Conformal Geometric Algebra


Conformal Geometric Algebra (CGA) is a projective geometry tool which allows conformal transformations to be implemented with rotations. To do this, the original geometric algebra is extended by two dimensions, one of positive signature \(e_+\) and one of negative signature \(e_-\). Thus, if we started with \(G_p\), the conformal algebra is \(G_{p+1,1}\).

It is convenient to define a null basis given by

\[\begin{split}e_{o} = \frac{1}{2}(e_{-} -e_{+})\\e_{\infty} = e_{-}+e_{+}\end{split}\]

A vector in the original space \(x\) is up-projected into a conformal vector \(X\) by

\[X = x + \frac{1}{2} x^2 e_{\infty} +e_o\]

To map a conformal vector back into a vector from the original space, the vector is first normalized, then rejected from the minkowski plane \(E_0\),

\[X = \frac{X}{X \cdot e_{\infty}}\]


\[x = X \wedge E_0\, E_0^{-1}\]

To implement this in clifford we could create a CGA by instantiating the it directly, like Cl(3,1) for example, and then making the definitions and maps described above relating the various subspaces. Or, we you can use the helper function conformalize().

Using conformalize()

The purpose of conformalize() is to remove the redunancy assocaited with creating a conformal geometric algebras. conformalize() takes an existing geometric algebra layout and conformalizes it by adding two dimensions, as described above. Additionally, this function returns a new layout for the CGA, a dict of blades for the CGA, and dictionary containing the added basis vectors and up/down projection functions.

To demonstrate we will conformalize \(G_2\), producing a CGA of \(G_{3,1}\).

In [1]:
from numpy import pi,e
from clifford import Cl, conformalize

G2, blades_g2 = Cl(2)

blades_g2 # inspect the G2 blades
{'e1': (1^e1), 'e2': (1^e2), 'e12': (1^e12)}

Now, conformalize it

In [2]:
G2c, blades_g2c, stuff = conformalize(G2)

blades_g2c   #inspect the CGA blades
{'e1': (1^e1),
 'e2': (1^e2),
 'e3': (1^e3),
 'e4': (1^e4),
 'e12': (1^e12),
 'e13': (1^e13),
 'e14': (1^e14),
 'e23': (1^e23),
 'e24': (1^e24),
 'e34': (1^e34),
 'e123': (1^e123),
 'e124': (1^e124),
 'e134': (1^e134),
 'e234': (1^e234),
 'e1234': (1^e1234)}

Additionally lets inspect stuff

In [3]:
{'ep': (1^e3),
 'en': (1^e4),
 'eo': -(0.5^e3) + (0.5^e4),
 'einf': (1^e3) + (1^e4),
 'E0': (1.0^e34),
 'up': <function clifford.conformalize.<locals>.up(x)>,
 'down': <function clifford.conformalize.<locals>.down(x)>,
 'homo': <function clifford.conformalize.<locals>.homo(x)>,
 'I_base': (1.0^e12)}

It contains the following:

  • ep - postive basis vector added
  • en - negative basis vector added
  • eo - zero vecror of null basis (=.5*(en-ep))
  • einf - infinity vector of null basis (=en+ep)
  • E0 - minkowski bivector (=einf^eo)
  • up() - function to up-project a vector from GA to CGA
  • down() - function to down-project a vector from CGA to GA
  • homo() - function ot homogenize a CGA vector

We can put the blades and the stuff into the local namespace,

In [4]:

Now we can use the up() and down() functions to go in and out of CGA

In [5]:
x = e1+e2
X = up(x)
(1.0^e1) + (1.0^e2) + (0.5^e3) + (1.5^e4)
In [6]:
(1.0^e1) + (1.0^e2)


Conformal transformations in \(G_n\) are achieved through versers in the conformal space \(G_{n+1,1}\). These versers can be categorized by their relation to the added minkowski plane, \(E_0\). There are three categories,

  • verser purely in \(E_0\)
  • verser partly in \(E_0\)
  • verser out of \(E_0\)

A three dimensional projection for conformal space with the relavant subspaces labeled is shown below.

In [7]:
from IPython.display import Image
Image(url='_static/conformal space.svg')

Versers purely in \(E_0\)

First we generate some vectors in G2, which we can operate on

In [8]:
a= 1*e1 + 2*e2
b= 3*e1 + 4*e2


\[e_{+} X e_{+}\]

Inversion is a reflection in \(e_+\), this swaps \(e_o\) and \(e_{\infty}\), as can be seen from the model above.

In [9]:
assert(down(ep*up(a)*ep)  == a.inv())


\[E_0 X E_0\]
In [10]:
assert(down(E0*up(a)*E0) == -a)


\[D_{\alpha} = e^{-\frac{\ln{\alpha}}{2} \,E_0}\]
\[D_{\alpha} \, X \, \tilde{D_{\alpha}}\]
In [11]:
from scipy import rand,log

D = lambda alpha: e**((-log(alpha)/2.)*(E0))
alpha = rand()
assert(down( D(alpha)*up(a)*~D(alpha)) == (alpha*a))

Versers partly in \(E_0\)


\[V = e ^{\frac{1}{2} e_{\infty} a } = 1 + e_{\infty}a\]
In [12]:
T = lambda x: e**(1/2.*(einf*x))
assert(down( T(a)*up(b)*~T(a)) == b+a)


A transversion is an inversion, followed by a translation, followed by a inversion. The verser is

\[V= e_+ T_a e_+\]

which is recognised as the translation bivector reflected in the \(e_+\) vector. From the diagram, it is seen that this is equivalent to the bivector in \(x\wedge e_o\),

\[e_+ (1+e_{\infty}a)e_+\]
\[e_+^2 + e_+e_{\infty}a e_+\]
\[2 +2e_o a\]

the factor of 2 may be dropped, because the conformal vectors are null

In [13]:
V = ep * T(a) * ep
assert ( V == 1+(eo*a))

K = lambda x: 1+(eo*a)

B= up(b)
assert( down(K(a)*B*~K(a)) == 1/(a+1/b) )

Versers Out of \(E_0\)

Versers that are out of \(E_0\) are made up of the versers within the original space. These include reflections and rotations, and their conformal representation is identical to their form in \(G^n\), except the minus sign is dropped for reflections,


\[-mam^{-1} \rightarrow MA\tilde{M}\]
In [14]:
m = 5*e1 + 6*e2
n = 7*e1 + 8*e2

assert(down(m*up(a)*m) == -m*a*m.inv())


\[mnanm = Ra\tilde{R} \rightarrow RA\tilde{R}\]
In [15]:
R = lambda theta: e**((-.5*theta)*(e12))
theta = pi/2
assert(down( R(theta)*up(a)*~R(theta)) == R(theta)*a*~R(theta))

Combinations of Operations

simple example

As a simple example consider the combination operations of translation,scaling, and inversion.

\[b=-2a+e_0 \quad \rightarrow \quad B= (T_{e_0}E_0 D_2) A \tilde{ (D_2 E_0 T_{e_0})}\]
In [16]:
A = up(a)
V = T(e1)*E0*D(2)
B = V*A*~V
assert(down(B) == (-2*a)+e1 )


A transversion may be built from a inversion, translation, and inversion.

\[c = (a^{-1}+b)^{-1}\]

In conformal GA, this is accomplished by

\[C = VA\tilde{V}\]
\[V= e_+ T_b e_+\]
In [17]:
A = up(a)
V = ep*T(b)*ep
C = V*A*~V
assert(down(C) ==1/(1/a +b))

Rotation about a point

Rotation about a point, \(a\) can be achieved by translating the origina to \(a\) then rotating, then translating back. Just like the transversion can be thought of as translating the involution operator, rotation about a point can also be thought of as translating the Rotor itself. Covariance.