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Homework Help: Deriving equation of motion

  1. May 20, 2015 #1

    I have the following problem with some old lecture notes I recently had a look on.

    I have two different fermions (1 and 2) with masses m1 and m2
    and the following Lagrangian (where the mass term for fermion 2 is dropped, because we are only interested in the dynamics of fermion 1) of the form:

    [tex]\mathcal{L} = \bar{\Psi}_{1} \left( i {\not}{\partial} - {\not}{A} \left( 1 - \gamma_{5} \right) - m_{1} \right) \Psi_{1},[/tex]


    [tex]A^{\mu} = \dfrac{G_{F}}{\sqrt{2}} \left[ \bar{\Psi}_{2} \gamma^{\mu} \left( 1 - \gamma_{5} \right) \Psi_{2} \right] =: (\varphi, \vec{A})[/tex]

    If we compute the equation of motion from that (Euler-Lagrange), one finds:

    [tex]\left( i \dfrac{\partial}{\partial t} - \varphi \right) \Psi_{1} =
    \left[ \vec{\alpha} \cdot \left( \dfrac{1}{i} \nabla - \vec{A} \right) + \beta m_{1} \right] \Psi_{1},[/tex]

    where [itex] \beta = \gamma^{0} [/itex] and [itex] \vec{\alpha} = \beta \vec{\gamma} [/itex]

    I think this is not correct, because there are two [itex] (1 - \gamma_{5}) [/itex] factors missing.
    I find:

    [tex]\left( i \dfrac{\partial}{\partial t} - \varphi ( 1 - \gamma_{5} ) \right) \Psi_{1} =
    \left[ \vec{\alpha} \cdot \left( \dfrac{1}{i} \nabla - \vec{A} ( 1 - \gamma_{5} \right) + \beta m_{1} \right] \Psi_{1}[/tex]

    Did I miss anything? I would be glad if someone could have a short look on it.
    Thanks a lot!
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  3. May 25, 2015 #2
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  4. May 25, 2015 #3


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    Hi, welcome to PF!

    Can you double check what you wrote above? It does not make sense as stated. A is a gauge field, it should not be expressed in terms of the lagrangian of the second fermion. It looks like what you wrote for A^mu should be a term in the lagrangian, not A^mu
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