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Dimension of Dirac $\gamma$ matrices

While studying the Dirac equation, I came across this enigmatic passage on p. 551 in From Classical to Quantum Mechanics by G. Esposito, G. Marmo, G. Sudarshan regarding the $\gamma$ matrices: $$\...
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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 there an elegant proof of the existence of Majorana spinors?

Almost all standard sources on the existence of Majorana spinors (e.g. Appendix B.1 to Polchinski's "String Theory", Vol. 2) do so in a way I consider inherently ugly: A priori, we are dealing with ...
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Dirac, Weyl and Majorana Spinors

To get to the point - what's the defining differences between them? Alas, my current understanding of a spinor is limited. All I know is that they are used to describe fermions (?), but I'm not sure ...
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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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Should linear algebra and vector calculus from traditional courses be replaced with `geometric algebra`? [closed]

geometric algebra gives geometric meaning to linear algebra and much more. it can provide a coordinate free geometric interpretation of spaces. those who learn of ...
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QFT Hilbert spaces over other rings than the complex numbers $\mathbb{C}$

I would like some help evaluating a physics theory recently proposed by a physics professor at the College of Dupage. I think the theory is utterly wrong, for very simple reasons. If an amateur ...
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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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What has “quantisation” to do with associated graded algebras?

I was currently reading an introduction into spin geometry by José Figueroa-O’Farrill. The first chapter handles Clifford algebras. When discussing the connection of the Clifford algebra to the ...
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Commutator of Dirac gamma matrices

Quick question...For some reason I'm having trouble finding an identity or discussion for the commutator of the gamma matrices at the moment...i.e $$\gamma^u\gamma^v-\gamma^v \gamma^u$$ but I am not ...
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Different definitions of spinors

Recently I've read a little about the description of particles with spin in the book Quantum Mechanics by Cohen-Tannoudji. Although I yet didn't fully study the subject, I've read one interesting part ...
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Mathematica package for supergravity and string theory [duplicate]

I am looking for a Mathematica package that can manipulate tensors for supergravity, string theory or M-theory. I am particularly looking for a package that can do spinor and Clifford algebra ...
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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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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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Derivation of Gordon identity from Srednicki [closed]

On srednicki page 240 (print) there is a derivation of the Gordon identity, and it starts with stating that $$ \require{cancel} \gamma^{\mu}\cancel{p} = \frac{1}{2} \big\{\gamma^{\mu},\cancel{p} \big\...
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Anticommutator of spin-1 matrices

We know that in the spin-1/2 representation the anticommutation relation of the Pauli matrices is $\{\sigma_{a},\sigma_{b}\}=2\delta_{ab}I$. Does a similar relation hold for the spin-1 representation?
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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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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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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 ...