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Reflection in terms of simple reflections

Suppose $\beta=\sum_{i=1}^ka_i\alpha_i$, where $\alpha_i$ are simple roots. Is there any easier way to write the reflection corresponding to $\beta$ say $s_{\beta}$ in terms of $s_{\alpha_i}$'s. I ...
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How to show $\exp(tX)\exp(tY)=\exp(t(X+Y)+tR(t))$ with $\displaystyle \lim_{t\to 0} R(t)=0$?

Let $X\in GL(n, \mathbb R)$. The exponential of $X$ is the matrix given by $$\exp(X)=\sum_{n=0}^\infty \frac{X^n}{n!}.$$ I need some help for showing the following result: ...
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Derivative of exponential map

Somehow I've gotten myself confused trying to take the derivative of the exponential map on $\mathfrak{so(3)}$. For vector $\theta$, $\delta \theta$, and $p \in \mathbb{R}^3$, define $$R(\theta, p) ...
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derivative of composition of rotations

Let $\theta$ and $\psi$ be two vectors in $\mathbb{R}^3$. I want to compute $$\nabla_{\psi} \log \left( e^{[\theta]_\times}e^{[\psi]_\times}\right)$$ Where $[v]_\times$ is the skew-symmetric ...
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Is there a natural Lie bracket for $\mathfrak X (M) \times C^\infty(M)$ (pairs of vector fields and smooth functions)?

Space of smooth vector fields $\mathfrak X(M)$ on a manifold $M$ has a structure of Lie algebra with the bracket being a commutator of two vector fields. Does cartesian product $\mathfrak X (M) ...
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To check d^2= 0 in the standard complex of Lie superalgebras.

For a Lie superalgebra $\mathfrak{g}$ and a $\mathfrak{g}$-module $V$ we can define the cohomology $H^i(\mathfrak{g}, V)$ with coeffiecient in $V$ to be the cohomology space of the following complex: ...
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Matrix Lie algebras

I gave an answer to Is there a group between $SO(2,\mathbb{R})$ and $SL(2,\mathbb{R})$? which was not popular. Meanwhile, i found myself at a loss when wishing to explain why a matrix Lie group had, ...
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reflection(reflection) = rotation

Lel $\alpha$ and $\beta$ be two distinct simple roots in a root system $\Phi$. How to prove that i) $S_{\alpha} S_{\beta}$ is a rotation in $\mathbb{R}\Phi$ ii) Composition of two reflection is a ...
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simple contact algebra

Let suppose we have contact lie algebra K(3,(2,2,2)) over GF(3), according to the book "Modular lie algebras and their representations" from Helmut Strade, K(3,(2,2,2)) is simple Lie algebra ( it ...
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A refernce about Cartan matrix

There exist an approach to "Cartan Matrix" in Carter's book "Finite groups of Lie type, conjugacy classes an complex characters" p.23, which seems be different to other definitions of Cartan matrix I ...
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Differential operators on the polynomial ring

Let $A$ be a commutative algebra over complex numbers. If $a\in A$ we define $m_a$ to be a linear map which sends each $x$ to $ax$. The zero map $A\to A$ is said to be a differential operator of an ...
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Killing form on some Lie algebra $L$ is zero. Is $L$ necessarily nilpotent?

I've solved an exercise in Humphreys that said: Show that if Lie algebra $L$ is nilpotent, then its Killing form is zero. I'm wondering is the opposite true? In Humphreys, we work mainly with ...
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How to show that $\alpha_{i_p}(s_{i_{p-1}} \cdots s_{i_1}(h)) = (s_{i_1} \cdots s_{i_{p-1}}(\alpha_{i_p}))(h)$?

Let $i_1, \ldots, i_p$ be integers and $\alpha_i$ be simple roots and $s_i$ be simple reflections in a Weyl group of type A. I checked some examples and it seems that $$\alpha_{i_p}(s_{i_{p-1}} \cdots ...
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Dimension of maximal tori

Let $G$ be a compact Lie group. $T$ $-$ its maximal torus. Is there a simple reasoning to show that dimensions of $T$ and $G$ have the same parity? I am sorry if this quesion is for children, but ...
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Confusion in infinite-dimensional Lie algebra notes

I've been going through these notes and everything was pretty much fine until I saw line labeled (5.1) on page 6. What kind of object is $z^\alpha (dz)^\beta$? How does exactly differential operator ...
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Is the exponential map of GL(n,C) holomorphic?

Let $GL(n, \mathbb{C})$ be the complex general linear (Lie) group consisting of all invertible complex $n\times n$ matrices, and $gl(n,\mathbb{C})\cong C^{n^2}$ be its Lie algebra. The exponential map ...
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Existence of product $\ast$ in a Lie algebra so that $[X,Y]=X*Y-Y*X$

I've been studying particle physics, and studying Lie algebra using physics text book doesn't give me enough information, so I'm asking my question here. Given a Lie algeba $\mathcal{A}$ where ...
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How to find the Lie algebra of a specific subgroup of a product Lie group

My question is about finding the Lie algebra of a specific Lie group. Start with a Lie group $G$, with normal Lie subgroup $C \unlhd G$. Then define the following subgroup $\hat{G} \leq G \times G$: ...
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Action of Symmetric Group on Lie Polynomials with GAP

Let $L$ be the free Lie Algebra, freely generated by $x_1,x_2, \ldots, x_n$. Let $f$ be a polynomial in $L$ and $\sigma \in S_n$, how to do $\sigma$ act on $f$ in GAP? That is $$\sigma f(x_1, \ldots, ...
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How to show a matrix can't be written as exponential?

How can I show the matrix $$A = \left( \begin{array}{c c} -2 & 0 \\ 0 & -1 \\ \end{array} \right)$$ can't be written as $A = exp(a)$? I've tried to write A like $$A = \left( ...
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Indecomposable representations of Lie algebra

Let $\mathfrak{g}$ be the nonabelian $2$-dimensional complex Lie algebra. It can be generated by two independent vectors $e_1,e_2$ such that $[e_1,e_2]=e_1$. Thus, $\mathfrak{g}$ is solvable and it ...
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Finding a basis for $sp(4,\mathbb{C})$ and related basis.

Let $$L = so_4(\mathbb{C})= \{x \in End(\mathbb{C}^4)|^txS + Sx = 0 \} \text{ where }S = \left(\begin{array}{cc} 0 & I_2 \\ -I_2 & 0 \end{array}\right)$$ Letting $x = \left(\begin{array}{cc} ...
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Questions about the bracket

In the map $\phi : L \mapsto \mathfrak {U}(L) $, where $ L $ is a lie algebra and $\mathfrak {U} $ is a universal enveloping algebra of $ L $. (1) Is the following relation true? If $[xy]=z$ in $ L ...
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Direct sum decomposition of weight spaces and relation to Tensor products.

There are 3 parts to the question that I am trying to understand, and while it is not homework it seems instrumental in decomposition modules into weight spaces and their relation to tensor products. ...
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Some examples for Lie algebras

I need some small examples for Lie algebras over finite fields ( GF(2) or GF(3)) including some simple Lie algebras and some others which are not simple. And I would be thankful if anyone could give ...
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Cayley-Hamilton type decomposition of SL(3,R) matrices

Given an element $\lambda = \theta_a T_a$ of SL(3,R) Lie algebra, where $T_a$s are the generators and $\theta_a$s are parameters, is there a general formula to determine the coefficients A,B and C ...
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Elements of $gl(2l+1,\mathbb{C}): x^tS =- Sx$, How they are found and Erdman exercise 4.2

On page 130 of Erdman's book "Introduction to Lie Algebras" we have: Let $L = gl_S(2l+1,\mathbb{C})$ for $l \geq 1$ where $S = \left(\begin{array}{cc} 1 & 0 & 0 \\ 0 & 0 & I_3 \\ 0 ...
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Convolution and Characters

I am confused about the purpose of the Formal Character, character functions, and the convolution in representation theory of Lie algebras. Is the Character function different than just the Character? ...
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A criteria for a subalgebra of M(n,C) being M(n,C)

Suppose $S$ is a subalgebra of the matrix algebra $M_n(\mathbb{C})$. If for any vector $v$ and $w$ in $\mathbb{C}$, there always exists a matrix $A$ in $S$, depending on $v$ and $w$ of course, which ...
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Weyl's construction for symplectic groups--an exercise in Fulton and Harris's book

This is an exercise in section 17.3 in Fulton and Harris's book:Representation theory-a first course. Let $V=\mathbb{C}^{2n}$ and $Sp(2n)$ be the symplectic group w.r.t the nondegenerate bilinear ...
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Isometries of S^3 and some Lie algebras

By considering $S^3$ as the group of unit quaternions, and letting it act on itself from both the left and right, one can get an isomorphism $SO(4)\cong (S^3\times S^3)/C_2$, where the $C_2$ subgroup ...
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How can we compute a Lie bracket for powers of elements of given lie algebra?

Let $L$ be a lie algebra over finite field, for $ x,y$ in $L$ I want to solve the following bracket: $[yx^k,x]=?$ How can we describe that in the format of $[...[y,x],x],...,x]=[y,x]_i$ ($i-times$)
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Factorization of Compact Lie Algebras into Irreducible Ideals

I have read in some lecture notes on Lie theory that any compact Lie algebra $\mathfrak{g}$ can be factored as a direct sum of of irreducible ideals for the $\mathrm{ad}$ representation. That is, ...
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Confusion in Lie algebra notes

I'm self-studying through these notes, and I ran into a roadblock on the page 38, chapter $sl(2)$ and its irreducible representations. Right after defining $U(sl(2)) \otimes_{U(b^+)} \mathbb C$ ...
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Exponential of a power of the differential operator

In relation to this question: Exponential of a polynomial of the differential operator Is there an expression for $\exp(aD^n)f(x)$ similar to $\exp(aD)f(x)=f(x+a)$?
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Visualizing Lie algebra of SO(3)

Let $SO(3)$ be the Lie group of 3D rotations. Rotation about z-axis by an angle $\phi$ is represented in standard basis by this matrix: $$ \begin{pmatrix} \cos \phi & -\sin\phi & 0 \\ ...
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Lie algebra: If ad(g) is solvable then g solvable?

I'm trying to prove that if the image of the adjoint representation of a Lie algebra g is solvable then g is solvable, ie, if for some n (ad(g))^(n) = 0 then there exists a m such that g^(m) = 0 My ...
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Considerations for moving a function inside or outside of an integral

Excluding the possibility that $A(t)$ is the limit of a sequence, are there any special considerations I should be concerned with regarding the following assertion: Let $A(t)$ be an $n\times n$ ...
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Complex conjugation of positive roots

I have a simple question about root systems. Suppose that $G$ is a connected reductive group over the reals $\mathbb{R}$, and $T\subset G$ is a maximal torus (by this I mean that $T_{\mathbb{C}}$ is a ...
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Multiple Cartan sub-algebras

How is it that for a Semi-simple Lie Algebra there is not one Cartan Sub-Algebra? I assume since there are multiple CSA's of a SS Lie algebra that must mean some of the ss elements of the Lie ...
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Diagonalizabilty of ad(adjoint map)?

let $\mathsf{g}$ be a finite dimensional lie algebra and $\xi\in\mathsf{g}$. Under which conditions the adjoint map $ad_\xi :\mathsf{g}\longrightarrow \mathsf{g}$ is diagonalizable? what about ...
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Closed Connected Subgroup of $SO(5)$

I was reading a paper in which a part of it they want to classify the closed connect subgroups of $SO(5)$. What they write is this: Let $G^0$ be a closed connected subgroup of $SO(5)$. Let $T$ be a ...
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Don't understand Levi decomposition theorem

Levi decomposition theorem states that any finite-dimensional real Lie algebra $L$ is the semidirect product of a solvable ideal and a semisimple subalgebra. I don't understand this since to me it ...
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Lattices in Lie Algebras

I am having a little confusion with the different types of lattices involved with Lie algebras. Root system: represented as euclidian vector arrows. However I have seen the same arrangement with ...
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regular representation of algebras

Let suppose we have universal enveloping algebra, what is the meaning of the notion of the right regular representation of that? How can we determine the right regular representation of universal ...
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Intuition behind PBW

The PBW theorem states: $\omega:\mathfrak {S} \mapsto \mathfrak {E} $ is an isomorphism of algebras. Where $\mathfrak {S} $ is the symmetric tensor algebra of a Lie algebra $ L $. Where $\mathfrak ...
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How to obtain a Lie algebra homomorphism from a Lie group homomorphism

In class we learn a theorem tells us one can cook up a Lie algebra from a Lie group: If $f: G\to H$ is a homomorphism of a Lie group then $T_I f: T_I G\to T_I H$ is a homomorphism of Lie algebra. ...
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Semi-simple Irreducible Representations

I am studying the Representation Theory of Lie Algebras and came across this dilema. When can the representations of semi-simple Lie algebras be irreducible? I thought Weyl's theorem said this ...
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Eigenvalues of ad (Adjoint action) in semisimple lie algebra?

Suppose $V=V_0\oplus V_1$ be a $Z_2$-graded semi-simple lie algebra and, $\xi\in V_1$. The maps $ad_\xi \circ ad_\xi :V_0\longrightarrow V_0$ and $ad_\xi \circ ad_\xi :V_1\longrightarrow V_1$ are ...
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Construction of the simply connected Lie group of a given Lie algebra

Given a finite dimensional real Lie algebra $\mathfrak{g}$, I am trying to obtain a concrete realization of its simply connected Lie group $G$, with $\mathrm{Lie}(G) \cong \mathfrak{g}$. Let us ...