Relativistic chiral kinetic theory from quantum field theories

Yoshimasa Hidaka, Shi Pu, Di Lun Yang

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The chiral kinetic theory of Weyl fermions with collisions in the presence of weak electric and magnetic fields is derived from quantum field theories. It is found that the side-jump terms in the perturbative solution of Wigner functions play a significant role for the derivation. Moreover, such terms manifest the breaking of Lorentz symmetry for distribution functions. The Lorentz covariance of Wigner functions thus leads to modified Lorentz transformation associated with side-jump phenomena further influenced by background fields and collisions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number091901
JournalPhysical Review D
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2017 May 1
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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