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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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, $$ \...