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### What is this Lie algebra?

Consider two matrices $A,B \in \mathfrak{su}(N)$ which are both diagonal in the standard basis and non-zero.
If we consider the new matrix $\tilde{B} := FBF^{\dagger}$ where $F$ is the `quantum' ...

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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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### Generalized Dirac operators

So far I met three definitions of the so called generalized Dirac operator(or Dirac type operators. Everything takes place over Riemannian manifols $M$ and we have smooth hermitian vector bundle $S ...

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### How can the Cayley table for the elements of basis of a Cayley-Dickson algebra be summarized in an algebraic expression?

One would be able to construct a Cayley table that has all $e_i$ elements of the basis of algebra $A$ where $0<i<\dim A$ such that $e_0=1$, $e_1=i$, $e_2=j$ and so on. I'm looking for an ...

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### What is the correct generalization of the Wirtinger derivatives to arbitrary Clifford algebras?

In the complex numbers setting, the two Wirtinger derivatives are defined as:
$\frac{\partial}{\partial z}=
\frac{1}{2}\left(
\frac{\partial}{\partial x} - i
\frac{\partial}{\partial y}
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### Does Feuter regularity imply derivability in all directions?

The standard type of regularity in Clifford Calculus is the one introduced by Feuter, namely:
a function is Feuter regular iff it is in the zero set of the Clifford-Dirac
operator $D= ...

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### What is the spin connection in 9 dimensions as opposed to 5 dimensions?

From Spin Connection in 5 dimensions I can define a massless fermion's covariant derivative on a curved manifold as
$$
\nabla_\mu \psi = (\partial_\mu - {i \over 4} \omega_\mu^{ab} \sigma_{ab}) \psi
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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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### Trace of six gamma matrices

I need to calculate this expression:
$$Tr(\gamma^{\mu}\gamma^{\nu}\gamma^{\rho}\gamma^{\sigma}\gamma^{\alpha}\gamma^{\beta}\gamma^{5}) $$
I know that I can express this as:
$$ ...

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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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### What is the relation (if any) between Clifford algebras and Azumaya algebras?

Suppose the base field is $\mathbb{C}$ and the Clifford algebra is the classical one (i.e. associated to a quadratic form in $n$ variables). It seems that there are relations between Clifford algebras ...

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### Is an associative division algebra required for this phenomenon?

For which integers $d \geq 1$ can we find real matrices $R_1, \dotsc, R_d$ of size $d \times d$ such that for any unit vector $v \in \mathbb{R}^d$, $$R_1 v, \dotsc, R_d v$$ is an orthonormal basis? ...

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### $Pin^{+}(4k)$ and $Pin^{-}(4k)$ are isomorphic [Reference Request]

This is some sort of "follow-up" to the (unanswered) question posted here.
Let's denote $$\varphi :O(2n)\rightarrow O(2n);A\mapsto det(A)\cdot A.$$
Then $\varphi $ is an automorphism of $O(2n)$, and ...

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### Generalization of De Rham cohomology for spinor fields

Is there a generalization of De Rham cohomology for spinors fields?
I can see that one can construct p form fields out of spinor field by contraction of the type $\bar{\psi} \gamma^{a_1} ...

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### Cayley Subspaces in a Calibrated 8-Space

Suppose we are given $(\mathbb{R}^8,\Phi)$, where $\Phi$ is the self-dual 4-form that defines $Spin(7)\subset SO(8)$ (Cayley calibration, see Notes on the Octonians, page 23). Now some 4-subspaces $V$ ...

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### Finitely generated projective modules over the algebra of sections of the Clifford bundle

Consider a (pseudo-)Riemannian manifold $(M,g)$ and the corresponding Clifford bundle $Cl_g(T^*M)$. Let $R$ be the algebra of sections of $CL_g(T^*M)$, with point-wise multiplication. What are the ...

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### Automorphisms of Clifford Algebras

What are the automorphisms of real Clifford algebras $Cl_{n,0}$? Of course, I'm interested in the case where they are not central simple.

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### Convention on Clifford Product

When studying the Clifford Algebra associated to some $(V,Q)$, one finds two basic identities differing by a sign:
$vv=Q(v)$ (see, for instance, Wikipedia)
$vv=-Q(v)$ (see, for instance, MathWorld ...

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### $Spin(7)$ as stabilizer of a $4$-form revisited

For a better understanding of this question, please see the question and answer here.
In $Spin(8)$ there are plenty of copies of $Spin(7)$; consider, for instance, the antiimage of $SO(7)<SO(8)$ ...

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### Octonions product: inversion in the right and identity in the left

Once octonions product is studied, together with the relations with $Spin(8)$ and $SO(8)$ geometry (see for instance Robert Bryant's notes), one realises that the key fact bringing all the phenomena ...

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### Isomorphisms of Positive and Negative Spinor Bundles

Here is an extract of the doctoral thesis of C. Lewis under the supervision of D. Joyce (https://people.maths.ox.ac.uk/joyce/theses/LewisDPhil.pdf, 1998):
2.6 Spin Bundles and the Dirac Operator
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### Explicit Isomorphism between $Cl(8)$ and $\mathbb{R}(16)$

I am looking for a explicit isomorphism between $Cl(8)$ (Clifford algebra over $\mathbb{R}^8$ with standard Euclidean metric) and $\mathbb{R}(16)$ (algebra of $16\times 16$ matrices over ...

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### Exact Definition of Dirac Operator

Many definitions of the Dirac operator in the tradition of the Physics literature are hard to grasp for a mathematician. I would like to ask for a precise, general, definition of the Dirac operator ...

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### Equation for non-invertible elements in Clifford algebras

Suppose we have a Clifford algebra $Cl(V,q)$, $V\simeq \mathbb{R}^n$ and $q$ non-degenerate bilinear form. Then every non-zero element of $V\subset Cl(V,q)$ invertible, but they are not the only ones ...

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### Applications of the natural bilinear forms on the direct sum between a vector space and its dual

As is known, 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 in ...

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### What are the “correct” conventions for defining Clifford algebras?

I have three related questions about conventions for defining Clifford algebras.
1) Let $(V, q)$ be a quadratic vector space. Should the Clifford algebra $\text{Cliff}(V, q)$ have defining ...

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### What is the symmetric monoidal functor from Clifford algebras to invertible K-module spectra?

There ought to be a symmetric monoidal functor from the symmetric monoidal $2$-groupoid whose objects are Morita-invertible real superalgebras (precisely the Clifford algebras), morphisms are ...

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### Orders of Clifford algebra

Let $C_n$ be the Clifford algebra over $\mathbb{Q}$ associated to negative definite quadratic form $-I_n$ (i.e. $-x_1^2-\dots-x_n^2$). Let $\mathcal{O}$ be a $\mathbb{Z}$-order of $C_n$.
Q1) Is it ...

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### Which real Pin groups agree?

In the Lie theory notes on my website it is claimed (Example 7.3.3.5) that $\mathrm{Pin}(4,0)$ and $\mathrm{Pin}(0,4)$ are not isomorphic. As Nigel Ray pointed out to me, this claim is not quite ...

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### Norm of the operator acting on spinor bundle

Please forgive me if the question is too elementary, but however I was unable to manage by myself. The question comes from J.Varilly, H.Figueroa and J. Gracia-Bondia book "Elements of noncommutative ...

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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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### 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 ...

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### Element in spin group

I've got the following question: why is it true (if it really is?), that if I have a unitary element $u$ in the (real) Clifford algebra $Cl(V,g)$ which is even and the operator $\varphi(u)$ defined ...

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### Clifford algebras for quadratic modules over ringed spaces

What is the earliest possible reference for definition and basic properties of Clifford algebras associated to quadratic modules over a ringed space? The ringed space does not need to be locally ...

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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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 ...