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Spin - or, actually: Spin and Quantum Statistics

Authors
  • Froehlich, Juerg
Type
Preprint
Publication Date
Feb 29, 2008
Submission Date
Jan 17, 2008
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-7643-8799-0_1
Source
arXiv
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Abstract

The history of the discovery of electron spin and the Pauli principle and the mathematics of spin and quantum statistics are reviewed. Pauli's theory of the spinning electron and some of its many applications in mathematics and physics are considered in more detail. The role of the fact that the tree-level gyromagnetic factor of the electron has the value g = 2 in an analysis of stability (and instability) of matter in arbitrary external magnetic fields is highlighted. Radiative corrections and precision measurements of g are reviewed. The general connection between spin and statistics, the CPT theorem and the theory of braid statistics are described.

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