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Relationship between invariants of a simple algebraic group

Let $G$ be a simple algebraic group over an algebraically closed field $k$. I believe all of the following invariants are well-defined. Besides the coxeter number, I haven't read about the others, ...
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explicit realization of irreducible representations of simple lie algebras

I know explicit realization of irreducible representations of simple lie algebra $sl_n$ when the highest weight of that representation is a fundamental weight.Is there any explicit realization of any ...
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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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$\mathfrak{sl}(3,F)$ is simple

Prove that $\mathfrak{sl}(3,F)$ is simple, unless $\operatorname{char}F=3$. [Use the standard basis $h_1,h_2,e_{ij}(i\neq j)$. If $I\ne 0$ is an ideal, then $I$ is the direct sum of eigenspaces for ...
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Does the Lie Bracket automatically exist?

Let $g$ be a Matrix Lie Group. The Lie Algebra of $g := Lie(g)$ is defined as $ Lie(g) = \{ \dot{\gamma}(0) | \gamma:(-\epsilon, \epsilon) \rightarrow g, \gamma \in C^1, \gamma(0) = \mathbb{I} \} $ ...
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When is $\left\{ [x,y] \mid x, y \in \mathfrak{g} \right\}$ a subspace of $\mathfrak{g}$?

Let $\mathfrak{g}$ be a lie algebra. When is $\left\{ \left[x,y\right] \mid x, y \in \mathfrak{g} \right\}$ a subspace of $\mathfrak{g}$? Is this common at all? Thanks! -Dan
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Root-subspaces are $\mathfrak{g}$-invariant

I need some help with technicalities concernig root-subspaces of nilpotent Lie algebras of operators. Let $\mathfrak{g} \subseteq \mathfrak{gl}(V)$ be nilpotent Lie algebra, $\alpha \ \colon \ ...
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Classification of 6-D Nilmanifolds

I am reading the G.Cavalcanti and M.Gualtieri's Generalized Complex Structures on Nilmanifolds. In the introduction it is said that there are 34 nilpotent lie algebra isomorphism classes. There are ...
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Prove that $[L,Rad(L)] \subseteq N$ for finite-dimensional Lie algebra $L$

I need to prove the following fact: if $L$ is a finite-dimensional Lie algebra over field of characteristic $0$, $Rad(L)$ is its radical, and $N$ is the maximal nilpotent ideal in $L$, then ...
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Dihedral and quaternion groups as subgroups of SO(n), SU(n), Spin(n), SO(n)$\times$SO(n), SU(n)$\times$SU(n)

This is a very simple question on whether these three discrete groups $D_4$,$Q_8$,$(\mathbb{Z}_2)^3$ are subgroups of certain Lie groups. More precisely, given discrete groups below (a), (b), (c): ...
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Semi-simple Lie algebra $L$ coincides with its derived algebra $L'$

If $L$ is a semi-simple Lie algebra, then $L=L'$. Since $L$ is semi-simple we can write it as a direct sum of simple ideals $L_i$, i.e. $L=\oplus_{i=1}^r L_i$. Then $L'=\oplus_{i=1}^r L_i'$ and ...
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To what extent are formulas obtained in one Lie group valid in another Lie group with an isomorphic Lie algebra?

In quantum optics, I am trying to explore the group generated by squeezing and rotation operators. These are closely related to area-preserving linear transforms, which they induce on the phase space, ...
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Character of half-spin representation

Let $S^\pm$ be the half-spin representations of $\mathfrak{so}_{2n}\mathbb{C}$. Fulton-Harris's Representation Theory says on page 378 that the character $D^\pm$ of $S^\pm$ is the sum $$\sum x_1^{\pm ...
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Solvable Lie algebra with codimension 1 ideal

There is an exercise in Humphreys's An Introduction to Lie Algebras and Representation Theory: "Any nilpotent Lie algebra contains a codimension 1 ideal". The proof I am thinking of is the following. ...
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Determinant of a cartan matrix

I was taking an introductory course in Lie algebras and I just learned about how we associate a Cartan matrix to a semisimple Lie algebra. So, for the A-series, the determinant of this matrix goes to ...
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Usage and determination of “rank” and “dimension” of groups & representations

Physicist here. I seem to see conflicting statements about the rank of some groups I've come across lately. A paper I'm reading states that $SO(6)$ is rank 3 and therefore its Cartan subalgebra ...
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Is algebraic closure required in Weyl's theorem on complete reducibility? (Lie algebras)

Weyl's theorem states that finite-dimensional representations of finite dimensional semisimple Lie algebras are completely reducible (expressible as a direct sum of irreducible submodules), with some ...
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Regarding the definition of vector field flow

To make the connection to the Lie derivative, let $t \mapsto \Phi^X_t$ be the 1-parameter group of diffeomorphisms (or flow) generated by the vector field $ X $. The differential $ d\Phi^X_t ...
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Finding the Lie map

Suppose I have a group homomorphism $\rho:SL(2,\mathbb{C})\to SO_0(3,1)$ given by $\rho(a)X=aXa^*$ and I want to see how the corresponding Lie map $L\rho$ looks like. By definition $$ ...
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Only 3 finite-dimensional Lie algebra on $\mathbf R$?

Please, how does one show that up to diffeomorphism there are exactly three finite dimensional Lie algebras of vector fields on the real line $\mathbf R$.
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Integer domain enveloping algebra

I must prove that if $L$ is a Lie algebra and denoting $U(L)$ the enveloping algebra, then $U(L)$ hasn't zero divisions (e.g. if $ab=0 \,\,\, a,b \in U(L)$ then $a=0$ or $b=0$). Some ideas?
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$x$ regular $\Leftrightarrow$ $x$ is in exactly one CSA

Here's a statement and a proof given in a Lie Algebra course (in the tutorial): Let $L$ be a semisimple Lie algebra over a field $F$ with $\text{char} F=0$. Let $x\in L$ be a semisimple element. ...
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Finite-dimensional Lie algebra as a scheme

Kindly asking for any hints about the following questions: Suppose $k$ is an algebraically closed field of characteristic zero and $g$ is a finite-dimensional Lie algebra over $k$. Then $g$ is ...
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Dimension of Abelian Lie Algebras

I've tried to answer this question, but I need some help. What is the possible dimension of irreducible representations of Abelian Lie Algebras? I think it is always one, but I am not sure. Thank ...
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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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Commutator formula in infinite dimensions

The commutator formula states that for $A,B$ elements of a Lie algebra, $$ \lim_{n\to \infty}\left\{ ...
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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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Smallest dimensional irreps of semi-simple Lie algebras

I'm wondering if there is a reference that lists the first couple smallest dimensional irreducible representations of each semi-simple Lie algebra. I know these can be found using the Weyl dimension ...
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Standard parabolic Lie subalgebras and conjugacy

Let $\mathfrak g$ be a given semisimple Lie algebra with corresponding adjoint Lie group $G$. A parabolic subalgebra is any subalgebra containing a Borel subalgebra. We can pick a Borel ...
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ADE type root lattice

Let $\Phi$ be a root system of ADE type, $L$ is the corresponding root lattice, show that $\Phi=\{\alpha\in L:(\alpha,\alpha)=2\}$, where $(,)$ is the normalized non-degenerate symmetric bilinear form ...
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Decomposing products of spinor representations into anti-symmetric tensors

There is always a natural $2^{[\frac{d}{2}]}$ dimensional spinorial representation of $SO(d-1,1)$ (..induced from a representation of the related Clifford algebra..) and if $[m]$ denote the space of ...
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Basis of the Engel algebra

If I have a connected, simply connected nilpotent lie group given by the commutators between the elements of a basis of its Lie algebra how can I recover the left invariant vector fields? For ...
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Finding the Killing form of $\mathfrak{sp}_{2n}(\mathbb{C})$

How can I find the Killing form of $\mathfrak{sp}_{2n}(\mathbb{C})$? I'm explicitly working with basis vectors in trying to compute $\operatorname{tr}(\operatorname{ad}(a)\operatorname{ad}(b))$ but ...
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Representations of $U(d)$. Calculation of Gelfand-Zeitlin patterns for particular vectors.

Following structure is given $\left(\mathbb{C}^d\right)^{\otimes n}$. Consider irreducible representations of $U(d)$. And consider the fully symmetric subspace $T_{\alpha}$ in ...
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Question about a Corollary of Engel's Theorem

Engel's Theorem states that: Let $L$ be a subalgebra of $\mathfrak{gl}(V)$, $V$ finite dimensional. If $L$ consists of nilpotent endomorphisms and $V \neq 0$, then there exists nonzero $v \in V$ for ...
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Principal Bundles and Lie algebras

Suppose I have a principal $S^{1}$ bundle over a nice compact symmetric space. The symmetric space arises as a homogeneous space, call it $X=G/H$. On the Lie algebra level we have the decomposition ...
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Solve commutator relation $[Q,d]=-[P,d]$ for $Q$ on chain complexes with scalar product

Suppose we are given chain sequences $\dots \rightarrow C_k \rightarrow C_{k+1} \rightarrow \dots$ and $\dots \rightarrow D_k \rightarrow D_{k+1} \rightarrow \dots$ of finite-dimensional vector ...
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How can I find a Chevalley basis of $B_2$?

How can I find a Chevalley basis of a type $B_2$ when the related lie algebra is defined as a linear Lie algebra of elements of the form $x= \begin{pmatrix} 0 & b_1 & b_2 \\ c_1 & m & ...
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orbit of a Dynkin diagram automorphism

Let $f$ be a Dynkin diagram automorphism. Extend $f$ linearly to the root system $\Delta$. What is a set of representatives of the orbits of $\Delta$ under $f$ ? Thanks,
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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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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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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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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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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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Do involutions suffice to find reflected vectors in a reflection group representation?

Consider a reflection group $W$ acting by isometries on a Euclidean space $V$. I want to understand the union of $(-1)$-eigenspaces for this action, the set $$\{v \in V : \exists w \in W\ (w\cdot v = ...
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How to visualise the Killing form of a Lie algebra

Given a Lie algebra $\mathfrak{g}$, we can define its Killing form $$K(x,y) = \mathrm{Tr}(ad_x\circ ad_y)$$for $x, y\in \mathfrak g$. Whilst I understand that the Cartan decomposition $$\mathfrak g ...
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Root space decomposition

Regarding the direct sum of vector spaces/algebras, the dimensions of the parts of the sum should equal the whole. With the root decomp, the cartan sub algebra seems to have a dimension as high as the ...
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Campbell Baker Hausdorff formula for exp(X+Y)exp(X-Y)

Original Question: Given $X,Y\in \mathfrak g\mathfrak l_{\mathbb R}(n)$, and the CBH formula for $\exp(X)\exp(Y)$ (wiki), what is the corresponding formula for $\exp(X+Y)\exp(X-Y)$? The main ...
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Prove the Weyl's complete reducibility Theorem on finite-dimensional $\mathfrak{g}-modules$ by Kostant's $\mathfrak{n}$-cohomology result

I've met an exercise in Kumar's book ("Kac-Moody Groups, their Flag Varieties and Representation Theory", Chapter III, page 89, Ex. 3.2. E, (1) & (2)). But I have no idea about its proof. Any ...