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Weyl basis gamma matrix identity

In finding the scattering amplitude matrix $|\mathcal{M}|^2$, I see the solutions get a way nicer calculation by using that (using Peskin & Schroeder notation): $$(\bar v \gamma^\mu u)^*= \bar u\...
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States of spin of a quantum mechanical particle

Assuming a spin is prepared in the positive $x$-direction ($|r\rangle$) and a measuring apparatus is oriented on the $z$ axis, does this equation apply? $$|r\rangle=\frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}|u\rangle+\frac{...
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Derivation of the adjoint of Dirac equation

My goal is to deduce the adjoint of Dirac equation: $$ \overline \psi (i\gamma^\mu \partial_\mu+m)=0 \tag{1} $$ My process: I started with Dirac equation $(i\gamma^\mu \partial_\mu-m)\psi=0$. ...
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Could there be a pseudovector kinetic term for fermions?

Could there be a kinetic term of the form $\bar{\Psi} \gamma_5 \gamma^\mu \partial_\mu \Psi $ in addition to the usual one? Or is this forbidden by a symmetry?
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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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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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Vertex with spinorial structure and scattering amplitude

Consider the Lagrangian $$\mathcal{L}=\bar\psi_1\left(i\partial\!\!\!/-m_1\right)\psi_1 + \bar\psi_2\left(i\partial\!\!\!/-m_2\right)\psi_2 - g\bar\psi_1\gamma_\mu\psi_1\bar\psi_2\gamma^\mu\psi_2.$$ ...
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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 ...
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Missing identity element in the Clifford relation

While studying the Dirac equation, $$\left(i\gamma^{\mu} \partial_{\mu} - m\right)\psi = 0.$$ I have been finding difficulty understanding the following summarisation of the algebra that the $\gamma$-...
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Simplification of an expression with gamma matrices [closed]

I am trying to understand the details of the calculations involved in determining the electron's anomalous magnetic moment to second order: the $\alpha/{2\pi}$ term. There is just one step, where an ...
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What does $\Lambda^{-1}_{\frac{1}{2}}\gamma^\mu\Lambda_{\frac{1}{2}}=\Lambda^\mu_{\phantom{\mu}\nu}\gamma^\nu$ mean?

\begin{equation} \Lambda^{-1}_{\frac{1}{2}}\gamma^\mu\Lambda_{\frac{1}{2}}=\Lambda^\mu_{\phantom{\mu}\nu}\gamma^\nu \end{equation} In P&S, p. 42: Equation (3.29) says that the $\gamma$ ...
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Relation between Dirac spinors, quaternions, and bicomplex numbers

Superficially Dirac spinor resp. Dirac gamma matrices and quaternions and bicomplex numbers seems to be very similar objects. all can be expressed by unitary 4x4 matrices so they seem to represent ...
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Møller scattering amplitudes

In order to compute the scattering cross section for Møller scattering, one needs the amplitudes for both the $t$- and the $u$-channel. Since the cross section is proportional to $|\mathcal{M}|^2$, ...
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Gamma matrices in curved spacetime

How to raise and lower indices of gamma matrix in curved spacetime? Do we raise and lower the index of gamma matrix with $ g_{\mu \nu} $?
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How can I prove this relation involving gamma matrices?

Let $$l^{\mu} = l^{\mu}_{\parallel} + l^{\mu}_{\bot}$$ be a D-dimensional vector living in a Minkowskian space; the only non-zero components of $l^{\mu}_{\parallel}$ are the first four, while the only ...
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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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Doubt about a Weyl relation

I'm trying to show: $\overline{\sigma}^\mu\sigma^\nu\overline{\sigma}^\rho = \eta^{\mu\nu}\overline{\sigma}^\rho+\eta^{\nu\rho}\overline{\sigma}^\mu-\eta^{\mu\rho}\overline{\sigma}^\nu+i\epsilon^{\mu\...
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Squares difference with gamma matrix

$\newcommand{\fsl}[1]{#1\kern-0.4em\raise0.22ex\hbox{/}}$How can I simplify the difference of squares $p^2 - m^2$ in order to obtain $$\frac{p^2 - m^2}{\fsl{p} + m} = \fsl{p} - m~?$$ (where $\fsl{p}=\...
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Do physical results for spinors depend on the Clifford algebra representation?

As I understand it, the Dirac equation and its solutions depend on the representation of the $\gamma$ matrices one uses. So if I were to use the Dirac representation I would get different mathematical ...
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What's the result of the following multiplication

The question is simple, what is the result of the following multiplication of traces by the metric? $Tr\left[\gamma^\alpha\gamma^\nu\gamma^\beta\gamma^\tau\gamma^5\right]Tr\left[\gamma^\delta\gamma^\...
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How do I compute QFT trace of matrices at the end of a Feynman diagram?

At the end of a Feynman diagram I have (p and p' are two incoming momenta): $$Tr[\not p' \gamma^\mu \not p \gamma^\nu(\frac{1+\gamma^5}{2})]=Tr[\gamma^\mu p_\mu' \gamma^\mu \gamma^\nu p_\nu \gamma^\nu(...
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A question about the decoupling of Dirac equation in 1+1 dimension

It is said that in 1+1 dimension, if we take $\gamma^0=i\sigma^2$ and $\gamma^1=\sigma^1$, then the two components of dirac spinor $\psi_L$(upper component) and $\psi_R$(lower component) decouple in ...
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Mapping from spinor to tetrad

I am reading the journel by Patrick l. Nash: mapping from tetrad to Dirac spinor. While reading this ,I came across the term concrete real 4*4 irreducible representation of SO(3,3). I know SO(3) is ...
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Gamma matrices invariant under lorentz transformation

I know this has been asked before but I just can't seem to get my head around it based on the answers I've read. So the idea is that we have the gamma matrices $\gamma^{\mu}$. Now from my ...
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weak interaction are not parity invariant

I'm having some hard time trying to see why the left-handed lagrangian for fermions $\psi$, $$\mathcal{L} := G\overline{\psi}_{1L}\gamma^\mu\psi_{2L}\overline{\psi}_{3L}\gamma_\mu\psi_{4L}$$ is not ...
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How to prove $\{\gamma^{\mu}, \gamma^{\nu}\}$ ? (notation problem)

I want to prove that $ \{\gamma^{\mu}, \gamma^{\nu} \}=2g^{\mu \nu} $ what are the indices $ \mu$ and $ \nu$ here? because I know the gamma matrices from 0 to 5 and I need to verify the anti ...
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Question about $\gamma^{0}$ matrix

I see different definitions in different places so here is my question. why is $\gamma^{0}$ sometimes defined as a 2 by 2 matrix and sometimes as a 4 by 4 matrix? shouldn't a definition be something ...
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About the central charge of 4D extended supersymmetry algebra

The 4D SUSY algebra can be written as $$\{ Q_{\alpha}^{A} , Q_{\beta}^{B \dagger} \} = 2 m \delta^{AB} \delta_{\alpha \beta} + 2 i Z^{AB} \Gamma^0_{\alpha \beta}, \tag{B.2.37} $$ in a particular ...
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Is $\displaystyle{\not} p$ a Lorentz Scalar?

I am a bit confused about something. $\gamma^\mu$ is a (Lorentz) vector (c.f. Pesking & Schroeder chapter 3), and so is $p^\mu$, therefore I’d expect their product $\displaystyle{\not}p \triangleq ...
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Proving a General Result for a Trace of $n$ Gamma Matrices

I am attempting to prove a set of results for the products of gamma matrices and traces of products of gamma matrices, but got stuck on this particular one. $$Tr(\gamma^{\mu_1}...\gamma^{\mu_n})=g^{...
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How is $\gamma^{\mu}$ defined in the anti commutation relation $\{{\gamma_{5},\gamma^{\mu}}\}$?

how is $\gamma^{\mu}$ defined in the anti commutation relation $\{\gamma_{5},\gamma^{\mu}\}$? does it make a difference if you write the index ${^\mu}$ lower? what does usually change if the index is ...
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Signature of trace of Dirac Matrices

I came across this question in my problem set: Let $\gamma^\mu$, $\mu=0,1,2,3$ be the Dirac matrices, satisfying: \begin{eqnarray} \gamma^\mu\gamma^\nu+\gamma^\nu\gamma^\mu=2\eta^{\mu\nu}I, \:\:\:...
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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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The photon propagator term in Peskin & Schroeder Eq. 6.38

In Peskin and Shcroeder, when calculating the one-loop vertex correction, the line above Eq. (6.38) reads $$ \rightarrow \int \frac{d^4 k}{(2\pi)^4} \frac{-ig_{\nu\rho}}{(k-p)^2 + iϵ} \bar{u}(p') (-...
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QED parity invariance and gamma 5 [closed]

Why does the invariance of parity of QED indicate that gamma-5 can not appear in Feynman diagrams?
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Spin Operator in terms of Gamma-5

The QM spin operator can be expressed in terms of gamma matrices and I am trying to do an exercise where I prove an identity which uses $\gamma^5$ and ${\mathbf{\alpha}}$: $$\mathbf{S}=\frac{1}{2}\...
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Proof of the Anti-Commutation Relation for Gamma Matrices from Dirac Equation

My textbook on QFT says that the Dirac equation can be used to show the following relation: $$\{\gamma^{\mu},\gamma^{\nu}\}=2g^{\mu\nu}$$ I have searched around and unable to find how to prove this ...
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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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Gamma matrices in higher (even) spacetime dimensions

Suppose we write the gamma matrices in this following representation: \begin{align*} \gamma^{0}=\begin{pmatrix} \,\,0 & \mathbb{1}_{2}\,\,\\ \,\,\mathbb{1}_{2} & 0\,\, \end{...
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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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When can the Minkowski metric be treated as a “number”?

I am starting to study QED at the moment. I can not wrap my head around why the metric ($g_{\mu\nu}$) is used as a number sometimes. In this case it is pretty obvious that it has to be the number ...
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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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Dirac Equation Dimensionality

In Griffith's Introduction to Elementary Particles, the Dirac equation is given during its derivation as (Equation 7.19): $$ \gamma ^ \mu p_\mu - mc = 0 $$ However, the dimensions don't seem to make ...
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Weak isospin current

I cannot understand the product of a Dirac gamma matrix and a Pauli matrix in this formula of the weak isospin current: $$J_α^i(x)=\frac12\bar \psi_L(x)\gamma_\alpha\tau^i\psi_L(x),$$ where $γ_α$ is ...
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Spin covariant derivative of gamma matrices?

Where can I find a general expression (on curved manifolds) in local coordinates, for the following: $$\nabla^S_{\mu}\gamma^{\nu} = ?$$ $\nabla^S_{\mu} = \partial_{\mu} + \omega^S_{\mu}$ is the spin ...
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What is the meaning of $\not{p}$ in physics?

I am reading Srednicki's QFT book in physics. On page 286, the formula $(45.16)$ has a notation $\not{p}$. What is the meaning of $\not{p}$ in physics? Thank you very much.
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Trace of $2n$ gamma matrices

To proof $$\mathrm{Tr}(\gamma_{\mu_1}\cdots\gamma_{\mu_{2n}}) =\mathrm{Tr}(\gamma_{\mu_{2n}}\cdots\gamma_{\mu_1}),$$ I use $\gamma_\mu^\dagger=\gamma^0\gamma_\mu\gamma^0$ and get $$\cdots=\mathrm{Tr}...
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How to prove $\gamma^0=(\gamma^0)^T$?

The Dirac gamma matrix $\gamma^0$ is symmetric in Dirac, Weyl and Majorana representation. Is it in general true that $\gamma^0=(\gamma^0)^T$? Can it be proved that $\gamma^0=(\gamma^0)^T$ in a ...
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Dirac operator identity separating out gamma matrices

I am trying to show that $$(i\gamma^\mu\partial_\mu -e\gamma^\mu A_\mu)^2 = (i\partial_\mu -eA_\mu)^2 -\frac{e}{2} \sigma^{\mu\nu}F_{\mu\nu},$$ where $\sigma^{\mu\nu} = \frac{i}{2}[\gamma^\mu,\gamma^\...
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Derivative of an Expression with respect to One Component of Strain

I recently come across a paper in which the notation of some equation confuses me a lot. Let's say, if I have an expression represented by delta $\delta_{jk},\delta_{jl}$, infinitesimal strain tensor $...