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  Symmetry properties charge conjugation matrices in even dimension.

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While reading a paper on supersymmetry (by Peter West) i faced the following problem. Its about the symmetry property of charge conjugation matrix in different space time dimension. The charge conjugation matrix is defined as
C^{T} = -\epsilon C
Problem is to find out the $\epsilon$ as a function of space-time dimension. 
If the spacetime dimension $\mathit{D}$ is even, the finite group generated by Clifford algebra $\gamma_{\mu}\gamma_{\nu}+\gamma_{\nu}\gamma_{\mu}=2\eta_{\mu\nu}$ (Where , and $\eta_{\mu\nu}=\text{Diag}(-,_,+,\cdots,+)$) consists of elements
I, \gamma_{m}, \gamma_{m_{1}m_{2}},\gamma_{{m_{1}m_{2}}m_{3}},\dots\gamma_{{m_{1}m_{2}}m_{3}\dots m_{D}}
There are altogether $2^D$ such matrices.

Following little algebra it can be shown that
(C\gamma_{{m_{1}m_{2}}m_{3}\dots m_{D}})^{T} = \epsilon (-1)^{\frac{(p-1)(p-2)}{2}} C\gamma_{{m_{1}m_{2}}m_{3}\dots m_{D}}
Which means $C\gamma_{{m_{1}m_{2}}m_{3}\dots m_{D}}$ either symmetric or anti symmetric.
It says number of anti symmetric matrices in this set is equal to


I know how to prove this result by calculating the (anti)symmetry property of $C\gamma_{m_{1}m_{2}\cdots m_{D}}$ for even dimensions by explicit calculations. But unable to prove the result mentioned.

Can anyone help to derive the last expression? It will be a great help. Thanks in advance.

asked May 24, 2016 in Theoretical Physics by mas (30 points) [ no revision ]

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