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1 Particle Physics Michaelmas Term 2011 Prof Mark Thomson Handout 7 : Symmetries and the Quark Model Prof. M.A. Thomson Michaelmas Introduction/Aims Symmetries play a central role in particle physics; one aim of particle physics is to discover the fundamental symmetries of our universe In this handout will apply the idea of symmetry to the quark model with the aim of : Deriving hadron wave-functions Providing an introduction to the more abstract ideas of colour and QCD (handout 8) Ultimately explaining why hadrons only exist as qq (mesons) qqq (baryons) or qqq (anti-baryons) + introduce the ideas of the SU(2) and SU(3) symmetry groups which play a major role in particle physics (see handout 13) Prof. M.A. Thomson Michaelmas

2 Symmetries and Conservation Laws Suppose physics is invariant under the transformation e.g. rotation of the coordinate axes To conserve probability normalisation require i.e. has to be unitary For physical predictions to be unchanged by the symmetry transformation, also require all QM matrix elements unchanged i.e. require therefore commutes with the Hamiltonian Now consider the infinitesimal transformation ( small ) ( is called the generator of the transformation) Prof. M.A. Thomson Michaelmas For to be unitary neglecting terms in i.e. is Hermitian and therefore corresponds to an observable quantity! Furthermore, But from QM i.e. is a conserved quantity. Symmetry Conservation Law For each symmetry of nature have an observable conserved quantity Example: Infinitesimal spatial translation i.e. expect physics to be invariant under but The generator of the symmetry transformation is, is conserved Translational invariance of physics implies momentum conservation! Prof. M.A. Thomson Michaelmas

3 In general the symmetry operation may depend on more than one parameter For example for an infinitesimal 3D linear translation : So far have only considered an infinitesimal transformation, however a finite transformation can be expressed as a series of infinitesimal transformations Example: Finite spatial translation in 1D: with i.e. obtain the expected Taylor expansion Prof. M.A. Thomson Michaelmas Symmetries in Particle Physics : Isospin The proton and neutron have very similar masses and the nuclear force is found to be approximately charge-independent, i.e. To reflect this symmetry, Heisenberg (1932) proposed that if you could switch off the electric charge of the proton There would be no way to distinguish between a proton and neutron Proposed that the neutron and proton should be considered as two states of a single entity; the nucleon Analogous to the spin-up/spin-down states of a spin-½ particle ISOSPIN Expect physics to be invariant under rotations in this space The neutron and proton form an isospin doublet with total isospin I = ½ and third component I 3 = ± ½ Prof. M.A. Thomson Michaelmas

4 Flavour Symmetry of the Strong Interaction We can extend this idea to the quarks: Assume the strong interaction treats all quark flavours equally (it does) Because : The strong interaction possesses an approximate flavour symmetry i.e. from the point of view of the strong interaction nothing changes if all up quarks are replaced by down quarks and vice versa. Choose the basis Express the invariance of the strong interaction under invariance under rotations in an abstract isospin space as The 2x2 unitary matrix depends on 4 complex numbers, i.e. 8 real parameters But there are four constraints from 8 4 = 4 independent matrices In the language of group theory the four matrices form the U(2) group Prof. M.A. Thomson Michaelmas One of the matrices corresponds to multiplying by a phase factor not a flavour transformation and of no relevance here. The remaining three matrices form an SU(2) group (special unitary) with For an infinitesimal transformation, in terms of the Hermitian generators A linearly independent choice for are the Pauli spin matrices The proposed flavour symmetry of the strong interaction has the same transformation properties as SPIN! Define ISOSPIN: Check this works, for an infinitesimal transformation Which is, as required, unitary and has unit determinant Prof. M.A. Thomson Michaelmas

5 Properties of Isopin Isospin has the exactly the same properties as spin As in the case of spin, have three non-commuting operators,, and even though all three correspond to observables, can t know them simultaneously. So label states in terms of total isospin and the third component of isospin NOTE: isospin has nothing to do with spin just the same mathematics The eigenstates are exact analogues of the eigenstates of ordinary angular momentum with In terms of isospin: d u In general Prof. M.A. Thomson Michaelmas Can define isospin ladder operators analogous to spin ladder operators u d d u Step up/down in until reach end of multiplet Ladder operators turn and Combination of isospin: e.g. what is the isospin of a system of two d quarks, is exactly analogous to combination of spin (i.e. angular momentum) additive : in integer steps from to Assumed symmetry of Strong Interaction under isospin transformations implies the existence of conserved quantites In strong interactions and are conserved, analogous to conservation of and for angular momentum Prof. M.A. Thomson Michaelmas

6 Combining Quarks Goal: derive proton wave-function First combine two quarks, then combine the third Use requirement that fermion wave-functions are anti-symmetric Isospin starts to become useful in defining states of more than one quark. e.g. two quarks, here we have four possible combinations: We can immediately identify the extremes ( additive) Note: represents two states with the same value of To obtain the state use ladder operators The final state,, can be found from orthogonality with Prof. M.A. Thomson Michaelmas From four possible combinations of isospin doublets obtain a triplet of isospin 1 states and a singlet isospin 0 state Can move around within multiplets using ladder operators note, as anticipated States with different total isospin are physically different the isospin 1 triplet is symmetric under interchange of quarks 1 and 2 whereas singlet is anti-symmetric Now add an additional up or down quark. From each of the above 4 states get two new isospin states with 6 2 Use ladder operators and orthogonality to group the 6 states into isospin multiplets, e.g. to obtain the states, step up from Prof. M.A. Thomson Michaelmas

7 Derive the states from From the 6 states on previous page, use orthoganality to find states The states on the previous page give another doublet 2 Prof. M.A. Thomson Michaelmas The eight states are grouped into an isospin quadruplet and two isospin doublets Different multiplets have different symmetry properties S A quadruplet of states which are symmetric under the interchange of any two quarks M S Mixed symmetry. Symmetric for 1 2 M A Mixed symmetry. Anti-symmetric for 1 2 Mixed symmetry states have no definite symmetry under interchange of quarks etc. Prof. M.A. Thomson Michaelmas

8 Combining Spin Can apply exactly the same mathematics to determine the possible spin wave-functions for a combination of 3 spin-half particles S A quadruplet of states which are symmetric under the interchange of any two quarks M S Mixed symmetry. Symmetric for 1 2 M A Mixed symmetry. Anti-symmetric for 1 2 Can now form total wave-functions for combination of three quarks Prof. M.A. Thomson Michaelmas Baryon Wave-functions (ud) Quarks are fermions so require that the total wave-function is anti-symmetric under the interchange of any two quarks the total wave-function can be expressed in terms of: The colour wave-function for all bound qqq states is anti-symmetric (see handout 8) Here we will only consider the lowest mass, ground state, baryons where there is no internal orbital angular momentum. For L=0 the spatial wave-function is symmetric (-1) L. anti-symmetric symmetric Overall anti-symmetric Two ways to form a totally symmetric wave-function from spin and isospin states: combine totally symmetric spin and isospin wave-functions Spin 3/2 Isospin 3/2 Prof. M.A. Thomson Michaelmas

9 combine mixed symmetry spin and mixed symmetry isospin states Both and are sym. under inter-change of quarks Not sufficient, these combinations have no definite symmetry under However, it is not difficult to show that the (normalised) linear combination: is totally symmetric (i.e. symmetric under ) The spin-up proton wave-function is therefore: Spin 1/2 Isospin 1/2 NOTE: not always necessary to use the fully symmetrised proton wave-function, e.g. the first 3 terms are sufficient for calculating the proton magnetic moment Prof. M.A. Thomson Michaelmas Anti-quarks and Mesons (u and d) The u, d quarks and u, d anti-quarks are represented as isospin doublets Subtle point: The ordering and the minus sign in the anti-quark doublet ensures that anti-quarks and quarks transform in the same way (see Appendix I). This is necessary if we want physical predictions to be invariant under Consider the effect of ladder operators on the anti-quark isospin states e.g The effect of the ladder operators on anti-particle isospin states are: Compare with Prof. M.A. Thomson Michaelmas

10 Light ud Mesons Can now construct meson states from combinations of up/down quarks Consider the combinations in terms of isospin The bar indicates this is the isospin representation of an anti-quark To obtain the states use ladder operators and orthogonality Orthogonality gives: Prof. M.A. Thomson Michaelmas To summarise: Triplet of states and a singlet state You will see this written as Quark doublet Anti-quark doublet To show the state obtained from orthogonality with ladder operators is a singlet use similarly A singlet state is a dead-end from the point of view of ladder operators Prof. M.A. Thomson Michaelmas

11 SU(3) Flavour Extend these ideas to include the strange quark. Since don t have an exact symmetry. But not so very different from and can treat the strong interaction (and resulting hadron states) as if it were symmetric under NOTE: any results obtained from this assumption are only approximate as the symmetry is not exact. The assumed uds flavour symmetry can be expressed as The 3x3 unitary matrix depends on 9 complex numbers, i.e. 18 real parameters There are 9 constraints from Can form 18 9 = 9 linearly independent matrices These 9 matrices form a U(3) group. As before, one matrix is simply the identity multiplied by a complex phase and is of no interest in the context of flavour symmetry The remaining 8 matrices have and form an SU(3) group The eight matrices (the Hermitian generators) are: Prof. M.A. Thomson Michaelmas In SU(3) flavour, the three quark states are represented by: In SU(3) uds flavour symmetry contains SU(2) ud flavour symmetry which allows us to write the first three matrices: i.e. u d The third component of isospin is now written with counts the number of up quarks number of down quarks in a state As before, ladder operators Prof. M.A. Thomson Michaelmas d u

12 Now consider the matrices corresponding to the u s and d s u s d s Hence in addition to have two other traceless diagonal matrices However the three diagonal matrices are not be independent. Define the eighth matrix,, as the linear combination: d u which specifies the vertical position in the 2D plane Only need two axes (quantum numbers) to specify a state in the 2D plane : (I 3,Y) s Prof. M.A. Thomson Michaelmas The other six matrices form six ladder operators which step between the states d u with and the eight Gell-Mann matrices u d s u s d s Prof. M.A. Thomson Michaelmas

13 Quarks and anti-quarks in SU(3) Flavour Quarks d u s The anti-quarks have opposite SU(3) flavour quantum numbers s Anti-Quarks u d Prof. M.A. Thomson Michaelmas SU(3) Ladder Operators SU(3) uds flavour symmetry contains ud, us and ds SU(2) symmetries Consider the symmetry V-spin which has the associated ladder operator SU(3) LADDER OPERATORS d u with The effects of the six ladder operators are: s s all other combinations give zero u d Prof. M.A. Thomson Michaelmas

14 Light (uds) Mesons Use ladder operators to construct uds mesons from the nine possible states The three central states, all of which have can be obtained using the ladder operators and orthogonality. Starting from the outer states can reach the centre in six ways Only two of these six states are linearly independent. But there are three states with Therefore one state is not part of the same multiplet, i.e. cannot be reached with ladder ops. Prof. M.A. Thomson Michaelmas First form two linearly independent orthogonal states from: If the SU(3) flavour symmetry were exact, the choice of states wouldn t matter. However, and the symmetry is only approximate. Experimentally observe three light mesons with m~140 MeV: Identify one state (the ) with the isospin triplet (derived previously) The second state can be obtained by taking the linear combination of the other two states which is orthogonal to the with orthonormality: The final state (which is not part of the same multiplet) can be obtained by requiring it to be orthogonal to and SINGLET Prof. M.A. Thomson Michaelmas

15 It is easy to check that is a singlet state using ladder operators which confirms that is a flavourless singlet Therefore the combination of a quark and anti-quark yields nine states which breakdown into an OCTET and a SINGLET In the language of group theory: Compare with combination of two spin-half particles TRIPLET of spin-1 states: spin-0 SINGLET: These spin triplet states are connected by ladder operators just as the meson uds octet states are connected by SU(3) flavour ladder operators The singlet state carries no angular momentum in this sense the SU(3) flavour singlet is flavourless Prof. M.A. Thomson Michaelmas PSEUDOSCALAR MESONS (L=0, S=0, J=0, P= 1 ) Because SU(3) flavour is only approximate the physical states with can be mixtures of the octet and singlet states. Empirically find: VECTOR MESONS (L=0, S=1, J=1, P= 1 ) singlet For the vector mesons the physical states are found to be approximately ideally mixed : MASSES Prof. M.A. Thomson Michaelmas

16 Combining uds Quarks to form Baryons Have already seen that constructing Baryon states is a fairly tedious process when we derived the proton wave-function. Concentrate on multiplet structure rather than deriving all the wave-functions. Everything we do here is relevant to the treatment of colour First combine two quarks: Yields a symmetric sextet and anti-symmetric triplet: Same pattern as the anti-quark representation SYMMETRIC ANTI-SYMMETRIC Prof. M.A. Thomson Michaelmas Now add the third quark: Best considered in two parts, building on the sextet and triplet. Again concentrate on the multiplet structure (for the wave-functions refer to the discussion of proton wave-function). Building on the sextet: Symmetric Decuplet Mixed Symmetry Octet Prof. M.A. Thomson Michaelmas

17 Building on the triplet: Just as in the case of uds mesons we are combining obtain an octet and a singlet and again Mixed Symmetry Octet Can verify the wave-function is a singlet by using ladder operators, e.g. Totally Anti-symmetric Singlet Very Important for following discussion of COLOUR In summary, the combination of three uds quarks decomposes into Prof. M.A. Thomson Michaelmas Baryon Decuplet The baryon states (L=0) are: the spin 3/2 decuplet of symmetric flavour and symmetric spin wave-functions BARYON DECUPLET (L=0, S=3/2, J=3/2, P= +1 ) Mass in MeV (1232) (1318) (1384) (1672) If SU(3) flavour were an exact symmetry all masses would be the same (broken symmetry) Prof. M.A. Thomson Michaelmas

18 Baryon Octet The spin 1/2 octet is formed from mixed symmetry flavour and mixed symmetry spin wave-functions See previous discussion proton for how to obtain wave-functions BARYON OCTET (L=0, S=1/2, J=1/2, P= +1 ) Mass in MeV 939 (1193) (1116) (1318) NOTE: Cannot form a totally symmetric wave-function based on the anti-symmetric flavour singlet as there no totally anti-symmetric spin wave-function for 3 quarks Prof. M.A. Thomson Michaelmas Summary Considered SU(2) ud and SU(3) uds flavour symmetries Although these flavour symmetries are only approximate can still be used to explain observed multiplet structure for mesons/baryons In case of SU(3) flavour symmetry results, e.g. predicted wave-functions should be treated with a pinch of salt as Introduced idea of singlet states being spinless or flavourless In the next handout apply these ideas to colour and QCD Prof. M.A. Thomson Michaelmas

19 Appendix: the SU(2) anti-quark representation Define anti-quark doublet Non-examinable The quark doublet transforms as Complex conjugate Express in terms of anti-quark doublet Hence transforms as Prof. M.A. Thomson Michaelmas In general a 2x2 unitary matrix can be written as Giving Therefore the anti-quark doublet transforms in the same way as the quark doublet NOTE: this is a special property of SU(2) and for SU(3) there is no analogous representation of the anti-quarks Prof. M.A. Thomson Michaelmas

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