Clifford Algebras and Spinors
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Edition: 2nd 2001 (Revised)
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In this book, Professor Lounesto offers a unique introduction to Clifford algebras and spinors. The initial chapters could be read by undergraduates; vectors, complex numbers and quaternions are introduced with an eye on Clifford algebras. The next chapters will also interest physicists, and include treatments of the quantum mechanics of the electron, electromagnetism and special relativity with a flavour of Clifford algebras. This book also gives the first comprehensive survey of recent research on Clifford algebras. A new classification of spinors is introduced, based on bilinear covariants of physical observables. This reveals a new class of spinors, residing between the Weyl, Majorana…
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 5/3/2001
Size: 6.06" wide x 9.02" long x 0.83" tall
|Vectors and linear spaces
|Bivectors and the exterior algebra
|Pauli spin matrices and spinors
|The fourth dimension
|The cross product
|The Dirac equation
|Fierz identities and boomerangs
|Flags, poles and dipoles
|Tilt to the opposite metric
|Definitions of the Clifford algebra
|Witt rings and Brauer groups
|Matrix representations and periodicity of 8
|Spin groups and spinor spaces
|Scalar products of spinors and the chessboard
|Mobius transformations and Vahlen matrices
|Binary index sets and Walsh functions
|Chevalley's construction and characteristic 2
|Octonions and triality
|A history of Clifford algebras