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Abelian Cartan subalgebras

If a Lie algebra is semisimple or reductive, its Cartan subalgebras are Abelian, and their elements semisimple. Are there non-reductive algebras with Abelian Cartan subalgebras all of whose ...
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When do two matrices have the same exponential?

Let $A$ and $B$ be $n\times n$ hermitean matrices. When do we have $e^{iA}=e^{iB}$? Can we somehow classify those pairs of matrices that have the same exponential? Here are some observations that I ...
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Campbell-Baker-Hausdorff formula for $\log(\exp(X+Y)\exp(X-Y))$

Given $X,Y\in \mathfrak g\mathfrak l_{\mathbb R}(n)$, and the CBH formula for $\log(\exp X\exp Y)$ (wiki), is it possible to derive the general term in the series of $\log(\exp(X+Y)\exp(X-Y))$ that ...
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Why are parabolic subgroups called “parabolic” subgroups?

I used to think that things called "parabolic" must have something to do with parabolas or their defining quadratic equations. In fact, terms like parabolic coordinate, parabolic partial differential ...
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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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Why the Steinberg idempotent is idempotent?

Consider the group $GL_n(\mathbb{F}_p)$. We have the following subgroups : -$\Sigma_n$ the symmetric group (permutation matrices) -$B_n$ the Borel subgroup (upper triangular matrices) -$U_n$ the ...
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Are there common inequivalent definitions of Cartan subalgebra of a real Lie algebra?

I'm confused about seemingly different notions of a Cartan subalgebra of a real semisimple Lie algebra, and I'm wondering if there are common inequivalent definitions. In the book Lie Groups: Beyond ...
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Non-degenerate bilinear forms of Lie algebra with a degenerate Killing form

Definition: A Lie algebra is defined by: $$ [e_a,e_b]={f_{ab}}^ce_c $$ The Killing form is $$ g_{ab}=-{f_{ac}}^d {f_{bd}}^c $$ Set-Up: The type of Lie algebra of our interests (found out during a ...
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Generating function for characters of representations

One example of such a generating function that I know how to derive is for $SU(2)$, $\frac{1}{(1-tx)(1-\frac{t}{x})}$. The coefficient of $t^n$ in the above function is the character in the $n+1$ ...
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An exercise in Serre's Lie algebra book

Let $k$ be a commutative ring. Prove that a Lie $k$-algebra $\mathfrak{g} = 0$ iff $U\mathfrak{g} = k$. Use the adjoint representaion. Here is my attempt at it: The only non-trivial statement is ...
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Root Systems of Lie Groups.

Let $G$ be a compact Lie group assumed to be a subgroup of $U(n)$. Also, let $T$ be a maximal torus of G. Then there exists a basis $\{v_1, \ldots ,v_d\}$ of the Lie algebra of $G$, $\mathfrak{g}$, ...
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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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Borel subalgebras inside the grassmannian

This is probably something standard and I just don't know where to look (so a reference would be just as appreciated as an answer), but... Let $\mathfrak{g}$ be a finite dimensional semisimple Lie ...
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duality for (co)homology of Lie algebras

Let $R$ be a commutative ring and $\mathfrak{g}$ a Lie $R$-algebra that has an $R$-module basis with $n$ elements. What is the relationship between $H_k(\mathfrak{g};R)$, $H_{n-k}(\mathfrak{g};R)$, ...
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Existence of product $\ast$ in a Lie algebra so that $[X,Y]=X*Y-Y*X$

I've been studying particle physics, and studying Lie algebra using physics text book doesn't give me enough information, so I'm asking my question here. Given a Lie algeba $\mathcal{A}$ where ...
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Exponential of a polynomial of the differential operator

Given that $$\exp(aD)f(x)=f(x+a)$$ where $\exp(D)$ is the exponential of the differential operator $D$, is there a similar closed-form, general expression for $\exp(g(D))f(x)$, where $g(D)$ is a ...
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— Cartan matrix for an exotic type of Lie algebra --

(1) Is there a notion of Cartan matrix for non-semisimple Lie algebra? For example, consider this Lie algebra: $$ [X_i, X_j] = f_{ij}{}^k X_k \qquad\qquad [X_i,Y^j] = - f_{ik}{}^j Y^k \qquad\qquad ...
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Lie algebra associated to a linear form

Let $F$ be a finite dimensional vector space over a field $k$, if $f : F \to k$ is any linear form, I can define on $F$ a Lie algebra bracket by the following rule $$ [x,y]=f(x)y-f(y)x, $$ or in terms ...
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Motivation?: Lie algebra and algebraic group Cohomology

This is just an a-priori question to get a motivational heuristic idea: If an algebraic group G (more generally, G an affine group scheme), is connected over an algebraically closed base-field k. ...
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Does every element of $G_2 = \mathrm{Aut}(\mathbb{O})$ stabilize a quaternion subalgebra?

Has anyone heard of this result before? Let $\mathbb{O}$ denote the octonions and let $G_2$ denote its automorphism group (i.e. the 14 dimensional subgroup of $SO(7)$). Then any element of $G_2$ ...
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Discrete subgroups of SU(n) and SO(n).

Thank you very much for your concern. I am in physics background, any simpler but complete explanation would be helpful. I would like to know whether there is a complete understanding of discrete ...
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Quantum Adjoint Action of the Coordinate Algebra on the Enveloping Algebra

As is well known, any Lie group $G$ has a canonical action on its Lie algebra $\frak{g}$, namely the adjoint action $Ad$. Firstly, let me ask, does this extend to an action of $G$ on its enveloping ...
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Are there any infinite dimensional subalgebras of the Witt algebra?

The Lie bracket of elements of the Witt algebra is given by: $[L_m,L_n]=(m-n)L_{m+n}$ Are there any infinite dimensional subalgebras of the Witt algebra that are not isomorphic to the Witt algebra ...
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Pullback of a 3-form to SU2

I have a left invariant 3-form, $\sigma$ on an simply connected Lie group, $G$ whose value at the identity is $\sigma=\langle[x,y],z\rangle$, where $\langle\cdot,\cdot\rangle$ denotes an invariant ...
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On the root systems

Let $\Phi$ be a root system of $E$. $\alpha,\beta\in \Phi$. Let $\lbrace \beta+i\alpha | i\in \mathbb{Z}\rbrace\cap \Phi$, $\alpha$-string through $\beta$, be $\beta-r\alpha,\ldots,\beta+q\alpha$, ...
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Geodesics on Homogeneous Spaces

Consider a homogeneous space $G/\text{Stab}_p \cong M$ where $G$ is a compact Lie group active transitively on $M$ (a compact manifold). If $F$ is a Finsler Metric on $G$ which pushes forward ...
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Are the two definitions of the BGG category equivalent?

Let $\mathfrak{g}$ be a finite dimensional complex semisimple lie algebra, the BGG category $\mathcal{O}$ is defined as the set of $\mathfrak{g}-$ module $M$ such that $M$ is finitely generated; ...
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Highest weights of irreducible components of tensor product of irreducible sl(3)-module.

I am study the representation theory of $sl(3)$ and I have a question about the tensor representation of irreducible $sl(3)$-modules as follows: For each weight $\mu$, let $L(\mu)$ be the irreducible ...
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Weyl orbits of integral dominant weights and convex polytopes

Let $\xi$ be an integral dominant weight of a root system $\Delta$, and let $\mathcal{O}_{\xi}$ be its orbit under the action of the Weyl group. The elements of the orbit are the vertices of an ...
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Weyl's Dimension Formula

I'm trying to grasp how Weyl's Dimension Formula works, and I'm having a bit of trouble. As an example, I was trying to calculate the dimension of V($\varepsilon_1$) for gl(3). First, I set the ...
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How to write $SO(2n)$ characters in terms of rotation angles?

Say one is working in a representation of $SO(2n)$ such that it has the highest weights $(h_1,...,h_n)$. And let $\{H_i\}_{i=1}^{n}$ be a basis in the Cartan of $so(2n) = Lie(SO(2n))$. Now one says ...
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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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Cartan Subalgebra and regular elements

Let $L$ be semisimple Lie algebra, $x\in L$ semisimple. Prove that if $x$ lies in exactly one Cartan subalgebra, then $x$ is regular.
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Relationship between representations of $\mathfrak{sl}_{2n}\mathbb{C}$ and $\mathfrak{sp}_{2n}\mathbb{C}$

If $V=\mathbb{C}^{2n}$ denotes the standard representation of $\mathfrak{sl}_{2n}\mathbb{C}$, what can we say about $\wedge^kV$ in terms of the standard representation $W$ of ...
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Centralizer of an element in a Cartan subalgebra is reductive.

Let $\mathfrak{g}$ be a Lie algebra with Cartan subalgebra $\mathfrak{h}$ and root system $\Phi$. Show that $C_\mathfrak{g}(h)$ is reductive, that is $Z(C_\mathfrak{g}(h))=Rad(C_\mathfrak{g}(h))$, ...
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Irreducible representations of $\mathfrak{sl}_3\mathbb{C}$

I am working through the exercises in Fulton and Harris's Representation Theory, and am stuck on two on page 189. Let $\text{Sym}^2V$ denote the second symmetric power of the standard 3-dimensional ...
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Representations of non-semisimple Lie algebras

Let $G$ be a compact Lie group with Lie algebra $\mathfrak{g}$, and suppose $\mathfrak{g}$ is semisimple. An integral weight for $G$ is an element $\lambda \in \mathfrak{t}^*$ with ...
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Is it possible to further simplify the product of three exponentials $e^A e^B e^C$ when $[A,C]=kB$ (k is a scalar)

The background is calculation of the little group elements of Poincare group for massless particles. I start with a bunch of exponentials of operators, and the end goal is to crunch them into the ...
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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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Weyl Character formula applied to Sp$(4,\mathbb{C})\cap$ U$(4)$.

I posted a question a short while ago on this but got no response. I have worked on this more and so now have a more specific question. To start with we work with the $\mathbb{Q}$ version of ...
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The Nambu bracket

Does anybody know how to show the Jacobi identity for the Nambu bracket in $\mathbb{R}^3$? The Nambu bracket with respect to $c \in \mathcal{F}(\mathbb{R}^3)$ is defined as $$\{F,G\}_c = \langle\nabla ...
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internal direct product of lie groups

If $G$ is a (edit: simply connected)Lie group, when does a direct sum decomposition of its Lie algebra (into a direct sum of subalgebras) correspond to a (semi)direct product decomposition of $G$? ...
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Proving $\mathscr L(C_G(H)) \subseteq \mathfrak c_{\mathfrak g}(\mathfrak h) = \{ \mathrm x \in \mathfrak g \mid [\mathrm x, \mathfrak h] = 0\}$

Let $H$ be a closed subgroup of the algebraic group $G$, $C = C_G(H)$. Prove that $\mathfrak{c} = \mathscr{L}(C_G(H)) \subseteq \mathfrak{c}_{\mathfrak{g}}(\mathfrak{h}) = \{ \mathrm{x} \in ...
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Why are root systems presented in this confusing way?

I quote Bjorner and Brenti, "Combinatorics of Coxeter Groups." We begin with a simple geometric lemma. Let $m \geq 3$ be an integer, let $\gamma = \pi/m$, and let $k, k'$ be real numbers ...
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Elementary proof of the third Lie theorem

I would like to understand a (not well known) proof due to G.M; Tuynman, of the third Lie theorem, which asserts that for any given finite dimensional Lie algebra $\mathcal{G}$ there exists a (simply ...
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Why can we write the weights of a representation in terms of the simple roots?

I'm currently trying to get my head around the fact that we can write the weights of any representation in terms of the simple roots of the algebra. Is there any, not too-technical, explanation? I ...
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Which elements of $su(n)$ commute with those of a subalgebra $su(2)$

Given a subalgebra $su(2) \subset su(n)$ , how many generators of $su(n)$ commute with any element in the subalgebra $su(2)$? I know that there are at least $n-2$ elements in $su(n)$ satisfying this ...
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Center of the dual of a Lie algebra

Let $\mathfrak{g}$ be a Lie algebra. Let $C \subset \mathfrak{g}^*$ be the subspace of linear forms that vanish on Lie brackets: $$C = \{\alpha \in \mathfrak{g}^*, ~ [\mathfrak{g}, \mathfrak{g}] ...
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When did the notion of the tangent space emerge?

When did the modern conception of/notation for the tangent space to a manifold come into use?
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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 ...