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3x3 OctonionMatrix Physics Models

OCTONIONS, other DivisionAlgebras, and ZeroDivisor Algebras,

can be derived from CLIFFORDALGEBRAS

and are related to Hopf Algebras andQuantum Groups.

The D4-D5-E6-E7-E8 VoDou Physicsmodel is based on Octonions,

and is related to Conformal GroupStructures.

Here is an updated version of my 1997 talkat Corvallis.

JohnBaez has a very nice paper,math.RA/0105155, about Octonions (also mentionedin his week168), where he, describing algebras over the real numberfield, says:

"... There are exactly four normed division algebras ....
  • The real numbers are the dependable breadwinner of the family, the complete ordered field we all rely on.
  • The complex numbers are a slightly flashier but still respectable younger brother: not ordered, but algebraically complete.
  • The quaternions, being noncommutative, are the eccentric cousin who is shunned at important family gatherings.
  • But the octonions are the crazy old uncle nobody lets out of the attic: they are nonassociative. ...

... While somewhat neglected ... octonions ... stand at the crossroads of many interesting fields of mathematics. Here we describe them and their relation to Clifford algebras and spinors, Bott periodicity, projective and Lorentzian geometry, Jordan algebras, and the exceptional Lie groups. We also touch upon their applications in quantum logic, special relativity and supersymmetry. ...:".

The John Baez paper includes some interesting history.He also has easilyupdatable and expandable html, ps, and pdf versions on his personalweb site. , and he also writes an interesting series of web pagecalled This Week'sFinds in Mathematical Physics. In his week190, he says (among other things): "... Lawvere guessed there wasindeed a nice isomorphism T(1)^7 = T(1) In other words: one can ...construct a one-to-one correspondence between trees and 7-tuplesof trees! For a good treatment see ... Andreas Blass, Seven treesin one, Jour. Pure Appl. Alg. 103 (1995), 1-21. Also available at". On that web page, about that paper, Blass says: "... Following aremark of Lawvere, we explicitly exhibit a particularly elementarybijection between the set T of finite binary trees and the set T^7 ofseven-tuples of such trees. "Particularly elementary" means thatthe application of the bijection to a seven-tuple of treesinvolves case distinctions only down to a fixed depth (namely four)in the given seven-tuple. We clarify how this and similarbijections are related to the free commutative semiring on onegenerator X subject to X=1+X^2. Finally, our main theorem isthat the existence of particularly elementary bijections can bededuced from the provable existence, in intuitionistic type theory,of any bijections at all. ...". Compare:



The Octonion multiplication productcan be derived from the cross product in real 7-dim space, which inturn can be derived from the Clifford Algebra Cl(0,8).

There are 480 different ways to write anoctonion multiplication table. Here is a geometric representationof the way preferred by Geoffrey Dixon:

In the heptagon of imaginaryoctonions {e1,e2,e3,e4,e5,e6,e7}, there are 7 triangles (6 colors and1 black). The product of any two imaginary octonions is the thirdimaginary octonion in their triangle, with + sign if the product is aclockwise rotation and - sign if counterclockwise. The algebraic rulefor this product is determined by e(a)e(a+1) = e(a+5). If (a+5) isgreater than 7, use (a-7).

3x3 Octonion matrices are 9x8 =72-dimensional.

O1 O4 O5 O7 O2 O6 O8 O9 O3  In some rough sense, they correspond to the vertices of the E6 root vector polytope.   

3x3 Hermitian Octonion matrices are 3x8 + 3x1 = 27-dimensional.

 Re(O1) O4 O5 O4* Re(O2) O6 O5* O6* Re(O3)  They form the exceptional Jordan algebra J3(O), which represents a Nearest Neighbor approximation to the27-dimensional MacroSpace of the D4-D5-E6-E7-E8 VoDou physics model. The 26-dimensional traceless subalgebra J3(O)o can represent the 26-dimensional Bosonic String Structure of MacroSpace.   

3x3 AntiHermitian Octonion matrices are 3x8 + 3x7 =45-dimensional.

 Im(O1) O4 O5 -O4* Im(O2) O6 -O5* -O6* Im(O3)  To make a Lie algebra out of them, you must restrict to traceless matrices (45-7 = 38-dim) and add the 14-dimensional octonion derivation algebra G2:  Im(O1) O4 O5 -O4* Im(O2) O6 -O5* -O6* -   x   G2  

The resulting Lie algebra is 38+14 = 52-dimensionalF4.


The 26-dim tracelesspart of J3(O) can be combined with F4

  Im(O1) O4 O5 -O4* Im(O2) O6 -O5* -O6* -   x   G2   x Re(O1) O4 O5 O4* Re(O2) O6 O5* O6* -  

to make the 26+52=78-dimLie algebra E6.

My talk at Corvallis 97 gives some further details.

Here is a rough outline of the structure (ignoringsome matters of signature) of the D4-D5-E6-E7-E8VoDou physics model:

In terms of 3x3 Octonion matrices,

E6 =SL(3,O)

The fact that SL(3,O) = E6 is mentioned in the paperDivision algebras, (pseudo)orthogonal groups and spinorsby A. Sudbery, J. Phys. A: Math. Gen. 17 (1984) 939-955 at page 950andis used in describing interesting math structures insuch papers as The Chow Ring of the Cayley Plane,by A. Iliev and L. Manivel, math.AG/0306329where they say (on page 2)

"... the subgroup SL3(O) of GL(J3(O)) consisting inautomorphisms preserving the determinant is the adjoint group of typeE6. The Jordan algebra J3(O) and its dual are the minimalrepresentations of this group. ...".

There is also a paper by C.H. Barton and A. Sudbery at math.RA/0001083in which they say:

"... Tits ... showed ... the so-called magic square of Liealgebras of 3 x 3 matrices whose complexifications are

     R    C     H    OR   A1   A2    C3   F4C   A2  A2xA2  A5   E6H   C3   A5    B6   E7O   F4   E6    E7   E8

... the [first three] rows can be interpreted as analoguesof the matrix Lie algebras su(3), sl(3) and sp(6) defined for eachdivision algebra. ...

... most exceptional Lie algebras are related to the exceptionalJordan algebra of 3 x 3 hermitian matrices with entries from theoctonions, O. ... this relation yields descriptions of certain realforms of the complex Lie algebras

A revised version of their paper is at math.RA/0203010With respect to E6 and E7, A. Sudbery says on page 950 ofhis J. Phys. A: Math. Gen. artice cited above:

"... sl(3,K) ... when K = O ... is a non-compact form of theexceptional algebra E6, the maximalcompact subalgebra being F4.

... sp(6,K) ... when K = O ... is a non-compact form of E7,the maximal compact subalgebra being E6 (+) SO(2). ...".

My physical interpretation of the symmetric spaces based on E6 andE7 and the above maximal compact subalgebras is summarized in mypaper at physics/0207095(the last paper I was able to put on arXiv beforeI was blacklisted by Cornell) with more relevant details givenhere.

HERE is hep-ph/9501252on 3x3 Octonion Conformal Jordan-Lie AlgebraMatrix Model.

It is 108 pages (170k) LaTeX.

HERE is quant-ph/9503009on 3x3 Octonion Nilpotent HeisenbergAlgebra Matrix Model.

It is 21 pages (33k) LaTeX.

The fermion creation and annihilation operators in the 3x3octonion nilpotent matrices are related to SpinNetworks.


produce interesting


Octonion Products andLattices

Split Octonions


Octonion x-product,xy-product, and


Start with the the division algebras C (complex), Q (quaternion), and O (octonion).  Consider the iterated map from  z  to  (z X) (X^(-1) z)  -  1  For associative C and Q, since X X^(-1) = 1,  the iterated map becomes      z  to   z z  -  1   This is the iterated map that produces a conventional z-space Julia set in C and in Q .  Since, for the map   z  to  zz - 1 ,the multiplicative factor is  fixed at  1  and the additive factor is also fixed at  1 , we do not at this stage have a variable Mandelbrot parameter, either multiplicative or additive, and we have only one Julia set.   Now, let z and X be in O.  Since octonions are non-associative, the product  (z X) (X^(-1) z)  is not  z z , but is the nontrivial octonion X-product of Martin Cederwall.   The iterated octonion map from  z   to   (z X) (X^(-1) z)  -  1  produces octonion Mandelbrot sets and Julia sets that have a non-trivial multiplicative Mandelbrot parameter, the space of the octonion variable X.  Next, consider the additive factor 1 from the point of view of the non-associative octonions.   Due to their non-anssociativity, the octonions have 480 different rules of multiplication.  Unlike the associative algebras C and Q, in which the multiplicative identity  1  is always the same, the octonion multiplicative identity  1  can be shifted.   If we can shift  1  then we can change the additive factor  1  and get a non-trivial additive Mandelbrot parameter, which should be the space of another octonion variable Y.   Explicitly, we can use the XY-product of Geoffrey Dixon to do this for octonion X and Y.  The XY-product shifts the multiplicative identity from  1  to  Y X^(-1) and we get for our iterated map:   z   to   (z X) (Y^(-1) z)  -  Y X^(-1)  Now the (X,Y)-space of 2 octonion variables is the Mandelbrot parameter space for both a non-trivial multiplicative factor and a non-trivial additive factor.   THE MULTIPLICATIVE AND ADDITIVE MANDELBROT SETS ARISE NATURALLY FROM NON-ASSOCIATIVE OCTONION X-PRODUCT AND XY-PRODUCT, respectively.   The WXY-product might be used to get the map  z   to   W (( z X ) ( Y^(-1) z ))   -   W ( Y X^(-1) )   Onar Aam uses these properties of the non-associative octonions to produce octonion fractal images.    Since the X-product and XY-product were constructed to study octonions of unit norm, that is, the unit 7-spheres in octonionic X-space and in octonionic Y-space, it is natural that some of the most interesting fractal images occur for values of X and Y on or near the two unit 7-spheres.  
Girish Joshi and his co-workers C. J. Griffin and Andrew Kricker at the University of Melbourne School of Physicshave studied  octonionic Julia sets in the articles:  Octonionic Julia sets - - Chaos, Solitions & Fractals 2 (1992) 11-24 Transition Points in Octonionic Julia Sets - - Chaos, Solitions & Fractals 3 (1993) 67-88Associators in Generalized Octonionic Maps - Bifurcation Phenomena of the Non-associative Octonionic Quadratic - - Chaos, Solitions & Fractals 5 (1995) 761-782  They find, with respect to Julia sets, that:  "In summary, non-associativity has been shown to directly dictate the gross structure of the Julia sets of a modified quadratic map z->z^2+c+c(Za)-(cZ)a,demonstrating the tendency to squash the set onto the quaternionic subspace framed by the imaginary parts of the parameters a,c and ac, and the real line.[in disconnected Julia sets] the transition from one region to another is sudden and visually resembles a condensation process. The critical value about which the transition occurs is dependent on c, but is otherwise uniform over the whole set." They find, with respect to attractors in phase space of Mandelbrot maps, thatthe attractors consist of KNOTS, TORI and LOOPS, and that with the non-associative factor one can forge loop doublings, knot triplings,
and complexifications of the attractors, and drive the attractor into the chaotic regime. The resulting attractor is hyper-chaotic,  
in that it displays local chaos while the overall structure is ordered, and the structure looks like A MOBIUS STRIP with a chaotic surface.  They say:  "We found that this system is wealthy with nonlinear phenomena. All classic nonlinear mechanics are represented and more besides. Yet the importance of this system is that the mechanics appear recursively, and build constructively. ..."  HERE IS WHAT I THINK ABOUT HOW IT WORKS:  The phase space is the boundary of the Julia set, or a lower-dimensional transformation of it. The boundary Julia set is a stable attractor.For example, in the complex case it isa deformation of the 1-sphere unit circle S1.  For quaternions, the boundary Julia set should be a deformation of the 3-sphere S3.  For octonions, as they used, the boundary Julia set should be a deformation of the 7-sphere S7.The 7-sphere S7 fibres into an S4 and an S3. Look at the S3. As a 3-dim space, it naturally contains S1 knots. That is where their knots come from,I think - dynamical flows on S3. Relationships between S3 flows and knots are discussed in the AMS ERA paper 1995-01-02, Flows on S3 supporting all links as orbits, by Robert W. Ghrist.  Ghrist shows examples of flows on S3 containing closed orbits of all knot and link types simultaneously.  Particularly, the set of closed orbits of any flow transverse to a fibration of the complement of the figure-eight knot in  S3 over  S1contains representatives ofevery (tame) knot and link isotopy class. 

The abstract of math.QA/9802116,

QuasialgebraStructure of the Octonions,

by Helena Albuquerque and ShahnMajid, states:

"We show that the octonions are a twisting of the group algebra ofZ2xZ2xZ2 in the quasitensor category of representations of aquasi-Hopf algebra associated to a group 3-cocycle. We considergeneral quasi-associative algebras of this type and some generalconstructions for them, including quasi-linear algebra andrepresentation theory, and an automorphism quasi-Hopf algebra. Otherexamples include the higher 2^n -onion Cayley algebras and examplesassociated to Hadamard matrices."

According to their paper, their general construction of theoctonions mirrors, for discrete groups, Drinfeld's construction ofthe quantum groups Uq(g).

Their construction of Cayley-Dickson algebras begins with thegroup algebra kG of a group.

This has coproduct etc. forming a Hopf algebra.

They define k_F G as kG with a modified product x *_F y = xyF(x;,y) for all x,y in G and

show that k_F G is a coboundary G-graded quasialgebra, where thedegree of x in G is x, and F is any 2-cochain on G.

They show that the `complex number' algebra, the quaternionalgebra, the octonion algebra and the higher Cayley algebras are allG-graded quasialgebras the form k_F G for suitable G and F, whichthey construct.

To describe their cochains for the `complex number' algebra, thequaternion algebra, the octonion algebra and the higher Cayleyalgebras, they consider the special case where

G = (Z2)^n and F is of the form F(x,y) = ( -1)^f(x,y) for someZ2-valued function f on GxG.

In all these cases (and for the who 2^n -onion family generated inthis way) f has a bilinear part defined by the bilinear form

1 1 . . . 10 1 . . . 1. .. .. .0 . . . 1 10 . . . 0 1

They show that for the complex number and quaternion algebras thisis the only part. The f for the octonions has this bilinear part,which does not change associativity, plus a cubic term. The 16-onionhas additional cubic and quartic terms.

When I asked Shahn Majid by e-mail whether a similar construction(restricting their function f to the bilinear form and omittingcubic, quartic and higher parts) would give you the Clifford algebrasCl(n), he replied:

"... yes, sure, this is clear since such $F(x,x)=-1$ and$F(x,y)=-F(y,x) for $x\ne y$ so

x * y + y * x = xy (F(x,y)+F(y,x))=-2 when x=y and 0otherwise.

Here * is the product in k_FG and G=(Z_2)^n, so that xy (productin G) means the addition law of `Z_2 vectors', which means inparticular that xx=e (the identity of G) which is also the 1 ofk_FG

We were interested in nonassociativity but sure you can constructassociative clifford algebras this way, or at least realisations ofthem. In the present case we have a (Z_2)^n -dimensional realisationof the clifford algebra in n dimensions and the Euclidean metric. Youcan make a similar construction in general starting from a symmetricbilinear form. ..."


Their construction of Cayley-Dickson algebras asQuasialgebras related to Hopf algebras and Quantumgroups

is interestingly related to

the Clifford algebras usedin

the Sets to Quarks constructionof the HyperDiamond Feyman Checkerboard physics modeland

the D4-D5-E6-E7 physicsmodel.



X, XY, and WXY Octonion Cross-Products:

(Based on Reese Harvey's book, Spinors and Calibrations, AcademicPress, 1990, chapter 6)

N.B.: Only 1, 3, and 7 dim vector spaces have cross-products.

The Octonion Triple Product is discussed in the book of SusumuOkubo (Cambridge 1995) Introduction to Octonion and OtherNon-Associative Algebras in Physics

  1  - For unit length octonion X,      X^(-1) = X*  (* = octonion conjugate) 2  - For orthogonal octonions X and Y,       X Y*  =  - Y X*  3  - For octonions X and Y, their cross-product is      X x Y  =  (1/2) ( Y* X  -  X* Y )  =  Im( Y* X ) 4  - For octonions X and Y,      Re( X x Y )  =  0  5  - For unit orthogonal octonions X and Y,       X x Y  =  Y^(-1) X   =  - X Y^(-1)       WHICH GIVES (the negative of) the      XY-PRODUCT  a b  =  (a X) (Y^(-1) b)      (the X-product is the XY-product for X = Y) 6  - For imaginary octonions X and Y,      X x Y  =  X Y  +  { Y , X }    (where { , } is the inner product)  7  - For octonions W, X, and Y, their triple-cross-product is      W x X x Y  =  (1/2) ( W ( X* Y )  -   Y ( X* W ) ) 8  - For unit orthogonal octonions W, X, and Y,      W x X x Y  =  W ( X^(-1) Y )  =  - W ( Y X^(-1) )      WHICH GIVES (the negative of) the      WXY-PRODUCT   a b  =  W ((a X) (Y^(-1) b))  9  - For imaginary octonions W, X, and Y,      Re( W x X x Y )  =  PHI( W /\ X  /\ Y )      (where PHI is the associative 3-form for the octonions)     and      Im( W x X x Y )  =  (1/2) [ W, X, Y ]      (where  [ W, X, Y ]  =  (W X) Y  -  W (X Y)  is the associator) 10 - G2 = Aut(O) preserves PHI and the coassociative 4-form PSI.      G2 also preserves the cross-product on Im(O). Therefore: for the  E8  lattice, use the X-product    a b  =  (a X) ( X^(-1) b)     for the /\16 lattice, use the XY-product   a b  =  (a X) ( Y^(-1) b)     for the /\24 lattice, use the WXY-product  a b  =  W ((a X) ( Y^(-1) b))    

ConformalGroups, Division Algebras, and Physics:

Conformal Groups are related to MoebiusTransformations.

The D4-D5-E6-E7-E8 VoDouPhysics model coset spaces E7/ (E6 x U(1)) andE6 / (D5x U(1)) and D5 /(D4 x U(1)) areConformal Spaces. You can continue the chain to D4/ (D3 x U(1)) where D3 is the15-dimensional Conformal Group whose compact version is Spin(6), andto D3 / (D2x U(1)) where D2 is the 6-dimensional Lorentz Group whose compactversion is Spin(4). Electromagnetism, Gravity,and the ZPF all have in commonthe symmetry of the 15-dimensional D3 Conformal Group whose compactversion is Spin(6), as can be seen by the following structures withD3 Conformal Group symmetry:

Further, the 12-dimensional Standard Model Lie AlgebraU(1)xSU(2)xSU(3) may be related to the D3 Conformal Group Lie Algebrain the same way that the 12-dimensionalSchrodinger Lie Algebra is related to the D3 Conformal Group LieAlgebra.

The physical 4-dimensional SpaceTime of the D4-D5-E6-E7-E8VoDou Physics model is a 4-dimensional HyperDiamond latticeSpaceTime that is continuously approximated globally by RP1 x S3 andlocally by Minkowski SpaceTime, with Gravity coming from the15-dimensional Conformal Group Spin(2,4) by the MacDowell-Mansourimechanism. The curved SpaceTimeof General Relativity is not considered fundamental, but is producedby by starting with a linear spin-2 field theory in flatspacetime, and then adding higher-order terms to getEinstein-Hilbert gravity. The observed curved SpaceTime is thereforebased on an unobservable flat Minkowski SpaceTime. (See Feynman,Lectures on Gravitation, Caltech 1971 and Addison-Wesley 1995, andsee Deser, Gen. Rel. Grav. 1 (1970) 9-18 as described in Misner,Thorne, and Wheeler, Gravitation, Freeman 1973, pp. 424-425.)

If you were to start, not with locally Minkowski SpaceTime, butwith the curved SpaceTime of General Relativity, then you would seethat the Conformal transformations of Minkowski SpaceTime by the15-dimensional Conformal Group Spin(2,4) corresponds to the Conformaltransfomations of the curved SpaceTime by the infinite-dimensionalConformal subgroup of the group Diff(M4) of General Relativisticcoordinate transformations of the 4-dimensional SpaceTime M4 ofGeneral Relativity, which Conformal subgroup is defined as thoseGeneral Relativistic coordinate transformations that preserveconformal structure and which infinite-dimensional Conformal subgroupcan be called the Weyl Conformal Group. (See Ward and Wells, TwistorGeometry and Field Theory, Cambridge 1991, p. 261.) 

Robert Neil Boyd has told me about structures that AlexanderShpilman's calls Overtime denoted by a space with signature((3,1),1). Such structures may be related to the two timelikedimensions of the Conformal Group Spin(4,2).


ConformalStructure of the D4-D5-E6-E7-E8 VoDouPhysics model:

 D2=Spin(4)=Spin(3)xSpin(3)=SU(2)xSU(2)=Sp(1)xSp(1)=S3xS3      is compact version of Lorentz rotations and boosts.D3=Spin(2,4)=SU(2,2) is conformal group over D2     D3/(D2xU(1)) is 4 Translations and 4 Conformal Transformations.   D4=Spin(2,6) is conformal group over D3     D4/(D3xU(1)) is 12 gauge bosons of SU(3)xSU(2)xU(1).      D3=Spin(2,4) contains Spin(2,3) anti-de Sitter group,          which produces gravity by MacDowell-Mansouri mechanism, and          contains 4 Conformal Transformations and           1 Scale transformation           for Higgs symmetry breaking and mass generation.     U(1) is complex phase of propagators.  D5=Spin(1,9) = SL(2,O) is conformal group over D4     D5/(D4xU(1)) is complex 8-dim spacetime. E6 is conformal group over D5     E6/(D5xU(1)) is complex 16-dim 1st generation fermions.       There is only 1 copy of the traceless Jordan algebra J3(O)o in E6.       The 26-dim J3(O)o in E6 corresponds to the single octonion      that represents 1st-generation fermions.   E7 is conformal group over E6     E7/(E6xU(1)) represents the MacroSpace of ManyWorlds.     It can be seen as the complexification of 27-dim J3(O),      or as 2 copies of J3(O)o plus SU(2)/U(1).     There are 3 copies of J3(O)o in E7.       The two algebraically independent copies of J3(O)o     in E7 correspond to the pairs of octonions      that represent 2nd-generation fermions.E8 is not a traditional conformal group over E7, but     E8/(E7xSU(2)) is 4 copies of J3(O)o plus SU(3)=G2/S6.      There are 7 copies of J3(O)o in E8.       The three algebraically independent copies of J3(O)o     in E8 correspond to the triples of octonions      that represent 3rd-generation fermions.

At each level of ConformalStructure, Physical Wavelets provide a connectionbetween the World of Physics and theWorld of Information.

The Geometry of those connections is that of BoundedComplex Domains. A good introductory paper is ConformalTheories, Curved Phase Spaces Relativistic Waveletsand the Geometry of Complex Domains, byR. Coquereaux andA. Jadczyk, Reviews inMathematical Physics, Volume 2, No 1 (1990) 1-44, which can bedownloadedfrom the web as a 1.98 MB pdf file.

Irving Ezra Segal used thegeometry of the Conformal Group SU(2,2) = Spin(2,4) as the basis forPhysics and Cosmology. Segal died 30 August 1998 at the age of 79. Anumber of obituaries were published in the Notices of the AMS 46(June/July 1999) 659-668. Click Here to seeSegal's Conformal Theory and GraviPhotons.


Can the chain D2-D3-D4-D5-E6-E7-E8 beextended?

To lower numbers, YES:

D2=Spin(4)=Spin(3)xSpin(3)=SU(2)xSU(2)=Sp(1)xSp(1)=S3xS3      is compact version of Lorentz rotations and boosts.     Noncompact version Spin(2,2) of D2 is           conformal over D1=Spin(2,0)=U(1)=S1.      D2/(D1xU(1)) is 2 copies of S3/S1 = S2, or S2xS2.D1=Spin(2,0)=U(1)=S1 is conformal over D0=Spin(0,0)=IDENTITY.       D1/(D0xU(1)) = IDENTITY = D0.D0=Spin(0,0)=IDENTITY is the BEGINNING of the chain.  Between D0=IDENTITY and D1=S1=CIRCLE is B0=Spin(1,0)=Z2={+1,-1}=YIN-YANG:
The flag of South Korea has red-blue yin and yang in a circle, along with 4 of the 8 trigrams, on a white background.White Background      - void.  One I Ching bar       - yin or yang - C. Two I Ching bars      - 4 forces - Q - 4-dim physical spacetime.   Three I Ching bars    - 8 trigrams - O -                       - each of the three 8-dim reps of D4.  1x2x3=6 I Ching bars  - 64-dim Clifford algebra of the Conformal Group,                         or each one of the two irreducible parts                         of the D4 Clifford even subalgebra.

To higher numbers, NO:

The E series of Lie algebras ends with E8,so extensions would not have Lie algebra structure, and it would probably be hard to build an action.   If the chain is modified to the infinite chain D0-D1-...-Dn-... , then the adjoint representation does not contain any fermion half-spinor representations. You only have more vector spacetime type representations,so you would have physics without fermions. 


What does Conformal Structure have to do with DivisionAlgebras?

 Ye-Lin Ou and John C. Wood have written a series of papers dg-ga/9511001dg-ga/9511002dg-ga/9511003 dealing with harmonic morphisms of Euclidean n-dim space that preserve the structure of harmonic functions and Brownian paths.   That is, how you can map n-dim space into itself so that harmonic functions get pulled back into harmonic functions and Brownian paths get mapped into Brownian paths.  Sigmundur Gudmundsson and Stefano Montaldo have a WWW site, THE  ATLAS  OF  HARMONIC  MORPHISMS, and Sigmundur Gudmundsson is also editor of THE HARMONIC MORPHISMS BIBLIOGRAPHY.    Ou and Wood note that Baird proved in 1983 in his book Harmonic maps with symmetry, harmonic morphisms, and deformation of metrics           (Pitman Res. Notes Math. Ser.) that the only possible dimensions for orthogonal multiplication to produce harmonic morphisms are 1, 2, 4, and 8:  Real numbers, Complex numbers, Quaternions, and Octonions.  Such harmonic morphisms are maps that are both harmonic and horizontally weakly conformal.   Since harmonic functions are the key to Greens functions, and Greens functions give particle propagators, these results show how division algebras are important in building particle physics models.   Since harmonic functions are related to bounded complex homogeneous domains used in the D4-D5-E6 model, and also are related to Brownian paths used in the physics models of Michael Gibbs, the work of Ou and Wood may be useful in showing that those physics models are indeed equivalent.  

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