A Lie group is a group (in the sense of abstract algebra) that is also a differentiable manifold, such that the group operations (addition and inversion) are smooth, and so we can study them with differential calculus. They are a special type of topological group. Consider using with the ...

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Why are Lie Groups so “rigid”?

This is probably a naive question, but here goes. To motivate my question, I'll consider a unit circle in $\mathbb C$ or $\mathbb R^2$. This is a compact Lie group equipped with the usual exponential ...
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Scalar multiple of one lattice contained in another

I believe my question boils down to the following question: Given lattices $L$ and $L'$ in $k^{n}$, does there exist $\lambda \in k^{\times}$ so that $\lambda L' \subseteq L$ and $\lambda L' ...
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Textbook literature on Lie groups

I'm a student that wants to get to know Lie groups. I know a bit about manifolds and a bit about groups, but nothing about topological groups or such things. Can you suggest a textbook that covers the ...
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Finding a lie group structure on $\mathbb R^n\setminus\{0\}$

I want to find all maps $g: \mathbb R^n\setminus \{0\} \rightarrow GL_n(\mathbb R)$ which satisfy the properties $g$ is differentiable and injective $g(g(a)b) = g(a)g(b)$ for all $a,b\in\mathbb ...
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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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Bound on the index of an abelian subgroup in discrete subgroup of the euclidean group?

$\DeclareMathOperator{\isom}{Isom}$A discrete subgroup of the group of isometries in euclidean space is almost abelian. By this I mean that for each $n$ there exists $m$ such that for any discrete ...
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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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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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Non-standard complex structure on $\mathbb R^{2n}$

First let me give some relevant information: For every $n$ every subgroup of $GL_n(\mathbb C)$ is isomorphic to a subgroup of $GL_m(\mathbb R)$ for some $m$. Let $\rho_n: M_n(\mathbb C) ...
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The dimensions for Lie Groups

How can I find out which is the dimension for $SU(n)$, $SO(3)$, etc? Can you explain me, please? thanks
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An $n$-dimensional subgroup of $GL_{n+1}(\mathbb R)$

Could somebody please tell me if my answer to the following exercise is correct?: Describe a subgroup of $GL_{n+1}(\mathbb R)$ that is isomorphic to $\mathbb R^n$ under vector addition. It's ...
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Measure in dual group - Kirillov theory

Let $G$ be a nilpotent connected, simply connected lie group. With the orbit method Kirillov describes the classes of equivalence of all irreducible unitary representations. Hence one identifies the ...
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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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Computing a centralizer in an orthogonal group

Consider a skew-symmetric $(4n+2) \times (4n+2)$ block-diagonal real matrix $A$ in normal form: $$A = \begin{bmatrix} \Lambda_1 & 0 & \cdots & 0\\ 0& \Lambda_2 & \cdots & 0\\ ...
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Need help with this exercise about real division algebra

I am trying to solve the following exrcise: Prove that complex multiplication does not extend to a multiplication on $\mathbb R^3$ so as to make $\mathbb R^3$ into a real division algebra. I ...
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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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Set of quaternions that anti-commute

I tried to solve another exercise and I would be grateful if someone could tell me if my answer is right. This is the exercise: Characterize the pairs $x,y \in \mathbb H$ such that $xy = -yx$. ...
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Why does the exceptional Lie group $G_2$ have dimension 14?

In ''Compact manifolds with special holonomy" by D. Joyce, on p. 242, the group $G_2$ is defined to be the subgroup of $GL(7,R)$ preserving the $3$-form: $$ \varphi_0 := dx_{123} + dx_{145} + ...
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Commuting quaternions

I tried to solve the following exercise, please could somebody tell me if I did it right?: Prove that non-real elements $x,y \in \mathbb H$ commute if and only if their imaginary parts are ...
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Integrating over a flag manifold

I need to calculate an integral over the flag manifold $U(4)/U(1)\times U(1)\times U(1)\times U(1)=U(4)/T^4$. How can I derive the correct Haar measure to use?
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Linear algebraic group [on hold]

Let A be a finite dimensional algebra over C . This means that there is a multiplication map $f : A \times A \to A$ that is bilinear ( it is not assumed to be associative). Define the automorphism ...
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Matrix multiplication in quaternions is not necessarily linear

I tried to show by example that matrix multiplication for quaternionic matrices is is not necessarily $\mathbb H$-linear. If $A \in M_n(\mathbb H)$ is a quaternionic matrix and $x$ is a vector in ...
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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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Frobenius subgroups of Sz(8)

Does the Suzuki group Sz(8) has any Frobenius subgroup except $D_{14}$, $F_{20}$ and $F_{52}$?
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Fixed point set of orthogonal Transformation

I need some help with this problem. Let $g$ be an element of the orthogonal group and $s$ a reflection. Then the dimension of the fixed point set of $g$ and $gs$ differ by $\pm 1$. Since that ...
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Subgroup of $GL_{n+m}(\mathbb K)$

Let $G$ be a subgroup of $GL_n(\mathbb K)$ and $H$ a subgroup of $GL_m(\mathbb K)$ where $\mathbb K \in \{\mathbb R, \mathbb C, \mathbb H\}$. I want to prove that there exists a subgroup of ...
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Association of financial phenomena/indications with the conservation laws of Black Scholes equation

For a while I've been doing research on methods of obtaining conservation laws via the symmetries of DEs. I'm presently doing research on identifying financial indicators/phenomena that can be ...
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Why not $SL_n (\mathbb R)$ in this exercise

I just solved the following exercise: Let $SL_2(\mathbb Z)$ denote the set of $2\times2$ matrices with integer entries and determinant $1$. Prove that $SL_2(\mathbb Z)$ is a subgroup of ...
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$SO(n)$ is connected, alternative form

I have the following exercise: Show that $SO(n)$ is connected, using the following outline: For the case $n = 1$, there is nothing to show, since a $1\times 1$ matrix with determinant one must be ...
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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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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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Cohomology of classifying spaces of exceptional Lie groups

Given an exceptional Lie group $G$ and maximal torus $T$ thereof, the inclusion $T \hookrightarrow G$ induces a map $BT \to BG$ of classifying spaces and a cohomological pullback $$H^*(BG) \cong ...
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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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A question on the unit tangent bundle of the sphere and $SO(3)$

Let the unit tangent bundle be defined as follows: $$T^1S^2=\{(p,v)\in \mathbb R^3 \times \mathbb R^3 | |p|=|v|=1 \text{ and } p \bot v \}$$ Let $SO(3)$ be the group of rotations of $\mathbb R^3$. ...
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Group Axioms Motivation

Group theory is all about symmetries. Can this be seen from the axioms defining a group? Or equivalently can the group axioms be motivated from this point of view? Of course one can look at several ...
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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 ...
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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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Generalization of Euler angle decomposition for unitary operators?

it is well known that a general operator from SU(3) can be effectively represented as a composition of at most three "one-parameter" ones. For instance in the form $\exp(i\, \alpha\, \sigma_z) ...
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Is the $G$-action on a principal $G$-bundle proper?

Let $G$ be a Lie group. If $G$ acts properly and freely on a manifold $P$, then it is well-known that $P \to P/G$ form a principal $G$-bundle. I would like to know the converse: namely Question: if ...
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Is a Lie group connected?

I want to know if a Lie group is connected in general situation.I also want some example of Lie group. I will appreciate your help.
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Is this a tangent bundle and what is the meaning of this exercise

I intend to solve the following exercise but I would like to have some help with understanding the ''big picture'': Exercise. Describe a natural 1 to 1 correspondence between elements of $SO(3)$ ...
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Exact sequences of $1 \to A \to SO(N) \to B \to 1$, special orthogonal group

Inspired by the nice post and this, apart from SU(N), now I am particularly looking into the exact sequences of SO(N), but I will like to loosen the conditions of the previous post, Q1. $$1 \to A ...
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Exact sequences of $1 \to A \to SU(N) \to B \to 1$, special unitary group

Inspired by the nice post, I am particularly looking into the exact sequences of SU(N), but I will like to loosen the conditions of the previous post, Q1. $$1 \to A \to SU(N) \to B \to 1$$ where ...
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Exact sequences of SU(N) and SO(N)

We know that the spin group $Spin(N)$ has a short exact sequence of Lie groups. $$1 \to Z_2 \to Spin(N) \to SO(N) \to 1$$ I wonder whether there are some examples for SU(N) and SO(N) group, such ...
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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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A Question on integration formula on $KAK$ decomposition

The following proposition appears in page 141 in Knapp's book, representation theory of semisimple groups. Let $G$ be linear connected reductive, and fix a positive system $\Sigma^+$ of restricted ...
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with which binary action is the 2-sphere a Lie group?

show that the 2-sphere is a Lie group. I do not know with which binary action is the 2-sphere a Lie group? and with which binary action is the $\mathbb{R^3}-{0}$ a Lie group? 2-sphere is equal with ...
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What is the manifold structure of U(n)?

A Lie group is simultaneously a differentiable manifold. As I understand it, the Lie group is generated via exponentiation of the generators of the Lie algebra. It is intuitively clear to me that the ...
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Left-invariant Riemannian metric on $SO(3)$

Let's consier the manifold $SO(3)$. First problem is to show that $T_I SO(3)$ is a space of skew-symmetric matrices $3\times 3$. How can I deduce it? Then I have to prove there exists exactly one ...
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What are the root systems for the n-dimensional torus?

My question may seem silly at first, but currently I am not able to work out the question of finding all roots for the n-dimensional torus. At first, it seemed obvious to me that there are no roots at ...