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Quotient of Unit Quaternions by Subgoup (Lie Groups)

Let $G \leq Sp(1)\cong S^3$ (unit quaternions) be a discrete subgroup of order 120 (the Binary Icosahedral Group, not the other one), with presentation $G=<s,t| s^2=t^3=(st)^5>$. $\hspace{2mm}G$ ...
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What makes a Lie Group a Differentiable Manifold?

I've recently been trying to glance at the definition of a Lie group, but I'm not clear as to why a Lie group is defined the way it is, and why this becomes a smooth manifold. For example, if we have ...
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Affine connection on a Lie group.

Let $G$ be a Lie group. For $g \in G$, we can define a diffeomorphism $l_g: G \to G$ by $l_g(x)=gx$, and a bundle map ${l_g}_*:TG \to TG$. Then, I guess that we can obtain the affine connection on $G$ ...
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Is the $G$-action on a principal $G$-bundle proper?

Let $G$ be a Lie group. If $G$ acts properly and freely on a manifold $P$, then it is well-known that $P \to P/G$ form a principal $G$-bundle. I would like to know the converse: namely Question: if ...
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Global section $$s:T^*G\to Sp(T^*G)$$

Let $G$ be a Lie group and then how can we define the global section $$s:T^*G\to Sp(T^*G)$$ Where $Sp(T^*G)$ means symplectic frame bundle of $T^*G$.
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Three linearly independent vector fields

How can one find three linearly independent vector fields on $S^1\times S^2$? I know that $S^1\times S^2 \cong SO_3( \mathbb{R})$, i.e. the set of orthogonal $3 \times 3$ matrices with determinant ...
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$U(n)$ and $U(1)\times SU(n)$ are not isomorphic Lie groups

I am reading John Lee and on the chapter about group actions there is a problem that asks me to show that $U(n)$ and $U(1)\times SU(n)$ are not isomorphic Lie groups by showing that they don't have ...
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$SO(n)$ is connected

The question really is that simple: Prove that the manifold $SO(n) \subset GL(n, \mathbb{R})$ is connected. it is very easy to see that the elements of $SO(n)$ are in one-to-one correspondence with ...
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Source for Differential Manifolds/Geometry Questions?

I'm looking for a good source for a large collection of Differential Manifolds/Geometry questions covering a subset of the following topics: inverse function theorem, local coordinates, induced ...
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Prove where exp: Skew($3\times 3$) $\rightarrow SO(3)$ is local homeomorphism

The matrix exponential on skew-symmetric $3\times3$ matrices onto $SO(3)$ is not local homeomorphism everywhere. I have been instructed that one problem is with the spheres of radius $2n\pi$ ...
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An involutive property of the quotient bundle coming from a Lie group action.

Assume that a manifold $M$ is equipped with a (locally) free action of a compact Lie group $G$. Then the subbundle $$F = \lbrace X^\ast(x) \in TM \mid X \in \mathrm{Lie}(G), x \in M \rbrace$$ of $TM$ ...
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Quotients of $S^{2n+1}$

Any sphere $S^{2n+1} = SO(2n+2)/SO(2n+1)$ can be thought to be given as the zero-set in $\mathbb{C}^{n+1}$ of the equation, $\sum_{i=1}^{n+1} \vert z_i \vert ^2 = 1$ Now say one wants to quotient it ...
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Prove $G = \left\{ \mathrm{diag} (e^{ti}, e^{\lambda ti}) \mid t \in \mathbb{R} \right\}$ is not a manifold.

Let $\lambda$ be an irrational number. Let $G \subset G_2(\mathbb{C})$ be defined as $G = \left\{ \mathrm{diag} (e^{ti}, e^{\lambda ti}) \mid t \in \mathbb{R} \right\}$. Prove that $G$ is not a ...
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are closed orbits of Lie group action embedded?

Consider a smooth action $G\curvearrowright M$ of a Lie group on a manifold. Suppose that an orbit $G\cdot p$ is closed. Is the orbit an embedded submanifold. In general we know that the orbits are ...
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A covering map from a differentiable manifold

Let $p: C \to X$ is a covering map. Suppose that $C$ is a differentiable manifold. Is X - differentiable manifold? More precisely, I am interested in the case where $C$ is Submanifold of Lie algebra, ...
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Lie Groups induce Lie Algebra homomorphisms

I am having a difficult time showing that if $\phi: G \rightarrow H$ is a Lie group homomorphism, then $d\phi: \mathfrak{g} \rightarrow \mathfrak{h}$ satisfies the property that for any $X, Y \in ...
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Question about Lie Groups

I am having trouble with the following Lie Algebra question. I will appreciate any help greatly. Any Lie group homomorphism $\phi : G \rightarrow H$ is determined by the induced Lie algebra ...
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Finiteness of fixed points of a Lie group action

Let $\psi: G\rightarrow \mathrm{Diff}(M)$ be a smooth non-trivial action of a compact connected Lie group $G$ on a compact connected smooth manifold $M$. Under which assumptions there will be a ...
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Let $G$ be a Lie group. Show that there is a diffeomorphism $TG \cong G \times T_e G$.

Since $T_p G$ is isomorphic to $T_e G$ for all $p\in G$, it makes sense that each vector in $T_p G$ can be identified with a vector in $T_e G$. Hence, to make the map from $TG$ one to one, we must ...
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Some questions about $S^n$

I have some questions about the $n$-sphere: I know that for $n=0,1,3$, $S^n$ forms a Lie group and I also know why it's true, but why is it not the case for other $n$? I have the same question for ...
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Conditions for a group to admit the structure of a Lie group

This question is motivated by a previous one: Conditions for a smooth manifold to admit the structure of a Lie group and wants to be a sort of "converse". Here I am taking an abstract group $G$ and ...
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Derivative/Chain Rule (for MANLYfolds) Computation

Embarrasingly, I can't compute the following derivative. $dh(X)=\left.\frac{d}{dt}h(e^{XT}]\right|_{t=0}$, where $X$ resides in the lie algebra of $\rm SL(3,\Bbb C)$ [ie $\mathfrak{sl}(3,\Bbb C)$] ...
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Maslov Index product property.

I am not sure how to show the following property of the Maslov Index, which in McDuff and Salamon's Introduction to Symplectic Topology, Theorem 2.35, is called the product property. Let $\Lambda: ...
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Conditions for left-invariant one-forms to be closed.

Let $G$ be a connected (semisimple) Lie group with Lie algebra $\frak{g}$. For $\omega \in \frak{g}^*$, we may define a left invariant one-form on $G$ by $\left[ \omega (g)\right] (v)=\omega \left( ...
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Diffeomorphic, group-isomorphic Lie groups that are not isomorphic as Lie groups

Do there exist two Lie groups which are diffeomorphic as smooth manifolds, have isomorphic group structures, yet are not isomorphic as Lie groups? Of course, for this to happen, any diffeomorphism ...
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Is there an easy way to show which spheres can be Lie groups?

I heard that using some relatively basic differential geometry, you can show that the only spheres which are Lie groups are $S^0$, $S^1$, and $S^3$. My friend who told me this thought that it ...