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A much simpler and self-consistent derivation of the non-linear component
G_{u}×G_{v}
of the quantum chromodynamic SU(3) field tensor** **is given which does not require the postulate of color confinement to complete the derivation and which mirrors SU(2)’s formal development.

In this author’s previously published, referenced paper [^{1}, a derivation of the non-linear component G μ × G ν of the SU(3) field tensor for quantum chromodynamics was given which was elaborate and which required the somewhat artificial postulate of color confinement to complete the derivation. A much simpler and mathematically direct derivation which does not rely on color confinement and which mirrors SU(2)’s development exists and is given herein. The mathematical methodology used is taken from the subject original paper, which is covered in detail therein [

The gauge field “cross product” for the non-linear term of the SU(3) field tensor has the form [

( B × C ) i = ∑ f i j k B j C k (1)

where i = 0 − 7 and the f i j k _{ }are the structure constants of the Gell-Mann commutation relation [ λ i , λ j ] = 2 i f i j k λ k . A bijective relation between the Gell-Mann generators { λ a } and the octonion basis elements { e a } was given with structure constants existing for the terms [

f i j k ∀ i j k = 123 , 147 , 246 , 257 , 345 , 165 , 376 ; (2)

f i j k ∀ i j k = 450 , 670.

Using the formalism’s unique division-algebraic coupling equation [

( v 0 , v ) ( w 0 , w ) = ( v 0 w 0 − v ⋅ w , v 0 w + v w 0 + v × w ) , (3)

we now consider the coupled operator η ¯ η (where η ¯ defines the involution η ¯ = γ 0 – γ S U ( 3 ) _{ }of η = γ 0 + γ S U ( 3 ) ) instead of the coupled operator η η as was considered in the original paper. Setting γ ≡ γ S U ( 3 ) = γ a e a ; a = 1 - 7 , we have for the applicable vector portion η ¯ η ^ S U ( 3 ) ≡ v 0 w + v w 0 + v × w of the coupled operator

η ¯ η ^ S U ( 3 ) = γ 0 γ − γ γ 0 + ( γ × γ ) = 2 ( γ 0 × γ ) + ( γ × γ ) , (4)

in which we have used a × b = 1 2 [ a , b ] . As we are using the 𝕆-based coupling equation, both terms of Equation (4) are 7-dimensional cross products.

The term ( γ × γ ) has components f ′ i j k γ j γ k . Since the 7-dim cross product only sums from i = 1 − 7, setting f ′ i j k = f i j k only covers the structure constants

f i j k ∀ i j k = 123 , 147 , 246 , 257 , 345 , 165 , 376 .

To cover the remaining f i j k ∀ i j k = 450 , 670 we look to the term ( γ 0 × γ ) , which has components c ′ i 0 k γ 0 γ k . Recalling the total asymmetry of f i j k , we

simply set c ′ i 0 k = − 1 2 f 0 i k _{ }for i k = { 45 , 67 } and c ′ i 0 k = 1 2 f 0 i k _{ }for i k = { 54 , 76 } , with c ′ i 0 k = 0 ^{ }for all other ik and the 1 2 being required due to the 2 in 2 ( γ 0 × γ ) .

The bijective mapping between eight Clifford fields G ˜ j G ˜ k and the eight SU(3) gauge fields G_{j}G_{k }follows as in the original paper, with

∑ d i j k γ j γ k G ˜ j G ˜ k ⇔ ∑ f i j k G j G k , (5)

d i j k = c ′ i j k ∀ i j k = 450 , 670 ;

d i j k = f ′ i j k ∀ i j k = 123 , 147 , 246 , 257 , 345 , 165 , 376 ;

d i j k = 0 otherwise,

thus generating the non-linear component G μ × G ν .

The derivation herein of the non-linear portion of SU(3)’s field tensor is more direct and mathematically straightforward than the original paper’s derivation. Further, it mirrors the SU(2) formalism’s use of η ¯ η ^ S U ( 2 ) in generating the W μ × W ν portion of the SU(2) field tensor and does not require the somewhat artificial postulate of color confinement for the mathematical derivation. Lastly, given this derivation the previously established bijective relation between the octonion basis { e a } and the Gell-Mann generators { λ a } [

The authors declare no conflicts of interest regarding the publication of this paper.

Wolk, B. (2018) Addendum to “On an Intrinsically Local Gauge Symmetric SU(3) Field Theory for Quantum Chromodynamics”. Journal of Applied Mathematics and Physics, 6, 1537-1539. https://doi.org/10.4236/jamp.2018.67129