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set of almost complex structures on $\mathbb R^4$ as two disjoint spheres

The set of almost complex structures on $\mathbb R^{2n}$ is given by $$M_n = \frac{GL(2n,\mathbb R)}{GL(n,\mathbb C)} = \mathcal C_+ \sqcup \mathcal C_-,$$ taking into account that $\det = \pm 1$ ...
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Weyl's construction for symplectic groups--an exercise in Fulton and Harris's book

This is an exercise in section 17.3 in Fulton and Harris's book:Representation theory-a first course. Let $V=\mathbb{C}^{2n}$ and $Sp(2n)$ be the symplectic group w.r.t the nondegenerate bilinear ...
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How to compute dimension of $O(n,\mathbb{R})$

Let $f:GL(n,\mathbb{R})\to GL(n,\mathbb{R})$ be the smooth map $A\mapsto A^TA$. Observe that $f$ has constant rank on $GL(n,\mathbb{R})$ by chain rule and that $O(n,\mathbb{R})$ is the preimage of ...
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Lie algebra for SO(3) as a skew symmetric matrix

How can I show that the associated lie algebra for SO(3) is the set of all 3 dimensional skew-symmetric matrices?
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Convergence of Baker-Cambpbell-Hausdorf for compact groups

It is well known that the Baker-Campbell-Hausdorf formula doesn't need to converge for general elements of a Lie algebra, resp. for matrices with norms larger then 1. On the other side, if $G$ is a ...
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Isomorphic Dual and Conjugate Representations of a Lie Algebra

Let $\frak{g}$ be a complex Lie algebra $\frak{g}$, and $R:\frak{g} \to$End$(V)$, a representation for some finite dimensional complex vector space $V$. As is well-known, we can construct from $R$ ...
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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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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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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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What is the dimension of this Grassmannian?

Why is $2\times 3$ the dimension of $Gr_2(\mathbb{R}^5)$? and can one use the dimensions of Lie groups to derive this dimension? Note: $Gr_2(\mathbb{R}^5)$ denotes the Grassmannian of all ...
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What is this dimension?

What is the real dimension of the cone of $2$ by $2$ Hermitain matrices with at lease one eigenvalue that is $0$?
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How to show that exp is a diffeomorphism between symmetric reals and positiv definite matrices?

I am looking for an easy proof of the fact that the exponential function is a diffeomorphism between the finite dimensional vector space of symmetric real nxn-matrices and the open subset of positive ...
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Differences of skew symmetric matrices

Let $A$ be an invertible real skew-symmetric matrix, and consider the difference $A_R:=RAR^{-1}-A$, for orthogonal $R$. Is it true that $A_R$ is either zero or invertible? Does the answer depend on ...
What 1D $\mathbb{C}$-Subspaces are Stabilized by Elements of a Specific 2-Torus in $SO(7)$?
Consider the 2-torus $T \subset SO(7)$ defined by $T = \left\{ \mathrm{diag}(R_{\theta_1}, R_{\theta_2}, R_{-(\theta_1 + \theta_2)}, 1) \mid \theta_1, \theta_2 \in \mathbb{R} \right\}$, where ...