# Casimir's Trick/Evaluating Cross Sections

by Spriteling
Tags: casimir, cross, sections, trick or evaluating
 P: 36 Hi all. I'm working on a project at the moment, and I've run into some questions regarding the 4-d Levi Civita tensor contracted with the metric tensor. I'm working on finding the cross-section for neutrino-proton scattering. While ccontracting the hadronic and leptonic tensors, I end up with a term like $i \epsilon_{\alpha \mu \beta \nu} k'_{\alpha}k_{\beta}g^{\mu \nu}$ but I am uncertain as to how to evaluate this term. I've looked all through Griffiths and Halzen and Marten and I've googled but I can't find a definitive answer. Can anyone help? (I'm sorry if this is in the wrong section; I wasn't sure if it should go here, as it is related to HEP, or int he homework help thing, which it isn't really, but it is a question..)
 Sci Advisor HW Helper PF Gold P: 2,602 Symmetry of the metric ($g^{\mu \nu}=g^{\nu \mu}$) and total antisymmetry of $\epsilon_{\alpha \mu \beta \nu}$ imply that $\epsilon_{\alpha \mu \beta \nu}g^{\mu \nu}=0$ (together with all possible permutations of indices). So all terms of that form vanish.
 P: 36 Ah, that makes quite a lot of sense. What if, on the other hand, you have a term like $i \epsilon_{\alpha \mu \beta \nu} k'_{\alpha}k_{\beta}P^{\mu} P^{\nu}$? k, k' and P are all 4-vectors. How would you be able to evaluate this?
 Sci Advisor HW Helper PF Gold P: 2,602 Casimir's Trick/Evaluating Cross Sections The product $P^\mu P^\nu$ is symmetric under $\mu\leftrightarrow\nu$, so that term vanishes by symmetry as well. If there were a prime on one of the $P$s, it would not. To anticipate the next logical question, we can ask how to express $i \epsilon_{\alpha \mu \beta \nu} k'^{\alpha}k^{\beta}P^{\mu} P'^{\nu}$. There really isn't any simpler form to reduce it to, but we can note that $i \epsilon_{\alpha \mu \beta \nu} k'^{\alpha}k^{\beta}P^{\mu} P'^{\nu} = i\left( k'^0k^1P^2 P'^3 \pm \text{permutations} \right).$