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Jim Kata

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Anyways, there's something I really don't get, let's take su(5) for example, su(5) has the root system [tex]A_4[/tex] now there is 4(4+2) = 24 generators of the lie algebra. Now I know they didn't use all 24 of the generators because it would mean that there were 24 gauge bosons, not including the Higgs. So I heard they used a diagonal representation of su(5). Something like

[su(3)0]

[0 su(2)]

Does that entail just using the Cartan subalgebra or what? What did they do?