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Marni D. Sheppeard

## Saturday, March 27, 2010

### M Theory Lesson 308

Any elementary matrix, denoted $E_{ij}$, can be expressed as a Fourier transform of the democratic matrix. In the $3 \times 3$ case, the nine choices for $F$ give the $9$ elementary matrices. Thus any matrix at all may be expressed as a combination of such Fourier transforms. For example, the circulant permutation $(231)$ uses the three Fourier matrices that sum to A general $1$-circulant is therefore a combination of three transforms, each of this form. An alternative choice of phases for $(231)$ would have given us which is a bit more reminiscent of CKM symmetries. Since the tribimaximal mixing matrix may be expressed as a product $F_3 F_2$, one hopes that the CKM matrix is also easily written in terms of a natural transform.