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Do the spinor transformation matrices form a matrix representation of the corresponding Lorentz group?

Suppose $\Psi$ is a Dirac spinor, then let the transformation matrix $S$ be defined as usual: $\Psi'=S(\Lambda)\Psi$, where $\Lambda$ is the Lorentz transformation matrix. Then the questions is: for ...
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$SU(2)$ vs $SO(3)$ in Quantum Mechancs [duplicate]

When we're talking about spatial rotations is quantum mechanics, why do we need to resort to $SU(2)$? Why isn't $SO(3)$ enough? I've read that $SO(3)$ isn't simply connected, and I've read about ...
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Existence of spin-$\frac{1}{2}$ representation corresponds to $\text{SO}(3)$ having double cover?

I come across this article: https://skullsinthestars.com/2016/03/29/1975-neutrons-go-right-round-baby-right-round/ I quote here a part of this article: Spin 1/2 particles like the electron, ...
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Understanding Group Theory in QFT

Recently it was asked what the reason for Pauli's Exclusion Principle, and the most well-recieved response looks like hieroglyphics to me: I think that while these "explanations" are all dancing ...
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The role of SO(3) and SU(2) in quantum mechanics [duplicate]

When studying the irreducible representations of SO(3) one usually looks at the irreps of the infinitesimal rotations instead, i.e. the ones of so(3), the Lie Algebra of SO(3). The Irreps of so(3) can ...
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Which matrices represent unitary projective representations of ${\rm SO(3)}$?

I was reading this post which triggered the following question. The group ${\rm SO(3)}$ is real orthogonal. However, it is possible to consider representations of ${\rm SO(3)}$ on a complex vector ...
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$\mathrm{SU}(2)$ as a representation of the rotation group

I have read in a book that the group $\mathrm{SU}(2)$ is one of the irreducible representations of the rotation group. The book begin saying that the rotation group has 3 generators $J_{1}, J_{2}$ and ...
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Can a spinor be defined as any quantity which transforms linearly under Lorentz transformations?

Recently I’ve come across a few papers from China (e.g. Xiang-Yao Wu et al., arXiv:1212.4028v1 14 Dec 2012) that make the following statement: ...any quantity which transforms linearly under ...
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Relation between projective representations, connectivity of a group manifold and number of equivalence classes of paths

The projective unitary representations of a multiply-connected group $G$ is defined as $$U(g_1)U(g_2)=c(g_1,g_2)U(g_1g_2)$$ where $c(g_1,g_2)$ is phase. Reading various articles, and this old post of ...
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Helicity quantization of massless particles

In Appendix B of QFT in a nutshell by Zee, a review of group theory is given. In the last paragraph of the appendix on page 533, he briefly discusses the helicity quantization of massless particles. ...
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Non-physical representations of double group

In group theory, to account for electron spin, double group is introduced. The key difference between an ordinary point group and a double group is an extra element $\bar{E}$ with the meaning of a $2\...
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Quantization of angular momentum in $SO(3)$

When hermitian operators $L_1, L_2, L_3$ follow the commutation relations: $$ [L_1,L_2]=i\;L_3 \\ [L_2,L_3]=i\;L_1 \\ [L_3,L_1]=i\;L_2 $$ one can show that, assuming they are in finite number, their ...
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What is the physical significance of the double connectivity of $\rm SO(3)$ group manifold?

Is there any physical significance of the fact that the group manifold (parameter space) of $SO(3)$ is doubly connected? There exists two equivalence classes of paths in the group manifold of SO(3) ...
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How does $SU(2)$ group enters quantum mechanics?

What is the reason that $SU(2)$ group enters quantum mechanics in the context of rotation but not $SO(3)$? What really rotates and which space it rotates? It cannot be the physical electron that ...
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Complex numbers in quantum mechanics and in special relativity

Is there a physical relation between the use of complex numbers for the wavefunction in (non-relativistic) quantum mechanics and in special relativity (as formulated in the setting of Minkowski space)?...

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