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Identifying the algebra

In order to solve an obscure (physics) problem I have been considering whose details are not important, I am looking for elements (I am thinking in terms of matrices and their products but this may ...
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An $SU(3)$ isomorph in Clifford $G(5,0)$?

I am a computer scientist using the geometric (Clifford) algebras $G(n,0)$ over $\mathbb{Z}_3 = \{0,1,-1\}$ to describe distributed computations. My question concerns $G(5,0)$ with generators ...
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Formal Definition of Yang Mills Lagrangian

I have a question regarding the Lagrangian in non abelian gauge theory. Say, $G$ is the gauge group and $\mathfrak g$ the associated Lie algebra. The Lagrangian is often written as $$ \mathcal ...
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Choosing a spinor space

I still have a hard time on trying to fully understand spinors (on real spaces). Let $V$ be a $n$-dimensional real quadratic space $V$ with a non degenerated signature $(p, q)$. From what I had ...
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Mathematical significance of the “Dirac conjugate”

Let $\psi$ be a Dirac spinor. The so-called "Dirac conjugate" of $\psi$ is defined to be $\widetilde{\psi}:=\psi ^*\gamma ^0$, where $^*$ denotes the adjoint and the gamma matrices $\gamma ^\mu$ ...
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Hermitian conjugation and representations of the Lorentzian Clifford algebras

The Clifford algebra $\mathcal{C}\ell _{1,2d-1}$ is central and simple (L), and hence has a unique faithful, irreducible representation (over $\mathbb{R}$) (A). Denote this representation by $\gamma ...
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What's the Clifford algebra?

I'm reading a book on Clifford algebra for physicists. I don't quite understand it conceptually even if I can do most algebraic manipulations. Can some-one teach me what the Clifford algebra really ...