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Scalar product and isospace 
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Mar209, 03:52 PM

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In some textbooks you can find that a term
[tex] \vec{\tau} \cdot \vec{A}_{\mu} = \sum_{a=1}^{3} \tau_{a} \, A_{\mu}^{a} [/tex] is called scalar product in isospace (where the tau's denotes the Pauli matrices and [tex]A_{\mu}^{a}[/tex] is a fourvector). But how can one call this "scalar" product. The product is a matrix and not a scalar. And the usual definition of a scalar product requires that the product has to be a scalar. Or take another example: [tex] \gamma^{\mu} \, A_{\mu} [/tex] is called a scalar product of fourvectors in spacetime. It is confusing. Could anyone explain that to me? Do we really have a scalar product (in a strict mathematical sense) or is it just a convention done by physicists? 


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