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A fully relativistic (Lorentz covariant) description, first put forward by Paul Dirac in 1928, of the first quantized, spin one half fermion with nonzero mass. Physical notions to do with this equation include the Dirac sea, Dirac hole theory, the Klein Paradox and the fine structure of the Hydrogen spectrum.

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Calculation of effective action

For a massless Dirac particle by integrating fermion degree of freedom in path integral, effective action is resulted for gauge field $$l(\psi,\bar\psi,A)=\bar\psi( \gamma^\mu (i \partial_\mu +A_\mu )...
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Commutation relations in QFT [duplicate]

So I have just started learning QFT. So you take a classical field and turn the degrees of freedom into operators. All fine, just like normal quantum. However I am confused about the commutation ...
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Relativistic quantum field theory

Let $\psi(x)$ be solution of Dirac equation $$ (\gamma^\mu\Pi_\mu-mc) \psi(x)=0 $$ where $\Pi_\mu=i\partial_\mu-eA_\mu$ is momentum operator in present electromagnetic field . We consider tow ...
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Did Dirac derive the correct equation for the wrong reasons? [on hold]

Did Dirac derive the correct equation for the wrong reasons? This is a question about the historical discovery of the Dirac equation and how it was deduced. Looking back at that discovery with our ...
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Removing “electric dipole moment” from non-relativistic Dirac equation

I have found many sources (c.f. Schwartz's QFT book section 10.4) that try to obtain the non-relativistic limit of the Dirac equation by first "squaring it" so that it looks somewhat like the Klein-...
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Dirac equation in 1+1D spacetime compared to “standard” 3+1D Dirac equation

In the past couple of weeks I've been studying the Dirac equation and its solutions. During a discussion with a tutor it was pointed out to me that one could formulate something similar to the Dirac ...
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Is total mass conserved for free Dirac fermions?

I am studying quantum field theory and stumbled across the following problem: Is the total mass conserved for free Dirac fermions? I.e., does the total mass operator commute with the Dirac ...
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Coupling a spinor field to a preexisting scalar field?

So I'm not a physicist, but I'm thinking about a mathematical problem where I think physical insight might be useful. We're working on a Riemannian manifold $(M,g)$ (positive definite metric) with a ...
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Why would a spinor transform under Lorentz transformations?

From my understanding of spinors, they arise as projective representations of $SO_0(1,3)$ that do not correspond to representations of $SO_0(1,3)$. But still one says here - and virtually everywhere - ...
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Lorentz covariant propagator

So the Feynman propagator for a Klein Gordon is manifestly Lorentz invariant clearly by looking at the momentum space representation written in terms of Lorentz scalars. But in the case of the Dirac/ ...
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Non-relativistic limit of the coupled Dirac equation

In Greiner's relativistic quantum mechanics textbook he has a derivation of the Pauli equation as a nonrelativistic limit of the coupled Dirac equation. Just below Eq. (2.81) he makes the following ...
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Parity operator expression in relativistic quantum mechanics

I was reading Schwabl's Advanced quantum mechanics. In that book it is written in the Spatial reflection part that the parity operator is $P=e^{i\phi}\gamma^0$.But after some lines it is written as $P=...
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Does the Schrodinger Equation care about spin?

I have taken the non-relativistic limit of the Klein-Gordon and Dirac equation, and both have brought me to the Schrodinger equation. The Klein-Gordon equation describes spin 0 particles, and the ...
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Reality of Dirac kinetic term

The Dirac kinetic term is $$\mathscr{L}_{\text{ferm}}=-i\bar{\psi}\gamma^\mu D_\mu\psi$$ where $\bar{\psi}\equiv \psi^\dagger \gamma^0$. Here I've assumed the mostly plus metric, so $\left(\gamma^0\...
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What “manifold in band parameters ” means?

I was reading an article https://arxiv.org/abs/0907.0500 in which they write about manifold in band parameter ,like in first line in my picture , and then they call it band parameter . can some ...
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Dirac equation derivation

I am working through a set of lecture notes containing a derivation of the Dirac equation following the historical route of Dirac. It states that Dirac postulated a hermitian first-order differential ...
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Why one can swap the product of a Lorentz transformation and a Dirac $\gamma^\mu$ matrix?

Ashok tries to prove Lorentz invariance of the Dirac equation. If the spinor follows the transformation rule $\Psi' = S\Psi$, then $$ (i\gamma^\mu\partial_\mu-m)\Psi = 0\to (i\gamma^\mu\Lambda^\nu_{\;...
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Adjoint of Weyl Spinor

Given a (Dirac), spinor in the Weyl basis, $\psi = \begin{pmatrix} \psi_{L}\\ \psi_{R} \end{pmatrix} $ , where $\psi_{L}$ and $\psi_{R}$ are Weyl spinors we define the adjoint of the Dirac spinor as; ...
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How can pseudospin be a vector? (Graphene)

In graphene science, I don't understand how one interprets pseudospin as a vector. I thought 'pseudospin' was the vector of Pauli matrices. So how can it be a vector that one can plot for example in ...
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Dirac equation in curved spacetime

As we know, the laws of physics in curved spacetime are obtained to lowest order by upgrading the flat space laws by substituting partial derivatives with the appropriate covariant derivatives. In the ...
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Dirac spinor as null vectors

In this paper, on page 9, the authors show that a spinor is equivalent to a null vector with a bit of extra structure (just one real parameter I think?): https://arxiv.org/abs/1312.3824 They then go ...
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Solutions of relativistic wave equations compared to classical wave functions

In classical quantum mechanics, absolute square of the wave function (i.e. $|\psi|²$) means probability density of particle's location, so when we integrate this over certain volume we get the ...
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Why is Dirac equation a matrix equation?

According to Wikipedia's Dirac equation article, the Dirac equation can be written in form $$ i\hbar\gamma^{\mu}\partial_{\mu}\psi-mc\psi=0, $$ where $\gamma^{\mu}$ are gamma matrices which are $4 \...
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Demonstration of identities appearing in Dirac spinors in the chiral representation

Using the chiral representation of the gamma matrices, Peskin and Schroeder arrive in some expressions for the 4-component spinors $u(p)$ and $v(p)$ in terms of a square root of the Pauli matrices ...
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Difference between positron and electron scattering in Coulomb field

In first order of perturbation theory the S-matrix amplitude for electron scattering in the Coulomb field will be (up to normalization factors) $$ S_{fi} = \frac{iZ q^2}{\sqrt{2E_{f}2E_{i}}}\bar {u}(...
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Dirac spinor for arbitrary momentum

In many treatments of the Dirac equation (e.g. Peskin and Schroder, pages 45-46) after subbing in $\psi(x) = e^{-ix_\mu p^\mu}u(\vec p)$, with $u$ a constant spinor, into the Dirac equation, we ...
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Hamilton's equations for Dirac Hamiltonian [duplicate]

The Dirac Lagrangian $$\mathcal{L} = i\bar{\psi}\gamma^{\mu}\partial_\mu \psi - m \bar{\psi}\psi$$ gives a Hamiltonian $$\mathcal{H}(\Pi,\bar{\Pi},\psi,\bar{\psi})=\Pi \dot{\psi}-\mathcal{L}=-\bar{\...
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Why does the Dirac equation work for the hydrogen atom?

The Dirac equation works well for predicting the spectrum of the hydrogen atom, famously incorporating relativistic effects like fine structure. Yet, there seems to be a sense in which this is ...
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Legal values of spin-1/2 field can take: $\mathbb{R}$, $\mathbb{C}$, $\mathbb{H}$, .. (Grassmann)?

For the spin-1/2 fermion field $\psi$, we may choose it to be a spinor which needs to be Grassmann variable but can also be complex $\mathbb{C}$ Grassmann. (Dirac or Weyl spinor/fermion) We can ...
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Second order relativistic corrections to Pauli equation from Dirac equation

I'm trying to derive the full and correct Hamiltonian for spin$\frac{1}{2}$ particles from Dirac equation up to second order in $v/c$. For a potential and magnetic field constant in time. In ...
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Derivation of Klein Gordon equation from Dirac equation; what does it mean?

In Dirac field (Peskin and Schroeder), there is one equation in which it multiples the Dirac operator $$(-i\gamma^{\mu}\partial_{\mu}-m )$$ by $$(i\gamma^{\nu}\partial_{\nu}-m ),$$ obtaining $\...
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single chirality electron and photon interaction

I asked a similar question about QED Lagrangian but I guess the question wasn't clear enough since I didn't get any correct answers. So, I'll try to ask the question in a different way: how does one ...
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QED Lagrangian in terms of Weyl spinors

Let's say the electron field can be written in term of its left and right handed Weyl spinors: \begin{equation} \psi_{e} = \begin{pmatrix} \chi \\ \eta^{\dagger} \end{pmatrix} \end{equation} In ...
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Varying the Dirac action with differential forms

The Dirac action in a curved spacetime can be written in terms of the vierbein $\{ e^a \}$ and spin connection $\{ \omega^{ab} \}$ differential forms. Let the spinor field $\psi$ be interpreted as a ...
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From relativistic equation to find Dirac matrices

Is this possible and then how? $$((\gamma \otimes \mathbf\sigma)\bullet\mathbf p)(\gamma^\prime\otimes\mathbf 1_2) = \gamma\gamma^\prime\otimes\sigma \bullet \mathbf p $$ where $\gamma$ and $\gamma^\...
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Negative probability distribution function for Dirac equation

People say that the probability density function of the continuity equation for the Dirac equation is definite positive. I wanted to see it myself and followed the same path as Bjorken & Drell's ...
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Peskin and Schroeder spinor high-energy limit (5.26 and A.20)

P&S say the high-energy limit of spinor $u^s (p)$ is $ \sqrt{2E} {1 \over 2} (1-\widehat{p} . {\sigma}) \xi^s $ and similar for the right-handed spinor (formulae 5.26 and A.20). I can't ...
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Obtaining curved space Dirac equation from action (tetrad formalism)

I'm reading the book Covariant Loop quantum gravity by C.Rovelli where in 3.2 the action of a dirac fermion is presented in the tetrad formalism: $$S= \int \bar{\psi} \gamma^{I} D\psi \wedge e^J \...
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Interpretation of the adjoint Dirac equation

Adjoint spinors $\bar{\psi}$ satisfy the adjoint Dirac equation $$ \bar{\psi} \left( \gamma^{\mu} \, p_{\mu} - mc \right) = 0 \; $$ (I'm using the terminology and units of Griffiths' "Intro. to ...
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Time evolution using the Dirac equation

In non-relativistic qantum mechanics, the energy eigenstates (i.e.e eigensattes of the hamiltonian) evolve in phase according to their eigenenergies $\phi_(t) = e^{-iE_nt}\phi_n(0)$ using natural ...
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Why is the Dirac mass term Hermitian if Grassmann-valued fields anticommute?

Let's have Dirac mass term in lagrangian: $$ L_{M} = \bar{\Psi}\Psi $$ Lagrangian must be real-valued, i.e., its Hermitian conjugation doesn't change it. But due to Grassmann nature of spinor fields, $...
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Thinking about spin triplet and singlet states in QFT

In the case of quantum mechanics, we can think of $SU(2)$'s 2-dimensional representation, which describes spin-1/2 space. This allows us to understand the spin state the pair of spin-1/2 particles by ...
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Microcausality for Dirac's current

I`m supposed to show as an exercises that for the Dirac field's associated current: $$j^\mu=\bar{\Psi}\gamma^\mu\Psi$$ The microcausality relation holds: $$ [j^\mu(x),j^\nu(y)]=0 \text{ for } (x-y)^...
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Conservation of $\int |\psi|^2$ for Dirac wave

When $\psi$ be Schrodinger wave $\int |\psi|^2$ is conserved even when this wave interact whit another wave say electromagnetic wave. and this is very necessary for one particle interpretation of this ...
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Relation between spinors and anticommutation relation of fermions

I read that the state of a pair of particles is the tensor product of the single states of both, and you will get a wavefunction with the parameters of both, if you swap the parameters you will get a ...
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Gordon decomposition in Cheng and Li p. 422

In the $\mu \rightarrow e+\gamma$ calculation in Cheng and Li "Gauge theory of elementary particle physics" p.422 they have $$ T=A\bar{u}_e(p-q)(1+\gamma_5)i\sigma_{\lambda\nu}q^\nu\epsilon^\lambda ...
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How to find propagator for domain wall fermions

I am working on domain wall fermions right now and I am trying to understand how Luescher finds the propagator for the domain wall fermions in this review https://arxiv.org/abs/hep-th/0102028 on pages ...
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Generally Covariant Dirac equation: The spin connection

Wikipedia, an answer on stackexchange and a few papers in the Arxiv I've found all have different definitions of the spin connection found in the Dirac equation. Can anyone please tell me what the ...
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Quantum field theory, Dirac field interaction Yukawa theory

From this Phys.SE question: Please can someone answer me to get the scattering amplitude and the cross section
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Maximal anticommuting sets of Dirac matrices

At the end of this webpage, it is said that there exist 6 maximal anticommuting sets each consisting of 5 Dirac $\Gamma$-matrices. I couldn't find anything more in the book cited there, either. I ...