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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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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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Questions about affine Weyl group and extended affine Weyl group for SL2.

Let $G=SL_2$. Then the Weyl group is generated by $s_1$. On page 3 of the lecture notes, it is said that the affine Weyl group is generated by $s_0, s_1$. (1) The element $s_0s_1$ can be identified ...
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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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Lie algebra homomorphism preserves Jordan form

Fact : $\phi : L_1\rightarrow L_2$ is $surjective$ Lie algebra homomorphism. If $h\in L_1$ and ${\rm ad}_h$ is diagonalizable then ${\rm ad}_{\phi(h)}$ is diagonalizable ...
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Proof of Jordan Theorem on Lie Algebra

$ L$ is semisimple Lie algebra in ${\rm gl}\ V$ where $V$ is a complex vector space. Then we have two Jordan forms $$ x=d+n,\ {\rm ad}_x = {\rm ad}_d + {\rm ad}_n\ (x\in L) $$ (cf. Theorem 9.15 in ...
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Coxeter numbers for semisimple and reductive algebraic groups

I'd like to know how to define the coxeter number for semisimple and reductive algebraic groups. I know that for a simple algebraic group $G$, we can fix a maximal torus $T\subset G$, which acts on ...
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Status of a question from Freeman Dyson's 1972 article

In a famous article, Freeman Dyson mentions an interesting relationship between the $\tau$ functions of number theory and the dimensions of finite-dimensional simple Lie algebras (section 2). He ...
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Vector fields on smooth manifolds and Lie algebras

I'm currently studying differential geometry on smooth manifolds using differential forms and I'm trying to apply it to what I have learned earlier about Lie groups, but something doesn't seem to ...
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Open questions in theory of Lie groups and Lie algebras

I am just about to finish an introductory book 'Lie groups, Lie algberas & Representations' by Brian Hall and am curious to know what are the current directions of research in this area. I learn ...
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How can I show that $\mathfrak{sl}_n(\mathbb{C})$ is a simple Lie algebra?

The question is in the title: how can I show $\mathfrak{sl}_n(\mathbb{C})$ is simple? In every book I scoured, they say $\mathfrak{sl}_n(\mathbb{C})$ is simple but they do not provide a proof! Is ...
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Complete reducibility of tensor product

Let $L$ be a Lie algebra (over a algebraically closed field, not sure if it is relevant). If $V$ and $W$ are two completely reducible $L$-modules, can anyone give a hint on how to show that $V\otimes ...
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Dynkin diagram construction

My question is how to construct the Dynkin diagrams of a semi-simple Lie group $G$, which is the product of simple Lie groups. Is it the combinaison of Dynkin diagrams of these simple Lie groups? For ...
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Example showing that the product of ideals must be the span of the commutators

I'm trying to find an example showing why, in a Lie algebra, we can't just define the product of two ideals $I$ and $J$ to be the elements of the form $[x,y]$ where $x \in I, \; y \in J$. I imagine ...
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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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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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Cartan's Criterion. $L$ solvable $\implies$ $Tr(xy) = 0$ $\forall x \in L$, $\forall x \in L^{(1)}$

Cartan's Criterion. Given $V$ a finite dimensional complex vector space and $L$ a Lie subalgebra of $gl(V)$ then, $L$ solvable $\implies$ $Tr(xy) = 0$ $\forall x \in L$, $\forall x \in L^{(1)}$. ...
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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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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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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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If $\mathfrak{g}$ admits a decomposition then it is semisimple

I want to show: If $\mathfrak{g}$ is a Lie algebra that has an abelian subalgebra $\mathfrak{h}$ such that $\mathfrak{g}$ has a Cartan decomposition $\mathfrak{g}=\mathfrak{h}\oplus(\bigoplus_{\alpha ...
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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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Symmetric algebra and complex polynomial on Lie algebra

Let $G$ a Lie group and $\mathfrak{G}$ its Lie algebra. How can I identify the symmetric algebra on $\mathfrak{G}$ ($S(\mathfrak{G})$) with the algebra of complex polynomials on $\mathfrak{G}$, that I ...
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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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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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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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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 ...