Help! About charge conjugation of Dirac spinor

  1. The following formula appears in P J Mulders's lecture notes

    [tex]{\cal C}~b(k,\lambda)~{\cal C}^{-1}~=~d(k,{\bar \lambda})[/tex] (8.18)

    where [tex]{\cal C}[/tex] is charge conjugation operator.
    [tex]\lambda[/tex] is helicity.
    I don't know why there is [tex]{\bar {\lambda}}[/tex] on the right side,
    as is well known that charge conjugation can not change helicity, spin, and momentum.

    Last edited: Jun 5, 2006
  2. jcsd
  3. reilly

    reilly 1,071
    Science Advisor

    The phases used to define negative energy or anti-particle spinors are often author dependent -- for example, the C matrix is diagonal in Weinberg's book, and off diagonal in Gross's text. Gross uses a different convention for defining antiparticle spinors than do Bjorken and Drell As far as I can figure, you'll have to track through the charge-c process starting with Mulder's conventions for particle and antiparticle spinors. Note that often the CCD relates the complex conjugate antiparticle spinor to the particle spinor. Good luck.
    Reilly Atkinson
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