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Given a Matrix Lie Group, the Lie Bracket is of the associated Lie Algebra is given by the Lie Derivative. Is this always the commutator if we start from a Matrix Lie Group?


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Yes; one can prove that the Lie bracket in the Lie algebra of the general linear group is the matrix commutator. Any matrix group is a subgroup of this with corresponding subalgebra and the bracket of the subalgebra is just the restriction of the original bracket.

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Cheers, thanks for the quick answer! – user17574 Aug 5 '13 at 7:59

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