.94): If $\Psi (x)$ is a solution to the massless Dirac equation in Weyl representation, also $\Phi (x) = \exp(i \Lambda \gamma^5) \...
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Help with a vector-spinor equation

How can I show that the equation $$\gamma^{abc}\partial_{b}\psi_c=0$$ leads to $$\partial_{b}\psi_{c}-\partial_{c}\psi_{b}=0?$$ I know that $$\gamma^{abc}= \frac{1}{2}\{ \gamma^{a}, \gamma^{bc} \}$$ ...
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Where do the quantum fields encode the spin information?

I know basically the difference between Klein-Gordon and Dirac field is spin. But I am not sure where we need to implement this info. The solutions of both equations are the wave packets which ...
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Substitution $\partial_\mu \to D_\mu \equiv \partial_\mu + ieA_\mu$ allows the introduction of electromagnetic interactions [duplicate]

I want to show that the substitution $\partial_u \to D_\mu \equiv \partial_\mu + ieA_\mu$, or equivalently $p_\mu \to p_\mu - eA_\mu$ allows the introduction of electromagnetic interactions. Here $e$ ...
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Substitution $\partial_\mu \to D_\mu \equiv \partial_\mu + ieA_\mu$ allows the introduction of electromagnetic interactions [closed]

I want to show that the substitution $\partial_u \to D_\mu \equiv \partial_\mu + ieA_\mu$, or equivalently $p_\mu \to p_\mu - eA_\mu$ allows the introduction of electromagnetic interactions. Here $e$ ...
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Higher rank $\gamma$-matrix question

I read that the higher rank $\gamma$ matrices can be written as alternate commutators and anti-commutators. For example, the rank 3 gamma matrix can be written as $$\gamma^{123} = \frac{1}{2}\{\gamma^{...
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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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Scalar products in the spinor helicity formalism

In A. Zee's book Quantum Field Theory in a Nutshell (2nd edition), Chapter N.2, page 486, the momentum $p$ is written as a $2\times 2$ matrix: $$ p_{\alpha\dot{\alpha}} = p_{\mu} (\sigma^{\mu})_{\...
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Killing spinor equation [closed]

The Supersymmetry transformation is: $$\delta \psi_\mu^i=(\partial_\mu +1/4 \gamma^{ab}\omega_{\mu ab})\epsilon^i -1/8\sqrt{2}\kappa \gamma^{ab}F_{ab}\epsilon^{ij} \gamma_\mu \epsilon_j$$ For the ...
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Making sense of the canonical anti-commutation relations for Dirac spinors

When doing scalar QFT one typically imposes the famous 'canonical commutation relations' on the field and canonical momentum: $$[\phi(\vec x),\pi(\vec y)]=i\delta^3 (\vec x-\vec y)$$ at equal times ($...
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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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The relationship between the structure of spacetime and the existence of spinor field?

We all know that the existence of spinor fields implies that spacetime must be time-orientable. Thus that spacetime is time-orientable is a necessary condition for existence of spinor fields. Geroch, ...
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Interpretation of Dirac Spinor components in Chiral Representation?

I failed to find any book or pdf that explains clearly how we can interpret the different components of a Dirac spinor in the chiral representation and I'm starting to get somewhat desperate. This is ...
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How does interpreting negative energy electrons as positrons solve the negative energy problem?

How does interpreting negative energy electrons as positive energy positrons solve the negative energy problem? How does change of “interpretation” without fixing the mathematics have such a profound ...
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Dirac spinors under Parity transformation or what do the Weyl spinors in a Dirac spinor really stand for?

My problem is understanding the transformation behaviour of a Dirac spinor (in the Weyl basis) under parity transformations. The standard textbook answer is $$\Psi^P = \gamma_0 \Psi = \begin{...
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Are terms with spinors analogous to $ ( \partial_\mu \Phi )(\partial^\mu \Phi)$ forbidden in the Lagrangian?

For scalar particles, the Lagrangian involves terms of the form $ ( \partial_\mu \Phi )(\partial^\mu \Phi)$, which is equivalent through integration by parts to $ ( \partial_\mu \partial^\mu \Phi )\...