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Advances in High Energy Physics
Volume 2015, Article ID 484151, 8 pages
Research Article

Non-Hermitian Dirac Hamiltonian in Three-Dimensional Gravity and Pseudosupersymmetry

Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Gazi University, 06500 Ankara, Turkey

Received 13 August 2015; Accepted 4 November 2015

Academic Editor: Frank Filthaut

Copyright © 2015 Özlem Yeşiltaş. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. The publication of this article was funded by SCOAP3.


The Dirac Hamiltonian in the -dimensional curved space-time has been studied with a metric for an expanding de Sitter space-time which is two spheres. The spectrum and the exact solutions of the time dependent non-Hermitian and angle dependent Hamiltonians are obtained in terms of the Jacobi and Romanovski polynomials. Hermitian equivalent of the Hamiltonian obtained from the Dirac equation is discussed in the frame of pseudo-Hermiticity. Furthermore, pseudosupersymmetric quantum mechanical techniques are expanded to a curved Dirac Hamiltonian and a partner curved Dirac Hamiltonian is generated. Using -pseudo-Hermiticity, the intertwining operator connecting the non-Hermitian Hamiltonians to the Hermitian counterparts is found. We have obtained a new metric tensor related to the new Hamiltonian.

1. Introduction

Two great achievements of the twentieth century, quantum mechanics and general relativity, are very successful in their own boundaries to describe the nature; however, they are incompatible; for instance, they break down at extremely tiny distance which is Planck scale. In modern physics, the unified theory of gravitation and quantum mechanics which plays a fundamental role with exactly solvable gravitational field equations has always attracted considerable interest. On the other hand, experimental studies have been performed for the gravitational effects in quantum theory: earth’s rotational effect on the phase of the neutron wave function [1], experimental nanodiamond interferometry [2], and quantum light in coupled interferometers [3]. In theoretical physics, interesting work including mathematical aspects of the Dirac Hamiltonians with their spectrum has been investigated such as shifted energy levels of the hydrogen atom in a region of curved space-time [4], modified supersymmetric harmonic oscillator on a two-dimensional gravitational field [5], exact solutions in a -dimensional contracting and expanding curved space-time [6], singularities in -dimensional space-time [7], and Hawking radiation of particles from a black hole [8]. Curved Dirac systems have also dynamical symmetries [9], considering that the dimensions symmetries of the Dirac Hamiltonian have been studied [5]. In nonrelativistic domain, symmetric theories which are examining the non-Hermitian Hamiltonians with complex potentials and real eigenvalues have attracted much interest [10]. Here, and are the parity and time-reversal operators whose action on position wave functions can be shown by and . More general concept of the Hermiticity is found as a generalization of the symmetry which is called pseudo-Hermiticity [1113]. The real eigenvalues and corresponding eigenstates of a non-Hermitian Hamiltonian are associated with a symmetry such as the -pseudo-Hermitian Hamiltonian. It is shown that any inner product may be defined in terms of a metric operator . Moreover, hydrogen atom freely falling in a curved space-time with the curvature effects on the spectrum is investigated [4] and a general scalar product called the Parker product is defined for the Dirac equation in a curved background. It is also shown that if the time dependence of the metric is not omitted, there occurs a violation of Hermiticity in the Dirac Hamiltonian [4]. Then, in the light of a weight operator in Parker scalar product, a non-Hermitian Hamiltonian and its Hermiticity without omitting the time dependency of the metric are discussed in [14]. The problems of nonuniqueness and Hermiticity of Hamiltonians using the frame of pseudo-Hermitian Hamiltonian through the stationary gravitational fields and self-conjugacy of Dirac Hamiltonians with some examples are examined in [15, 16].

The low-dimensional systems such as dimensions may appear in the dynamics of charge carriers in graphene and some carbon nanostructures [17]. Our fundamental motivation for the Dirac equation in -dimensional gravity may be a toy model for such systems. On the other hand, quantum mechanical effects of the gravitational field can be detected using the Dirac equation and its predictions in a curved space-time. These effects had been presaged by the nonrelativistic Schrodinger equation in the ~1/ potential but some corrections and the precision can be performed by the Dirac system in curved space-time. For instance, the energy level of one electron atom is shifted when it is put into a territory of curved space-time [4]. From this point of view, we use a different space-time metric in this study in order to see those effects. On the further side of these discussions, generalization of the supersymmetric quantum mechanics, that is, pseudosupersymmetric quantum mechanics and its effects in curved spacetime, has not been involved in the literature to our knowledge. Intertwining operators linking non-Hermitian Dirac Hamiltonians and Hermitian counterparts may give rise to more general Dirac Hamiltonian chains. Accordingly we have examined the Dirac equation in -dimensional universe with an induced metric in this paper. We have given the real spectrum of the non-Hermitian Dirac Hamiltonian and corresponding solutions of time dependent and angular parts. Moreover, we have shown that a new non-Hermitian Dirac Hamiltonian in curved space-time can be generated using the aspects of pseudosupersymmetric quantum mechanics and this may lead to another metric tensor which may be related to the generated Hamiltonian. This paper is organized as follows: Section 2 is devoted to the Dirac equation in curved space-time and separation of variables, Section 3 involves the exact solutions, and pseudosupersymmetric quantum mechanical applications are discussed in Section 4. Finally, we conclude the paper in Section 5.

2. Dirac Equation

The generally covariant form of the Dirac equation is where is the mass and is the charge of the particle, is the electromagnetic vector potential, is the spin connection, and are the space-time dependent matrices. The spin connection relation is defined by where is the Christoffel symbol. In [18], the induced metric which is the static form of the Euclidean de Sitter space-time is given bywhere , and and is the radius of the universe. The vielbein matrix has becomehere labels the general space-time coordinate and labels the local Lorentz space-time. The vielbein field as the square root of the metric tensor is written as where are constant matrices. Additionally, one can write The fermions have only one spin polarization in dimensions; then, the Dirac matrices can be expressed in terms of the Pauli spin matrices and they satisfy the anticommutation relation which is where is the -dimensional Minkowski space-time metric and is the identity matrix. These matrices can be chosen as . If we use (4)–(7), we arrive at Then, (1) becomes It is noted that depends on with two components, . Thus, (9) turns into Applying the separation of variables process leads to Here, and and is chosen as , and are the separation constants. The angular part is defined as then we have We have used . The first order angular and time dependent equations give us Hence, the time dependent equations are obtained as

3. Exact Solutions

Let us see the bound states and corresponding solutions of the Dirac Hamiltonian.

3.1. Solutions of Angular Part

In order to obtain a Schrödinger-like equation, we choose and use in (14); then we get where and are the functions of the Hamiltonians which are The partner Hamiltonians can be factorized as In our case superpotential , are constants, and . It is known that (16) are shape invariant potentials when used in (16) can be obtained. If the supersymmetry is unbroken, the ground state of has zero energy . The energy eigenvalues of the partner Hamiltonians are connected by operators in (19). Thus, we have The eigenfunctions are related by the operators as In [19], the potential is type given below The solutions are given in [19] for (22) which are where stand for the Jacobi polynomials. For our case, The normalization constant is given by And the angular part solutions are

3.2. Solutions of the Time Dependent Part

Using a mapping that is in (15), we get Now that we have () in the above equations, we get where and we use a more compact form for (29) andThen, if we put into (30), we obtain If we give a polynomial solution which is given below where is the unknown polynomial, and substituting (33) into (32), we get Here are constants and is the so-called Romanovski polynomials [2022] which are solutions of the differential equation given by where is a quantum number and . Here, we note that the constants are given by Then we have We may give the normalization integral as The solution of (32) gives and, from (42) and (23), one can also obtain According to (36) and (43), one can express as in terms of quantum numbers. From (43), we get If we compare (44) and (36), we have Using (46) one can find which is a function of .

4. Pseudosupersymmetry Framework

Following the fundamental aspects of pseudo-Hermitian quantum mechanics may lead to an outline for understanding spectral aspects of the quantum system. In the light of pseudo-Hermitian generalization of supersymmetric quantum mechanics, one can construct an unknown non-Hermitian Hamiltonian.

Definition 1. If are separable Hilbert spaces and an operator is defined and are linear operators which are generally Hermitian and invertible, then, the pseudoadjoint of this operator is equal to .

Definition 2. Let which belongs to . is a pseudo-Hermitian operator if

Definition 3. is an invertible operator which satisfies ; is called pseudo-Hermitian Hamiltonian [1113]. The representation of the Hamiltonian is

It is noted that the wave function is and satisfies the wave equation given below And the scalar product reads In [16], the authors constructed unique and self-conjugate Dirac Hamiltonians in gravitational fields using Schwinger gauge. They used an initial Hamiltonian and showed that the system of tetrad vectors remained the same in the representation. Then, is defined by [16]where is the time component of the metric tensor and . Now following the pseudosupersymmetric aspects of the system, is a linear and diagonalizable operator and are linear operators (called supercharge operators), , and is a grading operator defining the unitary involution If , we have only one supercharge operator which satisfies the algebra [1113] According to the ordinary supersymmetric quantum mechanics, two-component realization of the system is where and . In [23], an unknown non-Hermitian operator is linked to the adjoint of its pseudosupersymmetric partner Hamiltonian ; that is, It is noted that is diagonalizable system admitting a complete biorthonormal system of eigenvectors. If are the intertwining operators such that it can be seen that operator is pseudo-Hermitian and is pseudo-Hermitian, [23], where supercharge operators satisfy and we give and instead of and in (54) as If are time dependent pseudo-Hermitian Hamiltonians, then we have The adjoint of (60) may be put into (59); then one can obtain Using (1), let us introduce the Hamiltonian asThus, from (58) and (51), we get and we note that Let us introduce a form for the metric operator aswhere , , and are real numbers. We may give the unknown Hamiltonian as Here are the unknown functions. Now, both (59) and (60) lead to the following expressions:Choosing specific values such as , , and , we obtain And the metric operator is given byThis also shows that there may be a metric tensor for the Hamiltonian (68) which is the partner of . We remind the reader that the metric tensor and metric operator for the system are correspondingly given by Hence, we may obtain that may be the partner metric tensor of as Here, corresponding metric is and this is the metric of the four-dimensional world in hyperspherical coordinates.

5. Conclusions

The Dirac operator is considered in a three-dimensional gravity and decomposed into time dependent and angular parts. After performing the separation of variables, the angular Dirac equation is reduced to the Klein-Gordon-like partner Hamiltonians possessing shape invariant trigonometric potentials whose real spectrum is given and solutions of the spinor wave functions are written in terms of the Jacobi polynomials. Thus, we have examined the de Sitter space-time metric solutions of the Dirac equation where the Hamiltonian becomes a non-Hermitian one because of this time dependency of the metric. On the other hand, the time dependent part of the Dirac system (29) has a time dependent potential function whose form is similar to the complex Eckart potential in the literature [24]. However, the function has a wrong sign in our case because we have used an appropriate mapping to obtain a soluble hypergeometric differential equation and we have obtained the solutions in terms of the Romanovski polynomials. According to the theory of non-Hermitian Hamiltonians in quantum physics, a subclass of non-Hermitian operators is the pseudo-Hermitian operators which satisfy the inner product. Accordingly, pseudo-Hermiticity is fulfilled by a weight operator which was shown by Parker earlier and, using the initial Hamiltonian that becomes a pseudo-Hermitian Hamiltonian in the view of a time dependent metric, we have obtained real spectrum and a condition on quantum numbers at the end of the exact solutions. The radius of the universe is given by and we have seen that this radius depends on quantum number. Because two partner Hamiltonians are pseudo-Hermitian, we have found the metric operator that links . We have also seen that another metric tensor for the partner Hamiltonian may be obtained using pseudosupersymmetry. Moreover, we have shown that a new -dimensional Hamiltonian can be obtained by means of the pseudosupersymmetric procedure which means that one can expand Dirac system to dimensions. In our case, the metric operators and are not differential operators. We have used an ansatze for the metric operator, however, if there is a symmetry in curved Dirac systems which gives metric operator without giving an ansatze that can be searched in future works. This study also aims to attract the interest of both the readers of non-Hermitian Hamiltonian systems and the quantum gravity to the area which is an intersection of those theories.

Conflict of Interests

The author declares that there is no conflict of interests regarding the publication of this paper.


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