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As a returning adult learner from engineering and math background, what recommendations to get the basics on QM? [duplicate]

I'm building up the foundations to work on quantum mechanics. I am comfortable with the wave function and the PDE aspect of the field, but my mathematical background, though it covers linear algebra, ...
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Almost complex structure $J_i^j$ from covariantly constant spinor $\eta$

In the context of superstring compactification on a 6-manifold which admits a covariantly conserved spinor $\eta$, which we normalize so that $\eta^{\dagger} \eta = 1$, I am trying to show that the ...
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Gamma traceless

I read this Under what conditions is a vector-spinor gamma trace free. And also read many papers about higher spin, but no one explains why irreducible spinor is gamma traceless spinor? Can anyone ...
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Dirac matrices for generalized metric tensors

The Dirac matrices are defined by the relations $$\left [\gamma^{i},\gamma^{j}\right]_{+}=2\eta^{i,j}\mathbb{1}$$ where $[\cdot,\cdot]_{+}$ is the anti-commutator. What happens if I replace $\eta^{i,...
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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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Do I need Gamma matrices in Majorana representation in the Lagrangian of a Majorana fermion?

I understand that the Majorana representation of the Gamma matrices are the real representations of the associated Clifford algebra. A Majorana fermion is defined as a fermion that equals to its ...
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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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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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Spinor transformations as representations of $\mathrm{SL}(2, \mathbb{C})$

Background In the Weyl representation of the Dirac $\gamma$-matrices, the spinor transformations $S=e^{\frac{1}{2} \omega_{\alpha \beta} \Sigma^{\alpha \beta}} \in \,\mathrm{G}_{\mathrm{L}} \leq \...
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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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Pauli Matrices multiplication with indicies

I am trying to write product of Pauli matrices in terms of its indicies. I am trying to find a proof of it. $\sigma^{z}_{\mu \nu}\sigma^{z}_{\alpha \beta}=\delta_{\mu \beta}\delta_{\nu \alpha}$ $\...
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$\mu \rightarrow e\gamma$ in the $R_\xi$ gauge: trouble with momenta and Dirac matrices

My first ever question on stackexchange! Sorry if it is clumsy... I am trying to follow the computation of $\mu \rightarrow e \gamma$ in Cheng and Li and am confused about the second and third ligns ...
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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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Spin for Dirac fermions proof $\Sigma_{i}=\frac{1}{2} \gamma_{5} \gamma_{0} \gamma_{i}$

The spin for Dirac fermions is defined as: $$\Sigma_{i} \equiv \frac{1}{4}\epsilon_{ijk}\sigma_{jk}$$ Without using an explicit representation for the matrices, I would like to show that the spin ...
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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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Supergravity and Gamma Matrices

On page 101 of Freedman and Van Proeyen's book on Supergravity they find the propagator of the gravitino, however I'm not sure how to work through the steps in (5.30), and hints or answers would be ...
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Sakurai Quantum Mechanics problems

I just began studying QM on Sakurai's "Modern Quantum Mechanics" and just finished chapter 1. I am now approaching the exercises. On exercise 2 there is a notation I can't understand: "A 2x2 square ...
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Gamma matrices in Gaiotto-Witten analysis of N=4 Super Yang-Mills boundary conditions

In the paper Supersymmetric Boundary Conditions in N=4 Super Yang-Mills Theory by Gaiotto and Witten, an in-depth analysis of supersymmetric boundary conditions in N=4 Super Yang-Mills in four ...
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Commutation of alpha dirac matrix

I want to calculate the commutation of $[\hat{x},\vec{\alpha}\;\vec{p}]$. This boils down to $$[\hat{x},\vec{\alpha}\;\vec{p}] = i\hbar\hat{\alpha_x}+\left[\hat{x},\hat{\alpha_x}\right]\hat{p_x} +\...
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Identities of Pauli matrices in two-component spinor formalism

I'm reading the review by H. K. Dreiner, H. E. Haber and S. P. Martin (arXiv:0812.1594) about the two-component spinor formalism. There are some identities and notational conventions which lead to ...
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Does anyone know how to symmetrize $\gamma$-matrices?

I'm trying to construct the SO(5, 5) $\gamma$-matrices which are real and symmetric. Recently, I have 6 symmetric and 4 antisymmetric $\gamma$-matrices ($6_S + 4_A$ representation). How can I ...
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Can gamma matrices be real in 6 dimensions?

I'm trying to find the really real representation of 6D gamma matrices. The problem is that "do they really exist?" If yes, then how am I supposed to construct them? Thank you!
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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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Charge conjugation opearation in odd dimension

In my problem, I use the following set of $\gamma$-matrices (in (2+1) spacetime): $$\gamma^0=\sigma^1;\quad \gamma^{1}=i\sigma^2;\quad \gamma^{2}=i\sigma^{3},$$ where $\sigma^{(i)}$ are usual Pauli ...
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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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Again on Spin Operator in Dirac Field Theory (Peskin & Schroeder)

Good morning, I've already seen that this topic has been discussed so long, but my doubts remain unchanged. At page 61 of Peskin & Schroeder, An Introduction to QFT, there is the demonstration ...
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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 ...
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Eigenvalues of $\not{p}$

Let $p_\mu$ be a generic non-null 4-vector, and let $m=\sqrt{p_\mu p^\mu}\neq 0$ (let us choose $\operatorname{Im}m\ge0$). Let also $\gamma^\mu$ be the Dirac gamma matrices. Prove that the ...
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Can one find Dirac matrices for any spacetime metric?

For any metric $$g_{μν}$$ is there always a linearly independant spacetime algebra satisfying $$\{\bar{γ}_μ,\bar{γ}_ν\} = 2 g_{μν} I?$$ For a diagonal metric I was able to work out that $$\bar{γ}_μ=\...
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Green's function for Dirac operator on $S^4$

Let $S^4$ be a round sphere of radius 1 (with the standard Riemannian round metric), and let $D_\text{F} \equiv \gamma^\mu \nabla_\mu$ be the Dirac operator on $S^4$, acting on the usual spinors for ...
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Question about Pauli Matrices

I found the following identities about Pauli matrices from the lecture notes of Supersymmetry. $$((\sigma^{\mu})^{\alpha\dot{\alpha}})^{\ast}=(\bar{\sigma}^{\mu})^{\dot{\alpha}\alpha}$$ $$((\sigma_{\...
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Square bracket notation of the basis of 16 independent gamma matrices

The question is very simple and I couldn't find an answer. What the notation $\gamma^{ [ \mu} \gamma^{\nu} \gamma^{\rho ]}$ and $\gamma^{ [ \mu} \gamma^{\nu} \gamma^{\rho} \gamma^{\sigma ]}$ means? ...
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Proving an identity relating the gamma matrices

I'm looking to prove the following identity: $$k_a \gamma^a \gamma^\nu K_b \gamma^b p_c \gamma^c \gamma_\nu P_d \gamma^d = 4(p\cdot K)(P\cdot k)$$ I tried this many times but always seem to be stuck ...
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Physics Meaning of Trace Technology in QED [closed]

As it pointed out on page 133 of Peskin and Schroeder, any QED amplitude involving external fermions, when squared and summed or averaged over spins, can be converted to traces of products of Dirac ...
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My Struggle with Fierz Identity

I am following BUSSTEPP Lectures on Supersymmetry to learn SUSY. The Lagrangian of a interacting Wess-Zumino model in 4D is given by $$\mathcal{L}=-\frac{1}{2}(\partial_{\mu}S)(\partial^{\mu}S)-\...
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A few questions about spinors and gamma matrices

I am following BUSSTEPP Lectures on Supersymmetry and trying to show that the Wess-Zumino action is invariant under SUSY transformations. I encountered the following questions about spinors and gamma ...
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How do I construct a Palantini action within Clifford algebra?

I want to define the following two object with spinor-type indices: $${\hat{e}}^{\alpha\beta}(x)\equiv e_n^\mu(x) \gamma_n^{\alpha\beta}\partial_\mu$$ $$\omega^{\alpha\beta}(x) \equiv e^\mu_p(x)W_\...
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Can I separate out these Dirac matrix terms?

If I define an object: $$S = \gamma^a A_a + \frac{i}{4}\gamma^a[\gamma^{b},\gamma^{c}] B_{abc}.$$ Is there a way (using dirac matrix formula) to seperate out the terms to either get an expression ...
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density of state function for semi Dirac materials

Respected members I have a problem in finding density of state for semi Dirac system (linear dispersion relation in one direction and parabolic in other direction). $$E(k)=\pm\sqrt{{(\hslash^2k_x^...
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What do the matrices $\alpha_k$ represent in the Dirac equation?

I have been scouring the internet for an answer. All I have managed to find are the matrices for $k=1,2,3,4,5$. However, I still have no idea they represent, within the equation. Am I correct in ...
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Proving identity $\DeclareMathOperator{\Tr}{Tr} \Tr\left[\gamma^{\mu}\gamma^{\nu}\right] = 4 \eta^{\mu\nu}$

In the lecture notes accompanying a course I'm following, it is stated that $$\DeclareMathOperator{\Tr}{Tr} \Tr\left[\gamma^{\mu}\gamma^{\nu}\right] = 4 \eta^{\mu\nu} $$ Yet when I try to prove this,...
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Diffeomorphisms and the Dirac action

I have a question concerning fermions in curved space-time. Please read it to the end before suggesting the spin-connection and vierbein-based approach. I heard that there is a special way of ...
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Dirac matrices in 1+1 dimensions

Given $\gamma^\mu$ in 1+3 dimensions with signature $(+,-,-,-)$, how can I obtain Dirac matrices in 1+1 dimensions expressed in terms of the $\gamma^\mu$?
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Evaluating a trace with two factors of $\gamma^5$

In the process of calculating a spin-averaged square amplitude in QFT, I came across the following expression: $$ \text{Tr}\left[\gamma^\mu\gamma^5\gamma^\alpha\gamma^\nu\gamma^5\gamma^\beta\right] $$ ...
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Fierz identity with Weyl spinors

The following Fierz relation does not seem so obvious to me: \begin{equation} \bar{\psi}_1 \gamma^\mu (1+\gamma_5)\psi_2 \bar{\psi}_3 \gamma_\mu (1-\gamma_5) \psi_4 = -2 \bar{\psi}_1 (1-\gamma_5) \...
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Gamma matrices in (2+1)

I am sure that is very well-known question and see on this site several similar questions but I would like to specify the answer 1) I know that in $(2+1)$-dimensions one can construct $\gamma$-...
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Confusion with trace of gamma matrices

Using $\{\gamma^\mu, \gamma^\nu\} = 2 \eta^{\mu\nu} \mathbf{1}$, it is easy to show that: \begin{align*} \operatorname{tr} \gamma^\mu \gamma^\nu = 4\eta^{\mu\nu} \end{align*} Now, it is also true that ...
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Showing hermiticity properties of Dirac matrices using hamiltonians

I want to show $${\gamma^0}^\dagger=\gamma^0\\ {\gamma^i}^\dagger=-\gamma^i.$$ To do this I consider the Dirac equation $$ (i\gamma^\mu\partial_\mu-m)\psi=0$$ and I write it as $$ i\partial_t \psi=(...
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Confusion about slash notation

I am confused about the slash notation and especially taking the square of a slashed operator. Defining $\displaystyle{\not} a \, = \, \gamma^\mu a_\mu$ we have $\,\,$ $\displaystyle{\not} a \...
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How to relate $\gamma^5$ to the spacetime volume form? In regards to axial current anomaly

In playing with gamma matrices of the $\mathcal{\mathscr{C}}l_{1,3}(R)$ variety, it's not uncommon to hear allusions to $\gamma^5$ being related to the volume 4-form. To illustrate the similarities: $...