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A Matching interaction terms and decay processes in standard model

  1. Feb 16, 2017 #1
    I would like to consider the interaction terms in the Standard Model which allow the following decay process:


    The only interaction terms in the Standard Model which allow this decay process are contained in the charged current interactions:

    = ie_{W}\big[W_{\mu}^{+}(\bar{\nu}'_{m}\gamma^{\mu}(1+\gamma_{5})e'_{m} + V_{mn}\bar{u}'_{m}\gamma^{\mu}(1+\gamma_{5})d'_{n})
    + W_{\mu}^{-}(\bar{e}'_{m}\gamma^{\mu}(1+\gamma_{5})\nu'_{m} + (V^{\dagger})_{mn}\bar{d}'_{m}\gamma^{\mu}(1+\gamma_{5})u'_{n})\big].$$


    1. Is the vertex between the quarks only allowed by the term ##ie_{W}W_{\mu}^{+} V_{mn}\bar{u}'_{m}\gamma^{\mu}(1+\gamma_{5})d'_{n}##?

    2. Is this because the down quark enters the vertex and therefore must not have a bar on top of it?

    3. Simialrly, is the vertex between the leptons only allowed by the term ##ie_{W}W_{\mu}^{-} (V^{\dagger})_{mn}\bar{d}'_{m}\gamma^{\mu}(1+\gamma_{5})u'_{n}##?
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  3. Feb 16, 2017 #2


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    You are missing minus signs in your projection operators. CC iteractions act on left-handed fields only.

    1,2) Yes.

    3) No, you need the lepton fields in the operator.
  4. Feb 16, 2017 #3
    But the left-handed projection operator has a plus sign in the mostly positive metric, does it not? I'm using Cliff Burgess's textbook, although I should be using mostly negative because it is the common usage in the particle physics community.

    Right, my bad.
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