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Bilinears in adjoint representation

  1. Apr 8, 2016 #1

    CAF123

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    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    1)Show that the kinetic term for a Dirac spinor is invariant under the symmetry group ##U(N) \otimes U(N)##

    2) Show that if ##T_a## are the generators of ##O(N)##, the bilinears ##\phi^T T^a \phi## transform according to the adjoint representation.

    2. Relevant equations

    For 1), ##\mathcal L_{kin} = i \bar \phi \gamma^{\mu} \partial_{\mu} \phi##

    3. The attempt at a solution
    In 1), I considered the case of a Weyl spinor first. This has a kinetic term ##i \bar \phi_R \gamma^{\mu} \partial_{\mu} \phi_R## and if ##\phi_R \rightarrow U \phi_R## then ##i \bar \phi_R \gamma^{\mu} \partial_{\mu} \phi_R \rightarrow i\phi^{\dagger}_R U^{\dagger} \gamma_0 \gamma^{\mu} \partial_{\mu} U \phi ## Because ##U## and the gamma matrices act on different spaces, can I just shift the ##U## to the ##U^{\dagger}## and then using ##UU^{\dagger}=1## get the result? The ##U(N) \otimes U(N)## for the Dirac spinors comes about from decomposing a Dirac spinor into its left and right handed components each of which transforms under a 'left handed fundamental representation' or 'right handed fundamental representation' so could write the symmetry group as ##U_L(N) \otimes U_R(N)## (I think).

    In 2), how would the generators of O(N) transform?

    Thanks!
     
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  3. Apr 13, 2016 #2
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