I would like to calculate the squared of the amplitude of a top-decay $t-> Wb$. I know already the solution, but I can't get there: I get stuck with the Levi-Civita-Tensor on my way. Can you help me, please?

The amplitude is


with q=Four-vector of bottom quark;
p=four-vector of top quark;
k=four-vector of W-boson

When I square it I get (mass of bottom quark neglected):




$=\frac{4g^2}{8}[p^{\mu}q^{\nu}+p^{\nu}q^{\mu}-(p \cdot q)g^{\mu\nu}+i\epsilon^{\alpha\mu\beta\nu}p_{\alpha}q_{\beta})(-g_{\mu\nu}+\frac{k_{\mu}k_{\nu}}{m_W^2})$

Now the book says:

$\frac{1}{2}\sum_{spins}|M|^2=\frac{4g^2}{8}[p^{\mu}q^{\nu}+p^{\nu}q^{\mu}-(p \cdot q)g^{\mu\nu})(-g_{\mu\nu}+\frac{k_{\mu}k_{\nu}}{m_W^2})$

Why does the term $i\epsilon^{\alpha\mu\beta\nu}p_{\alpha}q_{\beta}$ vanish? I just can't find any answer.


1 Answer 1


In your expression, you have a term of the form $$I = \epsilon^{\alpha \mu \beta \nu} S_{\mu\nu}$$ where $S_{\mu\nu} = - g_{\mu\nu} + k_\mu k_\nu / m_W^2$ is a symmetric tensor. The contraction of an antisymmetric tensor with a symmetric one is always zero, because $$I = \epsilon^{\alpha \nu \beta \mu} S_{\nu\mu} = - \epsilon^{\alpha \mu \beta \nu} S_{\mu\nu} = - I$$ where in the first step we renamed the indices $\mu \leftrightarrow \nu$, and in the second step we used the symmetry and antisymmetry properties.


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