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CPT transformation for bilinears

In the page 5 of the document 'CPT Symmetry and Its Violation' by Ralf Lehnert (https://core.ac.uk/download/pdf/80103866.pdf), appears a discussion about how the spin-statistics theorem applies to the ...
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Arrow of time and CPT symmetry

It's been a few years since my physics degree. But I've been wondering: if you look at pictures of collisions at CERN, isn't it obvious which way time flows - simply on a probability basis? The ...
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Mathematical representation of Symmetry Transformation

Consider a general Hamiltonian that is made up of three terms $\mathcal{H}$ = term I + term II + term III . Suppose the combination of charge conjugation and parity (CP) is a symmetry of this ...
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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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Antiparticles, CPT and leptogenesis

When people are being careful they'll tell you that antiparticles are the CPT conjugates of particles. You can't say that they are C conjugates or CP because these, while they do reverse the charge, ...
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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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Why is it important that the combination of charge, parity & time reversal symmetry not violated?

If looking for more particles or decays that violate CP symmetry can explain why there is so few antimatter in the known universe, I guess finding things that violate CPT symmetry might helps clear up ...
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Is time reversal symmetry true on the microscopic level?

I often hear that on the microscopic level, time-reversal symmetry is true for all physical processes. However, I can easily come up with counterexamples that seem to disprove this: Two particles of ...
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Does the weak force obey the CPT symmetry? How?

I have read that the weak force does not obey the charge symmetry, the parity symmetry, and the time reversal symmetry. Then how does it obey the CPT symmetry?
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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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Spin Statistics Theorem wikipedia

I have some questions about a terminus in wikis article about the Spin–statistics_theorem: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spin%E2%80%93statistics_theorem#General_discussion ...so in paragraph "A ...
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How is a half-odd integer spin field defined in the Wightman axioms?

Can anyone give me a proper definition of 'half-odd integer spin fields' in terms of the Wightman axioms? I'm trying to prove the anti-unitarity of the PCT operator in 'PCT, Spin and Statistics, and ...
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What operator gives the mass of a particle?

Talking about why a particle and its antiparticle have the same mass, my professor said the Hamiltonian commutes with TCP, so mass is conserved. I don't understand that.
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Clarifying PT symmetry

I understand that if a Hamiltonian remains invariant under the following transformations then it is PT invariant, \begin{eqnarray} \mathrm{Parity \; reversal:} \; \; \hat{p} \to -\hat{p} \; \; \...
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Does reversing time give parity reversed antimatter or just antimatter?

Feynman's idea states that matter going backwards in time seems like antimatter. But, since nature is $CPT$ symmetric, reversing time ($T$) is equivalent to $CP$ operation. So, reversing time gives ...
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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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Clarification on CPT symmetry

CPT symmetry, as I understand it, holds that if all charge, parity, and time were reversed (a mirror-image antimatter time-reversed universe), that universe would behave identically to our current ...
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CPT symmetry as it applies to matter/antimatter

I've heard/read a couple different definitions for antimatter: it is charge-reversed matter (typical definition, for the lay person at least), or it's time-reversed matter (as described in QED). ...
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chiral symmetry condensate and 2SC, CFL breaking C, P and T symmetry?

Because we know that chiral symmetry condensate causes the chiral symmetry breaking, and it produces Goldstone modes of pseudo-scalars, so I believe that chiral symmetry breaking also breaks the T ...
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Is N=6 SUSY gravitino multiplet self-CPT?

I would like to understand why the $N=6$ gravitino (massless) multiplet $$\left(-\frac32,(-1)^{6},(-\frac12)^{15}, 0^{20}, (+\frac12)^{15}, +1^6, +\frac32 \right)$$ is not CPT self-conjuguate?. It ...
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How to understand $T^2=(-1)^{N_f}$ in terms of operator matrices on Hilbert space

For a time reversal symmetry operator $\hat{T}$, we have $$\hat{T}^2=(-1)^{N_f}$$ for a fermionic (electronic) system. How do we understand $\hat{T}^2=(-1)^{N_f}$ in terms of operator matrices on the ...
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Is it possible to have renormalisable C-, P-, or T-violating terms in QED?

In a recent paper (1710.01791), Witten claims that there are no renormalisable $\mathrm C,\mathrm P,\mathrm T$-violating terms that can be included in the QED Lagrangian: What does this picture say ...
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Instanton effects on condensates: (pseudo)scalars, (pseudo)vectors, tensor

I have heard that the instanton effect in quark matter causes the di-quark condensate to be Lorentz scalar. As opposed to the Lorentz scalar, there are possibilities that the condensates are Lorentz ...
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CPT-symmetric initial state

Consider a hypothetical state of the universe such that it coincides with its CPT “mirror-image”. I.e., let us reflect positions of all objects by some plane (parity inversion), reverse all momenta (...
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How to classify the symmetry $C$, $P$ and $T$?

What is the difference between internal symmetries and space-time symmetries? Where would the $C$, $P$ and $T$ symmetries be classified?
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Discovery of anti-deuteron and the implication of CPT violation

From this review by Antonino Zichichi 2009 and this review from T. D. Lee in 2007, it is said that Dirac is very upset when hearing the discovery of anti-deuteron (anti-matter of deuteron, the nucleus ...
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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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Why did they need such short lived isotopes to find pear shaped nuclei?

Recently, pear-shaped nuclei have been discovered. This discovery has interesting implications, as noted in this question: Do pear-shaped nuclei really have anything to do with time travel? At the ...
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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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Parity conservation in second harmonic generation?

The second harmonic arises from susceptibility of third rank tensor $X^{(2)}$ which have (-1) parity. page 28 Let say two photons are absorbed and one is emitted, so the total change in parity is $(...
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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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Wave function of particle and antiparticle

The wave functions of particle and antiparticle are related by complex conjugation and wavefunction $Ψ$ must be complex for particle such as $n$, $p$. Is there way to prove this mathematically? Can we ...
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Could an antimatter-dominated end of universe fix CPT?

My question is about the apparent CPT violation of the observed universe, due to the imbalance of matter and antimatter, but first I have a motivating observation: General relativity respects time ...
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Symmetry properties of the scalar potential and the vector potential

How do the scalar potential $\phi(x,t)$ and vector potential $A(x,t)$ behave under the parity and time-reversal transformations?
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Application of CPT invariance : some trivial algebra

I am having some problem in understanding one step in the following algebra. Consider an interaction where initial state is defined as $ \left|i\right> $ and final state by $ \left|f\right> $....
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Is the right-handed antineutrino the CPT conjugate of the left-handed neutrino?

I am working from the book Massive Neutrinos in Physics and Astrophysics by Mohapatra and Pal (which is available here). On page 66, the authors claim that $\psi_{L}$ is the $\mathcal{CPT}$ conjugate ...
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Intrinsic CPT phase

Under charge conjugation C, spatial inversion P and time reversal T transformations, there are possible intrinsic phases (more for this on Chapter 9, The Quantum Theory of Field v1 by S. Weinberg): $$...
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complex scalar field as a sum of scalar and pseudoscalar fields

Let's consider theory of a complex scalar field $$\phi = \frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}(s+\imath p)$$ Is it true that under CPT transformations $s$ is a scalar field and $p$ is a pseudoscalar field?
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Why Levi-Civita term signal the breaking of parity and time reversal?

For example, referring to Zee's QFT book, in Chern-Simons matter theory, after writing a term $$\gamma {\varepsilon ^{\mu \nu \lambda }}{a_\mu }{\partial _\nu}{a_\lambda }$$ he said The ...
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Is $\overline{B}^0$ really the antiparticle of $B^0$?

They have a different mass, which is apparently forbidden by $CPT$ symmetry. Does this have anything to do with them having two distinct energy eigenstates?
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Consequences of Entropy/Information Reversal in a System?

Can pairs of different physical systems be symmetrical under a process which would turn one of these physical system's entropic and informational contents into another system's respective ...
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What is the P-parity, T-parity and C-parity of graviton? Are these conserved in general curved space-time?

I'm curious about the P,T,C-parity of graviton? 1)Are these graviton's parities even or odd? 2)Is the C,P,T-parity alternatively conserved in Einstein gravity? And does the CPT theorem still hold ...
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Understanding the Charge Conjugation Operator

I am trying to understand the charge conjugation operator. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C_parity Because the operator is Hermitian, this seems to imply that there is a (possibly spontaneous?) ...
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CPT theorem and annihilation of matter and antimatter after the big bang

Is the hypothesis that antimatter is moving backwards in time compatible with the hypothesis of annihilation of matter and antimatter after the big bang? It is said that the big bang should have ...
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CPT invariance of Dirac equation

We know that Dirac equation is \begin{equation} ( i \partial _\mu \gamma ^\mu - m ) \psi ~=~0. \end{equation} How can we show that Dirac equation is invariant under CPT transformation?
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Which interaction violates T symmetry?

While reading Peskin and Schroeder (page 64) I come across this Although any relativistic field theory must be invariant under the proper orthocronous Lorentz group, it need not be invariant under ...
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Equality of masses of particle and antiparticle

Usually we say that equality of masses of particle and antiparticle follows from CPT-theorem. But do we need it for showing this equality? The first method to show that is following. The equation of ...
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Intrinsic parity of particle and antiparticle with spin zero

I need to prove that the intrinsic parities of a particle and antiparticle with spin zero are the same. Can I prove that by an argument that operator of $P$-inversion commutes with charge conjugation ...
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Maxwell equations and symmetry

Do the full inhomogeneous Maxwell equations obey parity (P) and time reversal (T) symmetry separately or only the full CPT symmetry? I believe the homogeneous Maxwell equations obey parity and time ...
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What is the definition of a charge-neutral operator?

What is the definition of a charge-neutral operator? I guess it means something like: it is invariant under charge conjugation. It that correct?