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In particle physics, helicity is the projection of the angular momentum onto the direction of momentum. For massless spin-1⁄2 particles, helicity is equivalent to the chirality operator multiplied by $\hbar/2$, so may be used for related chirality questions as well.

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Chirality and helicity operators for the massless bispinor rep and their generalisation on arbitrary (tensor, 4-vector etc) cases

Let's have chirality projection operator $$ \hat {C}_{\pm} = \frac{1 \pm \gamma^{5}}{2}. $$ We introduce it and called it chirality, because $$ \hat {C}_{+}\psi = \begin{pmatrix} \psi_{\alpha} \\ 0 \...
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Chirality, helicity and their relationship for the massless case

Chirality can be interpreted as a property of Lorentz group - Lorentz transformation of field through representation $(s, 0)$ or representation $(0, s)$. For the massless particles one says, that ...
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General relativity from helicity 2 massless field theory by using Deser's arguments

Recently I have discovered the method of constructing of GR from massless field with helicity 2 theory. It is considered here, in an article "Self-Interaction and Gauge Invariance" written by Deser S. ...
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Analogue of helicity in higher dimensions and concrete formula

Consider Poincare group $ISO(1,d-1)$ in some dimension $d>4$. There are two Casimirs. Let's look at massless one-particle states: the little group is $ISO(d-2)$, and if we restrict to finite ...
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Helicity dependence in loop diagrams

I am trying to evaluate a diagram that looks like The middle of the diagram is a fermion loop. I know that the coupling between the $Z^0$ and fermions depends on the fermions' helicities, so it ...
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Schwartz's book: Spinor-helicity formalism

I'm trying to learn the spinor-helicity formalism from Schwartz's QFT book. His equation 27.44 is describes the annihilation of an electron(1)-positron(2) pair to a muon(3)-antimuon(4) pair. He ...
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The question about Lorentz invariance of the helicity quantum number for the massless particles

I need to show that helicity is Lorentz invariant (under the proper Lorentz transformation) for the massless particles. I heard about most frequently used argument which contains an idea of ...
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Reducing massive representation of the Poincare group to the massless one

I want to ask about the connection for massive and massless representation of the Poincare group. Sorry for the awkwardness. First I must to represent the formalism for both of cases. Massive ...
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Difference between left- and right-handed, helicity and chirality

What is the difference? I know there is the (almost) same question What's the difference between helicity and chirality? but when a particle is given as left-handed. Is it helicity or chirality?
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Adding helicities

The background: I am looking at Compton scattering in its most general form with $p+\gamma^*\rightarrow p'+\gamma'^*$ in the Breit-frame (which implies that in my case $\vec{p} = -\vec{p}'$). The ...
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Can spherical harmonics be used in relativity equations?

I have a neutral pion of mass $m_{\pi}$, and it decays into two photons. In it's reference frame the decay is isotropic. One of the photons has a helicity of $+\hbar$ and the other $-\hbar$. In ...
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Why are antiparticles associated with spin-flipped spinors?

In section 2.2 of Elvang and Huang's Scattering Amplitudes in Gauge Theory and Gravity (http://arXiv.org/abs/1308.1697), beneath equation (2.9), it is mentioned that $u^{\pm}=v^{\mp}$, where $u^\pm$ ...
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Parity of photon helicity state

This question is fundamental enough and I probably should know the answer at this point, but for some reason I am confused. I know that helicity states should go into each other under parity transform ...
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General Relativity and spin/helicity two massless particle

I usually read that GR can be thought of as the unique theory of a massless spin-2 particle (I think that this is the graviton). I know that GR is the unique theory that has: diffeomorphism ...
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Spin and polarization, QM vs QFT

On page 34 of A. Zee's book QFT in a Nutshell, he states: I expect you to remember the concept of polarization from your course on electromagnetism. A massive spin 1 particle has three degrees of ...
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Bound state of $\mu^- \mu^+$ . Why non-relativistic muon states?

Peskin & Schroeber page 148 discuss the creation of a $ \mu^+ \mu^-$ resonance state . Equation (5.44) describes the creation of a Spin Up bound $ \mu^+ \mu^-$: $$ \mathcal{M} = \sqrt{2M} \int \...
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Parke-Taylor formula in the $n=4$ simple case

I am trying to do ex. 2.23 of http://arxiv.org/abs/1308.1697. I have chosen as reference spinors $q_1,q_2 = p_3$ and $q_3,q_4 = p_1$. Therefore if I compute $A^4[1^- 2^- 3^+ 4^+]$ the computation ...
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Helicity for Zero Rest Mass Field Equations

I'm trying to reconcile the usual definition of the helicity operator, namely $$ h = \hat{p}.S$$ with the definition of a massless helicity $n$ field as a symmetric spinor field $\phi^{A\dots B}$ ...
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Viscous losses in loop helical flow

Imagine flow of the following kind. The flow line for each flow particle is a helix with its axis bent so that the beginning attaches to the end. How can I determine the viscous losses in this flow ...
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Why does the renormalizable theory have only those particles with helicity less than or equal to 1?

Let the helicity operator be $\frac{P \cdot J}{P^0}$ with an eigenvalue $\lambda$. Then why do renormalizable theories have $|\lambda| \le 1?$ (in general dimensions or in 4ds?) Also, what is the ...
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Four-brackets (Hodges, Momentum Twistors)

I use the reference from Andrew Hodges, available at https://arxiv.org/abs/0905.1473. I am having trouble understanding his use of the four-bracket. I refer to equation 6 and equation 9, where he ...
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How to determine the squared average amplitude for $\nu_e(p_1)+d(p_2)\rightarrow e^-(p_3)+u(p_4)$?

I have the following charged current interaction, at quark level, by the process: $$\nu_e(p_1)+d(p_2)\rightarrow e^-(p_3)+u(p_4)$$ By assuming that the energy is such that I can neglect the lepton and ...
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Spin-helicity formalism for gluon-gluon amplitudes

In Schwarz's QFT he introduces in chapter 27 the Spin-Helicity formalism as a way of calculating gluon-gluon interactions much easier than going through all the Feynman calculus from the beginning to ...
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Spin vs Helicity conservation

I am a bit confused about spin conservation at relativistic energies. I am reading a QFT book by Peskin and at a point he specifies that "In the nonrelativistic limit the total spin of the system is ...
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Weinberg soft factor in spinor helicity

The leading order Weinberg soft factor is found to be $$\displaystyle\sum_{a=1}^{n}\frac{\epsilon^{\mu\nu}p_{\mu}p_{\nu}}{q.k_a},$$ where $a$ labels the external particles and $p$ denotes the ...
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Showing Parity violation in muon decay

An exam question reads; By considering the helicity of the decay products, and the conservation of angular momentum, show that the high energy positrons in the reaction $\mu^+ \to e^++\nu _e +\nu_\...
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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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Spinor helicity formalism, exact form of the spinors

I am trying to understand how to perform computations with the spinor helicity formalism, I am studying on this review http://arxiv.org/abs/1308.1697. I have stumbled upon a problem though, in pag. ...
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How do I prove the equivalence of chirality and helicity operators acting on a massless Dirac spinor?

I have massless Dirac equation and chirality and helicity operators which are given as $$ \hat {P}_{ch}\Psi = \gamma_{5}\Psi, \quad \hat {P}_{h}\Psi = \frac{(\hat {\mathbf S} \cdot \mathbf p)}{|\...
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Helicity operator in Non relativistic limit

Helicity operator in Dirac equation is given by $$H=\frac{\vec{S}\times \vec{P}}{P^{2}}$$ This operator commutes with dirac hamiltonian.We can also define a helicity(with same form) operator in case ...
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Spin (helicity) and polarizations of photons: are they secretly related?

Edit Circularly polarized photons have $$\textbf{S}\cdot\hat{\textbf{p}}=\pm \hbar\tag{1}$$ and it also satisfies $$\boldsymbol{\epsilon}\cdot\hat{\textbf{p}}=0\tag{2}$$ where $\textbf{S}$ is the spin,...
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Helicity: massive vs massless particles

Usually massive particles can be described as eigenstates $|p,\lambda\rangle$ of the angular $J^3$ operator, while massless particles are eigenstates $|p (m=0),\lambda\rangle$ of the helicity operator ...
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Conserved quantity in Graphene

The computation of the band structure of Graphene basically leads to the diagonalization of the following Hamiltonian: $$ H = -t \left( \begin{array}{cc} 0 & \epsilon(\vec{k}) \\ \epsilon^*(\vec{...
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Why if 2 operators commute they have a common set of eigenvectors and what's the relation to 2 fold degeneracy?

I have the following sentence in my lecture notes "Dirac hamiltonian and helicity have a common set of eigenvectors, this is also the reason for the two fold degeneracy found for every energy ...
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Do gluons have only two possible eigenvalues of helicity?

In the Standard Model, gluons are massless spin-1 bosons just as photons are, so it stands to reason that they only have two possible eigenvalues of helicity for the same reason that photons, which ...
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Helicity of Massless Particles

A well-known result of Wigner's classification of relativistic particles is that massless particles transform with helicity $h \oplus -h$ under $ISO(2)$. Thus, such particles have two helicity states. ...
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Polarized Moller scattering cross section

When doing a computation of scattering cross sections of particles with spin, one usually averages over the initial spins and sums over the final ones. I'm a bit puzzled as to how to do the ...
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Spin angular momentum

Spin angular momentum is defined as $\Sigma^{i}= 1/2 e^{ijk} \sigma_{jk}$ . Thus, I can write $\Sigma^{1}$ as $[\gamma_{2},\gamma_{3}]$ . I want some insights on this definition. Also, Can anybody ...
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Helicicity operator of a particle

How can one project the spin of a particle along the direction of momentum as they belong to different bases? Or is it allowed because there are infinitely many bases connected through similarity ...