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Is a Lie algebra a complex or a real vector space?

I am trying to learn Lie theory and for this purpose I worked out the Lie algebras of some matrix groups. The examples I worked happened to be complex matrix groups and it lead me to wonder whether, ...
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Weights of universal enveloping algebra

Let $L$ be a semi simple Lie algebra over an algebraically closed field $F$ with Cartan decomposition $L = h \oplus n_+ \oplus n_- $, Root system $\Phi$, Set of positive roots $\Phi_+$, Simple ...
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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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Lie algebra of the semiorthogonal group $O(p,q)$ [closed]

How do I prove this: If $\mathcal{O}(p,q)$ is a Lie algebra of the semiorthogonal group $O(p,q)$ then $\mathcal O(p,q)$ consist of all matrices of the form: $$X= \left( \begin{matrix} a ...
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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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Where is my mistake: determining the Lie algebra of complex orthogonal matrices

I tried to determine the Lie algebra of $O(3, \mathbb C)$ but I think there is a mistake but I can't find it. Here is my work: Let $\mathfrak o$ denote the Lie algebra of $O(3, \mathbb C)$. The ...
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Relation between two sets of generators of SO(3)

I am working with the spin 1 representation of SU(2), which is just SO(3). The ordinary generators used in quantum mechanics are: $J_x = \left( \begin{array}{ccc} 0 & \frac{1}{\sqrt{2}} & 0 ...
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Proof that these two definitions are equivalent

Where can I find a proof of or how can I prove that these two definitions are equivalent? Definition 1: The Lie algebra of a Lie group $G \subset GL_n$ is the tangent space at $I$. Definition 2: ...
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Injective acton of an Chevalley generator of $\mathfrak{sl}(2)$ on non-intergral weight module

I have a problem as follows. Let $E_{i,j}\in M_2(\mathbb{C})$ be the elementary matrix and $\mathfrak{g}:=\mathfrak{sl}(2) = \{ A \in M_2({\mathbb{C}})| tr(A) =0 \}$ the special linear Lie algebra. ...
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How to “find” this Lie algebra: proof that $\mathfrak{sl}$ is trace zero matrices

I saw this table here on Wikipedia and it states that the Lie algebra of the special linear group $SL_n(\mathbb C)$ is the group of traceless matrices $\mathfrak{sl}_n$. I know the definition of a ...
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Restriction functors between Categories O over semi-simple Lie algebras

I have the following question: Let $\mathfrak{g}:= \mathfrak{gl}(3)$ be the general linear algebra and $\mathfrak{gl}(2) \cong \mathfrak{a} \subset \mathfrak{gl}(3)$ a sub-algebra. Let ...
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How does the $10$ dimensional irrep (tensor) of $SU(3)$ look like?

We know that for $SU(3)$ the following tensors furnish the $\mathbf{d}$ dimensional irreducible representation: $$\phi^i\hspace{1cm} (\mathbf{3})\\ \phi^{ij}\hspace{1cm} (\text{asymmetric in ...
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Basic sanity check: dimension of Lie groups / tangent spaces

A potential typo in an exercise prompted me to question my knowledge of manifolds. So what I need is a sanity check. Here is what I used to think before I got unsure: If $M$ is an $n$-manifold then ...
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compactness or not of a Lie group

Is the Lie group generated by this Lie algebra compact or not? $$ [X_i,X_j]=0, [H_i,H_j]=f^{ijk} X_k, [X_i,H_j]=0 $$ $f^{123}>0$, and $i,j,k \in \{ 1,2,3\}$. There are 6 generators in ...
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True or False statements about compactness of Lie group

Several statements I like to know their True or False statements about the compactness of Lie group. Semi-simple Lie algebra: Every semi-simple Lie group generated by the semi-simple Lie algebra is ...
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Good reference for The Differntiable Slice Theorem

I am looking for a book that will give me a good proof of The Differentiable Slice Theorem - Suppose a compact Lie group $G$ acts smoothly on a manifold $M$. Then every orbit has a $G$-invarient ...
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Derivative of $Ad(c(t))X$

Let $G=SO(3)$ and $V=\{c'(0)|c:(-\epsilon,\epsilon)\to G, c\in C^{\infty} , c(0)=1\}$. For $g\in G$, define $Ad(g): V\to V$ by $Ad(g)(X)=gXg^{-1}$. The book says ...
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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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Why has the space $\{X\in M(3,\mathbb{R}) : X+X^T=0\}$ dimension $3$ over $\mathbb{R}$

How can we determine this space $\{X\in M(3,\mathbb{R}) : X+X^T=0\}$ is $3$ dimensional over $\mathbb{R}$. Here I can find a linearly independent set which has $3$ elements. So I know the dimension is ...
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Solving a PDE to Yield Determining Equations

I'm going through an example in Peter Hydon's book "Symmetry Methods for Differential Equations" which finds the basis for the Lie Algebra of the point symmetry generators for Burgers' equations. ...
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Set of non fixed points of an automorphism

I am trying to prove the following "For an orbifold chart $ (\tilde{U},G,\phi)$ the set of non fixed point of $ g : \tilde{U} \rightarrow \tilde{U} $ where $ 1 \neq g \ \in G$ is dense in $\tilde ...
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Semi-simplicity of tensor product of simple modules over $\mathfrak{sl}(2)$

I have the following questions: $\bf Notations$: Let $\mathfrak{h} \subset \mathfrak{sl}(2)$ be a Cartan subalgebra, and $W$, $V$ be $\mathfrak{h}$-semisimple (i.e. they are weight modules), simple ...
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Tangent line to the unitary group $U_1$

I have been working through a small project and the last part has me completely stumped. I have just shown that the matrix $\exp\tau X$ is unitary for all $\tau\in\mathbb{R}$ iff $X$ is ...
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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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Modified first isomorphism theorem

This question is vague on purpose but I hope it should make enough sense. I don't think it matters which type of objects I'm working with, but just in case it does, I'll point out that I'm working ...
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The irreducibility of representations of parabolic induction over $\mathfrak{gl}_n(\mathbb{C})$

I have the following problem: Let $\mathfrak{g} = \mathfrak{gl}(n)$ be the general linear Lie algebra over $\mathbb{C}$. Denote $\Pi = \{\alpha_i:=\epsilon_i-\epsilon_{i+1}\}_{i=1}^{n-1}$ by the ...
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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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Some solvable Lie algebra but not nilpotent

Can someone provide two concrete examples the Lie algebra which is solvable, but not nilpotent? -- And further explain the subtle differences between the solvable Lie algebra and the ...
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PBW for Lie Superalgebras

The PBW Theorem In the literature there are many sources discussing the PBW-basis for Lie superalgebras, see for example M. Scheunert - The Theory of Lie Superalgebras theorem 1 and corollary in ...
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If a Lie algebra L decomposes as a direct sum of its derived subalgebra and its center, is L reductive?

A Lie algebra $L$ is said to be reductive if for any ideal $\mathfrak{a}$ of $L$, there is an ideal $\mathfrak{b}$ of $L$ such that $L=\mathfrak{a}\oplus\mathfrak{b}$. It is known that a reductive ...
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Hochschild-Serre spectral sequence for not normal subalgebra

I am trying to understand lemma 2.26 from http://www.math.ru.nl/~solleveld/scrip.pdf I am coserned about calculation of $E^{p, q}_1$. If $\mathfrak{h}$ is Lie ideal than everything is fine. But here ...
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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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Non-integral blocks of category $\mathcal{O}$ over $\mathfrak{sl}_2$ are semisimple.

Hi: I have a problem as follows. Consider the category $\mathcal{O}$ of $\mathfrak{g}: = \mathfrak{sl}_2(\mathbb{C})$. Let $r\in \mathbb{C}$ but $r\notin\mathbb{Z}$. Let $s_\alpha$ be the simple ...
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Why does $det(R) = +1$ imply right handed frame?

Let $R$ be a rotational matrix in $SO(3)$ so it satisfies $R^TR = I$ Solvng for $det(R^TR) = (det(R))^2 = 1$ yields two solutions Why does $det(R) = +1$ mean that the frame is a right handed frame? ...
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Relationship between proper orthochronous Lorentz group $SO^+(1,3)$ and $SU(2)\times SU(2)$, or their Lie algebras

I have seen sources claim that $SO^+(1,3) \cong SU(2) \times SU(2)$, but have seen others claim that only their Lie algebras are isomorphic. Is it true that $SO^+(1,3) \cong SU(2) \times SU(2)$? If ...
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Is every complex Lie algebra a complexification?

I'm wondering if every finite-dimensional complex Lie algebra can be written as a complexification of a real Lie algebra. At the vector space level, clearly every $\mathbb{C}^n$ is a complexification ...
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Commutators of Schur polynomials of Lie algebra elements

Question: Is there a well-known formula for computing the commutators of Schur polynomials when the variables are Lie algebra elements? If the algebra has a particularly simple commutation relation, ...
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Why $U$ generates $G$ as Lie group?

In line 2 of the proof, why is their intersection non-empty?
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adjoint representations

I am trying to work out the adjoint representations of $$H=\left( \begin{array}{cc} 1 & 0 \\ 0 & -1 \end{array} \right), X = \left( \begin{array}{cc} 0 & 1 \\ 0 & 0 \end{array} ...
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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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Lie point symmetry of KdV.

I'm asked to consider the 1-param. group of transformations generated by $V = \dfrac{\partial}{\partial u} + \alpha t \dfrac{\partial}{\partial x}$, which easily enough yields $g^{\epsilon}(x,t,u) = ...
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The injectivity of torus in the category of abelian Lie groups

HI: I have the following question: Definition: A Lie group $T$ is called a torus if $T\cong \prod_{1\leq i\leq k} \mathbb{R}/\mathbb{Z}$ for some $k\in \mathbb{N}$. ${\bf Question}$: Is it true ...
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$E_6$ lie algebra and its representation

I've just started learning about Lie theory (only just finished up to basic classification of semisimple lie algebras) and I've got the following questions: How do I show that the complex lie algebra ...
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Representations of symmetric groups of order $2n$ and $n$

Background: Denote by $S_n$ the symmetric group of order $n$. There are many ways to embed $S_n$ as a subgroup into $S_{2n}$. Given a symmetric group, we can use Young diagrams to classify all ...
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How does Maurer-Cartan form work

I have seen similar post asking for interpretation of the Maurer-Cartan form, but I am still struggling to understand it, so let me try to work a specific example and pose a specific question. Let ...
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The Underlying Manifolds of the Special Unitary Lie Groups SU(n)

I want to find the underlying manifolds of Lie Groups $\mbox{SU}(n)$ for general $n$. $$ \quad $$ My lecturer told us last year that the only n-spheres that admit a Lie group structure are ...
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Every 1- or 2-dimensional compact, connected Lie group is abelian

I know that in the 1-dimensional case the conclusion follows immediately from the fact that there exists a maximal torus (which then has to be the group itself). In the 2-dimensional case, we also ...
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Fundamental weights of $A_n$

I have the following problem: Let $\mathfrak{g}$ be the Lie algebra of type $A_n$. We choose $e_i^*-e_{i+1}^*$ as simple roots. Is there a closed formula for the fundamental weights? Thank you!
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Affine transformation invariants and lie groups

Is it possible to generate geometric properties which are invariant under affine transformations? I'm trying to learn about lie groups and lie algebras with the example of the lie group of affine ...