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Weyl group reflects root to a base?

I am reading Humphreys' Introduction to Lie Algebras and Representation Theory. In Theorem 10.3(c), it is stated that if $\alpha$ is a root then there exists a Weyl group reflection $\sigma$ such that ...
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Does an ideal of finite codimension in a finitely generated algebra have always to be finitely generated?

I have been reading a book on Lie Algebras ("Álgebras de Lie" by San Martin) and there is this exercise in the chapter on universal enveloping algebras with a claim that I can not prove: Suppose ...
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Hermit reciprocity, $\mathfrak{sl}_2(\mathbb{C})$

Let $V$ be the standard $2$-dimensional representation of $\mathfrak{sl}_2(\mathbb{C})$. Hermit reciprocity states that $S^n(S^mV)\simeq S^m(S^nV)$. Can anybody give me a hint to prove it or give a ...
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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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Representation of $\mathfrak{sl}_2(\mathbb{C})$ corresponding to Lie algebra representation

We have a representation $R$ of a Lie group $\mathrm{SL}_2(\mathbb{C})$ in the space of polynomials $\mathbb{C}[x,y]$ such that $R\begin{pmatrix} a & b \\ c & ...
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Derived series of a Lie algebra

I've been studying semisimple Lie algebras and solvability and was wondering if someone could explain to me the meaning of the derived series of a Lie algebra L and this part: $$L^{(1)}=[LL]$$ I don't ...
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Universal enveloping algebra of $\mathfrak{sl}_2$

I need prove that any element of $U(\mathfrak{sl}_2)$ can be represented by linear combination of elements $e^i h^j C^k$, where $C=ef+fe+\dfrac{h^2}{2}$. $e=\begin{pmatrix} 0 & 1 \\ 0 & 0 ...
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Lie Groups/Lie algebras to algebraic groups

I am reading some lie groups/lie algebras on my own.. I am using Brian Hall's Lie Groups, Lie Algebras, and Representations: An Elementary Introduction I was checking for some other references on ...
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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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Computing a differential on a derivation

Let $\varphi:G\to G'$ be a morphism of algebraic groups over an algebraically closed field $k$, so that $d\varphi:\mathscr{L}(G)\to\mathscr{L}(G')$ is a morphism of Lie algebras. Here I view ...
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Which subgroup of $\mathrm{SL}(2,\mathbb{C})$ is this?

I am looking into sub-algebras of $\mathfrak{sl}_2(\mathbb{C})$ and the subgroups of $\mathrm{SL}(2,\mathbb{C})$ they generate. The basis of $\mathfrak{sl}_2(\mathbb{C})$ I am using consists of 3 ...
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For a nilpotent Lie subalgebra, $\mathfrak{h}$, is $ad(\mathfrak{h})$ simultaneously diagonalizable if each $ad(H)$ is diagonalizable?

Let $\mathfrak{g}$ be a Lie algebra and $\mathfrak{h}\subseteq \mathfrak{g}$ be a nilpotent subalgebra such that for every $H \in \mathfrak{h}$, the adjoint map $ad(H): \mathfrak{g} \rightarrow ...
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How to prove that $U(\mathfrak{h})$ is isomorphic to $\mathcal{O}(\mathfrak{h}^*)$.

Let $\mathfrak{h}$ be a Cartan subalgebra of a Lie group $G$. It is said that $U(\mathfrak{h})$ is isomorphic to $\mathcal{O}(\mathfrak{h}^*)$. Here $\mathcal{O}(\mathfrak{h}^*)$ is the ring of ...
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What is the Lie group of $\mathfrak{h}$?

Let $\mathfrak{h}$ be a Cartan subalgebra of a Lie group $G$. What is the Lie group of $\mathfrak{h}$? By definition, the Lie group of $\mathfrak{h}$ consisting of elements of the form $e^{h}$, $h \in ...
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Restricted Universal Enveloping Algebras

Is there example of restricted universal enveloping algebra $uL$ of the $p$-Lie algebra $L$ over field $k$ of characteristic $p > 0$ such that $L$ hasn't nonzero $p$-algebraic elements and global ...
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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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Proving that there exists a saturated set with given highest weight

This is an question about an exercise in Humphreys book on Lie algebras. First of all a bunch of definitions and notation, see §13 in Humphreys for details. Let $\Phi$ be a root system, $\Delta$ a ...
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Lie bracket as defining element for transformations

Why is it precisely the Lie bracket that encodes the information about a given transformation? A Lie algebra is defined by its commutator. Using the exponential map one ends up with a given ...
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Is adjoint map invertible?

I've already studied the group of automorphisms of a simple lie algebra on a finite field, but according to the definition of an adjoint representation of a Lie algebra, can we claim an adjoint map is ...
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What is the explicit formula for classical r-matrices?

It is said that classical r-matrices are those satisfy the classical Yang-Baxter equation $[r_{12}, r_{13}] + [r_{12}, r_{23}] + [r_{13}, r_{23}] = 0$, where $r \in \mathfrak{g} \otimes \mathfrak{g}$. ...
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Adjoint action of semi-direct product

Let $G$ and $H$ be Lie groups with associated Lie algebras $\mathfrak{g}:=\text{Lie}(G)$ and $\mathfrak{h}:=\text{Lie}(H)$ and adjoint actions $\text{Ad}^G:G \to \text{Aut}_\text{Lie}(\mathfrak{g})$ ...
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Lie group and generated ideals

I have this question in my textbook, and I can't seem to solve it on my own: Let $P \subset GL(n,\mathbb{C})$ be a subgroup as following: $P$ consists of all matrices in block ...
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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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Lie groups. How to show that the group operations are smooth.

$N:=\{g\in GL(n,R) : g_{ij}=0 \forall j>i , g_{ii}=1 ∀i\}$. For this matrix group, how can we show that it is a Lie group? I am at the beginning of the subject of Lie groups so I can not ...
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Why are these algebras non-isomorphic?

I am trying to classificate 3-dimensional complex Lie algebras, and this is the first place where i got stuck. Consider a 3-dimensional vector space with basis {$x$, $y$, $z$}. Now i have managed to ...
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Is $sp(4)$ a subalgebra of $su(5)$?

Is $sp(4)$ a subalgebra of $su(5)$? And how can I prove/disprove this? I know already that it cannot be a regular maximal subgroup of $su(5)$ since the Dynkin diagram (which has two roots of unequal ...
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How to show that $\mathcal{O}_q[U]$ is isomorphic to $U_q(\mathfrak{n})$?

Let $U$ be the positive unipotent radical of $SL_n$ and $\mathfrak{n}$ the Lie algebra of $U$. How to show that $\mathcal{O}_q[U]$ is isomorphic to $U_q(\mathfrak{n})$? Here $\mathcal{O}_q[U]$ is the ...
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Differentiating a representation

I'm reading the paper Presenting Schur algebras as quotients of the universal enveloping algebra of $\mathfrak{gl_2}$. It describes a representation of the group algebra ...
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Lie groups, maps and the Weyl group

If I have a map of simple Lie groups $H \to G$, do I get a map of Weyl groups $W_H \to W_G$? If $H$ is the semisimple component of a parabolic subgroup then we can clearly get this (see Ivan's answer ...
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If HP=PH+P for H,P n×n complex matrices, must H be diagonalizable?

If $F$ is a field of characteristic zero, $H,P$ are $n\times n$ matrices over $F$, $0 \neq \alpha \in F$, and $HP=PH+\alpha P$, then must the minimal polynomial of $H$ be square-free and must $P$ ...
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Some beginner facts on representaions of $\mathfrak{sl}_3(\mathbb{C})$

Beginning to learn about representations of $\mathfrak{sl}_3(\mathbb{C})$. One starts with a subspace $$\mathfrak{h}=\{\begin{pmatrix} a_1 & 0 & 0\\ 0 &a_2& 0\\ 0 & 0 & a_3\\ ...
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A property of simple three-dimensional Lie algebras

I am reading a solution of a problem to classify $3$-dimensional simple Lie algebras. First they prove that there exists $H$ such that $[H,X]=\alpha X$ for some $X\ne 0$ and $\alpha\ne 0$. Then they ...
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Decomposition of symmetric powers of $\mathrm{sl}_2$ representations

Let $\mathfrak{g}$ be the Lie algebra $\mathrm{sl}_2(\mathbb{C})$. There is a classification of irreducible representations of $\mathfrak{g}$: each of them is defined by the only natural number $n$, ...
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How to classify all $\theta$-stable Cartan sub algebras?

Let $G$ be a linear connected semisimple Lie group, $\mathfrak g$ its Lie algebra. With respect to the Cartan involution $$ \theta:X\mapsto -\overline{X}^t, $$ one has $\mathfrak{g}=\mathfrak{k}\oplus ...
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Question about weights of $\mathfrak{sl}_2 \mathbf{C}$

On p. 148 of Fulton and Harris' book "Representation Theory: A First Course", they write that "Moreover, by the same token, the $V_\alpha$ that appear must form an unbroken string of numbers of the ...
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Question to Roger Carter's “Lie Algebras of Finite and Affine Type”

In the proof of Proposition 7.31 in Roger Carter's Lie Algebras of Finite and Affine Type, Carter notes that the sets $H_\mu$ and $H_\alpha$ are distinct. Can someone find a good argument why that is ...
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Dynkin Diagram $SU(n)$

The goal is to give the Dynkin diagram of $SU(n)$. One can show that the complexification of the Lie algebra $\mathfrak{g}$ of $G$ is given by $\mathfrak{G}_{\mathbb{C}}=\mathfrak{sl}(n,\mathbb{C})$ ...
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Naive question about the group $SU(n)$?

As usual, let $SU(n)$ represent the set of all the $n\times n$ unitary matrices with determinant $1$. It's easy to show that any matrix $U$ takes the form $U=e^{iA}$ ($A$ is a $n\times n$ traceless ...
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Action of $H$ in representations of $\mathrm{sl}_2$

Let $X,Y,H$ be the standard base for the Lie algebra $\mathrm{sl}_2({\mathbb{C}})$, i.e. $H=\begin{pmatrix} 1 & 0\\ 0 &-1\end{pmatrix}$, $X=\begin{pmatrix} 0 & 1\\ 0 & 0\end{pmatrix}$, ...
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A maximal subalgebra of $E_6$ !?

I'm puzzeled by the following sentence in one of Baez's posts: The Lie algebra $E_6$ has a subalgebra of maximal rank isomorphic to $\mathfrak{so}(10)\oplus \mathfrak{u}(1)$. However, I thought ...
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References to Lie algebras representaions

Could you give me a reference to a brief introduction to representations of Lie algebras, especially $\mathrm{sl}_2(\mathbb{C})$. I mean some basic Verma modules, Weyl groups etc.
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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? ...