Advances in Applied Clifford Algebras

, Volume 27, Issue 1, pp 761–786 | Cite as

Application of Geometric Algebra to the Electroweak Sector of the Standard Model of Particle Physics

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Abstract

Geometric algebra (GA) offers an intriguing approach to understanding the fields of the standard model (SM) of elementary particle physics. This paper examines a geometric view of electron and neutrino fields in the electroweak sector of the SM. These fields are related by the transformations of the \({SU(2)}\) Lie group, with generators customarily represented by the \({2\times 2}\) complex Pauli matrices. In \({\mathcal{G}_3}\), the GA of three-dimensional Euclidean space, the three unit basis vectors may be used to provide a more geometrically oriented representation of \({SU(2)}\). In fact, \({\mathcal{G}_3}\) is sometimes referred to as the Pauli algebra. However, a more general representation of the special unitary group \({SU(n)}\) in GA is in terms of generators that are compound (non-blade) bivectors in \({\mathcal{G}_{2n}}\), the GA of \({2n}\)-dimensional Euclidean space. Therefore, a natural approach to electroweak theory mathematically is to work with \({SU(2)}\) generators as compound bivectors in \({\mathcal{G}_4}\). This approach leads one to consider electroweak fields as multivector fields in \({\mathcal{G}_4}\) that are solutions of the Dirac equation in four spatial dimensions and one time dimension. This paper examines such multivector fields and offers a new point of view on chiral projection of \({\mathcal{G}_3}\) fields. It is shown that \({SU(2)}\) representation in \({\mathcal{G}_4}\) leads naturally to the singlet/doublet structure of the chiral electroweak fields.

Keywords

Electroweak \({SU(2)}\) Extra dimensions Laboratory frame Hestenes–Dirac equation Projectors Chirality 4+1 Dimensions Pauli algebra Compound bivectors Standard model of particle physics Geometric algebra Lie algebra Lie groups 

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  1. 1.Applied Research Associates, Inc.ArlingtonUSA

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