Maths - 3D Clifford Algebra - Inner Products

There are different definitions of the inner product as follows:

Dot product  
H Hestines inner product. Like the dot product except that it is zero whenever one of its arguments is a scalar.
left contraction left contraction inner product  
right contraction right contraction inner product  

Dot product table:

a•b
b.e b.e1 b.e2 b.e3 b.e12 b.e31 b.e23 b.e123
a.e e e1 e2 e3 e12 e31 e23 e123
a.e1 e1 e 0 0 e2 -e3 0 e23
a.e2 e2 0 e 0 -e1 0 e3 e31
a.e3 e3 0 0 e 0 e1 -e2 e12
a.e12 e12 -e2 e1 0 -e 0 0 -e3
a.e31 e31 e3 0 -e1 0 -e 0 -e2
a.e23 e23 0 -e3 e2 0 0 -e -e1
a.e123 e123 e23 e31 e12 -e3 -e2 -e1 -e

Hestines inner product table:

a•Hb
b.e b.e1 b.e2 b.e3 b.e12 b.e31 b.e23 b.e123
a.e 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
a.e1 0 e 0 0 e2 -e3 0 e23
a.e2 0 0 e 0 -e1 0 e3 e31
a.e3 0 0 0 e 0 e1 -e2 e12
a.e12 0 -e2 e1 0 -e 0 0 -e3
a.e31 0 e3 0 -e1 0 -e 0 -e2
a.e23 0 0 -e3 e2 0 0 -e -e1
a.e123 0 e23 e31 e12 -e3 -e2 -e1 -e

left contraction inner product table:

aleft contractionb
b.e b.e1 b.e2 b.e3 b.e12 b.e31 b.e23 b.e123
a.e e 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
a.e1 e1 e 0 0 0 0 0 0
a.e2 e2 0 e 0 0 0 0 0
a.e3 e3 0 0 e 0 0 0 0
a.e12 e12 -e2 e1 0 -e 0 0 0
a.e31 e31 e3 0 -e1 0 -e 0 0
a.e23 e23 0 -e3 e2 0 0 -e 0
a.e123 e123 e23 e31 e12 -e3 -e2 -e1 -e

right contraction inner product table:

aright contractionb
b.e b.e1 b.e2 b.e3 b.e12 b.e31 b.e23 b.e123
a.e e e1 e2 e3 e12 e31 e23 e123
a.e1 0 e 0 0 e2 -e3 0 e23
a.e2 0 0 e 0 -e1 0 e3 e31
a.e3 0 0 0 e 0 e1 -e2 e12
a.e12 0 0 0 0 -e 0 0 -e3
a.e31 0 0 0 0 0 -e 0 -e2
a.e23 0 0 0 0 0 0 -e -e1
a.e123 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -e

 


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