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Lie ideals of $gl_n(K)$

I am looking for some reference where I can find a detailed study of the Lie ideals of the general linear Lie algebra $gl_n(K)$ with the bracket $[A,B]=AB-BA$, where $K$ is a field (if there are ...
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Itzykson-Zuber integral over orthogonal groups

I would like to know is there a closed form expression for the following Itzykson-Zuber integral for the orthogonal case. $I=\int_{\mathcal{O}(p)} ...
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Invariant tensors in adjoint representation

Suppose we have a simple Lie group $G$ with algebra $\mathfrak{g}=\{X_a\}$, where the generators $X_a$ are in some matrix representation. Is it true that the only invariant rank $n$ tensor in the ...
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Given basis for a Lie algebra, what is one for its Universal Central Extension

Given that I have an infinite basis for a Lie algebra $L$, and the information that $M$ is its Universal Central Extension, is $M$ unique? If so, what is the basis of $M$ in terms of that of $L$?
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Free Lie algebras and basis for a subpcae of a special degree

Let X^* be the the set of all words on basis elements of Lie algebra L and F is the vector space spanned by X^*. I do not know how can I define the basis elements and also the number of basis ...
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A question on Cartan involution

Is there a real(or complex) Lie algebra $L$ for which the set of all involutions is an infinite commutative set but the center of $L$ is finite dimension space?(So the set of all Cartan involution ...
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How can I describe Lie bracket for formal product of elements of Lie algebras

Let L be a Lie algebra with basis $B=\{x_1,...,x_{10}\}$, Is there any property to describe the following lie bracket: for example how I can decompose $[x_1 x_2 x_3 , x_5]=$? Here $x_1 x_2 x_3$ is ...
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explicit matrix example of irreducible representation of s0(3)

Can someone give me a concrete or an explicit example of an irreducible representation of the Lie algebra so$(3)$? I know they are given by the Wigner D matrices but I want an explicit example of such ...
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Cayley Transform, Exponential Mapping and more…

Assume a self-adjoint operator, represented as hermitian matrix $H=H^\dagger$. To my knowledge there are at least 2 mappings of $H$ onto unitary matrices: Cayley's Transformation with ...
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Inscrutable proof in Humphrey's book on Lie algebras and representations

This is a question pertaining to Humphrey's Introduction to Lie Algebras and Representation Theory Is there an explanation of the lemma in §4.3-Cartan's Criterion? I understand the proof given there ...
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Dimension of a weight space which is of weight $0$.

Let $V$ be a module of a Lie algebra $\mathfrak{g}$ and $V_{0}$ be the weight space of $V$ of weight $0$. $$ V_0 = \{ v\in V: h.v = 0, h \in \mathfrak{h} \}, $$ $\mathfrak{h}$ is a Cartan subalgebra ...
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Why is $\mathfrak{sl}(n)$ the algebra of traceless matrices?

I'm studying Lie algebras as purely algebraic objects, without much of a background in the differential geometry surrounding Lie groups. The definition of $\mathfrak{sl}(n)$ has been given to me as ...
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How to compute $\lambda(h_i)$?

Let $\lambda$ be a weight and $h_i = h_{\alpha_i} \in \mathfrak{h}$, $\alpha_i$ is a simple root. $\mathfrak{h}$ is a Cartan subalgebra of a Lie algebra $\mathfrak{g}$. How to compute $\lambda(h_i)$? ...
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Identities involving adjoint action

I'm looking for list of identities involving adjoint action $\mathrm{ad}_A X = [A,X] = AX - XA$. For example, it can be easily shown that: \begin{equation} e^{\mathrm{ad}_A} X = e^A X e^{-A} ...
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Prerequisites to “Applications of Lie Groups to Differential Equations”

I'm currently a 4th year student at a university. I've become close with a professor and we talked about the topic of lie groups in differential equations. He then offered to do a reading course with ...
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What makes a Lie Group a Differentiable Manifold?

I've recently been trying to glance at the definition of a Lie group, but I'm not clear as to why a Lie group is defined the way it is, and why this becomes a smooth manifold. For example, if we have ...
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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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Lie groups and Lie algebras via exponential

I'm having a hard time computing the (connected) Lie groups that have a given Lie algebra. For instance, if we know that the Lie algebra of a certain Lie group $G$ consists of matrices of the form ...
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The Weyl group of A_3

Could someone please list all elements of the Weyl group of the root system $A_3$ in terms of simple reflections. In this case the Weyl group is $S_4$. Its strange that GAP failed to list all elements ...
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Question on unitary representation of non-compact simple Lie groups

The following is an exercise appearing page 148 in Knapp's book, representation theory of semisimple groups. Let $G$ be a connected linear non-compact Lie group with simple Lie algebra $\mathfrak g$. ...
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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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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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Is it true that the commutators of the gamma matrices form a representation of the Lie algebra of the Lorentz group?

Wikipedia claims (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gamma_matrices): The elements $\sigma^{\mu \nu} = \gamma^\mu \gamma^\nu - \gamma^\nu \gamma^\mu$ form a representation of the Lie algebra of the ...
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$\mathfrak so(V,B)$ as subalgebra and trace if subsets of it.

I'm studying lie algebras, and got stuck on this one: Let $B$ be a bilinear form on a finite-dimensional vector space $V$ over $\mathbb F$. I've seen many books that say that $\mathfrak so(V,B)$ ...
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Proof for a corollary from PBW theorem

I need to know how we can prove the following corollary : If $x_1, \ldots, x_n$ is a vector space basis for Lie algebra $L$ then a vector space basis for $U(L)$, $U(L)$ is universal enveloping ...
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Do the Generalized Gell-Mann Matrices form a complete set?

Please bear with me, I'm studying Lie algebras as they are related to quantum mechanics, and most of my group theory knowledge is self-taught. I'm not sure how to prove this seemingly basic result. ...
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Lie algebra: symmetric and exterior power of representation

If $\mathfrak{g}$ is a Lie algebra, $V$ and $W$ are representation of $\mathfrak{g}$ we define the action of $\mathfrak{g}$ on $V \otimes W$ in the following way: $X \cdot (v \otimes w)=(X \cdot v) ...
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Affine connection on a Lie group.

Let $G$ be a Lie group. For $g \in G$, we can define a diffeomorphism $l_g: G \to G$ by $l_g(x)=gx$, and a bundle map ${l_g}_*:TG \to TG$. Then, I guess that we can obtain the affine connection on $G$ ...
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bases in free associative algebras

I need an example and more details for the below notion: If X={x_1,x_2,...} be a set and by X^* we denote the set of all words named w of elements of X. Let F be a field and F be the vector space ...
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Trace functionals as invariant elements of $R[\mathfrak{g}]$ under $G$

Let $\mathfrak{g}$ be a semisimple Lie algebra over $\mathbb{C}$ and let $G$ be its inner automorphism group. Then $G$ acts on $R[\mathfrak{g}]\cong S(\mathfrak{g}^*)$ via $(\sigma\cdot f)(x) = ...
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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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Confusion regarding PBW theorem

I was reading up Humphrey's Introduction to Lie Algebras and Representation Theory and have a confusion regarding a consequence of PBW. First some notations: Let $L$ be a Lie algebra over ...
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Heisenberg XXX spin model

Let $\pi$ be the standard representation of $sl_2(\mathbb{C})$ on $\mathbb{C}^2$. Let $p_1,p_2,p_3$ the three Pauli matrices. Define $S^a:=\frac{1}{2}\pi(p_a)$. What does such matrices looks like?
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Two actions of $U(\mathfrak{h})$ on $U(\mathfrak{g})$ where $\mathfrak{h}\hookrightarrow\mathfrak{g}$

Let $\mathfrak{h}$ be a Lie subalgebra of $\mathfrak{g}$, then by PBW theorem we know $U(\mathfrak{h})\hookrightarrow U(\mathfrak{g})$. Let $\{x_i, y_i\}$ be an ordered basis of $\mathfrak{g}$ where ...
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Adjoint Lie algebra homomorphism

I have a problem deriving the adjoint action $ad_X(Y)=XY-YX$ from the adjoint transformation of the group on the Lie algebra. Background: The adjoint action of the Lie algebra on itself is given by ...
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Classify Lie algebra with 1 dimension derived algebra

Problem 3.10 from Erdmann, Wildon ask: Find, up to isomorphism, all Lie algebras with 1-dimensional derived algebra. (also, this book assume finite dimension Lie algebra only; I'm not sure whether ...
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Question on inner product on space of representations of compact Lie groups

Let $K$ be a compact connected Lie group, wiewed as subgroup of unipotent matrices. Let $G=\mathfrak{k}^\mathbb C$ be the complexification with Lie algebra $\mathfrak{g}=\mathfrak{k}\oplus ...
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Reference for l-adic Lie algebras

I don't know much at all about Lie algebras or representation theory, and I'm trying to read Ribet's `Review of Abelian l-adic Representations and Elliptic Curves'. Is there a standard reference for ...
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definition of universal algebra and universal enveloping algebra

The basis of a universal algebra is a function b that takes some algebra elements as values b(i) and satisfies either one of the two equivalent conditions named Outer condition and Inner condition ...
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Quadratic Casimir of fundamental irreps of simply-laced Lie algebras [migrated]

I have the following question, motivated by the expression for the character of level 1 highest weight integrable representations of simply-laced affine algebras (in terms of the string function). It ...
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Is it true if $[LL] = L$ then $L$ is a semisimple Lie algebra?

Let $L$ be a finite dimensional Lie algebra over $\mathbb{C}$. It is classical theorem that if $L$ is semisimple, then $[LL] = L$. Is it true if $[LL] = L$ then $L$ is a semisimple Lie algebra? I've ...
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Formal proof of Clebsch Gordon sum

physicist here. When looking at the irreducible representations of $so(3)$, i.e. the set of all real valued anti-symmetric matrices, one can parametrize those irreps with an index $j$ which can be ...
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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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Finding a basis and weight space for $L = so_6(\mathbb{C})= \{x \in End(\mathbb{C}^6)|^txS + Sx = 0 \}$

The question: Let $S = \left(\begin{array}{cc} 0 & I_3 \\ I_3 & 0 \end{array}\right)$ and let $$L = so_6(\mathbb{C})= \{x \in End(\mathbb{C}^6)|^txS + Sx = 0 \}$$ 1) Find a basis for $L$ ...
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Special conformal killing fields - solving for integral curves.

For each $b\in\mathbb R^d$, let a vector field $X_b:\mathbb R^d\to\mathbb R^d$ be defined as follows: \begin{align} X_b(x) = 2(b\cdot x)x - x^2 b, \end{align} where $x^2 = x\cdot x$. This is the ...
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Let‎$‎ L =L_0 ‎\dotplus‎ L_1‎$‎ be the Fitting decomposition of‎$ ‎L‎‎$‎ relative to‎$‎ adx‎$‎.Why then ‎$‎L_1=‎\bigcap‎_{i=1}^{‎\infty} L(adx)^i‎$‎?

Let‎$‎ L =L_0 ‎\dotplus‎ L_1‎$‎ be the Fitting decomposition of‎$ ‎L‎‎$‎ relative to‎$‎\mathrm{ad}(x‎)$‎.Why then ‎$‎L_1=‎\bigcap‎_{i=1}^{‎\infty} L(\mathrm{ad}(x‎))^i‎$‎?
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How to use Weyl dimension formula?

Let $V(\lambda)$ be a highest weight module of a semi-simple Lie algebra with highest weight $\lambda$. The Weyl dimension formula is $\dim V(\lambda) = \frac{\prod_{\alpha>0} (\lambda+\rho, ...
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Does the proof of the Poincare-Birkhoff-Witt theorem need the Jacobi identity?

The title says it. Suppose I have a vector space $V$ equipped with a bilinear bracket such that $[x,y]=-[y,x]$, and define the universal enveloping algebra $U$ as usual: namely the tensor algebra on ...
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Calculating the lie algebra of $SO(2,1)$

I am trying to calculate the Lie algebra of the group $SO(2,1)$ where this is defined as: $SO(2,1=\{X\in Mat_3(\mathbb{R})|X^t\eta X=\eta, \det(X)=1\}$ where $\eta$ is the matrix defined as: $$\left ...
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Induced Lie algebra homomorphism from Lie group homomorphism: left translation

A general result of Lie Theory is that every Lie group homomorphism $\Phi: G\rightarrow H$ induces a Lie algebra homomorphism $\phi: \frak{g} \rightarrow \frak{h}$. Which Lie algebra homomorphism ...