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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Non-isomorphic Group Structures on a Topological Group

Which Topological Groups Have a Unique Group Structure (up to isomorphism)? I know that there are many non-isomorphic finite groups of same order, so there are many group structures possible for ...
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Getting started with Lie Groups

I am looking for some material (e.g. references, books, notes) to get started with Lie Groups and Lie Algebra. My motivation is that I (eventually) want to understand the theory underpinning papers ...
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Harmonic Analysis on the real special linear group

I would like to understand the representation theory and generalized Fourier transform of $SL(3, \mathbb{R})$ in as concrete a manner as possible. My ultimate goal is to develop an algorithm that can ...
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Recovering the two $SU(2)$ matrices from$ SO(4)$ matrix

Since there is a $2$-$1$ homomorphism from $SU(2)\times SU(2)$ to $SO(4)$ there should be a way to recover the two $SU(2)$ matrices given an $SO(4)$ matrix. I believe I could set this up as a ...
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Conditions for a smooth manifold to admit the structure of a Lie group

As we know, Lie group is a special smooth manifold. I want to find some geometric property, which is only satisfied by the Lie group. I only found one property: parallelizability. Can you show me ...
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Homotopy groups of some magnetic monopoles

This is a list of homotopy groups which I (as a physics researcher) encounter when studying magnetic monopole under certain configuration of gauge field profiles. \begin{gather} \pi_2(SU(2)/U(1)) ...
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Minimization on the Lie Group SO(3)

Refering to a question previously asked Jacobian matrix of the Rodrigues' formula (exponential map). It was suggested in one of the answer to only calculate simpler Jacobian ...
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Shrinking Group Actions

Suppose $H\subset G$ is a subgroup of a topological group $G$, and $Y\subset X$ is a subspace of a topological space $X$. Suppose we are given a continuous group action $\rho : G\times X\rightarrow X$ ...
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Lie algebra of a quotient of Lie groups

Suppose I have a Lie group $G$ and a closed normal subgroup $H$, both connected. Then I can form the quotient $G/H$, which is again a Lie group. On the other hand, the derivative of the embedding ...
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Is there a group between $SO(2,\mathbb{R})$ and $SL(2,\mathbb{R})$?

Is there a non-trivial subgroup $H \subset SL(2,\mathbb{R})$ such that $H \supset SO(2,\mathbb{R})$ ? My intuition is that, since $\dim SO(2)=1$ and $\dim SL(2)=3$, there should be some group ...
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Relation between $SU(4)$ and $SO(6)$

This is more of a particle physics question than maths. Since $SO(6)$ and $SU(4)$ are isomorphic, how are the fields (say for example scalar fields of ${\mathcal{N}}=4$ Super Yang Mills in $4d$) ...
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Intuitive explanation of Left invariant Vector Field

Intuitively what is meant by a left invariant vector field on a manifold?
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Possibilities of an action of $S^1$ on a disk.

I'm dealing with actions of the circle over differentiable manifolds. In the book I'm reading, they use the fact that an action of $S^1$ over a disk has to be equivalent (there has to exist an ...
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equation involving the integral of the modular function of a topological group

Let $G$ be a locally compact topological group and $H$ a closed subgroup. Choose a left Haar measure $d\zeta$ for $H$, and let $d\mu$ be any measure for $G$. Also let $f$ and $g$ be continuous ...
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deformation retract of $GL_n^{+}(\mathbb{R})$

Well, I need a deformation retract from $GL_n^{+}(\mathbb{R})$ to $SO(n)$ Here is what I tried, let $A\in GL_n^{+}(\mathbb{R})$ $A=(A_1,\dots,A_n)$ where $A_i$'s are collumn vectors, Recall that the ...
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Fundamental group of $SO(3)$

How can I show that the universal cover of $SO(n)$, for $n\ge 3$, is a double cover? And how does that reflect the fact that the fundamental group of $SO(n)$ has two elements? What is the relation ...
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Homology and Euler characteristics of the classical Lie groups

I'm interested in methods of computing the homology groups and Euler characteristics of the classical Lie groups ($GL(n,\mathbb{R}), SL(n,\mathbb{R})$, etc.). (But I'd be interested in techniques ...
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What are spinors mathematically?

In the wikipedia article on spinors a number of mathematical definitions are given of spinors which I find slightly confusing. There are essentially two frameworks for viewing the notion of a ...
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Looking for a non trivial homomorphism I

Is there a non trivial homomorphism $f: SU(2) \to O(2)$? Is there a concrete description of $Hom(SU(2), O(2))$?
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Is the determinant the “only” group homomorphism from $\mathrm{GL}_n(\mathbb R)$ to $\mathbb R^\times$?

This might be a dumb question; I know only enough group theory to be able to ask dumb questions. Ken W. Smith has pointed out that one way to get intuition about the determinant is to observe that it ...
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Physical interpretation of the Lie Bracket

I've come accross this physical interpretation for $ [X,Y] $ which I don't understand : Follow $X$ for some time $\epsilon$; Follow $Y$ for $\epsilon$; Follow -X for $\epsilon$; Follow -Y for ...
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One more question about mapping quaternionic matrices into real matrices

Real matrices that lie in the image of the inclusion homomorphism $\rho_n: M_n(\mathbb C) \to M_{2n}(\mathbb R)$ are called complex linear real matrices. It is easy to see that a real matrix is ...
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Lie Group Decomposition as Semidirect Product of Connected and Discrete Groups

I've believed for a long time that every Lie group can be decomposed as the semidirect product of a connected Lie group and a discrete Lie group. However, in this Math Overflow thread, it is mentioned ...
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The tangent bundle of a Lie group is trivial

I'm trying to recreate the proof given by Alex Youcis at http://math.stackexchange.com/a/308798/86801 and got everything except $\displaystyle (L_h)_\ast \left.\frac{\partial}{\partial x_i}\right|_e = ...
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What are defining & fundamental representations?

In physics terminology, one hears of the fundamental & defining representations of lie algebras or groups - are these the same as irreducible representations?
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Some questions about $S^n$

I have some questions about the $n$-sphere: I know that for $n=0,1,3$, $S^n$ forms a Lie group and I also know why it's true, but why is it not the case for other $n$? I have the same question for ...
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Parabolic subgroups of $\mathrm{Sl}_n$ are the ones that stabilize some flag

I am looking for a reference for the above statement that every parabolic subgroup of $\mathrm{Sl}_n(\Bbbk)$ stabilizes some flag in $\Bbbk^n$. I have gone through a large pile of books and can't seem ...
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Lie group step in proof

Let $X_e,Y_e \in T_eG$ be vectors and $G = GL(n).$ Then the right translation is given by $Y_g = Y_e g$ and $X_g = X_e g.$ Now, I have a proof showing that $[X_e,Y_e] \in T_eG$ is the element ...
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The Plate Trick and $SO(3)$

This is a followup of sorts to Plate trick demonstrating SO(3) not simply connected. . Suppose I do the ``plate trick'' to demonstrate the existence of an order-2 element in $\pi_1(SO(3))$. That is, ...
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fundamental group of $U(n)$

Is my logic correct? $f:U(n)\rightarrow U(1)$ defined by $f(A)=\det A$ is a group homomorphism so that the induced homomorphism $f^{*}: \pi_1(U(n))\rightarrow \pi_1(U(1))$ will be an isomorphism, ...
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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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Prove where exp: Skew($3\times 3$) $\rightarrow SO(3)$ is local homeomorphism

The matrix exponential on skew-symmetric $3\times3$ matrices onto $SO(3)$ is not local homeomorphism everywhere. I have been instructed that one problem is with the spheres of radius $2n\pi$ ...
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Representations of a non-compact group are labeled by its maximal compact subgroup?

I don't have much of any awareness about the representation theory of non-compact Lie groups but I bumped into it for my work. Is there some idea that the representations of a non-compact group are ...
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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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Whether matrix exponential from skew-symmetric 3x3 matrices to SO(3) is local homeomorphism?

$SO(3)$ denotes 3x3 rotation matrices. This is Lie group, with corresponding Lie algebra being $\mathrm{Skew}_3$, the space of 3x3 skew-symmetric matrices. The link between them is the matrix ...
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Expression for the Maurer-Cartan form of a matrix group

I understand the definition of the Maurer-Cartan form on a general Lie group $G$, defined as $\theta_g = (L_{g^{-1}})_*:T_gG \rightarrow T_eG=\mathfrak{g}$. What I don't understand is the expression ...
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Matrix Exponential does not map open balls to open balls?

Consider the following theorem from Hall's Lie Groups, Lie Algebras and Representations: Theorem 2.27: For $0 < \varepsilon < \textrm{ln} 2$, let $U_\varepsilon = \{X \in M_n(\Bbb{C}) | ...
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Does the algebraic structure of a Lie group restrict the possible dimensions of other Lie groups isomorphic to it?

In a recent question, I initially doubted that $\mathbb{C}^\times\cong S^1$, my intuition being that $\mathbb{C}^\times$ has one more "dimension" than $S^1$ - in rigorous terms, $S^1$ is (or rather, ...
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Can somebody explain the plate trick to me?

I learned of the plate trick via Wikipedia, which states that this is a demonstration of the fact that SU(2) double-covers SO(3). It also offers a link to an animation of the "belt trick" which is ...
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Almost all subgroups of a Lie group are free

I am currently reading this paper by Epstein. I need help with understanding the proof. Specifically, I have the following two questions. Let $w\colon G\to H$ be an analytic mapping between ...
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free subgroups of $SL(2,\mathbb{R})$

In the example section of the wikipedia article on the the Ping Pong lemma, you can see how to construct a free subgroup of $SL(2,\mathbb{R})$ with two generators $$ a_1 = \begin{pmatrix} 1 & 2 ...
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How to write down the pull back of a differential form by exponential map?

The exponential map $e_{m}: M(n,\mathbb{R})\rightarrow M(n,\mathbb{R})$ is defined by $$e_m(\alpha)=me^\alpha,\quad e^\alpha=1+\alpha+\frac{\alpha^2}{2}+\frac{\alpha^3}{3!}+\cdots$$ Now fix $q\in ...
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Generators of compact Lie groups

Suppose $G$ is a compact connected Lie group and let $\{X_i\}$ be a basis for its Lie algebra $\mathfrak g$. We know that the exponential $\exp:\mathfrak g \to G$ is surjective but when is it 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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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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Complete reducibility of sl(3,F) as an sl(2,F)-module

I was reading the Weyl's theorem on the complete reducibility of a finite dimensional representation of semi-simple Lie algerba and wanted to apply the theorem to the following problem which was ...
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How does Maurer-Cartan form work

I have seen similar post asking for interpretation of the Maurer-Cartan form, but I am still struggling to understand it, so let me try to work a specific example and pose a specific question. Let ...
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Jacobian of exponential mapping in SO3/SE3

Following this post Jacobian matrix of the Rodrigues' formula (exponential map) What if I really need the Jacobian of the exponential mapping function in $\omega \neq 0$? Basically, I want to ...
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How to prove the space of orbits is a Hausdorff space

Let $M$ be a connected smooth n-dimensional manifold and $G$ a lie group acting smoothly on $M$. for $x\in M$, the orbit $G\cdot x=\{g(x)\mid g\in G\} $ is a sub-manifold of $M$ and if the action is ...
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Weyl group, permutation group

Let $U(n)$ be the unitary group and $T$ its maximal torus (group of diagonal matrix) and $N(T)$ the normalizer of $T$ in $G$. Why $N(T)/T$ is the permutation group $S_{n}$?