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What is the Hamiltonian density for a massive Dirac field?

  1. May 12, 2015 #1
    Hey guys,

    So here's the deal. Consider the Lagrangian

    [itex]\mathcal{L}=\bar{\psi}(i\gamma^{\mu}\partial_{\mu}-m)\psi[/itex]

    where [itex] \bar{\psi}=\psi^{\dagger}\gamma^{0} [/itex].

    I need to find the Hamiltonian density from this, using

    [itex]\mathcal{H}=\pi_{i}(\partial_{0}\psi_{i})-\mathcal{L}[/itex]

    So I get the following:

    [itex]\mathcal{H}=i\bar{\psi}\gamma^{i}\nabla\psi+\bar{\psi}\psi m[/itex]

    But my teacher writes

    [itex]\mathcal{H}=-i\bar{\psi}\gamma^{i}\nabla\psi+\bar{\psi}\psi m[/itex]

    And I dont know how he gets that minus factor. The only part where I could be going wrong is when I expand [itex]\gamma^{\mu}\partial_{\mu}[/itex]....I'm using [itex]\gamma^{\mu}\partial_{\mu}=\gamma^{0}\partial_{0}-\gamma^{i}\partial_{i}[/itex]...because the metric signature is (+,---). But I guess this is wrong?
     
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  3. May 17, 2015 #2
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