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In this example, how can we have CP conservation with C violation?

Consider a simple two-body decay process $X\to Y+Z$ where $X$ is a boson, and $Y,Z$ are fermions. If $C$ is violated, $$\Gamma(X\to Y+Z)\neq \bar{\Gamma}(\bar{X}\to\bar{Y}+\bar{Z}).\tag{1}$$ However, ...
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C, P and T transformations of $\phi$ that preserves symmetry

I have a series of exercises regarding C, P and T symmetry but I am not really sure how to start with the problems. If anyone could help me with one of the problems, or show me a few example problems ...
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Does the $U(1)$ charge of a scalar particle flip under charge conjugation?

Consider a complex scalar particle $\phi$ coupled to an electromagnetic field. The Lagrangian is given by $$ \mathcal{L} =(D_\mu \phi)^* D^\mu \phi - m^2 \phi^2 - \frac{1}{4} F_{\mu \nu} F^{\mu \nu}$$...
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Why do we need two gluons for the decay $ϕ \to 2K$?

The Feynman diagram for the decay $\phi \to K^+K^-$ usually depicts two gluons. (This can be seen e.g. on Wikipedia). Why do we need two gluons, instead of just one?
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Charge conjugation symmetry operation on single-particle Hamiltonian

How can I show that given the second-quantized Hamiltonian of a system of non interacting fermions $\hat{\mathcal{H}}=\sum_{\alpha, \beta}\hat{\Psi}_{\alpha}^{\dagger}H_{\alpha\beta}\hat{\Psi}_{\...
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Is the $U(1)_A$ axial vector current even under charge conjugation?

The axial current of a Dirac spinor is given by $j_A^\mu = \bar{\psi} \gamma^5 \gamma^\mu \psi$. In this book, in the paragraph under equation (2.18) it is stated that the current is even under charge ...
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Does the $U(1)$ vector current flip under charge conjugation?

The conserved $U(1)$ current of the Dirac Lagrangian is given by $j^\mu = \bar{\psi} \gamma^\mu \psi$, where $\bar{\psi} = \psi^\dagger \gamma^0$. As this is interpreted as electric current I would ...
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QED $PC$ conservation

I'm trying to prove that the QED Lagrangian $$\mathscr{L}=\bar{\psi}(i\!\!\not{\!\partial}-m)\psi - \frac{1}{4}F^{\mu\nu}F_{\mu\nu} - J^\mu A_\mu$$ Is invariant under P and C. The two fields transform ...
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What does it mean when a particle is an eigenstate of the charge conjugation operator?

I have limited background in Quantum Physics and am trying to understand some Particle Physics material. I was reading about Charge Conjugation and it reads that "Most particles in nature are not ...
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What do you mean by in the mirror world?

I was trying an attempt to replicate Wu experiment mentally when I heard the term mirror world kept popping ups, why should we care what happens inside the mirror world? Is it a math thing?
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Confusion with the meanings of fermion fields $\hat{\Psi},\hat{\overline{\Psi}},\hat{\Psi}^C$

If $\hat{\Psi}$ is a field that annihilates an electron and creates a positron, $\hat{\overline{\Psi}}$ is a field that annihilates a positron and creates an electron. This takes all possibilities ...
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Commutations relations of C,P,T transformations with Lorentz group

Almost any QFT textbook discusses the C,P,T symmetry operators which are charge conjugation, parity transformation, time reversal respectively. I failed so far to find any discussion of the ...
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Mass term with charge conjugation and fermion transposition

I am trying to convince myself that a $G_{ab}[\overline{(\psi^c_a)_R}(\psi^c_b)_L-\overline{\psi_{aR}}\psi_{bL}]$, where $G_{ab}$ is antissymetric, is just as good a mass term as $-\bar{\psi}\psi$ (...
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$CP$-transformation for spinor field. $C$ and $P$ do not commute?

I am bothered by an exercise about CP transformations where I get the result that CP acting on a Dirac spinor field is not the same as the PC transformation. The exercise states the following ...
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Does charge conjugation symmetry sit in the Lorentz group?

We know the Lorentz group is $O(3,1)$ in 4 dimensional spacetime. We know that there are 4 disconnected components in Lorentz group $O(3,1)$, and https://math.stackexchange.com/q/2204349/ $$\pi_0(\...
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Algebra of Time Reversal and Particle Hole Symmetry in 10-fold Classification of Topological Insulator/superconductor

In the ten fold classification of TI/TSC, when time reversal symmetry $\mathcal{T}$ and particle hole symmetry $\mathcal{P}$ are both present, i.e., in the symmetry classes BDI, DIII, CII, CI, for all ...
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Weak interaction and charge conjugation $C$

Does the weak interaction always change the charge of all participating particles? And in this context, what does $C$-violation do then?
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Why does the majorana equation preserve handedness?

In the "QFT Nutshell" by A. Zee, it is stated that The Majorana equation is $$i\not\partial\psi=m\psi_c$$ where $\psi_c$ is the charge conjugated spinor $\psi_c = \left(C\gamma^0\right)\psi^*$....
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Why does the charge conjugation of the spinor transform as a spinor?

I have come across (in QFT Nutshell, A. Zee) how the charge conjugation of the spinor, $\psi_c \equiv \gamma^2 \psi^*$, transform (where $\gamma^2=\sigma^2\otimes i\tau^2$ is the component of the ...
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Detail on C vs. CP violation

In the answer given by knzhou to the post What distinguishes the behaviour of particle from its antiparticle: C violation or CP violation? it is said that "but the reaction $i \rightarrow f$ will ...
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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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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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Is $CP$ instead of $C$ 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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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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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 $...