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## Definition

Given a star-algebra $(A ,\ast)$ in characteristic zero, then for $a\in A$ any element

• its real part is $Re(a) \coloneqq \frac{1}{2}(a + a^\ast)$;

• its imaginary part is $Im(a) \coloneqq \frac{1}{2}(a - a^\ast)$.

## Examples

Standard situations where real and imaginary parts are considered include the real normed division algebra

• $A$ the complex numbers;

• $A$ the quaternions;

• $A$ the octonions

Created on March 17, 2015 11:28:04 by Urs Schreiber (195.113.30.252)