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What is CPT, really?

The naive statement for the "CPT theorem" one usually finds in the literature is "relativistic theories should be CPT invariant". It is clear that this statement is not true as written, e.g. ...
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How to prove $(\gamma^\mu)^\dagger=\gamma^0\gamma^\mu\gamma^0$?

Studying the basics of spin-$\frac{1}{2}$ QFT, I encountered the gamma matrices. One important property is $(\gamma^5)^\dagger=\gamma^5$, the hermicity of $\gamma^5$. After some searching, I stumbled ...
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Charge conjugation in Dirac equation

According to Dirac equation we can write, \begin{equation} \left(i\gamma^\mu( \partial_\mu +ie A_\mu)- m \right)\psi(x,t) = 0 \end{equation} We seek an equation where $e\rightarrow -e $ and which ...
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How can we detect antihydrogen?

From a mathematical standpoint (CPT symmetry) it is most probable that antihydrogen has the same spectra (absorption and emission) as hydrogen. The CERN confirmed this hypothesis to a high accuracy ...
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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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Can the CPT theorem be valid if Lorentz invariance is only spontaneously broken?

Earlier, I asked here whether one can have spontaneous breaking of the Lorentz symmetry and was shown a Lorentz invariant term that can drive the vacuum to not be Lorentz invariant. How relaxed are ...
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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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Time Reversal, CPT, spin-statistics, mass gap and chirality of Euclidean fermion field theory

In Minkowski space even-dim (say $d+1$ D) spacetime dimension, we can write fermion-field theory as the Lagrangian: $$ \mathcal{L}=\bar{\psi} (i\not \partial-m)\psi+ \bar{\psi} \phi_1 \psi+\bar{\psi} ...
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Spin-Statistics Theorem (SST)

Please can you help me understand the Spin-Statistics Theorem (SST)? How can I prove it from a QFT point of view? How rigorous one can get? Pauli's proof is in the case of non-interacting fields, how ...
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Neutron electric dipole moment and $T$ symmetry violation

Our textbook (and other sources I have found) says that non-zero electric dipole moment of neutron would violate $T$ symmetry. They prove this statement by first assuming $\boldsymbol{D}=\beta\...
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Does the CPT theorem hold for all spacetime dimensions?

I can't find any reference which mentions the dependence of the theorem on spacetime dimension, but it would be very interesting to know what if any it has!
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Why isn't EM radiation from an accelerated charge time reversible?

Let a charge $q$ enter a constant magnetic field $B$ at 90 degrees, hence radiating EM energy-momentum and spiraling inwards to some point as it slows down. Time reversing this, including the current ...
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$\mathcal{N}=2$ susy hypermultiplet self-CPT?

Is the multiplet given by $$\left( -\frac12,0,0,\frac12 \right)$$ self-CPT conjugate? There seems to be no common agreement upon that: Weinberg (QFT 3, page 47) and many others claim it is not, ...
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What makes *electric* charge special (wrt. CPT theorem)?

I'm wondering why the 'C' in CPT - charge conjugation - refers specifically to electric charge. Of course you could say that C is just defined as $e^+ \leftrightarrow e^-$... but there has to be ...
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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 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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C, T, P transformation mistakes in ``Peskin&Schroeder's QFT''?

I suppose the right way to do C (charge), T (time reversal), P(parity) transformation on the state $\hat{O}| v \rangle$ with operators $\hat{O}$ is that: $$ C(\hat{O}| v \rangle)=(C\hat{O}C^{-1})(C| ...
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CPT Violation and Symmetry / Conservation Laws

Ok, so I remember reading that every conservation law has a corresponding symmetry (i.e. conservation of momentum is translational symmetry, conservation of angular momentum is rotational symmetry). ...
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Why aren't black holes antimatter fountains?

As I understand it, nothing can escape a black hole because the only worldlines leading 'out' from the event horizon point backwards in time. As I understand it, antimatter is time-reversed ordinary ...
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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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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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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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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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Derivation of a gamma matrices identity

While studying Srednicki's book on quantum field theory, I encountered a particular identity that is of interest to me (equation 36.40): $$\mathcal{C}^{-1}\gamma^\mu\mathcal{C}=-(\gamma^\mu)^T$$ where ...
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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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Do any good theories exist on why the weak interaction is so profoundly chiral?

I find the profound asymmetry in the sensitivity of left and right chiral particles to be one of the most remarkable analytical observations captured in the Standard Model. Yet for some, I've not ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Are all processes time/CPT-reversible, e.g. measurement, stimulated emission, state preparation, Big Bang?

"The CPT theorem says that CPT symmetry holds for all physical phenomena, or more precisely, that any Lorentz invariant local quantum field theory with a Hermitian Hamiltonian must have CPT symmetry." ...
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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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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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Can we build spinorial eigenstates of Time reversal symmetry?

In the SM, and general theories with spinors, we can build the Parity left/right eigenspinors. Indeed, there are also ELKO fields, eigenstates of Charge operator (non-standard Wigner classes). Can we ...
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How is this not a violation of CPT symmetry?

Imagine an electron and a positron, initially held stationary some distance apart at time $t=0$. There is an attractive force between them, so they will approach one another. I am told that all the ...
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How can we know whether we are made of matter or antimatter?

Let us suppose this gedanken experiment: A man isolated into a room asks if he is made of matter or antimatter. Could he set some experiments to see if he is made of matter or antimatter instead? Is ...
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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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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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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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Decomposing the $\mathcal{N} = 4$ massless graviton supermultiplet

I'm trying to solve the following exercise: Construct the physical states of the $\mathcal{N} = 4$ massless graviton supermultiplet, starting from a Clifford vacuum of helicity $λ_0 = 0$. Decompose ...
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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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Electric dipole moment (EDM) and CP violation

It's well known that a non-zero value for the electric dipole moment (EDM) would imply CP violation. If we consider the interaction Hamiltonian of an EDM $d$ with an electric field $\vec{E}$, $$ H = -...
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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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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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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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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 ...