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Dimension of Dirac $\gamma$ matrices

While studying the Dirac equation, I came across this enigmatic passage on p. 551 in From Classical to Quantum Mechanics by G. Esposito, G. Marmo, G. Sudarshan regarding the $\gamma$ matrices: $$\...
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Matrix order in Dirac equations

The trace of matrix is always sum of its eigen values , which can be seen if $\hat{U}$ transforms the matrix $\alpha_i$ into it's diagonal form . $$ \begin{pmatrix} A_1 & 0 & \cdots & 0 \...
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Why are usually 4x4 gamma matrices used? [duplicate]

As far as I understand gamma matrices are a representation of the Dirac algebra and there is a representation of the Lorentz group that can be expressed as $$S^{\mu \nu} = \frac{1}{4} \left[ \gamma^\...
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What is the relationship between the Lorentz group and the $CL(1,3)$ algebra?

In my classes the dirac equation is always presented as the "square root" of the Klein Gordon equation, then from this you can demand certain properties from the Matrices (anticommutation relations, ...
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Construction of Pauli Matrices

How can we construct the Pauli matrices starting from $$\sigma_i=\begin{bmatrix} a & b\\ c& d \end{bmatrix}$$ by using the conditions $$\sigma^2_i=1,$$$$\left [ \sigma_x,\sigma_y \right ]=2i\...
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What is $\langle G_{\mu\nu}\rangle\langle G_{\mu\nu}\rangle$ for the Dirac gamma matrices?

Given the following 16 matrix multiplications of the Dirac gamma matrices \begin{align} G_{\mu\nu} = \dfrac{1}{2} \begin{pmatrix} I && \gamma_{0} && i\gamma_{123} && i\gamma_{...
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Can one show that ${\gamma^5}^\dagger = \gamma^5$ directly from the anticommutation relations?

Is it possible to show that ${\gamma^5}^\dagger = \gamma^5$, where $$ \gamma^5 := i\gamma^0 \gamma^1 \gamma^2 \gamma^3,$$ using only the anticommutation relations between the $\gamma$ matrices, $$ \...
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Why the lowest order of matrices in Dirac equation are 4x4 matrices? [duplicate]

Why the lowest order of matrices in Dirac equation (Relativistic Quantums) are 4x4 matrices (and can not be 2x2 matrices)? How to prove it?
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Why in the relativistic quantum mechanics $ \gamma_4$ name is not used instead of $ \gamma_5$?

I have seen in the in the Dirac equation $$\gamma_0,\gamma_1,\gamma_2,\gamma_3.$$ Then I have seen the definition of a new matrix $$\gamma_5=i\gamma_0\gamma_1\gamma_2\gamma_3.$$ Now my question is why ...
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Gordon Identity confusion

For the Gordon identity $$2m \bar{u}_{s'}(\textbf{p}')\gamma^{\mu}u_{s}(\textbf{p}) = \bar{u}_{s'}(\textbf{p}')[(p'+p)^{\mu} -2iS^{\mu\nu} (p'-p)_{\nu}]u_{s}(\textbf{p}) $$ If I plug in $\mu$=5, ...
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Need help with solution of the Dirac equation

$$\left(\vec\sigma \cdot \vec{p} \right)^2=\left(\vec\sigma \cdot \vec{p}\right) \left(\vec\sigma \cdot \vec{p} \right)=\vec{p} \cdot \vec{p}+\mathrm{i}\left(\vec\sigma \cdot \left[ \vec{p} \times \...
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What is the role of the spacetime algebra?

For Minkowski space $M^4=\mathbb{R}^{1,3}$ the Clifford algebra $Cl_{1,3}$ (Dirac algebra) with $\{\gamma^\mu, \gamma^\nu \}=2 g^{\mu \nu}$ is sometimes called "spacetime algebra". What is its ...
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Do Dirac Gamma Matrices act like Tensors?

Do Dirac Gamma Matrices act like Tensors? Is it true that $$ \gamma_\mu = \eta_{\mu\nu}\gamma^\nu~? $$ Also what about $\sigma_{\mu\nu}$, where $\sigma_{\mu\nu}$ is defined to be: \begin{align*} \...
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spinor vs vector indices of Dirac gamma matrices

I am struggling to understand the nature of the components of the Dirac matrices. If we view the four components of a Dirac spinor as $\psi^a$ with $a$ being a 'spinor' index, then if a gamma matrix ...
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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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Hermitian properties of Dirac operator

I am trying to understand the Hermiticity of the (massless) Dirac operator in both (flat) Minkowski space and Euclidean space. Let us define the Dirac operator as $D\!\!\!/=\gamma^\mu D_\mu$, where $...
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Choice of Dirac gamma matrix representation and definition of adjoint spinor

Is the definition of the adjoint spinor $\bar{\psi}=\psi^\dagger \gamma^0$ forcing a particular choice of representation of the Dirac matrices (or a subset of the possible choices)? More precisely, I ...
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How to show that $\bar\psi\psi$ of a Dirac spinor $\psi$ transforms as a scalar?

I would like to show that for a Dirac spinor $\psi$, the scalar product $\bar\psi\psi$ transforms as a scalar under a Lorentz transformation $\Lambda$, where $\bar\psi = \psi^\dagger\gamma^0$. This is ...
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Why do we need matrices in the Dirac equation?

Consider the following equation: \begin{equation} \nabla^2 - \frac{1}{c^2}\frac{\partial^2}{\partial t^2} = \left(A \partial_x + B \partial_y + C \partial_z + \frac{i}{c}D \partial_t\right)\left(A \...
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Commutator of Dirac gamma matrices

Quick question...For some reason I'm having trouble finding an identity or discussion for the commutator of the gamma matrices at the moment...i.e $$\gamma^u\gamma^v-\gamma^v \gamma^u$$ but I am not ...
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Has the relative sign in the Dirac equation any meaning?

I know there are many questions about this topic and also various answers, but it's never stated explicitly, why there is a certain sign before the mass term in the Dirac Lagrangian. I'm also confused,...
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Deriving the Spinor Completeness Relation without using a Representation

Reference: DAMTP problem set 3, question 5 but ignore the spinor solutions given. To preface, this has taken up 1 entire day and a further 2 afternoons of work so I will just list the most promising ...
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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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Are Lifshitz and Berestetskii right in this case?

In the Quantum electrodynamics book (look at the problem) its authors Lifshitz and Berestetskei claim that operator of charge conjugation $\hat {C} = -\alpha_{2}$ in Majorana basis transforms as $\hat ...
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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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Is spinor the sum of scalar, vector, bi-vector, pseudo-vector, and pseudo-scalar?

Is spinor $\psi$ actually the sum of scalar, vector, bi-vector, ..., pseudo-scalar? Before talking about spinors, we have to differentiate two kinds of spacetime, demonstrated with the example of ...