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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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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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Charge conjugation in chiral representation

I'm reading Maggiore's book and I got to the part of charge conjugation symmetry for Dirac spinor. I get that the definition of charge conjugation is representation-dependent, however I couldn't find ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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How did Dirac come up with the idea of using Pauli matrices?

Dirac equation in natural units is: $$\left(i\gamma^{\mu}\partial_{\mu}-m\right)\psi=0$$ where $\gamma^{0}=\pmatrix{I_{2} & 0\\ 0 & -I_{2}}$ and $\gamma^{n}=\pmatrix{0 & \sigma_{n}\\ -\...
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Eigenvalues of $\not{p}$

Let $p_\mu$ be a generic non-null 4-vector, and let $m=\sqrt{p_\mu p^\mu}\neq 0$ (let us choose $\operatorname{Im}m\ge0$). Let also $\gamma^\mu$ be the Dirac gamma matrices. Prove that the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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What do the matrices $\alpha_k$ represent in the Dirac equation?

I have been scouring the internet for an answer. All I have managed to find are the matrices for $k=1,2,3,4,5$. However, I still have no idea they represent, within the equation. Am I correct in ...
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Showing hermiticity properties of Dirac matrices using hamiltonians

I want to show $${\gamma^0}^\dagger=\gamma^0\\ {\gamma^i}^\dagger=-\gamma^i.$$ To do this I consider the Dirac equation $$ (i\gamma^\mu\partial_\mu-m)\psi=0$$ and I write it as $$ i\partial_t \psi=(...
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Geometrized Algebra and Einstein's Equations

The algebraic properties of the pseudoscalar $i$ follows the ordinary rules for imaginary numbers: So its algebraic properties are ~ $i^2 = -1$ the amazing geometric property is that it is an ...
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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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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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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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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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Why is $\gamma^5$ used to define the projection operator?

The properties of the projection operators are defined as: $$P_+ = \frac{1}{2}(1+\gamma^5)$$ $$P_- = \frac{1}{2}(1-\gamma^5)$$ where $\gamma^5 = -i\gamma^0\gamma^1\gamma^2\gamma^3$ and their key ...
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Pauli matrices and Lorentz transformations

Consider the Weyl equations: \begin{align} i\sigma^{\mu} \partial_{\mu} \psi_{L} & = 0 \\ i\overline{\sigma}^{\mu} \partial_{\mu} \psi_{R} & = 0, \end{align} where $\sigma^{\mu} = \left ( \...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Gamma traceless

I read this Under what conditions is a vector-spinor gamma trace free. And also read many papers about higher spin, but no one explains why irreducible spinor is gamma traceless spinor? Can anyone ...
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Dirac matrices for generalized metric tensors

The Dirac matrices are defined by the relations $$\left [\gamma^{i},\gamma^{j}\right]_{+}=2\eta^{i,j}\mathbb{1}$$ where $[\cdot,\cdot]_{+}$ is the anti-commutator. What happens if I replace $\eta^{i,...
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Again on Spin Operator in Dirac Field Theory (Peskin & Schroeder)

Good morning, I've already seen that this topic has been discussed so long, but my doubts remain unchanged. At page 61 of Peskin & Schroeder, An Introduction to QFT, there is the demonstration ...
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Gordon decomposition in Cheng and Li p. 422

In the $\mu \rightarrow e+\gamma$ calculation in Cheng and Li "Gauge theory of elementary particle physics" p.422 they have $$ T=A\bar{u}_e(p-q)(1+\gamma_5)i\sigma_{\lambda\nu}q^\nu\epsilon^\lambda ...
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Question about Pauli Matrices

I found the following identities about Pauli matrices from the lecture notes of Supersymmetry. $$((\sigma^{\mu})^{\alpha\dot{\alpha}})^{\ast}=(\bar{\sigma}^{\mu})^{\dot{\alpha}\alpha}$$ $$((\sigma_{\...
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Physics Meaning of Trace Technology in QED [closed]

As it pointed out on page 133 of Peskin and Schroeder, any QED amplitude involving external fermions, when squared and summed or averaged over spins, can be converted to traces of products of Dirac ...
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My Struggle with Fierz Identity

I am following BUSSTEPP Lectures on Supersymmetry to learn SUSY. The Lagrangian of a interacting Wess-Zumino model in 4D is given by $$\mathcal{L}=-\frac{1}{2}(\partial_{\mu}S)(\partial^{\mu}S)-\...
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Confusion with trace of gamma matrices

Using $\{\gamma^\mu, \gamma^\nu\} = 2 \eta^{\mu\nu} \mathbf{1}$, it is easy to show that: \begin{align*} \operatorname{tr} \gamma^\mu \gamma^\nu = 4\eta^{\mu\nu} \end{align*} Now, it is also true that ...
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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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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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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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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, \:\:\:...