1. Limited time only! Sign up for a free 30min personal tutor trial with Chegg Tutors
    Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

The electroweak gauge bosons

  1. Apr 29, 2014 #1
    Hi all,

    I have the following exercise about the The electroweak gauge bosons commutations relations:

    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    If ## [ \tau_i ,\tau_k] = 2 i \epsilon_{ikl} \tau_l ## and
    ## \{ \tau_i ,\tau_k\} = 2 \delta_{ik} ##

    where ## \bar{\tau} ## are the Pauli matrices,

    Then prove that:
    (1) ## \bar{ \tau} \bar{A_\alpha} . \bar{ \tau} \bar{A^\alpha} = ( A_\alpha^1 + i A_\alpha^2) ( A^{\alpha, 1} - i A^{\alpha, 2} ) + A_\alpha^3 A^ {\alpha,3} ##

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I said that
    ## \tau_i \tau_k = \delta_{ik} + i \epsilon_{ikl} \tau_l ##, then

    ## \bar{ \tau} \bar{A_\alpha} . \bar{ \tau} \bar{A^\alpha} = \bar{A_\alpha} \bar{A^\alpha} + i \epsilon_{ikl} \tau_l \bar{A_\alpha} \bar{A^\alpha} ##

    But I can't complete for the next step to prove the enquiry ..

  2. jcsd
  3. Apr 29, 2014 #2
    That notation is confusing. The left side of equation (1) seems to be a 2x2 matrix while the right side isn't. That only makes sense if we assume there is implicit unit matrix on the right side. But the equation still doesn't seem right. Doesn't it simplify to Aμ.Aμ ?
Know someone interested in this topic? Share this thread via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook

Have something to add?
Draft saved Draft deleted

Similar Discussions: The electroweak gauge bosons
  1. Z boson (Replies: 5)

  2. Behaviour of bosons (Replies: 3)

  3. Higgs Boson? (Replies: 1)