Talks by Kirill Krasnov

Spin(11,3), particles and octonions

Kirill Krasnov University of Nottingham
The fermionic fields of one generation of the Standard Model, including the Lorentz spinor degrees of freedom, can be identified with components of a single real 64-dimensional semi-spinor representation S of the group Spin(11,3). I will describe an octonionic model for Spin(11,3) in which the semi-spinor representation gets identified with S=OxO', where O,O' are the usual and split octonions respectively. It is then well-known that choosing a unit imaginary octonion u in Im(O) equips O with a complex structure J.

Spin (8,9,10), Octonions and the Standard Model

Kirill Krasnov University of Nottingham
"I will start by explaining how the (Weyl) spinor representations of the pseudo-orthogonal group Spin(2r+s,s) are the spaces of even and odd polyforms on Cr x Rs. Then, the triality identifies the Majorana-Weyl spinors of Spin(8) with octonions. Combining the two constructions one finds that the groups Spin(8+s,s) all have an octonionic description, with Weyl spinors of this group being a copy of O^(2^s). This also gives an octonionic description of the groups that can be embedded into Spin(8+s,s). Applying this construction to Spin(10,2) gives an octonionic description of Spin(10).

SO(7,7) structure of the SM fermions

Kirill Krasnov University of Nottingham

I will describe the relevant representation theory that allows to think of all components of fermions of a single generation of the Standard Model as components of a single Weyl spinor of an orthogonal group whose complexification is SO(14,C). There are then only two real forms that do not lead to fermion doubling. One of these real forms is the split signature orthogonal group SO(7,7). I will describe some exceptional phenomena that occur for the orthogonal groups in 14 dimensions, and then specifically for this real form.

Formulations of General Relativity (Part 4 of 4)

Kirill Krasnov University of Nottingham

The goal of this series is to collect various different formulations of General Relativity, with emphasis on four spacetime dimensions and formulations that use differential forms. The (non-exhaustive) list of formulations to be covered is per this plan:

 

Lecture 1): Motivations, followed by the usual Einstein-Hilbert to start with, first order Palatini, second order pure affine connection Eddington-Schroedinger.

Formulations of General Relativity (Part 3 of 4)

Kirill Krasnov University of Nottingham

The goal of this series is to collect various different formulations of General Relativity, with emphasis on four spacetime dimensions and formulations that use differential forms. The (non-exhaustive) list of formulations to be covered is per this plan:

 

Lecture 1): Motivations, followed by the usual Einstein-Hilbert to start with, first order Palatini, second order pure affine connection Eddington-Schroedinger.

Formulations of General Relativity (Part 2 of 4)

Kirill Krasnov University of Nottingham

The goal of this series is to collect various different formulations of General Relativity, with emphasis on four spacetime dimensions and formulations that use differential forms. The (non-exhaustive) list of formulations to be covered is per this plan:

 

Lecture 1): Motivations, followed by the usual Einstein-Hilbert to start with, first order Palatini, second order pure affine connection Eddington-Schroedinger.

Formulations of General Relativity (Part 1 of 4)

Kirill Krasnov University of Nottingham

The goal of this series is to collect various different formulations of General Relativity, with emphasis on four spacetime dimensions and formulations that use differential forms. The (non-exhaustive) list of formulations to be covered is per this plan:

 

Lecture 1): Motivations, followed by the usual Einstein-Hilbert to start with, first order Palatini, second order pure affine connection Eddington-Schroedinger.

Diffeomorphism Invariant Gauge Theories

Kirill Krasnov University of Nottingham
I will describe a very large class of gauge theories that do not use any external structure such as e.g. a spacetime metric in their construction. When the gauge group is taken to be SL(2) these theories describe interacting gravitons, with GR being just a particular member of a whole family of gravity theories. Taking larger gauge groups one obtains gravity coupled to various matter systems. In particular, I will show how gravity together with Yang-Mills gauge fields arise from one and the same diffeomorphism invariant gauge theory Lagrangian.