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Can one extend the norm function to the symmetric square of a (complexified) Clifford algebra?

Let $A = Cl_{r,s} \otimes \mathbb{C}$ be the complexification of the real Clifford algebra $Cl_{r,s}$ associated to a non-degenerate quadratic form on $\mathbb{R}^n$, with $n = r+s$, with signature $(...
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Identifying a $4$-form on a $6$-dimensional manifold

Let $M$ be a closed $6$-dimensional Riemannian manifold with a spin$^{\mathbb{C}}$ structure. It is known that real $4$-forms on $M$ act on the positive-spinors as trace-free hermitian endomorphisms ...
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Finding inverses in Clifford Algebras

Let $C = \operatorname{Cl}(V,q)$ be a Clifford algebra where $V$ is an $N$-dimensional space with basis $B = \{e_1,e_2, \dotsc, e_N\}$. I'm looking for a way to invert elements. What I've already ...
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Euclidean and Minkowski Majorana spinors - inconsistency with Wikipedia Table

In this wonderful lecture note on Clifford Algebra and Spin(N) Representations, http://hitoshi.berkeley.edu/230A/clifford.pdf Somehow I find some inconsistency with his Tables of Euclidean and ...
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Clifford multiplication formula for $d\beta$ where $\beta$ is a $3$-form

Say $X$ be a $6$-dimensional compact Riemannian manifold which admits a $Spin^{\mathbb{C}}$ structure. Now I want to have a Clifford multiplication formula by $d\beta$ in terms of $\beta$ where $\beta$...
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Gamma matrices are irreducible

For $\mu=0,1,2,3$, let $\gamma^{\mu}$ the set of Dirac gamma matrices. What does it mean to say that $\{\gamma^{\mu}: \hspace{0.1cm} \mu=0,1,2,3\}$ is irreducible? From my previous question, I know ...
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What is the relationship between the Dirac algebra and the Clifford algebra?

While I'm still trying to understand the issues raised on my previous question, I decided to first address the Clifford algebra used on formulating the famous Dirac equation. In this context, what is ...
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How are Clifford algebras and spinors used to study the Ising model?

I've heard Clifford algebras and spinors are useful tools to study the Ising model, but I've never find any good discussion on this matter. Also, as far as I know, in the original solutions of the 2-D ...
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Hasse invariant and the Clifford algbera

Let $$q = a_1 x_1^2 + \cdots + a_n x_n^2$$ be a quadratic form over some $p$-adic field $\mathbb{Q}_p$. We thus have its Hasse invariant $$\mathcal{h}(q) = \prod_{1 \leq i < j \leq n} (a_i,a_j)_p \...
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Central extensions of orthogonal group by $C_2$

Suppose $(V,Q)$ is a quadratic space for definite quadratic form $Q$. It is stated in Pin groups that there are two central extensions of the orthogonal group $O(V)$ by the cyclic group $C_2$, ...
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Efficient computation of scalar part in Clifford algebra

$\DeclareMathOperator\Cl{Cl}$Problem: Let $\Cl(d)$ be the Clifford algebra corresponding to the vector space $\mathbb{R}^d$ with the usual inner product. Given $v_1, \dotsc, v_k \in \mathbb{R}^d$, ...
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What is the inverse in K-theory represented by Clifford module extensions?

I am working on a model for topological KO-theory which is represented by explicit spaces of orthogonal Clifford module extensions. That is, assuming $M$ compact, $KO^{-n+1}(M) := [M,X_n]$ where the ...
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Control and observability of Clifford algebra and quaternion valued systems?

Good evening everybody, I'm asking you if there is a mathematical theory about control and observability of differential systems within the quaternionic and Clifford (geometric) algebras. And if so, ...
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Explicit computation of spinor norm

I've asked this on math.stackexchange, unsuccessfully. I hope this question is appropriate for mathoverflow. Let $V$ be a finite-dimensional vector space over a field $K$ with $\operatorname{char}K\...
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Atiyah-Singer theorem in heat kernels and Dirac operators

I'm reading "Heat kernels and Dirac operators" by Berline, Getzler and Vergne. I have some trouble to understand a identity on the bottom of page 146 which is essential for the proof of the ...
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Invariant theory for the orthogonal group and Clifford algebras

The first fundamental theorem of invariant theory for the orthogonal group $O_n(k)$ asserts that the ring of invariants is generated by the scalar products: a polynomial function of $m$ vectors $v_1,.....
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The inner product of a Clifford Algebra

Any Clifford algebra $\operatorname{Cl}(k, p)$ carries an induced inner product, which is the "trace" on its 0-blade: $\langle AB\rangle_0$ for given elements $A, B$ of the algebra. This inner ...
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Is there a list of all real unital subalgebras of M(2,C)?

Is there a complete classification of all real unital subalgebras of $M(2,\mathbb C)$ up to isomorphism? The list should include $M(2,\mathbb C)$, the quaternions, complex numbers, split-complex ...
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What's "geometric algebra"?

Sometimes one bumps into the name "geometric algebra" (henceforth "GA"), in the sense of this Wikipedia article. Other names appear in that context such as "vector manifold", "pseudoscalar", and "...
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Maximal orders in Clifford algebras

Let $$ \mathcal{C}_n(R)=R\langle e_1,\ldots,e_n\rangle/(\{e_i^2+1\}, \{e_ie_j+e_je_i:i\neq j\}) $$ be the Clifford algebra for the negative definite quadratic form $-\sum_ix_i^2$ obtained by adjoining ...
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Bott periodicity homeomorphisms for spaces of Clifford extensions

I am trying to prove the following statement of real Bott periodicity, on the level of actual spaces of Clifford module extensions (i.e., not equivalence classes of modules). Let $W = \mathbb{R}^{\...
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Principled construction of the quaternions

Is there a construction of the quaternions that doesn't proceed through generators and relations, and which makes the connection with 3D rotations clear? I'm not happy with Clifford Algebra as an ...
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Enveloping von Neumann algebra of Clifford algebra

As explained in the book "Spinors in Hilbert Space" by Plymen and Robinson, if $V$ is a complex (separable) Hilbert space with a real structure, and $\mathrm{Cl}(V)$ the corresponding Clifford algebra,...
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Simultaneous diagonalization of the tensor products of Dirac gamma matrices

Let $\gamma_i\ (i=1,2,\ldots N)$ be the Dirac gamma matrices satisfying the Clifford algebra $$\gamma_i\gamma_j+\gamma_j\gamma_i=2\delta_{ij} I\ \ (i,j=1,2,\ldots,N).$$ Then the tensor products $\...
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What minimal structure is required to define Clifford modules in a way as abstract as possible?

Start with a quadratic form $q$ on a vector space $V$. A module $M$ over the corresponding Clifford algebra is determined by a map $\cdot:V\otimes M\to M$ satisfying $v\cdot(v\cdot m)=-q(v)m$. Now ...
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Representations of degenerate Clifford algebras

Given a real finite-dimensional vector space $V$ with a symmetric bilinear form $b$, we define the Clifford algebra $Cl(V,b)$ as the quotient of the tensor algebra $\bigotimes V$ by the two sided ...
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Spinor representation for $\operatorname{Spin}(V \oplus V^*)$

I'm studding Hitchin's Generalized Calabi-Yau Manifolds https://arxiv.org/abs/math/0209099 and I've stuck here: Suppose that $V$ is a vector space and denote its dual by $V^*$. Now we know that the $\...
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A generalization of the Clifford algebra

Let $(E,g)$ be a vector space with a symmetric bilinear form, and $a,b$ be two endomorphisms of $E$. The generalized Clifford algebra is defined by the free algebra of $E$ with quotient by the ...
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Clifford algebras as deformations of exterior algebras

$\def\Cl{\mathcal C\ell} \def\CL{\boldsymbol{\mathscr{C\kern-.1eml}}(\mathbb R)}$ I'm not an expert in neither of the fields I'm touching, so don't be too rude with me :-) here's my question. A well ...
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Orthogonality of Clifford algebra's Fueter polynomial in Gaussian measure

In the article "Two integral operators in Clifford analysis" , https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0022247X08012262, it said that $\langle V_{\alpha},V_{\alpha'}\rangle = \int_{\...
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Which operators constructed from 10d gamma matrices commute with $SO(1,2)\times SO(3)\times SO(3)$?

In the paper Supersymmetric Boundary Conditions in N=4 Super Yang-Mills Theory by Gaiotto and Witten, an in-depth analysis of boundary conditions in N=4 Super Yang-Mills in four dimensions in ...
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evolution of Grassmannians along geodesic line

Let $p_0$, $p_1$ be two $n \times 2$ orthonormal matrices that represent two points on the real $Gr_{2,n}$, i.e. two 2-d subspaces in $\mathbb{R}^n$. Let $p(t): [0,1] \rightarrow Gr_{2,n}$ be a ...
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Characteristic classess of Cliford bundle of a Riemannian manifold

Let $(M,g)$ be a Riemannian manifold. Let $E$ be the Cliford bundle associated to $TM$. Does the structure of $E$, as a vector bundle depend on choosing the Riemannian metric $g$? How can we write ...
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symmetric polynomials for Super Hecke Clifford algebra

Fix a natural number $n$. In https://arxiv.org/abs/1107.1039, §3.5, Kang/Kashiwara/Tsuchioka define a (version of a) Hecke Clifford superalgebra. It is the superalgebra with the following generators: ...
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How should we define $\mathrm{PSL}_2$ of a Clifford group?

UPDATE - Feb. 9, 2017: The original title of this post was "The $\text{isometry}^+$ group of hyperbolic $n$-space as $\mathrm{PSL}_2$ of a Clifford group." The original question, which appears below, ...
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natural embedding $V \to Cl(V,q)$ [closed]

(cf. LAWSON and MICHELSOHN's book on Spin Geometry page 8) The book proves there is an natural embedding from a vector space $V$ to its Clifford algebra $Cl(V,q)$, where $q$ is a quadratic form on $V$...
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New Clifford structure

For an $n$-dimensional space $V$ with a positive metric $g$, we can construct the Clifford algebra $Cl(V)$ and its representation space $S$, i.e. $$c(V):S\to S,~\forall v\in V.$$ Question: Under ...
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Intuition for Clifford Group

Clifford group $\Gamma$ of a Clifford algebra $C\ell (V,q)$ is defined to be the set of elements $g$ in $C\ell (V,q)$ for which there exists an inverse $g^{-1}$. This group can be represented by ...
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Exceptional isomorphism with Spin(6,2)?

There are all sorts of curios in low-dimensional Lie groups and Lie algebras, many of them due to the presence of the quaternions. There is, I have recently learned, an isomorphism $SO(6,2) \simeq SO(...
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Classification of $2k$-vectors modulo orthogonal transformations

Consider the following chain $\{A_1,A_2,A_3,\cdots,A_{n}\}$ of orbit spaces of even-rank anti-symmetric tensors, where $$A_k:=\frac{\Lambda^{2k}(\mathbb{R}^{2n})}{e_{i_1}\wedge \cdots \wedge e_{i_{2k}}...
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Eigenvectors and Eigenvalues of the Clifford multiplication

I would like to get an answer to the following question: Let $\Delta_n$ be the vector space of complex $n$-spinors. A vector $X \in \mathbb{R}^n$ acts on $\Delta_n$ by Clifford multiplication. We can ...
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Is there a way to embed Clifford algebras into the corresponding tensor algebra?

$\newcommand{\talg}{\mathcal{T}(V)}$$\newcommand{\clalg}{\mathcal{Cl}_q(V)}$$\newcommand{\qalg}{\mathcal{I}_q(V)}$Is there a way to embed Clifford algebras into the corresponding tensor algebra? There ...
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How does grade projection act on homogeneous multivectors in geometric algebra?

I'm reading Clifford Algebra to Geometric Calculus by Hestenes, and struggling with an early result about reversion inside of a grade-projection operator. It is noted that $A_r$ and $B_s$ are ...
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Why does the Bogolyubov transformation work? - In language of Clifford Algebras?

Letting the standard Clifford algebra of dimension $2k$ be denoted by $Cl_{2k}$, let's denote the corresponding complex Clifford algebra via $$\mathbb{C}l_{2k}\equiv Cl_{2k}\otimes_{\mathbb{R}}\mathbb{...
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Exceptional symmetric spaces embedded in exceptional Lie group

In Yokota (1959) and Atsuyama (1977) papers one can find embedding of projective space $\mathbb OP^2$ into Lie group $F_4$. Lately I come to following idea to have embedding of all four projective ...
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$p$-adic Bott periodicity?

The Bott periodicity theorem can be formulated as the existence of homotopy equivalences $\Omega^2(KU)\equiv KU$ and $\Omega^8(KO)=KO$. I always wondered whether this theorem could also be transferred ...
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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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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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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= \partial x_0 + \...