By William H. McCrea

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The corresponding Lie algebra is su(n, A, h) = {X ∈ sl(n, A)/t X J + X = 0}. , symmetric or alternating according as the sign E = 1 or −1, and the corresponding unitary group is called an orthogonal group or symplectic group. In this case the letter is respectively replaced by O or Sp. More precisely, we recall that for J = 1 and E = 1 a unitary transformation is called an orthogonal transformation and the corresponding group is then denoted by O(n, K, f ). For J = 1 and E = −1, in the same way, we obtain a symplectic transformation, and the corresponding symplectic group is denoted by Sp(2n, K) (or often Sp(n, K)).

Classical example: Let us assume that K = R and that the signature of q is (r, s). 4 Proposition according as R C + (r, s) ∼ C H 0, ±1 r − s ≡ ±2 (mod 8) ±3, 4 n(n−1) τ = (−1) 2 e , the principal antiautomorphism τ is of the ﬁrst kind for Since eN N C(r, s) if and only if n ≡ 3 (mod 4) and for C + (r, s) if and only if n ≡ 2 (mod 4). As pointed out by I. Satake, when τ is of the ﬁrst kind, the sign εη can be determined by an easy computation of the dimension of the subspace of τ -stable elements.

2 Clifford Algebras As pointed out by N. 14 Let us first recall some classical results concerning quaternion algebras. 1 Definition Let K be a field of characteristic different from 2. A quaternion algebra A over K is, by definition, a central simple associative algebra over K with [A : K] = 4. If A is not a division, one has A M(2, K), in which case A is called a “split” quaternion algebra. Let a1 , a2 ∈ K × ; one can define a quaternion algebra A(a1 , a2 ) as an algebra with unit element 1 over K generated by two elements e1 , e2 that satisfy the following relations: e12 = a1 , e22 = a2 , e1 e2 = −e2 e1 .