Any such matrix can be expressed as a linear combination of n2 − 1 matrix generators that form the basis of the su(n) Lie algebra. It is convenient to deﬁne the following n2 traceless n× n matrices, (Fk ℓ)ij = δℓiδkj − 1 n δkℓδij, (1) where ij indicates the row and column of the corresponding matrix (here i and j can

tation of the determinant of a 2 × 2 matrix commutator [X,Y]=XY − YX, where X,Y ∈ R. This quick survey will pave the way to our more detailed investigations on det[X,Y] in the ensuing sections. To begin with, we note that, since [X,Y] is a 2 ×2 traceless matrix for all X,Y ∈ R,theCayley– Hamilton Theorem implies that [X,Y]2 =−det[X Mar 31, 2015 · I read the following as a model solution to a question but I don't understand it - " there is no possible finite dimensional representation of the operators x and p that can reproduce the commutator [x,p] = I(hbar)(identity matrix) since the LHS has zero trace and the RHS has finite trace. Oct 18, 2014 · For given μ and ν, the component of the metric is just a number that you can move into the trace. The anti-commutation relation between the gamma matrices allows you to exchange this number for an anti-commutator of two matrices (in the anti-commutation relation, the metric should really be multiplied by an identity matrix in the gamma matrix space). Key words: Commutator; matrix; orthogonal; skew-symmetric. 1. Introduction Let P = Ip -+ ( -I q), the direct sum of the p X P identity matrix and the negative of the q X q identity matrix. Katz and Olkin [IF define a matrix A to be orthogonal with respect to P (p-orthog­ onal) if only if APA'=P (1) where A' is the transpose of the matrix A.

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The action of a rotation R(θ) can be represented as 2×2 matrix: x y → x′ y′ = cosθ −sinθ sinθ cosθ x y (4.2) Exercise 4.1.1 Check the formula above, then repeat it until you are sure you know it by heart!! Intuitively two successive rotations by θand ψyield a rotation by θ+ ψ, and hence the group of Gamma matrix traceless proof | Physics Forums