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### What are the “irreducible factors” in an algebra?

What are the irreducible factors in an algebra? In the book "Spin Geometry" by Lawson and Michelsohn, page 35, line 1, there occurs "take irreducible factors of...", but I don't know what irreducible ...
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### Spinor representation and Clifford modules

Let $V$ be an even-dimensional real inner product space. We denote the Clifford algebra of $V$ by $C(V)$ and the spinor representation by $S$. For a finite-dimensional $\mathbb Z_2$-graded complex ...
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### Hermiticity of a Matrix representing a Clifford alg. element

I'm interested in representations of the elements of a Clifford algebra, $\gamma^a$ with $a\in \{1,...,n\}$, such that $(\gamma^a)^2 =\pm 1$. If these were numbers, for those $\gamma^a=1$ one have ...
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### Clifford Algebra for understanding Atiyah Singer Index Theorem Reference Request

I am interested in studying Atiyah Singer Index Theorem and Spin Geometry and would like to study Clifford Algebras and their representations for this purpose. I have a book 'Clifford Algebras : An ...
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### Proof: Clifford-Algebra representations are semisimple / completely reducible

There is a theorem: Every finite-dimensional Clifford-Algebra representation $V$ is semisimple / completely reducible, which means that it's a direct sum of irreducible subrepresentations. How this ...
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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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