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Help! How to derive the result related to Darboux derivative?

First, define Darboux derivative. There is one Lie group $G$ and one manifold $M$. Let $\phi:M\rightarrow G$ be a smooth map. The Darboux derivative $\Delta(\phi):TM \rightarrow M\times \mathfrak g$ ...
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Exercise 11, chapter 2 in Lie Groups, Lie Algebras, and Representations: An Elementary Introduction

I am reading the book: Lie Groups, Lie Algebras, and Representations: An Elementary Introduction by Brian C. Hall. I am stuck at the following exercise: exercise 11, chapter 2 . Can you help me? ...
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defining epimorphism between Lie algebras

It is a general question: Let $A$ and $B$ are two lie algebras over field of characteristic $p>3$ and we have the generators of them. I want to define an epimorphism between them. How we can define ...
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cohomology of general linear group over finite fields

Let $\mathbb{Z}_2=\mathbb{Z}/2\mathbb{Z}$. Let $\mathrm{GL}_n(\mathbb{Z}_2)$ be the group consisting of all $n\times n$ matrices with entries in $\mathbb{Z}_2$ with non-zero determinant. What is the ...
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Determining Lie algebra: are my thoughts correct?

Let $UT_1(n, \mathbb R)$ denote the set of all upper triangular real matrices with diagonal equal to $1$. This is a Lie group. I am trying to determine its Lie algebra. Please can you tell me if ...
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Do I have the right idea for this isomorphism of Lie algebras of matrix groups?

I previously determined that the Lie algebra of $O(3,\mathbb C)$ is the set of skew symmetric matrices and that the Lie algebra of $SL_2(\mathbb C)$ is the set of traceless matrices. I am now trying ...
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Root system of a simple lie algebra is irreducible

The proposition is from Humphreys. I don't understand how to prove the highlighted statements. How can I express a general element of K? I tried using Cartan decomposition of L but it doesn't work. ...
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An apparent contradiction in SU(3) structure constants?

According to http://www.phys.washington.edu/users/ellis/Phys5578/SU3_5.htm or the related Wikipedia article, the following equation should hold: $[ \frac{\lambda_3}{2}, \frac{\lambda_4}{2}] = i ...
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Coproduct of Lie algebras

Fix a commutative ring $k$ and look at the category of Lie algebras over $k$. How do coproducts in that category look like? Notice that what is usually called the "direct sum" of Lie algebras is not ...
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representations of Lie algebras

I am studying irreducible representations of Lie algebras when our filed is of positive characteristic, I need an explicit explanation with example (or an article) which describes the differences what ...
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Spin group Spin(4,1)

i'm interested in the spin group $Spin(4,1)$ wich correspond to the symplectic group $Sp(1,1)$. The only source that I could find about it was wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spin_group). It ...
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$[L_+^m, L_y^n]$ in the $SO(3)$ Lie Algebra

Let $SO(3)$ be generated by infinitesimal rotations $L_x, L_y, L_z$ such the typical relations $ [L_x, L_y] = L_z $ and similar. Let $L_\pm = L_x \pm i L_y$ be the raising and lowering operators. Is ...
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Does the adjoint action induce a trivial action on Lie algebra cohomology?

Let $k$ be an algebraically closed field and $\Gamma$ a finite group. $\Gamma$ acts on itself via conjugation, and it is true that the induced action on the cohomology algebra $H^{*}(\Gamma,k)$ is ...
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Relation between simple roots and fundamental weights.

Let $\alpha_1, \ldots, \alpha_n$ be simple roots of a semisimple complex Lie algebra. Let $\omega_1, \ldots, \omega_n$ be the fundamental weights. We have $$ \alpha_i = \sum_{s} k_s \omega_s, $$ for ...
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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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How can the generators of subalgebra $\mathfrak g^{\sigma}$ of $\sigma$-stable elements be expressed through generators of Lie algebra $\mathfrak g$?

Let $\mathfrak g$ be the semisimple Lie algebra of type $D_{4}$. Let $\sigma$ be the 3-rd order automorphism of $\mathfrak g$ induced by the triality of $D_{4}$: $$ ...
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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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Differential operators on the polynomial ring

Let $A$ be a commutative algebra over complex numbers. If $a\in A$ we define $m_a$ to be a linear map which sends each $x$ to $ax$. The zero map $A\to A$ is said to be a differential operator of an ...
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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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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 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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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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Regular elements of a module is open and dense

Let $\mathfrak{g}$ be an algebraic Lie algebra and $V$ be a $\mathfrak{g}$-module, then for each $v\in V$, define $\mathfrak{g}^v = \{x\in\mathfrak{g}:xv = 0\}$. Let $V_{reg}$ be the set of all $v$ ...
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invariant polynomial on a lie algebra $\mathfrak{g}$

This question (maybe an easy one) arose when I was reading Humphrey's book "an introduction to Lie algebra and its representations". Suppose $\mathfrak{g}$ is a complex semisimple lie algebra, $V$ ...
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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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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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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 $A= Span \{x_ix_j\ , x_i \frac{\partial}{\partial x_j} , \frac{\partial^2}{\partial x_i \partial x_j} , i,j=1,2,\cdots,n\}$. ...
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What is the Lie algebra of $G=\mathbb{R}$

The question is updated as following. 1. Let $(\Phi,L^2(R))$ be left regular representation of $\mathbb R$ given by $$ \Phi(g)f(x)=f(x-g). $$ It is unitary representation of $\mathbb R$. 2. For ...
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Skew polynomial algebra and deformation

Let $R$ be an associative unital $k$-algebra. If $\alpha \in End_k(R)$ and $\delta$ is a $\alpha$-derivation, then one can define the skew polynomial algebra $R[x; \alpha,\delta]$ by letting $ax = x ...
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A question in the proof that the weight of a finite dimensional module is W-invariant

Recently I'm reading Humphrey's book "Introduction to Lie algebra and representation theory", section 21 on the finite dimensional module of a semisimple lie algebra, and I have a question here which ...
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Invariant bilinear forms on Lie algebras

Consider a (compact) Lie group $H$ that acts on its Lie algebra $\mathfrak h$ in the usual way, $x\mapsto gxg^{-1}$ for any $x\in\mathfrak h$ and $g\in H$. Suppose we are given a real symmetric ...
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Fulton-Harris Lemma 3.35

In the proof of Lemma 3.35 in Fulton--Harris, Representation Theory, it is claimed that the identification $H(\phi^2(x),y)=H(x, \phi^2(y))$ implies that $\lambda$ is a positive real ($\phi^2$ is known ...
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Nilpotency of Lie algebra from structure constants

Consider a given set of structure constants $c_{ij}^k$ defining a (finite dimensional) Lie algebra $\mathfrak{L}$, i.e. $$[e_i,e_j] = \sum_{k=1}^N c_{i,j}^k \, e_k \qquad i,j=1,\ldots,N$$ with $N$ ...
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intuition behind basis of a root system

I am reading Lie Algebra book by James E.Humphreys. I can understand the fruitfulness of the notion of basis of a root system. But what is the intuition behind this definition, In particular the ...
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Maximal noncompact forms in classical Lie algebra?

In this short note on Lie algebra, discussing about classical Lie algebra A,B,C,D class, in page 4 after Eq.(7), on the part of B,D class of O(2n,F) and O(2n+1,F) group (or algebra?), there is a ...
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Quaternion, Dihedral groups and A-D-E classification

$\bullet$ What is the role of Quaternion group $H$ and dihedral groups $D_n$ in A-D-E classification? $\bullet$ Is Quaternion group $H$ in $A$ (special linear Lie algebra of traceless operators) or ...