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Time reversal symmetry for non-orientable manifold

From a recent paper by Kapustin(https://arxiv.org/abs/1406.7329), he argued that for non-orientable manifold with spin structure $Pin^{\pm}$, the corresponding time reversal symmetry $T$ squares to ${...
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Rotating fermion and spin structure on manifold

We know that doing a 2$\pi$ rotation would give a minus sign to wavefunctions of electrons. Since electrons are spin $1/2$ objects. How is this related to the spin structure on the manifold in which ...
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Spin half particle Magnetic field oriented along y-axis

I've been looking over past papers for an upcoming QM exam and have had a few issues wrapping my head around this question. I can follow the common example as seen in Griffiths where the field is ...
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Fierz identity for chiral fermions [closed]

First of all I define the convention I use. The matrices $\bar{\sigma}^\mu$ I will use are $\{ Id, \sigma^i \}$ where $\sigma^i$ are the Pauli matrices and $Id$ is the 2x2 identity matrix. I will use ...
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Conceptual interpretation of the left- and right-handed spinor representations of the Lorentz group

I understand mathematically that the Lorentz group's Lie algrebra $\mathfrak{so(3,1)}$ (given by eqns. (33.11)-(33.13) in Srednicki's QFT book) is isomorphic to $\mathfrak{su(2) \times su(2)}$ (given ...
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How to find this spin wavefunction? [closed]

If an electron is in a state that the probability of measuring spin along the +x axis is $P(+x)=\dfrac{1}{2}$ and the probability of measuring spin along the +y axis is $P(+y)=\dfrac{1}{2}$, what is ...
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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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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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Relevance of spinor in relativistic (classical) electrodynamics

I'm following a course about relativity and electrodynamics (not the "quantum" one), and the lecture notes introduces the concept of spinor by a map between an orthogonal basis in Minkowski spacetime ...
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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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Schrödinger-Pauli Equation Solutions

The Schrödinger-Pauli equation is the non-relativistic limit of the Dirac equation, and therefore describes spin-1/2 particles in an external electromagnetic field. It is given by: $$\left[\frac{1}{...
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Coupling a spinor field to a preexisting scalar field?

So I'm not a physicist, but I'm thinking about a mathematical problem where I think physical insight might be useful. We're working on a Riemannian manifold $(M,g)$ (positive definite metric) with a ...
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Deriving Pauli Matrices

How does one derive using, say, the operator formula for reflections $$ R(r) = (I - 2nn^*)(r),$$ the reflection representation of a vector $$ R(r) = R(x\hat{i} + y\hat{j} + z\hat{k}) = xR(\hat{i}) +...
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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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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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How does a linearly polarized spin 1/2 wave look like?

Spin 1 waves are easy to illustrate and a linearly polarized spin 2 wave looks like this, but what is the counterpart for a spin 1/2 wave?
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Probability density for spinors

I am approaching Relativistic Quantum Mechanics seriously for the first time, going through Bjorken & Drell and doing all the excercises, but I am facing some problems with 3.1. Derive (3.11) ...
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The true dimension of Dirac field

In natural units with $\hbar=1$ and $c=1$, as we know, the energy dimension of the Dirac field $\psi(x)$ in QED is $\frac{3}{2}$. But in cgs units, what is the true dimension of the Dirac field $\psi(...
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Spontaneous symmetry breaking of a spinor / vector field [duplicate]

Why does SSB deal only with scalar fields and not with fermion or vector fields? My professor told me that it's closely related to the Lorentz invariance of the theory, but I don't understand at all ...
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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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Spinor helicity formalism - original reference?

The spinor helicity formalism is a modern technique widely used in scattering amplitude calculations nowadays. However, it is hard to find a reference for who first came up with the formalism. Maybe ...
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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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Fierz identity for Weyl spinors in tensor currents

Using Fierz identity I found that certain four-fermion operator with left $l_i$ and right-chiral $r_i$ Weyl spinors vanish $$\bar{l}_1\sigma_{\mu\nu} r_2 \bar{r}_3 \sigma^{\mu\nu} l_4 = -\frac{3}{2} ...
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Two conflicting definitions of chirality

Consider a Majorana fermion embedded in a Dirac spinor, $$\psi = \begin{pmatrix} \psi_L \\ i \sigma_2 \psi_L^* \end{pmatrix}.$$ The Majorana fermion $\psi_L$ is left-chiral, i.e. it transforms in the ...
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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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When dealing with spinor indices, how exactly do we obtain the barred Pauli operator?

In the set of SUSY notes I'm following, the Pauli operator is given as: ${(\sigma^\mu)}_{\alpha\dot{\alpha}} = (I_2, \sigma^1, \sigma^2, \sigma^3)$. The antisymmetric tensor that lowers and raises ...
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Deriving the Spinor Completeness Relation without using a Representation

Reference: DAMTP problem set 3, question 5 but ignore the spinor solutions given. To preface, this has taken up 1 entire day and a further 2 afternoons of work so I will just list the most promising ...
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Behaviour of Dirac Bilinears

Dirac bilinears transform in the Lorentz indices as, $\bar{\psi}\psi$ scalar $\bar{\psi}\gamma^\mu\psi$ vector $\bar{\psi}\sigma^{\mu\nu}\psi$ 2nd rank (antisymmetric) tensor $\bar{\psi}\gamma^{\mu}\...
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Different definitions of the parity transformation for the Dirac spinors

There are two definitions of the parity transformation acting on the Dirac spinors: $\Psi_P = \eta \gamma^0 \Psi$ with $\eta = i$ ($P^2=-1$ as in Srednicki) and $\eta=1$ ($P^2=+1$ as in Peskin & ...
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Bilinears in adjoint representation

Below are two statements from my notes and I am trying to verify them explicitly. In both cases the fields are assumed to transform under the fundamental representation of $O(N)$ - --'The kinetic ...
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Dirac spinor and Weyl spinor

How can it be shown that the Dirac spinor is the direct sum of a right handed Weyl spinor and a left handed Weyl spinor? EDIT:- Let $\psi_L$ and $\psi_R$ be 2 component left-handed and right-handed ...
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Confusion over trying to understand spinor components

I've been reading about the quantisation of the Dirac field $\psi(x)$ and it is stated that the general solution to the Dirac equation $(i\gamma^{\mu}\partial_{\mu}-m)\psi(x)=0$ is given by the ...
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Is there a reason why the spin of particles is integer or half integer instead of, say, even and odd?

It seems to me that we could change all the current spin values of particles by multiplying them by two. Then we could describe Bosons as even spin particles and Fermions as odd spin particles. Is ...
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Gamma matrices relations (Dirac Spinors: QFT) [closed]

The entry question in an exam paper: I think I have made an elementary error in the transpose somewhere invoked by a conceptual misunderstanding of how spinors behave with gamma matrices under a ...
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Confusion with chirality eigenstates

In the Weyl/chiral basis, the four components of the Dirac spinor represent left-chirality spin up, left-chirality spin down, right-chirality spin up, and right-chirality spin down, respectively. When ...
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Schwartz's book: Spinor-helicity formalism

I'm trying to learn the spinor-helicity formalism from Schwartz's QFT book. His equation 27.44 is describes the annihilation of an electron(1)-positron(2) pair to a muon(3)-antimuon(4) pair. He ...
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Spin-1/2 with expectation values other than $\hbar/2$

I came across a problem that is related to the expectation value of spin-1/2. Assuming I want to find a single (or possibly a set of) spin state(s) $$\lvert\psi\rangle$$ that gives me an expectation ...
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Tranformation of a spinor in the self representation and conjugate representation of $SL(2,\mathbb{C})$

The transformation rules for a spinors as per Introduction to Supersymmetry by Wiedamann on Pg.38 is be summarized as: $$\begin{align} \psi_{\alpha} \mapsto \psi'_{\alpha} &= M_{\alpha}^{\beta}...
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Ordering of Contravariant and Covariant spinors. Understanding the spinor space

I've been referring to Pg.36-Pg.38 in Introduction to Supersymmetry by Wiedamann. For understanding the precise origin of dotted, undotted indices on Spinors. He starts off my saying that $M$ acts on $...
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Why are half integer and full integer spin properties of elementary particles, not of all points in space?

Tensors and spinors arise mathematically from the representation of the rotation group $SO(3)$ as a ball in 4D with all antipodal points on the surface identified. In this picture it is shown that ...
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Different definitions of spinors

Recently I've read a little about the description of particles with spin in the book Quantum Mechanics by Cohen-Tannoudji. Although I yet didn't fully study the subject, I've read one interesting part ...
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A whole lot of doubts on Lorentz representation

Can someone tell me in layman's language how the $(1/2,1/2)$ represents a vector field and $(0,1/2)$ or $(1/2,0)$ represents spinors and $(0,0)$ represents scalar field. Please don't be pedantic on ...
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Spin-Orbit Coupling on Spherical Delta Shell

I'm trying to solve for the energy levels of a rigid rotor in the presence of spin-orbit coupling. In such a case, I'd have the Hamiltonian: $H = \frac{-\hbar^2}{2m}\nabla^2+V_0 \delta(r-a)+\frac{e^2}...
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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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Helicities in electron-positron annihilation

Consider the massless limit of a process in which an electron-positron pair annihilates into a virtual photon - the final state doesn't matter. If the electron is massless (or if the energy is high ...
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Gordon Identity confusion

For the Gordon identity $$2m \bar{u}_{s'}(\textbf{p}')\gamma^{\mu}u_{s}(\textbf{p}) = \bar{u}_{s'}(\textbf{p}')[(p'+p)^{\mu} -2iS^{\mu\nu} (p'-p)_{\nu}]u_{s}(\textbf{p}) $$ If I plug in $\mu$=5, ...
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Dirac Spinors as Representation of $SL(2,\mathbb{C})$ over grassmann algebra

Recently, I've learned that the clifford algebra can be regarded as the quantization of grassmann algebra. This is shown from the following two papers by Berezin. 'Classical spin and Grassmann ...
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Weak isospin transformation of $\bar\psi \psi \phi$

In an old exam I found the following question regarding the Higgs potential: Write down the gauge invariant Yukawa interaction term in the Lagrangian that gives rise to the electron mass. The ...
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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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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 ...