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p-adic Lie groups vs. algebraic groups over $\mathbb{Q}_p$

I am somewhat confused about the following two concepts and the relations between them- One concept is a Lie group $G$ over the $p$-adic field. This is defined in a similar fashion to a (real) Lie ...
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Description of Levi factors and unipotent radicals of parabolic subgroups in classical groups

For an algebraic group $G$ over an algebraically closed field $k$, a parabolic subgroup $P$ has factorization $P = Q \rtimes L$, where $Q$ is the unipotent radical of $P$ and $L$ is some Levi factor ...
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Why are parabolic subgroups called “parabolic” subgroups?

I used to think that things called "parabolic" must have something to do with parabolas or their defining quadratic equations. In fact, terms like parabolic coordinate, parabolic partial differential ...
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Representation theory of the general linear group over a finite prime field

The irreducible modules of $\operatorname{GL}_n(\mathbb C)$ over $\mathbb C$ are completely classified and well-understood via Schur-Weyl duality, the algebraic Peter-Weyl theorem and the entire ...
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Is there a classification of finite abelian group schemes?

There is a well-known classification of finite abelian groups into products of cyclic groups. What about finite abelian group schemes, where we may put in the qualifiers "affine", "etale", or ...
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Motivation?: Lie algebra and algebraic group Cohomology

This is just an a-priori question to get a motivational heuristic idea: If an algebraic group G (more generally, G an affine group scheme), is connected over an algebraically closed base-field k. ...
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Weil Pairing on Linear Algebraic Groups

I've been studying the Weil pairing on elliptic curves recently and discovered that it has a generalisation to an abelian variety $A$ with its dual $A^{\vee}$, which then becomes a pairing on an ...
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Hecke characters and Unitary groups

Let $M/F$ be a quadratic extension of number fields, with Galois group $G=\{1,\tau\}$. Consider the following unitary group $$U_1(R)=\{z\in (R\otimes_FM)^\times :zz^\tau=1\},$$ where $R$ is an ...
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Galois cohomology of Unitary groups

From Hilbert 90 (or, more precisely, a generalisation thereof), we know that the first (Galois) cohomology group of $GL_n$ is trivial, no matter the field of definition. However, for unitary groups, ...
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Role of the discrete subgroups of Lie groups

This is a question I don't believe is too vague to admit a sensible answer: In what directions can the structure theory of the discrete subgroups of real and p-adic Lie groups applied? What ...
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Spherical building of an exceptional group of Lie type

I've read that one of Tits' original motivations for studying buildings was that he wanted to give a unified description of algebraic groups that would allow the definition of exceptional groups such ...
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Why is the image of an algebraic group by a morphism also an algebraic group?

Let $K$ be a field and $G\subset K^m$ an (affine) algebraic group. If $\varphi:G\rightarrow (K^n,+)$ is a morphism of algebraic groups, why is $\varphi(G)$ is an algebraic group ? I would say for ...
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homomorphism between smooth algebraic groups of the same dimension

For Lie groups, we have a theorem: Suppose $G$ and $G'$ are Lie groups of the same dimension, $G'$ is connected, and $f : G \to G'$ is a homomorphism of Lie groups with discrete kernel. Then, $f$ ...
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Identifying the cotangent bundle of the flag variety

Suppose $G$ is a Lie group (or I guess a linear algebraic group), $P \subset G$ a Lie subgroup with Lie algebras $\mathfrak{g}$ and $\mathfrak{p}$ respectively. In Chriss and Ginzburg's book ...
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Is there anywhere some explicit Bruhat decompositions are written down?

Question in title: most places I see Bruhat decompositions treated they're only briefly mentioned and no examples are given. Also, I calculated the following regarding the Bruhat decomposition of ...
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Making the definition of dual root unambiguous

In 5.4 of his book Lectures on Invariant Theory, Igor Dolgachev introduces the dual of a root by requiring that $\check\alpha(t) f_\alpha(x) \check\alpha^{-1}(t)= f_\alpha(x)$ ...
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Confused about Borel-Weil theorem

I am trying to understand the Borel-Weil theorem, but I am very confused because of the different conventions used in different sources. I am especially confused about two things: (1) the definition ...
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What is $\rho^{\vee}(-1)$?

What is $\rho^{\vee}(-1)$? By definition, $\rho^{\vee}$ is the sum of all positive coroots. I have some difficulty in computing $\rho^{\vee}(-1)$. For example, in the case of $SL_3$, all positive ...
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Embedding $\mathbb{G}_a$ into $GL_2$

Let $k$ be an algebraically closed field of characteristic $p$. I'd like to find interesting examples of closed embeddings $\mathbb{G}_a(k)\hookrightarrow GL_2(k)$, where $\mathbb{G}_a(k)$ is ...
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quotient group scheme

assume I have a group $G$ over a field of char 0 and $H$ a closed subgroup. When is it true that the group $N(H)/H$ is representable? If $G$ has nice properties, like to be reductive or unipotent is ...
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When is the adjoint representation self-dual?

Let $G$ be an algebraic group (say, connected). Given a rep. $\rho:G\to GL(V)$ there is a dual rep. $\rho^{\vee}:G\to GL(V^{\vee})$ defined by $\rho^{\vee}(g)\phi =\phi\circ \rho(g^{-1})$. My question ...
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Any local algebraic group is birationally equivalent to an algebraic group

In this paper, page $6$ the authors state the following: By Weil’s theorem $[17]$, any local algebraic group is birationally equivalent to an algebraic group. Where $[17]$ A.Weil. On ...
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When is a torus the closure of the cyclic subgroup generated by one of its elements?

$K$ is an algebraically closed field. And $T$ is an algebraic group conatined in $GL(n,K)$. Assume $K$ is not the algebraic closure of a finite field. If $T$ is a torus, show that $T$ is the ...
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Proving $\mathscr L(C_G(H)) \subseteq \mathfrak c_{\mathfrak g}(\mathfrak h) = \{ \mathrm x \in \mathfrak g \mid [\mathrm x, \mathfrak h] = 0\}$

Let $H$ be a closed subgroup of the algebraic group $G$, $C = C_G(H)$. Prove that $\mathfrak{c} = \mathscr{L}(C_G(H)) \subseteq \mathfrak{c}_{\mathfrak{g}}(\mathfrak{h}) = \{ \mathrm{x} \in ...
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question regarding Waterhouse, affine group schemes

Excerpt from Waterhouse, 14.4 Structure of Finite Connected groups. Thm. Let $A$ represent a finite connected group scheme over a perfect field of characteristic $p$. Then $A$ has the form $k[X_1, ...
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Pic of a variety of type G/P

Let $G$ be an simple algebraic group an let $P$ be a parabolic subgroup of $G$. Let $X$ be the projective, homogeneous variety $G/P$. Is it true that the following holds: Pic($X$) has rank $1$ iff ...
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Definition for Shimura datum

The following definition for $\textbf{shimura datum}$ is due to wikipedia. Let $S=\mathrm{Res}_\mathbb{R}^\mathbb{C}G_m$ be the Weil restriction of the multiplicative group from complex field ...
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The Picard group of an Elliptic Curve

Let $(E,O)$ be an elliptic curve. Let $\operatorname{Pic}^0(E)$ stand for the divisors that have degree $0$ where : $$D = \sum_{p\in E}n_p(P) \text{ and } \deg D = \sum_{p\in E}n_p.$$ I understand ...
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Questions about Affine algebraic group scheme over an infinite field K

For an easily comprehension of my questions I write some definitions: An affine algebraic group scheme over $K$ is a representable group-functor from $K$-algebras category, with a finitely generated ...
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Real form and real structure on a complex Lie group

E.B.Vinberg and A.L.Onishchik in their book give the following two definitions. For a complex Lie group $G$ its real Lie subgroup $H$ is called a real form of $G$, if a) the Lie algebra $L(H)$ of ...
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(stability-theoretic) ¨weakly normal groups" are closed under subgroups

Let me first introduce two definitions: For a structure $\mathcal{M}$ in a language $\mathscr{L}$ and a subset $X \subseteq M^n$, the fully induced structure on $X$ is a structure $\mathcal{X}$ with ...
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structure of commutative algebraic groups

I've read that there is a structure theorem for commutative algebraic groups over an algebraically closed field $K$ namely they are the direct product of a semisimple group and a unipotent group. ...
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Is a connected unipotent subgroup always contained in a Borel subgroup?

As the question says, is a connected unipotent subgroup $U$ of a linear algebraic group scheme $G$ always contained in a Borel subgroup of $G$? I have an argument for why the answer is yes, and I ...
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Closed subgroups of algebraic group have DCC?

Are there any infinite descending chains of closed subgroups of the general linear group over a field? More specifically, is my argument ok? Can you fill in some of the details? Prop: No. Proof: If ...
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Correspondence between unipotent and nilpotent elements

Let $G$ be a simple algebraic group over an algebraically closed field $k$ of characteristic $p$. Let $\mathcal{U}(G)$ be the closed subvariety of unipotent elements of $G$, i.e., all elements whose ...
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Computing the fundamental groups of simple algebraic groups of type $A$

I'm interested in seeing the computation for the fundamental groups of the simple algebraic groups of type $A$. Below is the definition of the fundamental group for a simple algebraic group $G$. Let ...
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Exceptional isomorphisms of classical algebraic groups

Let $k$ be an algebraically closed field of characteristic $p\geq 0$. An affine algebraic group $G$ is an affine variety over $k$ with a group structure such that multiplication and inversion are ...
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Formal groups: why the axiom $F(X,Y) \equiv X+Y \pmod {\langle X,Y\rangle^2}$?

Whenever reading about formal groups, this axiom has always appeared to me as a bit artificial, at least compared to the other axioms. To explain what I mean, suppose that $R$ is a ring, and that we ...
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Weyl group of orthogonal group

My question is why a particular element of the Weyl group of $O(8)$ seems to contradict a theorem about root systems. But to tell you the particular element I have to tell you specifically how I'm ...
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Splitting field of a torus

Let $T$ be a torus over some field $k$ (not necessarily perfect). Is there a smallest extension $k'$ of $k$ such that $T \times_{\operatorname{Spec}k} \operatorname{Spec}k'$ is a split torus over ...
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Subvariety of an Algebraic Group.

Given an algebraic group $G$ over an algebraically closed field $K$, if $H$ is a subvariety of $G$, then is $H$ a subgroup of $G$? This seems rather strong. If it is indeed false, is there a geometric ...
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Analogs of group schemes over non-commutative rings

For a commutative ring $R$, I can consider $\operatorname{GL}_n(R)$ as a group scheme over $\operatorname{Spec} R$. Are there analogs of this notion when $R$ is non-commutative, say $R = ...
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Fibers of flat morphism are isomorphic as G-modules

Let $f:X\to Y$ be a flat surjective morphism with reduced fibers between affine varieties over an alg. closed field of char. zero, k. Let G be a reductive group acting on X fiberwise. How do I show ...
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Why are $V =K^n$ and its dual isomorphic $SL(2,K)$-modules

In this paper(http://arxiv.org/pdf/1204.6131.pdf), the following statement $V =K^n$ and its dual are isomorphic $SL(2,K)$-modules, seems to be common sense. Here, $K$ is a field of ...
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The connectedness of $SO(3, \mathbb R)$

There is an exercise on page 114 of Humphreys' Linear Algebraic Groups (GTM 21) Prove that $SO(3, \mathbb R)$ (= group of $3 \times 3$ real orthogonal matrices of determinate $1$) is a connected ...
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How to prove the connectedness or irreducibility of a variety?

Let $G$ be an algebraic group, and $\mu$ is the multiplication in $G$. Define a morphism $G \times G \times G \times G \rightarrow G \times G$ by $\mu \times \mu$, and let $X$ be the inverse image of ...
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On algebraic groups of dimension 1

I am searching for a possible analogue of a result in algebraic groups in a non-commutative setting, so I am looking for different proofs of the following : Let $K$ be an algebraically closed field. ...
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Why are $\mathfrak{pgl}_n\simeq\mathfrak{sl}_n$ when characteristic does not divide $n$?

Suppose $k$ is some algebraically closed field whose characteristic does not divide $n$. Why can we identify the lie algebras $\mathfrak{pgl}_n\simeq\mathfrak{sl_n}$ of the projective linear group and ...
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Why does $\textrm{SL}_n(R)$ (with a very abstract definition) coincide with the usual definition?

I'm reading J.S. Milne's notes on algebraic groups (http://www.jmilne.org/math/CourseNotes/iAG200.pdf). Here $k$ is a field, and an algebraic scheme over $k$ is a locally ringed space $(X, \mathcal ...
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complex reductive Lie group

I am reading A. L. Oniscik's paper Decompositions of Reductive Lie Groups, and the author cited a proposition that a complex reductive Lie group $G=ZS$ is locally isomorphic to the reductive ...