Reformulation of Relativistic Quantum Mechanics Equations with Non-Commutative Sedeons ()

Victor L. Mironov, Sergey V. Mironov

Institute for Physics of Microstructures of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia.

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Institute for Physics of Microstructures of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia.

We present sixteen-component values “sedeons”, generating associative non-commutative space-time algebra. The generalized relativistic wave equations based on sedeonic wave function and space-time operators are proposed. We demonstrate that sedeonic second-order wave equation for massive field can be reformulated as the quasi-classical equation for the potentials of the field or in equivalent form as the Maxwell-like equations for the field intensities. The sedeonic first-order Dirac-like equations for massive and massless fields are also discussed.

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Clifford Algebra; Sedeons; Relativistic Quantum Mechanics; Sedeonic Klein-Gordon and Dirac Equations

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Mironov, V. and Mironov, S. (2013) Reformulation of Relativistic Quantum Mechanics Equations with Non-Commutative Sedeons. *Applied Mathematics*, **4**, 53-60. doi: 10.4236/am.2013.410A3007.

1. Introduction

The application of multicomponent hypercomplex numbers and multivectors in classical and quantum field theory has a long history. In particular, the simplest generalization of electrodynamics and quantum mechanics was developed on the basis of quaternions [1-6]. The structure of quaternions with four components (scalar and vector) corresponds to the relativistic four-vector approach that allows one to reformulate relativistic relation in terms of quaternionic algebra. However, the essential imperfection of the quaternionic algebra is that the quaternions do not include pseudoscalar and pseudovector components. The consideration of space symmetry with respect to spatial inversion leads to the eight-component structures enclosing scalar, pseudoscalar, vector and pseudovector. There is a lot of works on application of different eight-component values such as biquaternions and octonions in classical electrodynamics and relativistic quantum mechanics [7-17]. However, a consistent relativistic approach implies equally the space and time symmetries that require the consideration of the extended sixteen-component space-time algebras.

There are a few approaches in the development of field theory on the basis of sixteen-component structures. One of them is the application of hypernumbers sedenions, which are obtained from octonions by Cayley-Dickson extension procedure [18-22]. But as in the case of octonions the essential imperfection of sedenions is their non-associativity. Another approach is based on the application of hypercomplex multivectors generating associative space-time Clifford algebras. The basic idea of such multivectors is an introduction of additional noncommutative time unit vector, which is orthogonal to the space unit vectors [23,24]. However, the application of such multivectors in quantum mechanics is considered in general as one of abstract algebraic schemes enabling the reformulation of Klein-Gordon and Dirac equations for the multicomponent wave functions but does not touch the physical entity of these equations.

Recently we have developed an alternative approach based on our scalar-vector concept [25-28] realized in eight-component octons and sixteen-component sedeons. In particular, in Ref. [28] we considered a variant of sixteen-component sedeonic space-time Clifford algebra with non-commutative vector basis and commutative space-time units that allowed us to reformulate the equations of relativistic quantum mechanics in terms of scalar-vector wave function. However, obtained equations have some asymmetry and contain the special non-sedeonic operators of space-time conjugation. In this paper we present a new version of the sedeonic space-time algebra with non-commutative bases and demonstrate some of its application to the symmetric reformulation of the basic equations of relativistic quantum mechanics as the equations for the field potentials and field intensities.

2. Sedeonic Space-Time Algebra

The sedeonic algebra encloses four groups of values, which are differed with respect to spatial and time inversion.

• Absolute scalars and absolute vectors are not transformed under spatial and time inversion.

• Time scalars and time vectors are changed (in sign) under time inversion and are not transformed under spatial inversion.

• Space scalars and space vectors are changed under spatial inversion and are not transformed under time inversion.

• Space-time scalars and space-time vectors are changed under spatial and time inversion.

Here indexes and indicate the transformations (for time inversion and for spatial inversion), which change the corresponding values. All introduced values can be integrated into one space-time sedeon, which is defined by the following expression:

. (1)

Let us introduce scalar-vector basis, , , , where the value is absolute scalar unit and the values, , are absolute unit vectors generating the right Cartesian basis. We introduce also four spacetime scalar units, , , , where value is a absolute scalar unit; is a time scalar unit; is a space scalar unit; is a space-time scalar unit. Using space-time scalar units and scalar-vector basis we can introduce unified sedeonic components in accordance with the following relations:

(2)

Then the sedeon (1) can be written in the following expanded form:

(3)

The sedeonic components are numbers (complex in general). Further we will use symbol 1 instead of units and for simplicity.

The multiplication and commutation rules for sedeonic absolute unit vectors, , and space-time units, , are presented in Tables 1 and 2 respectively.

In the tables and further the value is the imaginary unit. Note that sedeonic units, , and unit vectors, , generate the anticommutative algebras:

(4)

for and, but, , commute with, ,:

, (5)

for any and.

Thus the sedeon is the complicated space-time object consisting of absolute scalar, time scalar, space scalar, space-time scalar, absolute vector, time vector, space vector and space-time vector.

Introducing the designations of scalar-vector values

(6)

we can write the sedeon (3) in the compact form

. (7)

On the other hand, introducing the designations of space-time sedeon-scalars

,

, (8)

Table 1. Multiplication rules for absolute unit vectors.

Table 2. Multiplication rules for space-time units.

,

we can write the sedeon (3) in another form

, (9)

or introducing the sedeon-vector

(10)

it can be represented in following compact form:

. (11)

Further we will indicate the sedeon-scalars and the sedeon-vectors with the bold capital letters.

Let us consider the sedeonic multiplication in detail. The sedeonic product of two sedeons and can be presented in the following form:

(12)

Here we denote the sedeonic scalar multiplication of two sedeon-vectors (internal product) by symbol “” and round brackets

, (13)

and sedeonic vector multiplication (external product) by symbol “” and square brackets

(14)

In Equations (13) and (14) the multiplication of sedeonic components is performed in accordance with Equation (8) and Table 2. Note that in sedeonic algebra the expression for the vector product (14) differs from analogous expression in Gibbs vector algebra. As a consequence, in sedeonic algebra the formula for the vector triple product of three absolute vectors, and has the following form:

. (15)

Thus, the sedeonic product

has the following components:

(17)

3. Sedeonic Spatial Rotation and Space-Time Conjugation

The rotation of the sedeon on the angle around the absolute unit vector is realized by uncompleted sedeon

(18)

and by complex conjugated sedeon

, (19)

which satisfy the relation

. (20)

The transformed sedeon is defined as the sedeonic product

. (21)

Thus the transformed sedeon can be written in the following expanded form:

(22)

It is clearly seen that rotation does not transform the sedeon-scalar part, but sedeonic vector is rotated on the angle around.

The operations of time conjugation, space conjugation and space-time conjugation are connected with transformations in, , basis and can be presented as

(23)

4. Sedeonic Lorentz Transformations

The relativistic event four-vector can be represented in the follow sedeonic form:

, (24)

where is the velocity of light, is the absolute scalar of time and is the absolute radius-vector. The square of this value is the Lorentz invariant

. (25)

The Lorentz transformation of event four-vector is realized by sedeons

(27)

where; is velocity of motion along the absolute unit vector. Note that

. (28)

The transformed event four-vector is written as

(29)

Separating the values with and we get the well-known expressions for the time and coordinates transformations [29]:

(30)

where is the coordinate along the vector.

Let us also consider the Lorentz transformation of the full sedeon. The transformed sedeon can be written as sedeonic product

. (31)

In expanded form:

(32)

Rewriting the expression (32) with scalar (13) and vector (14) products we get

(33)

Thus, the transformed sedeon have the following components:

(34)

5. Generalized Sedeonic Wave Equation

The relativistic wave function should satisfy an equation, which is obtained from the Einstein relation between energy and momentum

(35)

by means of changing classical energy and momentum on corresponding quantum-mechanical operators [30]:

, (36)

where is the velocity of light, is the Planck constant. The absolute gradient vector has the following form:

. (37)

In sedeonic algebra the Einstein relation (35) can be written as

. (38)

Let us consider the wave function in the form of space-time sedeon

. (39)

Then the generalized sedeonic wave equation is written in the following symmetric form

(40)

Redefining the operators

(41)

we can rewrite the Equation (40) in compact form:

. (42)

The sedeonic Equation (42) can be represented in the form of the system of Maxwell-like first-order equations. Let us consider the sequential action of operators. After the action of the first operator in the left part of Equation (42) we obtain

(43)

Introducing the scalar and vector field’s intensities

, (44)

, (45)

the relation (43) is presented as

. (46)

Then the wave Equation (42) can be rewritten in the following form:

. (47)

Performing sedeonic multiplication in expression (47) and separating sedeon-scalar and sedeon-vector parts we obtain the Maxwell-like system of first-order equations:

(48)

In the particular case of zero mass field the system (48) coincide with the Maxwell equations for electromagnetic field in a vacuum. Indeed, choosing sedeonic potential as

, (49)

we get the following wave equation:

. (50)

Here is scalar potential, is vector potential. After the action of the first operator in the left part of Equation (50) we obtain

(51)

Using the sedeonic definitions of the electric and magnetic field’s intensities

(52)

and taking into account Lorentz gauge condition

, (53)

we can rewrite the expression (51) in the following form:

. (54)

Then the wave Equation (50) can be represented as

. (55)

Performing sedeonic multiplication in the left part of equation (55) we get

(56)

Separating space-time values we obtain the system of Maxwell equations in the following form:

—time scalar,

—time vector,

—space scalar,(57)

—space vector.

The system (57) coincides with Maxwell equations for free electromagnetic field.

6. Sedeonic Generalization of Dirac Equation

The sedeonic algebra enables the reformulation of the first-order Dirac equation [30] as a wave equation for the filed potential. In this case the homogeneous Dirac wave equation is written as

, (58)

where the sedeonic wave function can be considered as the field potential. In fact, this equation describes the special massive field with zero field intensities and (see expression (46)). In Equation (58) the basis elements, , and, , play the role of the space-time operators, which transform the sedeonic potential by means of component permutation.

In particular, for the special case of zero mass the Equation (58) is written as

. (59)

This equation describes the free massless electromagnetic field with field intensities and equal to zero (see the expression (54)).

Let us consider the plane wave solution of Equation (59) in detail. We will seek the potential in the form:

, (60)

where is a frequency, is an absolute wave vector and the wave amplitude does not depend on coordinates and time. The dependence of the frequency on the wave vector has two branches:

, (61)

where is the module of wave vector. Let us choose the amplitude of potential as

. (62)

Then, substituting potential

(63)

into (59) we obtain the following equation:

. (64)

Introducing longitudinal and perpendicular components of vector potential (with respect to the wave vector) we get

. (65)

Performing multiplication in (65) and separating different space-time values we obtain the following relations:

(66)

Then Equation (65) is rewritten as

. (67)

Thus the plane wave solution for the Equation (59) can be written in the following form:

, (68)

where is arbitrary scalar constant and the expression in round brackets is so-called zero divisor:

. (69)

In general, the plane wave solution for the Equation (59) can be written in the following sedeonic form:

, (70)

where is an arbitrary sedeon with constant components. Note that the internal structure of this wave is changed under space and time conjugation.

7. Discussion

The algebra of sedeons can be considered as the scalar-vector variant of complexified Clifford algebra with specific commutation and multiplication rules. The sedeonic basis elements, , are responsible for the spatial rotation, while the elements, , are responsible for the space-time inversions. Mathematically, these two bases are equivalent, and the different physical properties attributed to them are an important physical essence of our sedeonic hypothesis.

In contrast to the Heaviside-Gibbs vector algebra the multiplication rules for vector basis in sedeonic algebra contain the imaginary unit (see Table 1). It allows realizing scalar-vector algebra on which Clifford product is defined [25]. Apparently, such possibility of vector basis multiplication was pointed first by Macfarlane, A. [31]. Later the similar multiplication rules for matrix basis were applied by Pauli, W. [32] and Dirac, P.A.M. [33] in their spinor equations.

We emphasize that in present variant of sedeonic algebra the basis is non-commutative in contrast to the previously discussed [28]. This fact has far-reaching and important implications. Using non-commutative one can to write Einstein relation for energy and momentum, and as a consequence the second order wave equation, in a symmetric form as the product of two the same operators. It enables to exclude from the wave equations the nonsedeonic operators of space and time conjugation considered in [28].

The important point is that the sedeonic basis elements simultaneously play a role of the operators and spacetime basis of the wave function. From a physical point of view, this allows us to reformulate the Klein-Gordon equation of relativistic quantum mechanics as the quasiclassical equation for the potentials of the field or in equivalent form as the Maxwell-like equations for the field intensities. At the same time the sedeonic first-order equations for massive and massless fields have very natural interpretation as the equations for the potentials corresponding to the fields with zero field intensities. Thus, the sedeonic formalism enables the development of a unified description of massive and massless fields on the basis of sedeonic space-time operators and scalarvector potentials.

8. Summary

Thus, in this paper we have presented the sixteen-component sedeons generating associative noncommutative space-time algebra. We proposed sedeonic second-order wave equation for massive field and demonstrated that this equation can be represented as the system of firstorder Maxwell-like equations for the field intensities.

The sedeonic Dirac-like first-order wave equations for massive and massless fields formulated in the sedeonic form were also considered. It was shown that these equations describe potential fields with zero field intensities.

The application of sedeonic approach to the description of massive baryon and lepton fields will be considered in our next paper.

9. Acknowledgements

The authors are very thankful to Mironova, G.V. for kind assistance and moral support. We also thank Köplinger, J. for the useful discussion.

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

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