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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 ...
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Dirac operator partial integration

When you have an action with bosonic $X$ and fermionic $\psi$ (Majorana) fields and perform a SUSY transformation $\epsilon$ (the constant, infinitesimal parameter of transformation, a real, ...
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Why is the unitary matrix relating the gamma matrices and their complex conjugates antisymmetical?

In Messiah's Quantum Mechanics Vol. II, properties of the Dirac matrices are derived. There is so-called fundamental theorem, which states that, Let $\gamma^\mu$ and $\gamma^{'\mu}$ be two systems of ...
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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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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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Weinberg QFT Chapter 5: gamma matrices consistency

Currently reading through Weinberg's QFT book (Vol. 1) [readable in parts here]. In his derivation of the causal Dirac field in Ch. 5, he chooses his gamma matrices as (5.4.17) \begin{align} \gamma^0&...
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Fermion propagator decomposition

I've seen the following decomposition for the fermion propagator for a fermion with momenta $p-k$, and where both $p-k$ and $p$ have a mass of $m$: $$\frac{(\not p-\not k)+m}{(p-k)^2-m^2}\gamma_\mu= \...
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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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Constructing matrix for spin in Stern-Gerlach experiment for arbitrary angle

This is a conceptual question about a problem in Sakurai. I understand how to solve the problem, but there's something about it that irks me, and it feels like I'm missing something. In the problem, ...
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Dirac group representation

I am currently taking a representation theory class (from a physicist), and I am very confused about the Dirac groups' irreducible representations. First of all, all the Dirac matrices in the ...
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Converting two component product to four component notation

Consider the product of two left Weyl spinors in the notation commonly found in supersymmetry, \begin{equation} \chi ^\alpha\eta_\alpha = \chi ^\alpha \epsilon _{ \alpha \beta } \eta ^\beta \end{...
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Time reversal operator symmetry of dirac lagrangian

I want to prove time reversal symmetry of Dirac Lagrangian, I have some problems with calculations. I start with \begin{eqnarray} T\psi T = U \psi \end{eqnarray} \begin{eqnarray} T\bar{\psi } T = ...
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Motivation for spinors

After it was found that the gamma matrices couldn't be Pauli matrices and only had to be larger and even, why was their need to define a new algebraic object (i.e a Dirac spinor)? Why couldn't a ...
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Parity on gamma matrices

I want to understand clearly why $ P \gamma^{\mu} P = \gamma^{\mu} $, where $ P $ is the parity operator. This result follow for example from pag. 66 of Peskin-Schroeder. The parity operator acts ...
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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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Simplifying a seemingly simple gamma matrix identity

When studying from the book by Wise and Manohar, Heavy Quark Physics (pg 102), I came across a seemingly simple identity that I am not able to prove. It's likely an easy problem but I can't for the ...
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$\gamma^5$ factor in Quantum Field Theory

I have a problem with interpretation of $\gamma^5$ factor in the interaction Hamiltonian. I know that $\frac{1\pm\gamma^5}{2}$ is a helicity projection and it requires helicity conservation in ...
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Proof of equivalence of different representations of the $\gamma$-matrices in the Dirac equation

This question concerns the Dirac equation and the $4\times4$ $\gamma$-matrices. The task is to prove that a similarity transformation of the standard $\gamma$-matrix conserves the commutation relation ...
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Dimension of gamma matrices in higher dimensional Dirac equations

Reading about Dirac's equation in higher dimensional space-times I have read that the gamma matrices are $2^{[D/2]}\times{}2^{[D/2]}$. So, if we have $D=11$, for example, how is this formula supposed ...
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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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Some questions about Dirac spinor transformation law

I have perhaps meaningless question about Dirac spinors, but I'm at a loss. The transformation laws for for left-handed and right-handed 2-spinors are $$ \tag 1 \psi_{a} \to \psi_{a}' = N_{a}^{\quad ...
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Transformations of gamma-matrices through Pauli matrices transformations

I have the transformation law of the Lorentz group for Pauli matrices: $$ \tag 0 (\sigma^{\mu})_{a \dot {a}}{'} = \Lambda^{\mu}_{\quad \nu} N_{a}^{\quad c}(\sigma^{\nu})_{c \dot {c}}(N^{-1})^{\dot {c}}...
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Do gamma matrices form a basis?

Do the four gamma matrices form a basis for the set of matrices $GL(4,\mathbb{C})$? I was actually trying to evaluate a term like $\gamma^0 M^\dagger \gamma^0$ in a representation independent way, ...
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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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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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What is unitarily similar matrices?

In one of tasks I met the concept of unitarily similar matrices: in particular, I need to prove that sets $\gamma_{\mu}, -\gamma_{\mu}$ (Dirac gamma matrices) are unitarily similar. I don't know what ...
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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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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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Closed formula for product of gamma matrices

I was asking myself if there is a closed formula for the following product of gamma matrices: $$\gamma_\mu\gamma_\nu \gamma_5.$$ I would like to express this matrix in terms of the basis $${\...
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How to find a particular representation for the gamma matrices?

I asked this question as a subquestion in another thread, but got the answer below and thought it deserved a thread of its own. Two well-known representation of the gamma matrices are the Weyl and ...
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Spinor inner products

The spinor inner product in particle physics is given by $\overline{\psi} \psi = \psi^{\dagger} \gamma_0 \psi $, where I take the convention that the zeroth gamma matrix is hermitian while the rest ...
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Peskin equation 6.38

In Peskin and Schroeder's QFT book, page 189, equation 6.38, how do they get from the first line to the second line? In particular, I am stuck on the transition from what I perceive to be: $$ k'_\...
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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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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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Dirac trace theorem [closed]

I am unable to prove exactly one trace identity that appears in the appendix of Peskin and Schroeder's QFT book. Can someone help me? The theorem [Appendix A.4 eqn (A.28)] says that the order of $\...
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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 \...