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About elements “factorization” in Clifford Algebras

the article linked below is very instructive and advanced about real Clifford Algebras, and their relationship with Lorentz group. After a general introduction of a Clifford algebra, $\mathcal{Cl}(V,\...
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Completeness relation of spin matrices

I was reading Hugh Osborne's notes on Conformal Field theory and came across a completeness relation which seems easy to prove but I am unable to do it. ${(s_{\mu\nu})}_{\alpha}^{\beta}{(s^{\mu\nu})}...
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Doubt about mathematical construction underlying physical systems

Consider the first and second videos of this playlist $[1]$. It seems the professor tried to discuss some heuristic approach between number theory abstract algebra and physics; Classical Physics is ...
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Legal values of spin-1/2 field can take: $\mathbb{R}$, $\mathbb{C}$, $\mathbb{H}$, .. (Grassmann)?

For the spin-1/2 fermion field $\psi$, we may choose it to be a spinor which needs to be Grassmann variable but can also be complex $\mathbb{C}$ Grassmann. (Dirac or Weyl spinor/fermion) We can ...
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From relativistic equation to find Dirac matrices

Is this possible and then how? $$((\gamma \otimes \mathbf\sigma)\bullet\mathbf p)(\gamma^\prime\otimes\mathbf 1_2) = \gamma\gamma^\prime\otimes\sigma \bullet \mathbf p $$ where $\gamma$ and $\gamma^\...
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Maximal anticommuting sets of Dirac matrices

At the end of this webpage, it is said that there exist 6 maximal anticommuting sets each consisting of 5 Dirac $\Gamma$-matrices. I couldn't find anything more in the book cited there, either. I ...
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Dirac equation in 1+1D spacetime compared to “standard” 3+1D Dirac equation

In the past couple of weeks I've been studying the Dirac equation and its solutions. During a discussion with a tutor it was pointed out to me that one could formulate something similar to the Dirac ...
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Question about Pauli Matrices

I found the following identities about Pauli matrices from the lecture notes of Supersymmetry. $$((\sigma^{\mu})^{\alpha\dot{\alpha}})^{\ast}=(\bar{\sigma}^{\mu})^{\dot{\alpha}\alpha}$$ $$((\sigma_{\...
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Is there a Geometric Algebra for gravity?

I have been reading a lot on geometric algebra. I came to ask whether we had a formula for gravity under this algebra? - it turns out that an electromagnetic geometric algebra does exist but I could ...
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Identity Involving Grassmann Variables and Pauli Matrices

I am trying to prove the following identity: $$\theta\sigma^{\mu}\bar{\theta}\theta\sigma^{\nu}\bar{\theta}=\frac{1}{2}g^{\mu\nu}\theta\theta\bar{\theta}\bar{\theta}$$ Where $\theta$ and $\bar{\...
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Proving an identity relating the gamma matrices

I'm looking to prove the following identity: $$k_a \gamma^a \gamma^\nu K_b \gamma^b p_c \gamma^c \gamma_\nu P_d \gamma^d = 4(p\cdot K)(P\cdot k)$$ I tried this many times but always seem to be stuck ...
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General formulation of time reversal symmetry action on fermions

I'm wondering about a general way to define the action of time reversal on a fermion field $\psi$. From a few sources I've read (e.g. appendix A of Witten's paper on fermion path integrals), it seems ...
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How do I construct a Palantini action within Clifford algebra?

I want to define the following two object with spinor-type indices: $${\hat{e}}^{\alpha\beta}(x)\equiv e_n^\mu(x) \gamma_n^{\alpha\beta}\partial_\mu$$ $$\omega^{\alpha\beta}(x) \equiv e^\mu_p(x)W_\...
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Proving identity $\DeclareMathOperator{\Tr}{Tr} \Tr\left[\gamma^{\mu}\gamma^{\nu}\right] = 4 \eta^{\mu\nu}$

In the lecture notes accompanying a course I'm following, it is stated that $$\DeclareMathOperator{\Tr}{Tr} \Tr\left[\gamma^{\mu}\gamma^{\nu}\right] = 4 \eta^{\mu\nu} $$ Yet when I try to prove this,...
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Dirac matrices in 1+1 dimensions

Given $\gamma^\mu$ in 1+3 dimensions with signature $(+,-,-,-)$, how can I obtain Dirac matrices in 1+1 dimensions expressed in terms of the $\gamma^\mu$?
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Do I need Gamma matrices in Majorana representation in the Lagrangian of a Majorana fermion?

I understand that the Majorana representation of the Gamma matrices are the real representations of the associated Clifford algebra. A Majorana fermion is defined as a fermion that equals to its ...
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Confusion with trace of gamma matrices

Using $\{\gamma^\mu, \gamma^\nu\} = 2 \eta^{\mu\nu} \mathbf{1}$, it is easy to show that: \begin{align*} \operatorname{tr} \gamma^\mu \gamma^\nu = 4\eta^{\mu\nu} \end{align*} Now, it is also true that ...
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Gamma matrices in (2+1)

I am sure that is very well-known question and see on this site several similar questions but I would like to specify the answer 1) I know that in $(2+1)$-dimensions one can construct $\gamma$-...
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Why do the $\gamma$ matrices behave like vectors (tensors)?

In the study of Quantum Field Theory and Group Theory for the spinor representation of $SO$ groups, we know the following correspondence: $\chi C\psi$ scalar $\chi C\gamma^\mu\psi$ vector $\chi C\...
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Can one find Dirac matrices for any spacetime metric?

For any metric $$g_{μν}$$ is there always a linearly independant spacetime algebra satisfying $$\{\bar{γ}_μ,\bar{γ}_ν\} = 2 g_{μν} I?$$ For a diagonal metric I was able to work out that $$\bar{γ}_μ=\...
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What is the relationship between the Lorentz group and the $CL(1,3)$ algebra?

In my classes the dirac equation is always presented as the "square root" of the Klein Gordon equation, then from this you can demand certain properties from the Matrices (anticommutation relations, ...
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Is spinor the sum of scalar, vector, bi-vector, pseudo-vector, and pseudo-scalar?

Is spinor $\psi$ actually the sum of scalar, vector, bi-vector, ..., pseudo-scalar? Before talking about spinors, we have to differentiate two kinds of spacetime, demonstrated with the example of ...
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Missing identity element in the Clifford relation

While studying the Dirac equation, $$\left(i\gamma^{\mu} \partial_{\mu} - m\right)\psi = 0.$$ I have been finding difficulty understanding the following summarisation of the algebra that the $\gamma$-...
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What are Clifford fragments?

In his article/lecture on "What quantum physics can learn from Egyptian hieroglyphs"", researcher Robert Spekkens talks about Clifford fragments. He describes them as "containing only a subset of the ...
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Relation between Dirac spinors, quaternions, and bicomplex numbers

Superficially Dirac spinor resp. Dirac gamma matrices and quaternions and bicomplex numbers seems to be very similar objects. all can be expressed by unitary 4x4 matrices so they seem to represent ...
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A useful identity for Gell-Mann $su(3)$ matrices?

We have the following beautiful result for Pauli $su(2)$ matrices $$(\vec{\sigma}\cdot\vec{a})(\vec{\sigma}\cdot\vec{b}) = \mathbb{I} ~\vec{a}\cdot\vec{b} + i (\vec{a} \times \vec{b}) \cdot \vec{\...
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Spacetime dimension and the dimension of Clifford algebra

The dimension of the Clifford algebra $C_p$ generated by a vector space $V^p$ is given by $2^p$, where $p$ is the dimension of the vector space (T. Frankel, the geometry of physics). Based on the top-...
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A question about the decoupling of Dirac equation in 1+1 dimension

It is said that in 1+1 dimension, if we take $\gamma^0=i\sigma^2$ and $\gamma^1=\sigma^1$, then the two components of dirac spinor $\psi_L$(upper component) and $\psi_R$(lower component) decouple in ...
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How to prove $\{\gamma^{\mu}, \gamma^{\nu}\}$ ? (notation problem)

I want to prove that $ \{\gamma^{\mu}, \gamma^{\nu} \}=2g^{\mu \nu} $ what are the indices $ \mu$ and $ \nu$ here? because I know the gamma matrices from 0 to 5 and I need to verify the anti ...
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Physical/geometrical interpretations of spinors?

Physically, a scalar is a quantity invariant with reference frame, a vector is a quantity associated with a direction, tensors are higher relationships between vectors - what are spinors? I thought I ...
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How to count states in SUSY multiplets?

There is an easy proof of the structure of multiplet that I don't reproduce here (it can be found in Bertolini, Lecture on Supersymmetry, pp.40-41 for the massless case and p.47 for the massive one)....
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How is $\gamma^{\mu}$ defined in the anti commutation relation $\{{\gamma_{5},\gamma^{\mu}}\}$?

how is $\gamma^{\mu}$ defined in the anti commutation relation $\{\gamma_{5},\gamma^{\mu}\}$? does it make a difference if you write the index ${^\mu}$ lower? what does usually change if the index is ...
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Proof of the Anti-Commutation Relation for Gamma Matrices from Dirac Equation

My textbook on QFT says that the Dirac equation can be used to show the following relation: $$\{\gamma^{\mu},\gamma^{\nu}\}=2g^{\mu\nu}$$ I have searched around and unable to find how to prove this ...
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Gamma matrices in higher (even) spacetime dimensions

Suppose we write the gamma matrices in this following representation: \begin{align*} \gamma^{0}=\begin{pmatrix} \,\,0 & \mathbb{1}_{2}\,\,\\ \,\,\mathbb{1}_{2} & 0\,\, \end{...
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Relation between the Dirac Algebra and the Lorentz group

In their book Introduction to Quantum Field Theory, Peskin and Schroeder talk about a trick to form the generators for the Lorentz group from the commutators of the gamma matrices, using their anti-...
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Weyl and Majorana-Weyl spinors why need commutation?

Let $\psi$ denote a Dirac spinor then Weyl spinors are defined by: $$\psi_{L,R}=\frac{1}{2} (I\pm \gamma)\psi$$ on even dimensions $\gamma$ commutes with $\sigma_{\mu \nu}$ (generators used to define ...
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Is the Heighest weight vector in the Spinor rep of $SO(1,d-1)$ zero?

Consider the highest weight vector of the Spinor rep of $SO(1,d-1)$ where $d=2m+1$. It can be shown that: $$\gamma_i \gamma_{m+i}v=v\tag{*}$$ I cannot see why this relation does not imply that $v=0$? ...
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Clifford Algebra: Wedge product, cross product, and Hodge duality

I've been reading some papers related to Bell's Theorem which involve Clifford Algebra. I am investigating it for an undergrad project but none of my professors seem to know anything about Clifford ...
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How to prove $\gamma^0=(\gamma^0)^T$?

The Dirac gamma matrix $\gamma^0$ is symmetric in Dirac, Weyl and Majorana representation. Is it in general true that $\gamma^0=(\gamma^0)^T$? Can it be proved that $\gamma^0=(\gamma^0)^T$ in a ...
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Transformation between Weyl and Dirac representation of Gamma matrices

I want to find a similarity transformation $T$ between the Weyl representation and the Dirac representation of the gamma matrices: $\gamma_W^\mu=T \gamma_D^\mu T^{-1}$. It turns out that I can look at ...
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Are there projective representations of the Lorentz Group NOT coming from a Clifford algebra?

Let $\mathrm{SO}(1,d-1)_{+}$ be the restricted Lorentz Group in $d$ dimensions. Are there projective irreducible representations of this group that do not descend from a representation of $\mathrm{C}\...
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How are the covariant Pauli matrices defined?

When doing calculations with Weyl spinors, terms like $\theta\sigma^\mu\theta^\dagger$ appear. I know that for 3+1 spacetime dimensions, $\sigma^\mu = (\textbf{1}, \sigma^i)$ with $i=1,2,3$ the usual ...
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Matrix representation of Clifford algebra - steps [closed]

In (Vaz and da Rocha, 2016;pg108) the following two step process is given for finding the matrix representation of a Clifford algebra: (verbatim; except for notation) (1) Choose a set of $N$ ...
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Fierz like identity for $\epsilon_{abc}\sigma^a_{ij}\sigma^b_{kl}\sigma^c_{pq}$

It is known that contracting over the vector indices of two Pauli matrices (the 3d γ-matrices) can be simplified to a bunch of δ functions. This is done via the Fierz formula $$\delta_{ab}\sigma^a_{ij}...
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Trace technology with polarisation vectors

Consider $d$-dimensional gamma matrix structures. I have an expression like $$ \sum_{h_2=\pm}\text{Tr}(\not{\xi}_2\not{p}_3\bar{\not{\xi}}_2\not{p}_1), $$ where $\not p=p^\mu \eta_{\mu\nu}\gamma^\nu$ ...
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Link between the Grassmann algebra and spinors

What is the exact link between spinors and the Grassmann algebra? I'm pretty sure there's one, based on the following: The Berezin integral in path integrals is done over the Grassmann algebra of $\...
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What is the $4\times 2\times 2$ matrix $\sigma_{A \dot B}^{\mu}$ explicitly?

In Tales of 1001 Gluons by Stefan Weinzierl, in the end of page 36, (163), $\sigma_{A \dot B}^{\mu} = (1, -\sigma_x, -\sigma_y, -\sigma_z)$. It seems that $\sigma_{A \dot B}^{\mu} = (1, -\sigma_x, -\...
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How this spinor identity is shown?

In one QFT problem it is asked to prove the following identity: $$\overline{u}_\sigma(p)\gamma^\mu u_{\sigma'}(p)=2\delta_{\sigma\sigma'}p^\mu.$$ Considering $u_\sigma$ the basis solutions to the ...
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What is the difference between a Pauli spinor, a Weyl spinor, and a Cartan spinor?

I know that a spinor is a complex two components "vector", which is acted on by the $SU(2)$ group under a rotation. In the physics litterature, I often read "Weyl spinors", "Pauli spinors", "Cartan ...
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Dimension of Representation of Majorana Fermions with Euclidean Metric?

It is possible to represent the Dirac matrices in the Majorana basis using $N= 2^{⌊d/2⌋}$-dimensional matrices, as shown here. This source uses a Minkowski metric. It would then be possible to move to ...