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How to calculate the trace below?

I am currently reading Peskin's QFT book on my own. Though it introduces the Trace Technology in Section 5.1, the trace calculations in the following sections are still far from clear to me. Here is ...
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Solution of the Dirac equation by Pauli four-vector

Reading through David Tong lecture notes on QFT. On page 100, he solves the Dirac equation by Pauli four-vector. See below link: QFT notes by Tong, Chapter 4 In (4.107) he gives the solution in ...
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What is the Hermitian conjugate of the 4-vector momentum in Dirac equation?

I am quite confused about the Hermitian conjugate of the 4-vector momentum $p=(p^0, p^1, p^2, p3)$. The confusion mainly arises when deriving the Dirac adjoint and the charge current probability. (1)....
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Hermitian properties of the gamma matrices

The gamma matrices $\gamma^{\mu}$ are defined by $$\{\gamma^{\mu},\gamma^{\nu}\}=2g^{\mu\nu}.$$ There exist representations of the gamma matrices such as the Dirac basis and the Weyl basis. Is it ...
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Normalization of Dirac bispinors

Let $u_\lambda(\vec{k})$ and $v_\lambda (\vec{k})$ be solutions of the following equations $$(\not k-m)u_\lambda(\vec{k})=0$$ $$(\not k+m)v_\lambda(\vec{k})=0$$ Suppose that $u_\lambda(\vec{k})^\...
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Representations of the Dirac algebra, hermitian adjoint and traces

Strictly speaking this is a math question, but since the Dirac algebra is much more important in physics than in math I thought I'd have a better chance of getting an answer here. The Dirac algebra ...
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Dirac spinors in 2+1 dimensions

In 3+1 dimensions, Dirac spinors have four complex components. In 2+1 dimensions, the representation of the Clifford algebra by $\sigma^3$ and $-i\sigma^3\sigma^i$, with $i\in\{1,2\}$ is 2-dimensional,...
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How to express $\gamma^{\mu} \gamma^{\nu}$ as a linear combination of {1, $\gamma^5, \gamma^{\mu}, \gamma^{u} \gamma^5, \sigma^{\mu \nu}$}?

** EDIT: I think I have completely missed the mark on asking my question. Here is another try. I do not understand what a linear combination means in this situation. My naive desire is to have an ...
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Program for Dirac Matrix Traces

I want to calculate traces of Dirac matrices with a program like Mathematica. I found the package FeynCalc or Tracer.m but they seem to be outdated. Are there any better / newer solutions to this? I ...
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Dimensionality of Gamma Matrices

If I express the Dirac equation in the form of $$i\hbar \frac{\partial}{\partial t} \psi_a(x) = \left(-i\hbar c(\alpha^j)_{ab}\partial _j + mc^2(\beta)_{ab}\right)\psi_b(x),$$ with the constraints $...
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Spinor representation and Lorentz transformation in Peskin &Schroeder

I am a newbie in group theory. In Peskin & Schroeder's QFT P.42 (3.29) it says that, since we have $$\Lambda_{\frac{1}{2}}^{-1}\gamma ^{\mu}\Lambda_{\frac{1}{2}}~=~\Lambda^{\mu}_{~~\nu }\gamma^{\...
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Spinors in dimensions greater than $4$

The Dirac equation describes the behaviour of non-interacting spin-$1/2$ fermions in a quantum-field-theoretic framework and is given by $$i\gamma^{\mu}\partial_{\mu}\psi=-m\psi,$$ where $\gamma^{\...
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A more general completeness relation for Dirac spinors

Assume that we have two 1/2-spin particles with four-momenta $p$ and $p'$. Particle Dirac spinors satisfy the completeness relation $$ \sum_{s=1}^2u_s(p)\overline{u}_s(p)=\not p+m $$ My goal now is to ...
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QFT, show that $(\vec{p}\cdot \vec{\sigma})^2 = |p|^2$

I am following Peskin. During the derivation of the Dirac field (boosting the solution from the rest frame), we use that $(\vec{p}\cdot \vec{\sigma})^2 = |p|^2$. Where $\vec{p}$ is momentum vector, ...
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Decomposition of gamma matrices into sigma matrices and their equvialence [closed]

Considering even dimension. From the definition of $\gamma^{(d+1)}$ (all products of gamma matrices) and its anti commutation, $\{ \gamma^\mu, \gamma^{(d+1)}\}=0$, if we choose $\gamma^{(d+1)}$ as ...
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Hermitian adjoint of 4-gradient in Dirac equation

I'm having issues deriving the Dirac adjoint equation, $$\overline{\psi}(i\gamma^{\mu}\partial_{\mu}+m)=0.\tag{1}$$ I started by taking the Hermitian adjoint of all components of the original Dirac ...
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Transforming a QFT identity (quantisation of the Dirac field)

When (falsely) quantizing the Dirac-field, Peskin/Schroeder (Introduction to Quantum Field Theory) get with $$\psi(\vec{x})=\int\dfrac{d^3p}{(2\pi)^3}\dfrac{1}{\sqrt{2E_{\vec{p}}}}e^{i\vec{p}\cdot\...
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From $\gamma$ to $\sigma$, finding proper basis

For $d$ dimensional case, usual gamma matrices have basis $\Gamma^A = \{1, \gamma^a, \cdots \gamma^{a_1 \cdots a_d}\}$ (Let's think about even case only for simplicity, I know for odd case only up to ...
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Some general formula with trace of gamma matrices relating $\gamma^{(d+1)}$

I want to figure out the trace of gamma matrices relating with $\gamma^{(d+1)}$ for even $d$ dimensional case. First define $\gamma^{(d+1)}$ as \begin{align} \gamma^{(d+1)} = \gamma^1 \gamma^2 \...
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Time derivative of total angular momentum in Dirac equation

I would like to calculate the time derivative of the total angular momentum of a Dirac particle in an electromagnetic field $(\vec A, \phi)$: $$\vec J = \vec r \times (\vec p - \frac{q}{c} \vec A) + \...
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Basic calculus of the adjoint spinor being transformed under parity

In Modern Particle Physics (p.287) Thompson says that under the parity transformation of the adjoint spinor we have $$\bar u=u^\dagger\gamma^0\rightarrow^p (\hat Pu)^\dagger\gamma^0= u^\dagger\gamma^{...
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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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