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Can we make the Dirac representation a gauge theory?

I'm looking for comments and references about an idea : gauging the Dirac representation of the Dirac matrices. What kind of field interaction would it give ? Specifically, the Dirac equation is ...
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Sign choice for sigma-matrices

I'm trying to figure out the consequences of the sign choice $$ \sigma^\mu = (\mathbf{1},\vec\sigma)\qquad\text{vs.}\qquad \sigma^\mu = (-\mathbf{1},\vec\sigma) \,. $$ This choice does not affect the ...
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Proof of two Lorentz-algebra identities

I am currently working through the QFT introduction text by Peskin and Schroeder and try to fill in two identities that I wasn't able to prove (it should be fairly simple, but my experience with this ...
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How does Schur's Lemma mean that the Dirac representation is reducible?

In chapter 3 of Peskin and Schroeder, when they're talking about "Dirac Matrices and Dirac Field Bilinears," they introduce $\gamma^{5}$ and give some properties of it. One of the properties is $[\...
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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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Should the trace of a product of gamma matrices depend on the convention I use?

I am trying to work out $$\text{Tr}[\gamma_5\gamma_\mu\gamma_\nu\gamma_\alpha\gamma_\beta]$$ using the same convention as J.J. Sakurai (Advanced Quantum Mechanics), what I get is $$\text{Tr}[\gamma_5\...
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Evaluating the trace of an expression with gamma matrices

I am currently reading Srednicki's Quantum field theory Book and am having some troubles with evaluating the trace of some gamma matrix expressions. For instance in Equation 59.19 Srednicki defines ...
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Components of Dirac equation solve the Klein Gordan equation derivation

On page 90 of this set of lecture notes on quantum field theory, http://www.damtp.cam.ac.uk/user/tong/qft/four.pdf a simple derivation is given to show that each component Dirac equation solves the ...
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Invertibility of Dirac matrices

Suppose we have Dirac equation in the following form : $i\partial_t\psi = (-i\vec{\alpha}\cdot \nabla +m\beta)\psi$ and assume that the Klein-Gordon equation is satisfied, i.e. $\partial_t^2 \psi =(...
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Symmetry properties of gamma matrices

While reading a paper on supersymmetry i faced the following problem. Its about the symmetry property of charge conjugation matrix in different space time dimension. The charge conjugation matrix is ...
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Question about the Dirac equation

Energy and momentum of a particle can be expressed by equation $$E^2=p_1^2c^2+p_2^2c^2+p_3^2c^2+m^2c^4\hspace{40pt}(1)$$ Equation (1) can be divided into $E$ on both sides. We obtain $$E=\frac{v_1}{c}...
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The fifth gamma matrix and fermion fields

I am aware of the various relations with Dirac spinors and chirality but how does the fifth gamma matrix $\gamma^5$ behave with fermion fields, $\psi$? Does the fifth gamma matrix have any particular ...
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Representation under which Pauli matrices transform

In Peskin and Schroeder's Quantum Field Theory, there is an identity of Pauli matrices which is connected to the Fierz identity, (equation 3.77) $$(\sigma^{\mu})_{\alpha\beta}(\sigma_\mu)_{\gamma\...
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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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Behaviour of Dirac Bilinears

Dirac bilinears transform in the Lorentz indices as, $\bar{\psi}\psi$ scalar $\bar{\psi}\gamma^\mu\psi$ vector $\bar{\psi}\sigma^{\mu\nu}\psi$ 2nd rank (antisymmetric) tensor $\bar{\psi}\gamma^{\mu}\...
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Gamma matrices relations (Dirac Spinors: QFT) [closed]

The entry question in an exam paper: I think I have made an elementary error in the transpose somewhere invoked by a conceptual misunderstanding of how spinors behave with gamma matrices under a ...
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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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Some diracology in traces

Suppose I want to evaluate the trace $p_{\alpha} q_{\beta}\text{Tr}(\gamma^{\alpha} \gamma^0 \gamma^{\beta} \gamma^0)$. Using the standard trace formula for four gamma matrices I arrive at $$p_{\...
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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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Normalisation of the $\gamma$-matrices

I'm having a little difficulty with understanding the normalisation process of the $\gamma$-matrices. In Thomson Modern Particle Physics 2013, the normalisation of the $\gamma$-matrices are quoted as:...
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Feynman amplitude for electron-positron annihilation and $W^{\pm}$ production

I'm working with this interaction Hamiltonian density $$ H_{int}(x) = ig\bar{\Psi}_{\nu_e}(x)\gamma^\rho P_L \Psi_e(x)V_\rho(x) + igV^\dagger_\rho(x)\bar{\Psi}_e(x)\gamma^\rho P_L \Psi_{\nu_e} $$ ...
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Positive free particle Dirac equation

I've been set the task of showing that: $$ \bar{\psi^{s}}\psi^{s}=2m $$ For s=0,1. Where: $$ \psi^{0,1}=\sqrt{|E|+m}\begin{pmatrix}\chi^{0,1}\\ \frac{\vec{\sigma}\cdot\vec{p}}{E+m}\chi^{0,1}\end{...
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Pseudoscalar current of Majorana fields

Consider a Majorana spinor $$ \Phi=\left(\begin{array}{c}\phi\\\phi^\dagger\end{array}\right) $$ and an pseudoscalar current $\bar\Phi\gamma^5\Phi$. This term is invariant under hermitian conjugation:...
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How to show that $\bar\psi\gamma^\mu\psi$ of a Dirac spinor $\psi$ transforms as a vector?

This is part 2 of exercise II.1.1 of Zee's QFT in a Nutshell (here's part 1). This is what I have got: \begin{align} \bar\psi\gamma^\lambda\psi \mapsto \bar\psi^{\,\prime}\gamma^\lambda\psi^{\,\...
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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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Where did the gamma matricies disappear to?

In the discussion of external bremsstrahlung, the following amplitude is used: $$M=i\bar{u}_e(k')e \left(\gamma^\nu\epsilon_\nu \left[ \frac{i \gamma^\nu(k'_\nu+\omega_\nu) + m}{(k'+\omega)^2-m^2}\...
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Local Lorentz transformations

If $\gamma^m$ denotes a tangent space gamma matrix, and $\gamma^\mu$ denotes a curved space gamma matrix, then they are related by $$\gamma^\mu(x) = \gamma^m e_{m}^{\mu}(x)$$ where $e_{m}^{\mu}(x)$ ...
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Gamma matrices and trace operator

I'm trying to show that the trace of the product of the following three Gamma (Dirac) matrices is zero, i.e. $$\text{tr}(\gamma_{\mu} \gamma_{\nu} \gamma_{5})=0 \text{.}$$ I attempted to use the fact ...
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Regarding properties of matrices involved in Dirac equation

In this document, after equation 62 on page 9, the author says that we can rewrite $\alpha^i \alpha^j \partial_i \partial_j$ as $\frac{1}{2} (\alpha^i \alpha^j + \alpha^j \alpha^i)\partial_i\...
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New “oscillator basis” of gamma matrices?

It was mentioned in http://kclpure.kcl.ac.uk/portal/files/12371620/Studentthesis-Mehmet_Akyol_2013.pdf page 28, a new concept "oscillator basis" or more precisely the author defines gamma matrices of ...
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Fierz Reordering of Gamma Matrices and Spinors

I was looking for Fierz rearrangement for Gamma matrices in the context of Chiral Fermions but couldn't find a simple introductory level lecture note/book ! Here's what I want: I have this ...
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Why does the Dirac equation require matrices to be rotationally invariant?

Why does the Dirac equation derivation require matrices? Starting from $$i\hbar \frac{\partial \psi}{\partial t} = \left(\frac{\hbar c}{i}\alpha^k\partial _k + \beta m_0 c^2 \right) \psi =H \psi.$$ ...
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Feynman rule for current-current operators

I wanted to know what is the Feynman rules for current-current vertex like this one: $$ {\cal{ L}} = G^\prime_F \hspace{2mm} \bar{d} \gamma^\mu (1-\gamma^5) u\hspace{3mm} \bar{s}\gamma_\mu (1-\gamma^...
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Definition of probablity current in dirac space not including spatial dimension?

I'm currently reviewing (basic) relativistic quantum mechanics and stumbled upon the probability current in "dirac space", defined as $j^μ = (j^0,\vec j)^\mathrm T$ with $j^0 = c\,ρ = c\,ψ^+ψ$ and $\...
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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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Equivalent forms of four fermion operators?

In this paper a little below equation (15) it is said that the four fermion operator $$(q^{\dagger}\bar{\sigma}_{\mu}q)(u^{\dagger}\bar{\sigma}^{\mu}u)$$ where $q$ and $u$ are left chiral Weyl ...
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Question about Majorana spinor's property

I am reading the BBS, Exercise 5.1 This exercise is nothing but showing that two Majorana spinors $\Theta_1$ and $\Theta_2$ \begin{align} \bar{\Theta}_1 \Gamma_{\mu} \Theta_2 = -\bar{\Theta}_2 \...
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Lorentz transformation of Gamma matrices $\gamma^{\mu}$

From my understanding, gamma matrices transforms under Lorentz transformation $\Lambda$ as \begin{equation} \gamma^{\mu} \rightarrow S[\Lambda]\gamma^{\mu}S[\Lambda]^{-1} = \Lambda^{\mu}_{\nu}\gamma^{\...
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Dirac Spinors as Eigenvalues of Helicity Matrix

I am trying (unsuccessfully) to verify this relation regarding the helicity of Dirac spinors: $$ { \sigma }_{ \vec { p } }u_{ r }\left( \vec { p } \right) =\frac { \vec { \Sigma } \cdot \vec { p } ...
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Covariance of the Dirac Equation

i want to show that the following equation holds: $$ \frac{1}{8}\left[\gamma^{\mu},\omega_{\mu \nu} [\gamma^{\mu},\gamma^{\nu} ] \right] = \omega^{\mu}_{~~~\nu}\,~ \gamma^{\nu} $$ $\gamma^{\mu}$ ...
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Basic question about curved and flat indices, and the Dirac matrices on $S^5$

In discussing the Kaluza-Klein formalism for Type IIB Supergravity on $S^5$, or the AdS5xS5 compactification, one requires Killing spinors on $S^5$. I read that the Dirac matrices on $S^5$ satisfy ...
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How one can write $\bar{\psi}$ in odd dimension?

I know that the Dirac equation in general dimensions has a form of $$ (i\gamma_{\mu} \nabla_\mu - m ) \psi =0 $$ and the action for that is written as $$ S = \int d^d x \bar{\psi} (i\gamma_{\mu} \...
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Do the matrices $S^{\mu\nu} = \frac{1}{4}[\gamma^\mu, \gamma^\nu]$ have a name?

Do the matrices $S^{\mu\nu}$ defined by $$ S^{\mu\nu} = \frac{1}{4}[\gamma^\mu, \gamma^\nu] $$ have a name ($\gamma^\mu$ are the gamma matrices)? They feel very important to me since they form a ...
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How many Killing spinors exist on $S^5$?

So, I know that on $S^n$, a spinor of the form $$ \Sigma^\pm = \frac{1 \pm i\gamma^\alpha z_\alpha}{\sqrt{1+z^2}}\Sigma_0$$ where $\Sigma_0$ is a constant spinor, is a Killing spinor on $S^n$ ...
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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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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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Why gamma-matrices are associated with tetrads Lorentz rotation?

In Zee's "QFT in nutshell" in a paragraph "Differential geometry of Riemann manifold" he states that Dirac gamma-matrices are associated with tetrads Lorentz rotation, so Dirac lagrangian in curved ...
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Trying to understand the symmetries of higher dimensional $\gamma$-matrices

I am reading that there exists a unitary matrix $C$ (the charge conjugation) matrix such that each matrix $C\Gamma^{A}$ is either symmetric or anti-symmetric. Now, $\Gamma^{A} = \{ {\bf 1}, \gamma^{\...
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Higher rank $\gamma$-matrix question

I read that the higher rank $\gamma$ matrices can be written as alternate commutators and anti-commutators. For example, the rank 3 gamma matrix can be written as $$\gamma^{123} = \frac{1}{2}\{\gamma^{...
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Why do we need tetrads/vierbeins/frame-fields to describe fermions in curved space?

I'm learning about the frame formalism and read that to couple fermions to gravity you need to go to the frame-formalism. As a motivation to learn more about frame-fields would someone sketch me why ...