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Feynman diagram in QCD

  1. Feb 23, 2014 #1
    the number stand for the index of particles (quarks and gluons)
    [itex]M=\bar{v}(p_2) ig_sT_{12}\gamma^\mu(12)u(p_1)\frac{-i}{p_7^2}\bar{u}(p_5) ig_sT_{56}\gamma_\mu(56)\bar{v}(p_6)\frac{-i}{m-\gamma^\mu p_{9\mu}}\bar{v}(p_3) ig_sT_{34}\gamma^\mu(34)u(p_4)\frac{-i}{p_8^2}\bar{u}(p_5)ig_sT_{56}\gamma_\mu(56)\bar{v}(p_6)[/itex]
    [itex]u(p_i)[/itex] and [itex]v(p_i)[/itex] stand for the wave function of quark and antiquark, respectively. [itex]p_i[/itex] stand for the four momentum
    I am studying the QCD right now. Do I write the amplitude above right?
    Someone recommend me a textbook by T.Muta. But I make some confusion when I confront complex diagrams like above. Which book or paper can tell me about this? Thank you!

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  3. Feb 23, 2014 #2


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    I like to structure it more as to not make mistakes:

    ##\def\lts#1{\kern+0.1em /\kern-0.45em #1}
    \bar{u}_6 (-i g_s \gamma_{\mu} T^a) \frac{i}{\lts{p}_9 - m}(-i g_s \gamma_{\nu} T^b) u_5##
    ##\times \left(\bar{u}_4 (-i g_s \gamma_{\alpha} T^c) u_3\right)##
    ##\times \left(\bar{u}_2 (-i g_s \gamma_{\beta} T^d) u_1\right)##
    ##\times \left( -i \frac{g^{\mu \alpha} \delta^{ac}}{p_8^2} \right) \times \left( -i \frac{g^{\nu \beta} \delta^{bd}}{p_7^2} \right) ##

    My convention is to always start with outgoing, working AGAINST the arrows (particle flow), and for fermion propagators write the momentum such that it goes WITH the arrow, and use ##\def\lts#1{\kern+0.1em /\kern-0.45em #1} i \frac{\lts{p}+m}{p^2-m^2}## which will be right.

    You have a couple small errors I think. Also, I assumed those gauge bosons were gluons, though normally that would be the springy/curly line, not the wavy one. Wavy is reserved for basically all spin-1 bosons (gamma, w z) except the gluon.
  4. Feb 23, 2014 #3
    Yes, the gauge bosons were gluons. I will take care next time,thanks!
  5. Feb 23, 2014 #4
    First thing I noticed was that you used the index μ twice (two pairs). You should make sure to use different indices for different gluons.
  6. Feb 23, 2014 #5
    @ Hepth: Shouldn't you have used u's and v's instead of all u's for the external legs? I think Thor Shen had that right.
  7. Feb 23, 2014 #6
    Yes. Firstly, I write the same index for omitting the delta functions. But the two pairs will mislead using Einstein's reduction rule, the latter one should be [itex]\nu[/itex]. Of course, the complete form should be written by Hepth.
  8. Feb 23, 2014 #7


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    I don't really know what his process is, as it doesn't seem to have a specific time direction, so I just used generic spinors. Its its a 1 -> 5 process then yes, some of those need to be changed from u to v on the two bottom channels.

    I guess it might make the most sense as a strong decay of some meson from the top down now that Im thinking about it deeper than a diagram. I always go from left to right as in to out states.
  9. Feb 23, 2014 #8
    The diagram is from the proton-antiproton annihilation into two mesons.
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