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Clifford Algebra Cℓ 3(ℂ) for Applications to Field Theories


The multivectorial algebras present yet both an academic and a technological interest. Difficulties can occur for their use. Indeed, in all applications care is taken to distinguish between polar and axial vectors and between scalars and pseudo scalars. Then a total of eight elements are often considered even if they are not given the correct name of multivectors. Eventually because of their simplicity, only the vectorial algebra or the quaternions algebra are explicitly used for physical applications. Nevertheless, it should be more convenient to use directly more complex algebras in order to have a wider range of application. The aim of this paper is to inquire into one particular Clifford algebra which could solve this problem. The present study is both didactic concerning its construction and pragmatic because of the introduced applications. The construction method is not an original one. But this latter allows to build up the associated real algebra as well as a peculiar formalism that enables a formal analogy with the classical vectorial algebra. Finally several fields of the theoretical physics will be described thanks to this algebra, as well as a more applied case in general relativity emphasizing simultaneously its relative validity in this particular domain and the easiness of modeling some physical problems.

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hal-02276265 , version 1 (02-09-2019)



Benoît Panicaud. Clifford Algebra Cℓ 3(ℂ) for Applications to Field Theories. International Journal of Theoretical Physics, 2011, 50 (10), pp.3186-3204. ⟨10.1007/s10773-011-0822-y⟩. ⟨hal-02276265⟩


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