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Parameters and notation

  1. Apr 19, 2006 #1

    While reading up some about the Pauli matrices (which the author indexes by [itex] \sigma_{00}, \sigma_{01}, \sigma_{10}, \sigma_{11}[/itex]) I stumbled across an expression for the multiplication rules:

    \sigma_{ab} \sigma_{a'b'} = i^{\tilde {w} ( a, b ; a', b' ) } \sigma_{a \oplus a', b \oplus b'}

    where [itex] \tilde {w} (a, b ; a', b') \in \mathbb{Z}_4 [/itex].

    Later an explicit formula for [itex] \tilde {w} [/itex] is given, and it is equal to [itex] ab + a'b' - (a \oplus a')(b \oplus b') + 2a' b \text{ mod } 4 [/itex], which apparently is the same thing as [itex] a^2 b^2 + (a')^2 (b')^2 - (a + a')^2 (b + b')^2 + 2a'b [/itex].

    Anyway, what I gotta understand first of all, is what it means by having the two last parameters for [itex] \tilde {w} [/itex] seperated by [itex];[/itex] instead of an ordinary [itex],[/itex].

    That is: why [itex]\tilde{w}(a, b ; a', b')[/itex] instead of [itex]\tidle{w}(a, b, a', b')[/itex]?

    (Excuse me for the non-existant TeX markup btw, I couldn't seem to find any info about it in the post form.)

    Edit: Updated the post with marked up equations, thanks for the pointer.
    Last edited: Apr 20, 2006
  2. jcsd
  3. Apr 19, 2006 #2
    Guess it is just semantics...
  4. Apr 20, 2006 #3
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