# One stupid question about Weinberg's Volume 1

#### ap_nhp

When I read quantum field theory in Weinberg's Volume 1. In equation 2.6.22 :
$$P{\Psi _{p,\sigma }} = {\eta _\sigma }\exp ( \mp i\pi \sigma ){\Psi _{{\cal P}p,{-\sigma} }}$$

I don't agree with the $$-\sigma$$ in the result of space reversal transformation.

Can any one explain it for me?

Thanks

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#### meopemuk

When I read quantum field theory in Weinberg's Volume 1. In equation 2.6.22 :
$$P{\Psi _{p,\sigma }} = {\eta _\sigma }\exp ( \mp i\pi \sigma ){\Psi _{{\cal P}p,{-\sigma} }}$$

I don't agree with the $$-\sigma$$ in the result of space reversal transformation.

Can any one explain it for me?

Thanks
$$\sigma$$ is an eigenvalue of the helicity operator $$(\mathbf{J} /cdot \mathbf{P})P^{-1}$$. This operator changes its sign under the space reversal transformation. Therefore, $$\sigma$$ also changes its sign. Don't you agree with that?

Eugene.

#### ap_nhp

$$\sigma$$ is an eigenvalue of the helicity operator $$(\mathbf{J} /cdot \mathbf{P})P^{-1}$$. This operator changes its sign under the space reversal transformation. Therefore, $$\sigma$$ also changes its sign. Don't you agree with that?

Eugene.
Thank meopemuck. I 've read again. And I see that the definition of Weinberg is little bit change in the process. He used $$\sigma$$ in $${\Psi _{k,\sigma }}$$ as eigenvalue of $$J_{3}$$ but in $${\Psi _{p,\sigma }}$$ is helicity. That makes me confuse.

#### ap_nhp

$$\sigma$$ is an eigenvalue of the helicity operator $$(\mathbf{J} /cdot \mathbf{P})P^{-1}$$. This operator changes its sign under the space reversal transformation. Therefore, $$\sigma$$ also changes its sign. Don't you agree with that?

Eugene.
Thank meopemuck. I've read Weinberg again. And I see that the definition of $$\sigma$$ change in process. Before, he used it as eigenvalue of $${J _ {3}}$$. And then he used it as helicity. That makes me confuse. But now I understand the reason of his definition.

Thank you one more time.