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Weyl's Dimension Formula

I'm trying to grasp how Weyl's Dimension Formula works, and I'm having a bit of trouble. As an example, I was trying to calculate the dimension of V($\varepsilon_1$) for gl(3). First, I set the ...
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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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Cartan Subalgebra and regular elements

Let $L$ be semisimple Lie algebra, $x\in L$ semisimple. Prove that if $x$ lies in exactly one Cartan subalgebra, then $x$ is regular.
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Relationship between representations of $\mathfrak{sl}_{2n}\mathbb{C}$ and $\mathfrak{sp}_{2n}\mathbb{C}$

If $V=\mathbb{C}^{2n}$ denotes the standard representation of $\mathfrak{sl}_{2n}\mathbb{C}$, what can we say about $\wedge^kV$ in terms of the standard representation $W$ of ...
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Representations of non-semisimple Lie algebras

Let $G$ be a compact Lie group with Lie algebra $\mathfrak{g}$, and suppose $\mathfrak{g}$ is semisimple. An integral weight for $G$ is an element $\lambda \in \mathfrak{t}^*$ with ...
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Is it possible to further simplify the product of three exponentials $e^A e^B e^C$ when $[A,C]=kB$ (k is a scalar)

The background is calculation of the little group elements of Poincare group for massless particles. I start with a bunch of exponentials of operators, and the end goal is to crunch them into the ...
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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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Fundamental vector fields

I have a question related to fundamental vector fields. For that I first setup the notations and properties etc. Let $G$ be a lie group acting smoothly on the manifold $M$. Let $\mathfrak{g}$ be its ...
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Weyl Character formula applied to Sp$(4,\mathbb{C})\cap$ U$(4)$.

I posted a question a short while ago on this but got no response. I have worked on this more and so now have a more specific question. To start with we work with the $\mathbb{Q}$ version of ...
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The Nambu bracket

Does anybody know how to show the Jacobi identity for the Nambu bracket in $\mathbb{R}^3$? The Nambu bracket with respect to $c \in \mathcal{F}(\mathbb{R}^3)$ is defined as $$\{F,G\}_c = \langle\nabla ...
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internal direct product of lie groups

If $G$ is a (edit: simply connected)Lie group, when does a direct sum decomposition of its Lie algebra (into a direct sum of subalgebras) correspond to a (semi)direct product decomposition of $G$? ...
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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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Why are root systems presented in this confusing way?

I quote Bjorner and Brenti, "Combinatorics of Coxeter Groups." We begin with a simple geometric lemma. Let $m \geq 3$ be an integer, let $\gamma = \pi/m$, and let $k, k'$ be real numbers ...
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Elementary proof of the third Lie theorem

I would like to understand a (not well known) proof due to G.M; Tuynman, of the third Lie theorem, which asserts that for any given finite dimensional Lie algebra $\mathcal{G}$ there exists a (simply ...
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The product of dg Lie algebras

I am trying to understand what are products and coproducts in the category of dg Lie algebras. I am okay with coproducts. For products, however, this Wikipedia article says that given ...
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Why do we need finite dimension for this diagram to commute?

Let $\frak g$ be a Lie algebra and $\rho$ be a finite dimensional representation of $\frak g$ in a linear space $V$. They define the momentum associated to $\rho$ as the map $\mu: V \otimes V^\ast \to ...
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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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Moment map in general

Let the Lie group $G$ act on the smooth manifold $X$ with the map $(g,x)\to gx$. In any point $x\in X$, the differential of this map induces a linear map: $$ \mu:T_e G \to T_xX\;, $$ and globally, if ...
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Hermitian metric from Killing form

Let $G$ be a semisimple Lie group. Its Killing form is a nondegenerate inner product on the tangent space to $G$ at the identity, and this form can be naturally extended to a metric on the whole of ...
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Finding the tangent space at the identity *without* using paths

I know that there are two commonly used definitions of the tangent space at a point of a smooth manifold $M$: one using paths through that point, and the other using the idea of linear maps ...
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Does this binary operation have a name?

Does the following binary operator on abstract linear maps $A,B:\mathbb{C}^N \rightarrow \mathbb{C}^N$, have a name: $[\{A,B\}]:= AB^{\dagger} - BA^{\dagger}$ clearly, it is real bi-linear, but not ...
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Constructing a coset representative of $SO(n,4)/(SO(n) \times SO(4))$.

In $\mathcal N = 2$ Supergravity the scalar components of Hypermultiplets form a quaternionic Kaehler manifold. Only isometries of this so-called target manifold can be gauged. I am interested in ...
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How do roots act on weights?

In Lie theory it's possible to compute things very explicit using tensor methods. For example, we can use an explicit matrix for each generator $T^a$ and compute the "action" of this generator on an ...
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Is it possible to chose the value of $(\alpha, \alpha)\in \mathbb{F}$ for the root system $A_{1}$?

The question is based on what I tried to solve two exercises in James E. Humphreys "Introduction to Lie Algebras and Representation Theory": chapter 26 exerise 1 and chapter 9 exercise 2. I am looking ...
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Real version of Harish-Chandra-Itzykson-Zuber integral

I'm interested in an integral of the form $$ \int_{O(d)} \exp\left(-\frac{1}{2}\mathrm{trace}(CUAU^T)\right)dU $$ where the integration is with respect to the Haar measure on the orthogonal group, ...
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Humphreys Introduction to Lie Algebras - Conjugate Borel subalgebras sl(2,F)

Let $L$ be a Lie Algebra and let $E(L)$ denote the subgroup of the inner automorphisms, generated by all $\exp(\operatorname{ad}(z))$ for $z\in L$ being strongly ad-nilpotent. Let ...
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How to understand Weyl chambers?

Recall the definition of the Weyl Chambers: A Weyl Chamber is a region of $V \setminus \bigcup_{\alpha \in \Phi} H_{\alpha}$, where $V$ is underlying Euclidean space, and $H_\alpha$ the hyperplane ...
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Weight spaces of a irreducible representation of $\mathfrak{gl}(n, \mathbb{C})$.

Let $\mathfrak{gl}(n,\mathbb{C})$ be the general linear Lie algebra. Let $\{E_{s,t}\}_{1\leq s,t,\leq n}$ be the standard basis for it. And set its Cartan subalgebra $\mathfrak{h}$ to be ...
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commutation relation of angular momentum operator in non cartesian coordinates

The angular momentum operator $J$ in quantum mechanics with the commutation relation \begin{equation*} [J_l,J_m]=i\hbar\epsilon_{lmn}J_n \end{equation*} has the structure of a Lie-algebra. It is ...
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Which elements of $su(n)$ commute with those of a subalgebra $su(2)$

Given a subalgebra $su(2) \subset su(n)$ , how many generators of $su(n)$ commute with any element in the subalgebra $su(2)$? I know that there are at least $n-2$ elements in $su(n)$ satisfying this ...
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To what extent are the Jordan-Chevalley and Levi Decompositions compatible.

I know that the Jordan-Chevalley decomposition for real Lie algebras only applies to semisimple Lie algebras, but in general the addititive J-C decomposition says that for ANY operator, we can ...
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When did the notion of the tangent space emerge?

When did the modern conception of/notation for the tangent space to a manifold come into use?
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The bijection between central characters and linkage classes over a semisimple Lie algebra

I have a question about the modules over a semisimple Lie algebra $\mathfrak{g}$ over $\mathbb{C}$. Let $\mathfrak{h} \subset \mathfrak{g}$ be a Cartan subalgebra. For a given $\lambda \in ...
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Homologie of Lie algebra with coefficients in tensor product of modules

I'd like to prove that $H_i(\mathfrak g, M\otimes N)=\operatorname{Tor}_i^{U \mathfrak g}(M,N).$ My idea was that $H_i(\mathfrak g, M\otimes N)=\operatorname{Tor}_i^{U \mathfrak g}(k,M\otimes N)$. ...
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Computations of common isometry groups, $O(n)/O(n-1), SO(n)/SO(n-1), U(n)/U(n-1)$, etc?

On wikipedia, some of the common isometry groups are given: $S^{n-1}\cong O(n)/O(n-1)$, $S^{n-1}\cong SO(n)/SO(n-1)$, etc. Is there a reference where some/any of these groups are computed? I'm just ...
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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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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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SAGE vs. Mathematica for Lie algebras / groups?

What math software is better for working with Lie algebras and Lie groups, SAGE or Mathematica?
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How are the components of a connection on a homogenous space related to the Mauer-Cartan form?

I am finding it hard to understand in what way the Mauer-Cartan form $\omega_G$ of a Lie group $G$ can be used to define a connection on a bundle $G \to G/H$ in the same way that parallel transport of ...
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Finding a basis and weight space for $L = \mathfrak{so}_6(\mathbb{C})= \{x \in \operatorname{End}(\mathbb{C}^6)\ |\ ^{\mathrm t}xS + Sx = 0 \}$

The question: Let $S = \left(\begin{array}{cc} 0 & I_3 \\ I_3 & 0 \end{array}\right)$ and let $$L = \mathfrak{so}_6(\mathbb{C})= \{x \in \operatorname{End}(\mathbb{C}^6)\ |\ ^{\mathrm t}xS + ...
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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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Compact Lie algebras and Lie groups

A simple or semisimple Lie algebra is said to be compact if the $\mathrm{Tr}\left \{ T^\mathrm{adj}_{a}, T^\mathrm{adj}_{b}\right \}$ is positive definite where $T^\mathrm{Adj}_{a}$ are the generators ...
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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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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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How do I find the Cartan subalgebra?

I know the definition of a Cartan subalgebra, but how do I actually find it explicitly for a particular Lie algebra over the complex numbers?
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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 ...