C-P-T fractionalization

Juven Wang

Phys. Rev. D 106, 105009 – Published 14 November 2022

URL: https://link.aps.org/doi/10.1103/PhysRevD.106.105009

DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.106.105009

Abstract: Discrete spacetime symmetries of parity P or reflection R, and time reversal T, act naively as Z2involutions in the passive transformation on the spacetime coordinates; but together with a charge conjugation C, the total C-P-R-T symmetries have enriched active transformations on fields in representations of the spacetime-internal symmetry groups of quantum field theories (QFTs). In this work, we derive that these symmetries can be further fractionalized, especially in the presence of the fermion parity (-1)F. We elaborate on examples including relativistic Lorentz invariant QFTs (e.g., spin-1/2 Dirac or Majorana spinor fermion theories) and nonrelativistic quantum many-body systems (involving Majorana zero modes), and comment on applications to spin-1 Maxwell electromagnetism (QED) or interacting Yang-Mills (QCD) gauge theories. We discover various C-P-R-T-(-1)F group structures, e.g., Dirac spinor is in a projective representation of ZC2xZP2xZT2 but in an (anti)linear representation of an order-16 non-Abelian finite group, as the central product between an order-8 dihedral (generated by C and P) or quaternion group and an order-4 group generated by T with T2=(-1)F. The general theme may be coined as C-P-T or C-R-T fractionalization.

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