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Alternators in the Cayley-Dickson algebras

Aaron Pixton
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The Cayley-Dickson algebras An are an infinite sequence of (non-associative) algebras beginning with the well-known composition algebras ℝ, ℂ, ℍ, 𝕆. We completely describe all possible dimensions for the alternator Alt(a) ≔ {bAn | a(ab) = (aa)b = 0} of an element aAn, for n ≥ 7. This resolves a conjecture of Biss, Christensen, Dugger, and Isaksen. On the way to obtaining this result, we establish numerous results on the eigentheory of left multiplication operators in An, some of which may be of independent interest.

Received: 2007-11-13
Revised: 2008-02-14
Published Online: 2009-08-31
Published in Print: 2009-September

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