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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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 ...
### 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 ...
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, \:\:\:...