# Isomorphism of Lie algebras as similarity transformation

If two finite dimensional matrix Lie algebras are isomorphic, is it always possible to see the isomorphism as a similarity transformation $g \mapsto M^{-1} g M$ ?

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Are you asking: given two subalgebras $g$ and $g'$ of the matrx algebra $M_n(k)$, is there a matrix $M$ such that $g'=MgM^{-1}$? – Mariano Suárez-Alvarez Mar 27 '13 at 19:19

given two isomorphic Lie subalgebras $\mathfrak g$, $\mathfrak g'$ of $M_n(k)$, does there exist a matrix $M$ such that $\mathfrak g'=M\mathfrak gM^{-1}$?
then the answer is no. Just take $\mathfrak g$ and $\mathfrak g'$ to be two $1$-dimensional Lie algebras spanned by matrices which are not conjugated.