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How to find the Majorana matrices?

  1. Dec 31, 2011 #1
    I'm just wondering how the Majorana matrices first were found. I have only seen them immediately written down at different webpages, and never seen a derivation. Is it obvious how to transform the Dirac gamma matrices into the Majorana representation?
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  3. Jan 2, 2012 #2
  4. Jan 2, 2012 #3
    Thanks, interesting paper.
    In fact, since {β,α_i}=0, I think one can simply swap β and α₂, which makes all gamma matrices purely imaginary.
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