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Actions of Weyl group

I get a feeling what I am going to ask is very standard and classic, but I am not able to find any reference. Any answer or reference would be appreciated. Let us assume that $G$ is a simply ...
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Would the transformation of a differential equation obey the same algebra?

I've found that the algebra of this differential equation $$\frac{d^2y}{dz^2}-(3z^2+\gamma)\frac{dy}{dz}+(cz+\alpha)y=0$$ is in $sl(2)$ because it is possible to use the generators of the $sl(2)$ ...
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How was this Lie algebra found?

In a paper the author lists, without justification, generators for a Lie algebra. I would be grateful if someone could justify these choices and perhaps suggest how I might have found them for myself. ...
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Highest weights of irreducible components of tensor product of irreducible sl(3)-module.

I am study the representation theory of $sl(3)$ and I have a question about the tensor representation of irreducible $sl(3)$-modules as follows: For each weight $\mu$, let $L(\mu)$ be the irreducible ...
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Lie groups with structure constant $f_{abc} \neq f_{bca}$.

The structure constant $f_{abc}$ of Lie group is defined by the commutators of generators, $$[T^a,T^b]=i f_{abc}T_c$$ automatically $f_{abc}=-f_{bac}$. Can someone give a list of explicit examples ...
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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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Vector fields on smooth manifolds and Lie algebras

I'm currently studying differential geometry on smooth manifolds using differential forms and I'm trying to apply it to what I have learned earlier about Lie groups, but something doesn't seem to ...
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How to construct Dynkin diagrams for semisimple Lie algebras?

My question is: How can I construct the Dynkin diagrams of a semisimple Lie algebra $L$ which is the direct sum of simple Lie algebras, such as for example $\text ...
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Weyl group of a non-symmetrizable Generalized Cartan Matrix

Let $A$ be a generalized Cartan matrix on the index set $I$. Define the Weyl group of $A$ as the Coxeter group on the basis $I$ with $m(i,j)=2,3,4,6,\infty$ according to whether $A_{ij} A_{ji}$ is ...
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A Isomorphism between the extension group and cohomology group of Lie algebras

Within the book An introduction to homological algebra by Weibel, I am trying to prove the following isomorphism, but I am not sure this is true. But I really want to know how to prove or disprove ...
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PBW theorem for restricted Lie algebras

I'm looking at the proof of the PBW theorem for restricted Lie algebras to be found in Ponto and May's "More Concise Algebraic Topology", page 361 (367 in linked file). I either see an error in their ...
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Representation of Complexification of Lie Algebra

Is the following obvious? I think it is, but wanted to make sure before an exam tomorrow! "There is a bijection between the complex representations of a real Lie algebra and the complex ...
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Cartan's Criterion. $L$ solvable $\implies$ $Tr(xy) = 0$ $\forall x \in L$, $\forall x \in L^{(1)}$

Cartan's Criterion. Given $V$ a finite dimensional complex vector space and $L$ a Lie subalgebra of $gl(V)$ then, $L$ solvable $\implies$ $Tr(xy) = 0$ $\forall x \in L$, $\forall x \in L^{(1)}$. ...
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Weights set spans

Definition Let $T$ be a torus and $R: G \to GL(V)$ a representation. $R(T)$ is a collection of commuting matrices and therefore can be simultaniously diagonalized. For a character $\lambda \in ...
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Lie Algebras : Showing L is nilpotent if every maximal Lie subalgebra of L is an ideal.

Given a finite dimensional Lie algebra $L$, suppose that each maximal lie subalgebra of $L$ is an ideal. Suppose the adjoint map, $ad_y$ is not nilpotent. Then pick a maximal subalgebra $M$ ...
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adjoint representation completely reducible

Let $\mathcal{A}$ be a Lie algebra. Suppose that adjoint representation of $\mathcal{A}$ is completely reducible (or semisimple). Show that $\mathcal{A}$ can be written as a direct sum of semisimple ...
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The enveloping algebra of a finite dimensional Lie algebra has no zero divisor

Let $L$ be a complex, finite dimensional Lie algebra. It is well-known that the graded associative algebra of the enveloping algebra $U(L)$ is isomorphic to the symmetric algebra $S(L)$. Therefore ...
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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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finding highest weight of dual of a representation of a semisimple lie algebra

If $V$ is an irreducible representation of a semi simple lie algebra having highest weight $\lambda$ then what will be the highest weight of the corresponding irreducible representation $V^*$ (Dual of ...
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Integral forms of loop algebras.

The question following is about integral forms for semisimple Lie algebras and loop algebras constructed from them. Let $\frak g$ a finite-dimensional Lie algebra over $\mathbb C$ and $L(\frak ...
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Question concerning semisimple Lie algebras

I'm currently solving a problem in Fulton's Representation Theory A first course and I'm not sure why a particular result is true. One part of the problem (exercise 14.15 if anyone is interested) ...
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The Weyl Group of $F_4$

The Weyl Group of $F_4$ is of order $1152=2^{7} \cdot 3^{2}$. By Burnside's theorem the group is solvable. Is there a way to see solvability from the root system? Is it possible to see the order of ...
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Invariant inner product $\langle\,,\rangle$ on a Lie algebra

Let $\mathfrak{g}$ be a complex semisimple Lie algebra and $\mathfrak{h}$ be a Cartan subalgebra of $\mathfrak{g}$. We can use the Killing form to identify $\mathfrak{h}$ and $\mathfrak{h}^*$ ...
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if X \in gl(V) is any nilpotent element, then the adjoint action ad(X) is nilpotent

I found a observation in the beginning of the proof of Engel's Theorem in the Fulton's book "Representation Theory" Observation: if $X \in \mathfrak{gl}(V)$ is any nilpotent element, then the action ...
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Closure relations of the cells in the Bruhat decomposition of the flag variety

Given a Lie group $G$ over $\mathbb{C}$ and a Borel subgroup $B$. There is this famous Bruhat decomposition of the flag variety $G/B$. How do we prove the closure relations between the cells, which ...
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Does the five lemma hold true for Lie algebras?

According to wikipedia, the Five Lemma is true in Abelian categories. But the category of Lie algebras is not Abelian. Then is the Five Lemma still true for Lie Algebras?
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Can any one recommend a way to “quickly” learn a subject?

I would love to read a well written book on a subject - provided that I have the time. But sometimes we do not need to become experts on a particular field but still need the basics. For example, a ...
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(Split) Exact Sequence of Lie Algebra Associated to Groups

Let $G$ be a group and let $\Gamma_G(k)$ be the $k$th term of the lower central series of $G$. For each $k\geq 1$, set $\mathcal{L}_G(k)=\Gamma_G(k)/\Gamma_G(k+1)$ and ...
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Why do Ad(K) orbits in the $-1$ eigenspace of a Cartan decomposition intersect the Weyl chamber once?

Let $G$ be a semisimple Lie group and let $\frak p\oplus t$ be a Cartan decomposition of $\frak g$ and $K$ the connected subgroup with Lie algebra $\frak t$. Choose a maximal abelian subalgebra ...
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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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On the construction of the Verma module

My question is about the construction of Verma module of a lie algebra $L$, there is one step in the construction which I do not quite understand. Let $L=N_-\oplus H\oplus N_+$ be the triangular ...
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How to calculate the Maurer-Cartan form in the adjoint representation?

While I am reading a paper, I come across a difficulty. Here, we have a Lie group and we know its Lie algebra defined as $[G_a,G_b]=f_{ab}^{\phantom{ab}c}G_c$ with $G_a\in\mathfrak g$. Under the ...
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Root Space Decomp

I am reading Humphrey's intro to Lie algebra, self-teaching, and have a few questions regarding root space decomp. 1) If I understand this correctly, the toral sub algebra of L represents all ...
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Lie algebra: symmetric and exterior power of representation

If $\mathfrak{g}$ is a Lie algebra, $V$ and $W$ are representation of $\mathfrak{g}$ we define the action of $\mathfrak{g}$ on $V \otimes W$ in the following way: $X \cdot (v \otimes w)=(X \cdot v) ...
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Angles between adjacent roots in a reduced root system.

Let $R$ be a reduced root system. ($R$ is a finite set spanning $V$, $\alpha \in R \rightarrow -k\alpha \in R$ iff $k=1$, $s_{\alpha}(R)=R$, $s_{\alpha}(\beta)-\beta=k\alpha$ whit $k$ integer). ...
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Question on $\mathfrak{sl}(2,\mathbb R)$

I am confused about some facts on $SL(2,\mathbb R)$. The Lie algebra of $SL(2,\mathbb R)$ is $\mathfrak{sl}(2,\mathbb R)$. However, the map $$ \exp:\mathfrak{sl}(2,\mathbb R)\ \rightarrow ...
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Weyl Group of Parabolic subgroups

Let $G=SL(n,\mathbb R)$ with Lie algebra $\mathfrak{g}=\mathfrak{sl}(n,\mathbb R)$. The classical minimal parabolic subgroup $B$ consists of the upper triangular matrices. The parabolic subgroups $P$ ...
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Linearly independent skew symmetric complex matrices having the least eigenvalues

Question: Let $A$, $B$ be two $5 \times 5$ (or $7 \times 7$) skew-symmetric complex matrices (i.e. $A^t = -A$), and suppose that $$ \forall t,s \in \mathbb{C}, \quad M(t,s):=(tA+sB)^*(tA+sB) \text{ ...
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Does “Spherical Symmetry” as defined in General Relativity imply a Foliation of Spheres?

In Carroll's "spacetime and geometry" he defines a spherical symmetrical spacetime as a spacetime $(M,g)$ for which there exists a Lie algebra homomorphism between the Lie algebra of a subset of the ...
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Where does the name “toral” come from?

Where does the name "toral" come from in "toral subalgebra"? I know a little (very little) Lie groups theory, so I guess it could be related to a Lie group whose Lie algebra is the toral one. Is ...
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Gradient of a real-valued function on SO(3)

I have struggling with a problem of evaluating the gradient of a cost function on the Lie group of rotations: SO(3). The cost is the following: \begin{equation} ...
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set of positive roots made negative by a Weyl group element

If $w$ is a Weyl group element of a simple lie algebra and the reduced expression for $w$ is $s_{i_1}s_{i_2}...s_{i_k}$ what are the positive roots (in terms of reflections from reduced expressions of ...
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Representations of Nilpotent Lie Algebras

Let $\mathfrak{g}$ be a rational, nilpotent Lie algebra. Then its adjoint representation will consist of elements which are nilpotent matrices over rationals. But this representation generally is not ...
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Recovering a restricted Lie algebra from its restricted enveloping algebra

Let $k$ be an algebraically closed field of characteristic $p>0$, and let $\mathfrak{g}$ be a restricted Lie algebra, with restricted enveloping algebra $u(\mathfrak{g})$. We can place a Hopf ...
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Are there always nontrivial primitive elements in a Hopf algebra?

Let $k$ be an algebraically closed field of arbitrary characteristic. Let $H$ be a Hopf algebra over $k$. We say $x\in H$ is a primitive element if $\Delta(x)=1\otimes x+x\otimes 1$, where $\Delta$ ...
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A construction of $\mathfrak{e}_8$ in Fulton and Harris

In section $22.4$ of "Representation Theory: A First Course" by Fulton and Harris, the exceptional Lie algebra $\mathfrak{e}_8$ is constructed using a method of Freudenthal. For background, I will ...
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Inner automorphisms of Lie groups

I have a few questions about $Aut(G)$, when $G$ is a Lie group. It was proven by Hochschild that if $G/G_0$ is finitely generated, then $Aut(G)$ is a Lie group with at most countably many components. ...
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Is there a good list of accidental Lie algebra isomorphisms?

The Wikipedia page Exceptional isomorphisms contains some lie algebra isomorphisms. Is there a list more complete than that, especially including real algebras in low dimensions?
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Space of operators on function

Consider the following space of operators on function of $n$-variables $A= Span \{x_ix_j\ , x_i \frac{\partial}{\partial x_j} , \frac{\partial^2}{\partial x_i \partial x_j} , i,j=1,2,\cdots,n\}$. ...