Fermion Fields and Their Properties

  • Florian ScheckEmail author
Part of the Graduate Texts in Physics book series (GTP)


The fundamental building blocks of matter, i.e. quarks and leptons, carry spin 1/2. There are two formally different but in essence equivalent methods of describing particles with spin: The representation theory of the Poincaré group, in the framework of Wigner’s classification hypothesis of particles (see e.g. [QP07], Chap. 6), and the Van der Waerden spinor calculus based on SL(2, \(\mathbb{C}\)).


Dirac Equation Mass Term Lorentz Transformation Lagrange Density Lorentz Group 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Physik Theoretische ElementarteilchenphysikUniversität MainzMainzGermany

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