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The diffential of commutator map in a Lie group

Leb $G$ be a Lie group and $f:G\times G\rightarrow G$ be the commutator map $:(x,y)\mapsto xyx^{-1}y^{-1}$. How to obtain the Lie bracket in the associated Lie algebra of $G$ from the derivatives of ...
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Is there a definition of a dual Lie algebra?

Let $L$ be a Lie algebra. For vector spaces, modules, Banach spaces, etc. we have the notion of a dual. Question: Is it possible to define naturally a Lie algebra $L^*$ that is in some sense dual to ...
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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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Are the two definitions of the BGG category equivalent?

Let $\mathfrak{g}$ be a finite dimensional complex semisimple lie algebra, the BGG category $\mathcal{O}$ is defined as the set of $\mathfrak{g}-$ module $M$ such that $M$ is finitely generated; ...
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invariants of a Lie algebra

What does it mean by "constructing invariants" in algebraic topology or algebra in general? How to define a "invariant" in algebra? What does it mean by the "invariant of a Lie algebra"?
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Adjoint Representation of Lorentz Group

I'm thinking about the image under the adjoint representation $\mathrm{Ad}$ of the proper (identity connected component) Lorentz group $SO^+(1,3)$. Since this group has a trivial centre (it contains, ...
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reduced space of coadjoint orbit

Let $G$ be a compact Lie group and $\lambda\in \frak{g}^*$$=(Lie G)^*$ and $O_\lambda$ be the Coadjoint orbit through $\lambda\in \frak{g}^*$ and $\mu:O_\lambda\to\frak{g}^*$ be the moment map, ...
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Representations of the Special Orthogonal Group in Three Dimensions.

This will perhaps be an unenlightening question, but here I go. Hopefully someone can varify my thoughts. $\\$ Considering Lie Group Theory and Representation Theory, for the case of the $SO(3)$, ...
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Skew-Symmetric after base change symmetric?

Are there invertible matrices $A,B \in \textrm{GL}(\mathbb{C}^3)$ such that for every skew-symmetric matrix $S \in \textrm{Mat}_{3 \times 3} (\mathbb{C})$ the matrix $A \cdot S \cdot B$ is symmetric? ...
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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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What is a Complete Set of Weights of a Representation of a Lie Subalgebra?

In relation to Lie Group and Lie Algebra theory, I am studying about the weights of representations. I have come across the terminology "a complete string of weights" in my lecture course, but it is ...
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Conjugacy of simple system in a root system

I'll set up the problem, then ask the question. Let $V$ be a finite dimension vector space over $\mathbb{R}$ and let $\Phi$ be a root system in $V$, i.e. (1) $\Phi \cap \mathbb{R} \alpha = ...
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Representations of two-dimensional Lie algebra

It is widely known that there is only one $2$-dimensional non-abelian Lie algebra: it can be generated by two vectors $e_1$ and $e_2$ such that $[e_1,e_2]=e_1$. Let us lenote it by $L$. The question ...
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Weight space of a representation of ${\frak sl}(2,\mathbb C)$

Suppose $(\pi,V)$ is a finite representation of $SU(2)$. Then there's an induced representation $(\pi_*,V)$ of the complexified ${\frak su}^\mathbb C(2) = {\frak sl}(2,\mathbb C)$. Show that the ...
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Construction of lie algebra $g(A)$ in Victor Kac's book

In Kac's book "infinite dimensional lie algebras" Chapter I, he constructed a infinite lie algebra $g(A)$ starts from any $n\times n$ complex matrix $A$ as follows: Let $\mathfrak{b}$ be a vector ...
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Lie group and Lie algebra automorphisms

Assume that $G$ is a connected Lie group and that $\alpha:G\rightarrow G$ is an automorphism of $G$. Furthermore let $\alpha_*:\mathfrak{g}\rightarrow\mathfrak{g}$ be the corresponding tangent map at ...
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Invariant Non degenerate symmetric bilinear forms on semisimple lie algebras?

We know every finite-dimensional semisimple lie algebra can be written as direct sum of simple lie algebras. Also, everybody knows all invariant symmetric bilinear and non degenerate forms on simple ...
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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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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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Lifts of embeddings of Lie algebras to their universal enveloping algebras

Let $k$ be an algebraically closed field, and let $(\mathfrak{h},[\;,\;])$ be a finite dimensional abelian Lie algebra $k$. Let $(\mathfrak{g},[\;,\;])$ be a finite dimensional Lie algebra over $k$ ...
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An $\mathrm{Ad}$-invariant inner product that agrees with the trace

Let $\mathfrak{g}$ be a real semisimple Lie algebra. Then, we have an obvious $\mathrm{Ad}$-invariant inner product (I don't care about positive definiteness) on $\mathfrak{g}$, namely the Killing ...
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Component of a pushover vector by one-parameter transformation

I am curious about a step on the proof that shows Lie derivative of a vector field is equivalent Lie bracket. Following comes from Nakahara. We define integral curves by vector field X and Y as ...
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Root space of a Semi simple group an LVS?

A semi-simple Lie group has a Cartan Subalgebra ($H$) (CSA) -an LVS, Dual to this CSA LVS is root space($H^*$), which is set funtionals that map elements of CSA to real numbers and hence useful in ...
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Quaternions, Lie Groups and Lie Algebras. Steps to realize a paper. [closed]

I have to realize a paper about quaternions and Lie Groups and Lie Algebras. How can I realize the links between quaternions and Lie Groups & Algebras. Which books do you recommend me? First, I ...
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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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Is every element of a complex semisimple Lie algebra a commutator?

Let $L$ be a (finite-dimensional) complex semisimple Lie algebra. Then we know that $L = [L,L]$. Is it true that every element of $L$ must be a commutator? Since a complex semisimple Lie algebra is ...
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Why the square of ideal in Lie algebra is also ideal?

Let $L$ be a Lie algebra over field $F$, $I$ - ideal in this algebra. It's stated that $I^2$ (and so any item of central series) is also ideal in $L$. 1) For any $a, b \in I^2: [a,b] \in I^2$. True, ...
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Symetric powers of $sl_2$ representations

I'd like to understand some special things about representations of $sl_2$ (which is considered as a Lie algebra over $\mathbb{C}$). First, it can be shown that for each $n\in \mathbb{N}$ there is ...
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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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Can the equality $e^{-tY}Me^{tY} = e^{tX}M $ be shown by showing it only to 1st order? (Lie representations)

We have that A and B belong to different representations of the same Lie group. The representations have the same dimension. X and Y are elements of the respective Lie algebra representations. $$A = ...
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Automorphisms of a split Lie algebra — strange proof in Bourbaki

This is about ch. VIII § 5 no. 3 Proposition 5 in Bourbaki's book on Groupes et algèbres de Lie (unchanged on p. 109 in the Hermann 1975 or Springer 2006 edition). The assertion is that for a ...
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Obtaining representations of $G$ from $\mathrm{Lie}(G)$.

Suppose $\mathfrak{g}$ is a semisimple Lie algebra over $\mathbb{C}$, and $\tilde{G}$ is the unique connected, simply connected Lie group whose Lie algebra is $\mathfrak{g}$. Let $C$ be any discrete ...
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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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Category , lie algebras …

I want a reference book about Lie algebras that have the definition of universal enveloping algebra by the categorical point of view. All references that i found use the construction by the quotient ...
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Lie Algebra of Reduced Heisenberg Group Identities

I am having problems trying to understand a statement by Howe in his paper "On the role of the Heisenberg group in harmonic analysis". Here is the setting: Howe defined the (reduced) Heisenber group ...
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Lie algebra of R^n

Until now the only example of lie groups I have seen are subgroups of $GL_n$. Today I had the idea, that also $G=(\mathbb R^n,+)$ must be a lie group ($(\mathbb R^n,+)$ is a group with the ...
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In which course one learns Lie Group&Algebra and to which category of mathematics this subject belongs?

I'm a junior and i have never leanred this subject. I think "Lie Group&Algebra" is really deep and massive theory since the wikipedia page for it is quite long. Nevertheless, i'm not sure ...
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How could we decompose anticommutator of representation matrices for a Lie algebra?

For commutator, we know that $[T^a,T^b]=if^{abc}T^c$, where $f^{abc}$ is the structure constant. But is there a similar formula for $\{T^a, T^b\}$? Thank you.
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Computing a Lie Bracket: General Questions

I'm asked to compute the following Lie Bracket: $\left [ -y \dfrac{\partial}{\partial x} + x\dfrac{\partial}{\partial y} , \dfrac{\partial}{\partial x} \right] $ on $\mathbb{R}^2$. Just writing it ...
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What is the kernel of a Maurer-Cartan form?

The Maurer-Cartan form on the Lie group $Gl(n,\mathbb{R})$ is a one-form taking values in $\mathfrak{gl}(n,\mathbb{R})$ as defined in the link. It has a rather concrete "extrinsic definition" as ...
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For a matrix group $G$ of dimension $d$, I am trying to prove that the function $Ad : G \rightarrow GL_d(\mathbb{R})$ is smooth.

For a matrix group $G$ of dimension $d$, I am trying to prove that the function $Ad : G \rightarrow GL_d(\mathbb{R})$ is smooth. So where I am starting is by extending $Ad : G \rightarrow ...
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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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Why does exponentiating the derivative yield the shift operator?

If we formally exponentiate the derivative operator $\frac{d}{dx}$ on $\mathbb{R}$, we get $$e^\frac{d}{dx} = I+\frac{d}{dx}+\frac{1}{2!}\frac{d^2}{dx^2}+\frac{1}{3!}\frac{d^3}{dx^3}+ \cdots$$ ...
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If the Lie algebra is a direct sum, then the Lie group is a direct product?

I am reading the corollary 21.6 in the book "Morse Theory" by John Milnor, but I've encountered a statement for which I have no ideas. Let $G$ be a simply connected Lie group with a bi-invariant ...
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Representation theory and particle physics

Are there good books which explain clearly explain the connections between modern particle physics and representation theory of groups and lie algebras?
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Uniqueness of decomposition of $\mathfrak{sl}(2,\mathbb{C})$-modules

By Weyl's Theorem, I know that every $\mathfrak{sl}(2,\mathbb{C})$-module is completely reducible. I'm under the impression that, up to isomorphism, this decomposition is unique, and I would go about ...
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What's wrong with my proof that reductive Lie algebras are semisimple?

If $L$ is a Lie algebra, $\text{Rad}(L)$ denotes its largest solvable ideal. Then $L$ is reductive if $\text{Rad}(L) = Z(L)$ (the center of $L$). An exercise in Humphreys asks: $L$ is reductive if ...
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Advice on proving a tricky inequality

Im a little out of my depth here and am not well versed in combinatorics. Im not sure if this problem is too hard to solve or if there exists well known results to prove it. Here is part 1 which might ...
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$\mathfrak{so}(n)$ has trivial center when $n\geq 3$

Is there a nice way to show that $$\mathfrak{so}(n)=\{A \in M(n,\mathbb{R}): A+A^t=0\} $$ has zero center for $n \geq 3$?