Exceptional Structures in Mathematics and Physics and the Role of the Octonions

  • Francesco Toppan
  • Published 2003

Abstract

There is a growing interest in the logical possibility that exceptional mathematical structures (exceptional Lie and superLie algebras, the exceptional Jordan algebra, etc.) could be linked to an ultimate “exceptional” formulation for a Theory Of Everything (TOE). The maximal division algebra of the octonions can be held as the mathematical responsible for the existence of the exceptional structures mentioned above. In this context it is quite motivating to systematically investigate the properties of octonionic spinors and the octonionic realizations of supersymmetry. In particular the M-algebra can be consistently defined for two structures only, a real structure, leading to the standard Malgebra, and an octonionic structure. The octonionic version of the M-algebra admits striking properties induced by octonionic p-forms identities.

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@inproceedings{Toppan2003ExceptionalSI, title={Exceptional Structures in Mathematics and Physics and the Role of the Octonions}, author={Francesco Toppan}, year={2003} }