Families from spinors

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The possible utility of spinor representations of large orthogonal internal-symmetry groups is explored. The repetitive structure of families is incorporated quite naturally, but there is a difficulty with extra "conjugate" families having V+A weak currents. Possible methods for removing these conjugate families from the low-energy spectrum are discussed. An SO(18) example is discussed in some detail. An occurrence of spinors as a classification of composite particles is discussed. A long appendix discusses useful techniques for practical calculations involving spinors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)553-565
Number of pages13
JournalPhysical Review D
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1982
Externally publishedYes

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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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