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Mathematica package for supergravity and string theory

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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Matrix algebra as Clifford algebra

Many kinds of Clifford algebras have corresponding sub-algebras of matrix algebras in sense of isomorphism. Say, quaternion, spacetime algebra and also Dirac algebra. Generally, Clifford algebra has ...
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What is the Atiyah-Bott-Shapiro map for a bundle of *complex* quadratic forms?

In order to ask the question in the title more precisely, let me recall some standard stuff introduced in [1; Atiyah, Bott, Shapiro]. Suppose $X$ is a compact CW complex and $V \to X$ is an oriented ...
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Discriminants of Clifford algebras

I have a Clifford algebra defined over a field of characteristic not equal to 2. Is there a formula for its discriminant in terms of the corresponding symmetric bilinear form (or in terms of its ...
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Conceptual explanation for the relationship between Clifford algebras and KO

Recall the following table of Clifford algebras: $$\begin{array}{ccc} n & Cl_n & M_n/i^{*}M_{n+1}\\ 1 & \mathbb{C} & \mathbb{Z}/2\mathbb{Z} \\ 2 & \mathbb{H} & ...
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Weitzenböck Identity for $\Delta_{\bar{\partial}_E}$

This question is related to this MO question and this MSE question. Let $E$ be a hermitian holomorphic vector bundle over a hermitian manifold $X$. The bundle $\bigwedge^{\bullet,\bullet}X\otimes ...
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Karoubi versus Kasparov K-theory

I have the following, probably very elementary question: Let $Cl^{p,q}$ be the Clifford algebra on generators $e_i$, $i=1, \ldots, p+q$ with $e_i e_j = -e_j e_i$ and $e_{i}^{2}=-1$ for $i=1,\ldots,p$, ...
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Need help determining whether a certain map is a $C^\ast$ homomorphism

Hello, I need help determining whether the map I defined between two algebras is a well-defined homomorphism of $C^\ast$-algebras. I ran into this problem while trying to define a "rotation map" ...
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What are the invariant definitions of spinorial quantities from mathematical physics?

When physicists write expressions involving spinors $\psi \in S \otimes V$, where $S=S_+ \oplus S_-$ is a complex spinor representation of a spin group $Spin(2d)$ and $V$ is a complex representation ...
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General criterion for homomorphism between Clifford Algebras

I understand that there is a universal property which tells me that given a Clifford algebra $Cl(V, q)$, for a linear map $f: V \to A$ ($A$ any associative algebra) satisfying $f(v)f(v) = Q(v)$, $f$ ...
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Applications of the natural bilinear forms on the direct sum between a vector space and its dual

As it is know, the vector space $V\oplus V^\ast$ admits the natural symmetric and skew symmetric bilinear forms $$\langle X+\xi,Y+\eta\rangle|_\pm:=\frac 1 2 \(\xi(Y) \pm \eta(X)\)$$ I am interested ...
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Homomorphism of algebra of “Clifford-valued continuous functions”

I am interested in the general question of When is a map between algebra of "Clifford-valued continuous functions" homomorphism? As a starter, I would like to first understand the case for ...
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Clifford Lie Algebras

I'm studying the "Clifford Lie Algebra" (see http://arxiv.org/pdf/1007.2481.pdf page 30). It's basically a way to look at Clifford algebras and their properties in a Lie algebraic setting (which I ...
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Is the metaplectic group not a matrix group - counterexample

Is the statement below false? "The metaplectic group Mp2(R) is not a matrix group: it has no faithful finite-dimensional representations." Possible "counterexample": Sp(2n,R) is a subgroup of ...
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2Pi and 4Pi rotations in the Pin(1,3) group

Hi everyone, I'm currently studying the construction of the $Pin(1,3)$ group and given the definition I'm using to find its elements I'm having some problems with the signs associated with $2\pi$ and ...
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Clifford algebra is graded separable

Let $D$ be an algebra of odd differential operators on a free module $V$, this algebra is isomorphic to the Clifford algebra $Cl(V^* \oplus V)$. Let $m$ denote multiplication map $$m : D\otimes D \to ...
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Examples of Clifford Modules

For a Riemannian manifold $M$, a Clifford module is a bundle over $M$ that is, fiberwise, a representation of the Clifford algebra bundle $Cl(TM)$ and has a connection compatible with this action. ...
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fast multipole method and geometric algebra

Hello, I just learned about fast multipole method(FMM) from this article http://math.nyu.edu/faculty/greengar/shortcourse_fmm.pdf and I really liked the use of complex numbers in 2d. But I didn't ...
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Properties of Clifford Algebras

It is a well known fact that Clifford algebras, $Cl(p,q)$, have similar properties depending on $(p-q)\mod 8$. In most of the places I have found a proof of the theorem, explicit representations of ...
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Spin and SO groups associated to a degenerate symmetric bilinear form

In "Spin geometry" by Lawson and Michelsohn it is defined the Clifford algebra $Cl(g)$ associated to a symmetric bilinear form $g$ in general, including the degenerate case. But the rest of the book ...
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What is the appropriate setting for Cauchy's Integral Formula?

For a $C^1$ function $f:U\to\mathbb{C}$, where $D\subset U\subseteq \mathbb{C}$ with piecewise $C^1$ boundary $\partial D$, we have the following generalized Cauchy integral formula: $$ f(\zeta) = ...
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Three dimensional subalgebras of Clifford Algebras

Are there any three dimensional subalgebras of GA(n) where GA(n) is the geometric algebra corresponding to $R^n$? If yes, what about for GA(2)? Edit: a geometric algebra is a Clifford algebra.
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Why do Clifford algebras determine $KO$ (and $K$-)-theory?

In the paper "Clifford modules" by Atiyah-Bott-Shapiro, they construct a family of Clifford algebras $C_k$ over the real numbers, so that $C_k$ is the algebra associated to a negative definite form on ...
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Koszul duality between Weyl and Clifford algebras?

Koszul duality Given a finite-dimensional $k$-vector space $V$ (I am happy taking $k = \mathbb{C}$ anywhere in the following if it makes a difference) and a subspace $R \subseteq V \otimes V$, we can ...
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Clifford algebra non-zero

This should be a very easy question, but the proof in Lawson/Michelson (Spin geometry) is wrong and I do not find a really correct and complete argument: Let V be a nonzero real vector space with ...
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On matrix representations of the Clifford algebras of type $Cl(0,n)$

Can matrix representations of clifford algebras of type Cl(0,n) be found? Specifically for even orders
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Pythagorean 5-tuples

What is the solution of the equation $x^2+y^2+z^2+t^2=w^2$ in polynomials over C ("Pythagorean 5-tuples")? There are simple formulas describing Pythagorean n-tuples for n=3,4,6: n=3. The formula ...
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Clifford PBW theorem for quadratic form

Update: now with a question 2 which is much more elementary (and should be well-known!). Let $k$ be a commutative ring with $1$. Let $L$ be a $k$-module, and $g:L\to k$ be a quadratic form, i. e., a ...
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Invariant space of lifted Chevalley automorphisms of the tensor algebra

Question. Let $k$ be a field of characteristic $0$. Let $L$ be a $k$-vector space. Consider the subspace $S$ of $L\otimes L\otimes L\otimes L$ spanned by all tensors of the form $\left[a,\left\lbrace ...
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Clifford Algebra and Gamma matrices: is this relation generally true for any dimension?

I expect the following relation to be vanishing. But it seems not that obvious. $\Gamma_{ab}^{\lambda}t^at^b \Gamma_{\lambda c(d)}t^c=0$ where $t^a$ are even ghosts, "$ab$" are indices for matrix ...
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Representations of Pin vs. Representations of Clifford

This may be total nonsense. But I need to know the answer quickly and I am too tired to think about it thoroughly. Let $k$ be a positive integer. Roe's "Elliptic Operators" claims that there is a ...
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How do you relate the number of independent vector fields on spheres and Bott Periodicity for real K-Theory?

The theory of Clifford algebras gives us an explicit lower bound for the number of linearly independent vector fields on the $n$-sphere, and Adams proved that this is actually always the best ...
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Clifford Algebra in Dirac Equation

I am wondering if there is any mathematical (or physical, besides the fact that classical quantum mechanics uses complex numbers) justification for why the complexified (1,3) Clifford algebra is used ...
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Why is Riemann-Roch an Index Problem?

I was in a lecture not long ago given by C. Teleman and at some point he said "Well, since Riemann-Roch is an index problem we can do..." Then right after that he argued in favour of such a sentence. ...
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Clifford algebra as an adjunction?

Background For definiteness (even though this is a categorical question!) let's agree that a vector space is a finite-dimensional real vector space and that an associative algebra is a ...