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Why is charge conjugation $\hat C | \alpha \psi \rangle = C_\alpha |\alpha\psi \rangle$?

Charge conjugation replaces all particles by antiparticles in the same state, so that momenta, positions, etc are unchanged. It can be represented by $$\hat C | \alpha \psi \rangle = C_\alpha |\alpha\...
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What is the 4x4 matrix for the charge inversion operator and how do you construct it?

I have a 4x4 Hamiltonian describing a part of my system. To get a holistic view of the situation I need to do a charge inversion on the matrix. What is the 4x4 charge inversion operator? And what is ...
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Feynman Rules from Lagrangian with charge conjugation matrix

I'm dealing with a doubly charged scalar singlet that interacts only with the right-handed muon as follows, $$\mathcal{L} = \lambda \psi_{R}C\psi_{R} \phi^{++},$$ where $\lambda$ is the coupling, $\...
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Why is the Higgs $CP$ even?

Why was it always assumed that the Higgs boson is a CP even particle? I understand that experimentally, it just is so but I am under the impression that before its discovery people took it to be CP ...
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Invariance of Yang-Mills Lagrangian under charge conjugation

The Yang-Mills Lagrangian gauge invariant under an $SU(N)$ tranformation can be written as $${\cal L} = -\frac{1}{4}F_{\mu\nu}^i F^{i\ \mu\nu} \tag1$$ (Sum over $i$ implicit) This Lagrangian ...
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The Majorana condition and C violation

Is the Majorana condition $$ \psi = \psi^c = C \overline{\psi}^T, $$ general? The point is often made that Majorana particles should be defined by CPT symmetry and not C as generally theories do not ...
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$SU(2)$ Invariant Lagrangian

Consider two arbitrary scalar multiplets $\Phi$ and $\Psi$ invariant under $SU(2)\times U(1)$. When writing the potential for this model, in addition to usual terms like $\Phi^\dagger \Phi + (\Phi^\...
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C and T Symmetry of Free Dirac Lagrangian

I want to show the $C$ and $T$ symmetry of the free Dirac Lagrangian $$\mathcal{L}=\overline{\psi}\left(i\gamma^\mu\partial_\mu-m\right)\psi.$$ Following the notation of Peskin, Schroeder, we have ...
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So is it not $CP$ instead of $C$ that is responsible for changing a particle to its antiparticle?

The charge conjugation operator $C$ reverses the charge of a state. But it may or may not convert a particle to its antiparticle. For example, consider a neutrino which is charge-neutral and left-...
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How to show that the charge conjugation reverses the charge of a state?

How to show that the charge conjugation operator reverses the charge(s) of a (fermionic or bosonic) state? Let us consider a spin-$\frac{1}{2}$ fermionic state of momentum $\textbf{k}$ and spin ...
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What are the assumptions that $C$, $P$, and $T$ must satisfy?

I am not asking for a proof of the $CPT$ theorem. I am asking how the $CPT$ theorem can even be defined. As matrices in $O(1,3)$, $T$ and $P$ are just $$ T = \begin{pmatrix} -1 & 0 & 0 & ...
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Charge conjugation transformation of complex scalar field

This is a quick and simple question. I'm studynig about a charge conjugation tranformation over a complex scalar field, $\psi\left(x\right)$, $$ \psi\left(x\right)\rightarrow C\psi\left(x\right)C^{-1}...
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What distinguishes the behaviour of particle from its antiparticle: C violation or CP violation?

It is said that a CP violation would mean that the behaviour of the particle is different from the behaviour of antiparticle. Why is C violation not good/enough?
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Difference in symmetries of Second quantized and First quantized Hamiltonian [duplicate]

The following is stated in (among others) the articles Topological insulators and superconductors: ten-fold way and dimensional hierarchy - Shinsei Ryu, Andreas Schnyder, Akira Furusaki, Andreas ...
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What is the definition of the charge conjugation?

I seem to have troubles finding definitions of the charge conjugation operator that are independant of the theory considered. Weinberg defined it as the operator mapping particle types to ...
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Majorana Flip Relations

In the Supergravity book of Freedman et.al, which uses the signature $(+,-,\dots,-)$, we have defined the charge conjugation matrix for general Clifford Algebra as $(C\Gamma^{(r)})^T = -t_rC \Gamma^{(...
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Charge conjunction

I have some trouble getting the things right. I am studying now Relativistic QM and studying now the section of Charge conjunction (book: Luciano Maiani - Relativistic quantum mechanics). First I post ...
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parity, charge conjugation, chriality and neutrinos

I am confused about parity: on wikipedia it states that it is the transformation of ONE spatial coordinate but then shows $$ P : \begin{pmatrix}x\\y\\z\end{pmatrix} \implies \begin{pmatrix}-x\\-y\\-z\...
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Physically, what is a pseudoreal representation?

There are three kinds of representations: real, complex, and pseudoreal. A complex representation is not equivalent to its conjugate, and a real one is, which is pretty straightforward. A pseudoreal ...
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Antiparticle solution of the Dirac Equation

I'm really confused by the antiparticle solution of the Dirac equation. I follow Chapter 11 of Schwartz's book "Quantum Field Theory and the Standard Model" and find a couple of problems. In ...
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How are parity and charge conjugation eigenvalues related to angular momentum?

I have seen many equations where $P$ and $C$ (eigenvalues of parity and charge conjugation, resp.) are related to $J$, $L$, $S$ and $I$ (eigenvalues of total angular momentum, angular momentum, spin, ...
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Spin state of two distinguishable bosons

I was reading about the $C$-parity of a particle-antiparticle pair. Since charge conjugation has the effect of swapping the particle and antiparticle, the $C$-parity can be found from the symmetry of ...
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Why is $|\bar{K}^0\rangle=\mathscr{CP}|K^0\rangle$ and not $|\bar{K}^0\rangle=\mathscr{C}|K^0\rangle$?

If the charge conjugation operator $\mathscr{C}$ changes a particle state into the corresponding anti-particle state then we must write $|\bar{K}^0\rangle=\mathscr{C}|K^0\rangle$. But instead, we ...
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Charge conjugation in chiral representation

I'm reading Maggiore's book and I got to the part of charge conjugation symmetry for Dirac spinor. I get that the definition of charge conjugation is representation-dependent, however I couldn't find ...
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Charge conjugation operator in second quantization

How can we write charge conjugation operator's action in second quantization's formalism? I don't know if I am explaining it correctly or not but I am interested in finding how can we write fermionic ...
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Property of Charge Conjugation Operator

In class, we have defined the Charge Conjugation Operator ($C$) such that: \begin{equation} C \left(\gamma^\mu\right)^T C^{-1} = - \gamma ^\mu , \end{equation} \begin{equation} \psi^C \equiv C\,\...
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How to represent the discrete transformations such as charge conjugation and parity on a classical field?

Consider a complex classical field $\phi(x)$, and a scalar field to start with. The action of charge conjugation and parity on the classical field is written as $$\hat{C}\phi(x)=\phi^*(x)~~\text{and}~~...
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If electrons were positive and protons were negative, would life be different? [duplicate]

This was a question on a worksheet during my first week in a class on Electromagnetism. The answer is essentially: No. Life would be no different if electrons were positively charged and protons ...
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Questions about Five Dimensional SUSY Gauge Theories

I am studying the paper "Five-Dimensional Supersymmetric Gauge Theories and Degenerations of Calabi-Yau Spaces" by Intriligator, Morrison and Seiberg (arXiv:hep-th/9702198), and have a few questions ...
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CP-violating coupling

In this paper, after equation (38), there is the statement that the term $$\bar{t}\sigma^{\mu\nu}q_\nu\gamma_5tZ_\mu$$ is CP-violating. How exactly do we see this? Can anyone make explicit how we ...
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Charge Conjugation of massive Dirac spinor in 3 dimensions with Euclidean signature

In 2+1 dimensional massive Dirac equation (Minkowski signature), we can define the charge conjugation operator so that the equation can be symmetric under it. However, the charge conjugation does not ...
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Is $N_R$ a Majorana field in the Seesaw Lagrangian?

Consider the Lagrangian for the type-I seesaw given by $$-\mathcal{L}=\bar{\nu}_{L}m_DN_{R}+\frac{1}{2}\overline{(N_{R})^c}M_R N_{R}+\text{h.c.}.$$ $\bullet$ In this Lagrangian, what is the nature ...
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Can a Majorana field $\psi$ be charged under some $U(1)$ with a charge other than zero?

I know Majorana particles have to be electrically neutral because electric charged is conserved. My question, however, is whether at all a Majorana field $\psi$ be charged under any $U(1)$ (other ...
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Charge conjugation operator and gamma matrices

The gamma matrices are defined by their anticommutation relations, which are symmetrical in permutations of $\gamma_1, \gamma_2, \gamma_3$. Given this symmetry, why is the change conjugation operator $...
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What property (besides charge) of antimatter is different than matter?

There must be a property that is different other than charge. When two oppositely charged matter particles interact, they do not annihilate. I'm told that two neutrally charged matter/antimatter ...
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Charge conjugation of $|b\bar b\rangle$ states?

I know that for a state of a boson and its anti boson $|b\bar b\rangle$ the charge conjugation is $(-1)^{L+S}$ but I don't understand how this value is arrived at. Wikipedia says that is to do with ...
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How do we know the number of photons in a decay?

How can we determine the exact number of photons produced in a decay or other event? This has puzzled me because photons can have arbitrarily low energy and momentum, so how do we tell if two photons ...
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Charge conjugation in arbitrary basis

Consider the matrix $C = \gamma^{0}\gamma^{2}$. It is easy to prove the relations $$C^{2}=1$$ $$C\gamma^{\mu}C = -(\gamma^{\mu})^{T}$$ in the chiral basis of the gamma matrices. Do the two ...
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Can real scalar fields break charge conjugation symmetry?

Is it possible to have a Hermitian term in a Lagrangian that breaks $C$ symmetry and is made up of only real scalar fields? I thought that real scalar fields would always have to be even under $C$ ...
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For fermion, is charge conjugate operator $C$ an anti-unitary operator?

In condensed matter theory, $C$ is called "particle-hole inversion", such that $C^2=-1$, for fermionic state. In high energy physics, just like most of the QFT textbooks, $C$ is introduced from Dirac ...
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What feature of QFT requires the C in the CPT theorem?

Classical tensor field theories have a PT theorem, so what changes in a QFT to require charge conjugation to be a part of the theorem? Charge conjugation seems a bit unrelated to space-time, but is an ...
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How to treat charge conjugation and time reversal operators for Dirac Field in representation invariant way?

Since manipulations with charge conjugation and time reversal operators involve taking complex conjugate of bispinors, most formulas are not invariant under change of representation of $\gamma$ ...
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C-parity violation evidence

I know about the CP-violation experiments from the 60's and the P-violation from the 50's. But, is there a similar experiment which displays (perhaps historically in the same way as the experiements ...
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Schroedinger and Klein-Gordon equation and their complex conjugate

Let's consider the Schroedinger equation \begin{equation} i\hbar\frac{\partial}{\partial t}\psi=-\frac{\hbar}{2m}\nabla^2\psi \end{equation} If I have a wavefunction $\psi$ as a solution, then its ...
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Is Charge Conjugation Representation Dependent?

I'm having a problem understanding section 7 of this paper: http://arxiv.org/abs/1006.1718 The author defines the commonly know $\Psi^c$ as $\textit{C}\Psi \textit{C}^{-1}=\eta \hat{\Psi}$ in ...
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Conservation of $C$-Parity and $P$-parity

Under what situations are $C$-Parity $C=(-1)^{L+S}$ and/or $P$-parity $P=-(-1)^L$ conserved? ( $L$ here is the relative angular momentum and S is the total intrinsic spin). It would make sense that ...
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Symmetry properties of gamma matrices

While reading a paper on supersymmetry i faced the following problem. Its about the symmetry property of charge conjugation matrix in different space time dimension. The charge conjugation matrix is ...
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How to determine if interaction is allowed?

I'm trying to determine if the reaction $$n\rightarrow p + \pi^-$$ is allowed. First of, this doesn't list this as one of the decay modes of the neutron, so I suspect that it should not be allowed. ...
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Confused about anti-fermion notation

Classically anti-fields are obtained by charge conjugation, right? But sometimes authors label hermitian conjugated fields as anti-particles (or barred fields in Dirac language). But h.c. and charge ...
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Charge Conjugation for $SU(N)$?

For $SU(2)$ the charge conjugation operator $C$ reads explicitly $$ C \Psi = i \sigma_2 \Psi^\star ,$$ where $\sigma_2$ is a Pauli matrix. What is the generalized charge conjugation for $SU(N)$?