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  1. Garlic

    I Lorentz transformation of the "bilinear spinor matrixelement"

    Dear reader, there is a physics problem where I couldn't understand what the solutions. It is about the lorentz transformation of a bilinear spinor matrix element thing. So the blue colored equation signs are the parts which I couldn't figure out how. There must be some steps in between which...
  2. filip97

    A Gamma - traceless

    I read this question https://physics.stackexchange.com/questions/95970/under-what-conditions-is-a-vector-spinor-gamma-trace-free . Also I read Sexl and Urbantke book about groups. But I dont understand why spinors is irreducible if these are gamma-tracelees. Also I read many papers about higher...
  3. A

    I Chirality projection operator

    Hello everybody! I have a doubt in using the chiral projection operators. In principle, it should be ##P_L \psi = \psi_L##. $$ P_L = \frac{1-\gamma^5}{2} = \frac{1}{2} \begin{pmatrix} \mathbb{I} & -\mathbb{I} \\ -\mathbb{I} & \mathbb{I} \end{pmatrix} $$ If I consider ##\psi = \begin{pmatrix}...
  4. M

    Proving Even Parity for this Expression

    My idea was straight forward calculation: $$\begin{align*}\bar { \psi }' ( x' ) \gamma ^ { \mu } \partial _ { \mu }' \psi ( x' ) &= \psi^\dagger\gamma^{0\dagger}\gamma^0\gamma^\mu \partial_\mu'\gamma^0\psi = \bar\psi\underbrace{\gamma^0\gamma^\mu\gamma^0}_{=\gamma^{\mu\dagger}=-\gamma^\mu}...
  5. M

    Calculating field transformation

    Homework Statement Let ##\psi(x)=u(p)e^{-ipx}##, where $$ u((m,0)) = \sqrt{m}\begin{pmatrix} \xi\\\xi \end{pmatrix}\quad\text{where}\quad \xi = \sum_{s\in \{+,-\}}c_s\xi^s\quad \text{and}\quad \xi^+\equiv\begin{pmatrix} 1\\ 0 \end{pmatrix}\quad \xi^-\equiv\begin{pmatrix} 0\\ 1 \end{pmatrix}, $$...
  6. M

    Find the spinor-state for a given expectation value

    Homework Statement Let ##\vec{e}\in\mathbb{R}^3## be any unit vector. A spin ##1/2## particle is in state ##|\chi \rangle## for which $$\langle\vec{\sigma}\rangle =\vec{e},$$ where ##\vec{\sigma}## are the Pauli-Matrices. Find the state ##|\chi\rangle## Homework Equations :[/B] are all given...
  7. T

    A What's the idea behind propagators

    I'm studying QFT by David Tong's lecture notes. When he discusses causility with real scalar fields, he defines the propagator as (p.38) $$D(x-y)=\left\langle0\right| \phi(x)\phi(y)\left|0\right\rangle=\int\frac{d^3p}{(2\pi)^3}\frac{1}{2E_{\vec{p}}}e^{-ip\cdot(x-y)},$$ then he shows that the...
  8. K

    Eigenstates of Rashba Spin-Orbit Hamiltonian

    Homework Statement I am given the Rashba Hamiltonian which describes a 2D electron gas interacting with a perpendicular electric field, of the form $$H = \frac{p^2}{2m^2} + \frac{\alpha}{\hbar}\left(p_x \sigma_y - p_y \sigma_x\right)$$ I am asked to find the energy eigenvalues and...
  9. U

    Functional Derivative with respect to Dirac Spinors

    Homework Statement I am currently working on an exercise list where I need to calculate the second functional derivative with respect to Grassmann valued fields. $$ \dfrac{\overrightarrow{\delta}}{\delta \psi_{\alpha} (-p)} \left( \int_{x} \widetilde{\bar{\psi}}_{\mu} (x) i \partial_{s}^{\mu...
  10. B

    Dual spinor and gamma matrices

    Here it is a simple problem which is giving me an headache, Recall from class that in order to build an invariant out of spinors we had to introduce a somewhat unexpected form for the dual spinor, i.e. ߰ψ = ψ†⋅γ0 Then showing that ߰ is invariant depends on the result that (ei/4⋅σμν⋅ωμν)† ⋅γ0...
  11. P

    Massive spin-s representations of the Poincare group

    Context The following is from the book "Ideas and methods in supersymmetry and supergravity" by I.L. Buchbinder and S.M Kuzenko, pg 56-60. It is about realizing the irreducible massive representations of the Poincare group as spin tensor fields which transform under certain representations of...
  12. A

    I What is a spinor?

    Okay, I have read on spinors here and there but I really don't understand geometrically or intuitively what it is. Can someone please explain it to me and how/when it is used? Thanks!
  13. D

    I What kind of space is the space of spinors?

    Hi, i dont find much about spinor spaces. I can think in that spaces like a vector space above the field of complex numbers (a complex vector space)? sorry if what i saying is a non-sense, but i really want to understand better the math behind the concept of a spinor. thanks
  14. D

    System of ODE - comparison with paper

    I have the following system of differential equations, for the functions ##A(r)## and ##B(r)##: ##A'-\frac{m}{r}A=(\epsilon+1)B## and ##-B' -\frac{m+1}{r}B=(\epsilon-1)A## ##m## and ##\epsilon## are constants, with ##\epsilon<1##. The functions ##A## and ##B## are the two components of a...
  15. S

    Why chiral fermions don't exist in odd dimensions?

    In four dimensions, left and right chiral fermion can be written as \psi_L= \begin{pmatrix} \psi_+\\ 0 \end{pmatrix},\qquad \psi_R= \begin{pmatrix} 0\\ \psi_- \end{pmatrix}, respectively, where \psi_+ and \psi_- are some two components spinors(Weyl spinors?). In this representation, the...
  16. stevendaryl

    How Do Spinors Fit in With Differential Geometry

    When I studied General Relativity using Misner, Thorne and Wheeler's "Gravitation", it was eye-opening to me to learn the geometric meanings of vectors, tensors, etc. The way such objects were taught in introductory physics classes were heavily dependent on coordinates: "A vector is a collection...
  17. P

    Substitution in the following supersymmetry transformation

    I was reading in this book: Supergravity for Daniel Freedman and was checking the part that has to do with Extremal Reissner Nordstrom Black Hole. He was using killing spinors (that I am very new to). I was understanding the theory until he stated with the calculations: He said that the...
  18. referframe

    Spinors: Relativistic vs Non-Relativistic?

    Consider the Spinor object for an electron. Are the non-relativistic and relativistic (Dirac equation) Spinor objects, from a mathematical point-of-view, identical? Thanks in advance.
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