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In a quantum field theory with fermions, (−1)F is a unitary, Hermitian, involutive operator where F is the fermion number operator and is equal to the sum of the lepton number plus the baryon number, F=B+L, for all particles in the Standard Model. The action of this operator is to multiply bosonic states by 1 and fermionic states by −1. This is always a global internal symmetry of any quantum field theory with fermions and corresponds to a rotation by 2π. This splits the Hilbert space into two superselection sectors. Bosonic operators commute with (−1)F whereas fermionic operators anticommute with it.
This operator really shows its utility in supersymmetric theories.
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- Bastianelli, Fiorenzo (2006). Path Integrals and Anomalies in Curved Space. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-84761-2.
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