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KennyAckerman97

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## Homework Statement

I define the gamma matrices in this following representation:

\begin{align*}

\gamma^{0}=\begin{pmatrix}

\,\,0 & \mathbb{1}_{2}\,\,\\

\,\,\mathbb{1}_{2} & 0\,\,

\end{pmatrix},\qquad \gamma^{i}=\begin{pmatrix}

\,\,0 &\sigma^{i}\,\,\\

\,\,-\sigma^{i} & 0\,\,

\end{pmatrix}

\end{align*}

where k=1,2,3. Consider 2k+2 dimension, I can then group the gamma matrices into k+1 anticommuting 'raising' and 'lowering' operators. If we define:

\begin{align*}

\Gamma^{0\pm} = \frac{i}{2}\left(\pm\gamma^{0}+\gamma^{1}\right),\qquad \Gamma^{a\pm}=\frac{i}{2}\left(\gamma^{2a}\pm i\gamma^{2a+1}\right)

\end{align*}

with a=1,2,...,k. Then

\begin{align*}

\left\{\Gamma^{a\pm},\Gamma^{b\pm}\right\}=0,\qquad \left\{\Gamma^{a\pm},\Gamma^{b\mp}\right\} =\delta^{ab}

\end{align*}

Then how can I construct the gamma matrices in 6 and 8 dimensions using these information?

## Homework Equations

## The Attempt at a Solution

I expect the matrices will be a 8 x 8 matrices for 6 dimension and 16 x 16 matrices for 8 dimension. But what I don't get is, in 4 dimensions we have 4 x 4 matrices, how can those operators and their anticommutation relations help me to construct new sets of gamma matrices that is basically not in the same size? What I have in mind is some tensor product, but I don't think it is related to the given information.

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