Advances in Applied Clifford Algebras

, Volume 27, Issue 1, pp 209–227 | Cite as

Concept of Lie Derivative of Spinor Fields A Geometric Motivated Approach

  • Rafael F. Leão
  • Waldyr Alves RodriguesJr.
  • Samuel A. Wainer


In this paper using the Clifford bundle (\({\mathcal{C}\ell(M,\mathtt{g})}\)) and spin-Clifford bundle (\({\mathcal{C}\ell_{\mathrm{Spin}_{1,3}^{e}} (M,\mathtt{g})}\)) formalism, which allow to give a meaningful representative of a Dirac-Hestenes spinor field (even section of \({\mathcal{C}\ell_{\mathrm{Spin}_{1,3}^{e}}(M,\mathtt{g})}\)) in the Clifford bundle, we give a geometrical motivated definition for the Lie derivative of spinor fields in a Lorentzian structure (M, g) where M is a manifold such that dim M = 4, g is Lorentzian of signature (1, 3). Our Lie derivative, called the spinor Lie derivative (and denoted \({\overset{s}{\pounds}_{\boldsymbol{\xi}}}\)) is given by nice formulas when applied to Clifford and spinor fields, and moreover \({\overset{s}{\pounds }_{{\xi}}{\boldsymbol {g}}=0}\) for any vector field \({\boldsymbol {\xi}}\) . We compare our definitions and results with the many others appearing in literature on the subject.


Lie derivative Spinors fields Dirac-Hestenes spinor fields Clifford bundle Spin-Clifford bundle 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rafael F. Leão
    • 1
  • Waldyr Alves RodriguesJr.
    • 1
  • Samuel A. Wainer
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Mathematics Statistics and Scientific ComputationCampinasBrazil

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