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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Isomorphism $U(p,q)/U(1)=SU(p,q)/Z_{n}$

I have a little experience in Lie groups, so I have met the strange isomorphism: $$U(p,q)/U(1)=SU(p,q)/Z_{n}$$ Here $U(p,q)$ is a set of complex $n\times n$ matrices ($p+q=n$), which satifies the ...
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Isn't the picture on Wikipedia about Weyl Chambers wrong?

Wikipedia's article on Weyl groups shows an example of a root system and the corresponding fundamental chambers (in my understanding, also known as fundamental regions or fundamental domains). In this ...
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What is the maximal torus in the Lorentz group $O(m,n)$?

I'm close to certain it's just the product of the maximal tori of $O(m)$ and $O(n)$, but I can't quite prove it. I've tried the following: ...
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Adjoint Representation of Lorentz Group

I'm thinking about the image under the adjoint representation $\mathrm{Ad}$ of the proper (identity connected component) Lorentz group $SO^+(1,3)$. Since this group has a trivial centre (it contains, ...
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Homogeneous space question: a quotient $U(n)/U(n-1)$

One can block-diagonally embed a copy $H$ of the unitary group $U(n-1)$ into $U(n)$ by $$A \mapsto \begin{bmatrix}\det(A)^{-1}&0\\0& A\end{bmatrix}.$$ According to a remark in the example ...
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reduced space of coadjoint orbit

Let $G$ be a compact Lie group and $\lambda\in \frak{g}^*$$=(Lie G)^*$ and $O_\lambda$ be the Coadjoint orbit through $\lambda\in \frak{g}^*$ and $\mu:O_\lambda\to\frak{g}^*$ be the moment map, ...
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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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Commuting path from identity to matrix

Let $G$ be a connected, closed subgroup of $\operatorname{GL}(n,\mathbb{C})$ and let $g \in G$. Is there a continuous function $f:[0,1] \to G$ such that $f(0) = g$ and $f(1)=1$ and $f(t) \cdot g = g ...
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Gradient of a real-valued function on SO(3)

I have struggling with a problem of evaluating the gradient of a cost function on the Lie group of rotations: SO(3). The cost is the following: \begin{equation} ...
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Covolution (space) over compact Lie groups

Let $G$ be a compact Lie group. Is there any way one can characterize the functions $\phi$ of the form $\phi=\psi\ast \psi^\ast$ in $C^\infty(G)$ where $\psi\in C^\infty(G)$? Here as usual ...
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Do the infinitesimal generators of a group need be necessarily exponential

A vector field is supposed to be an infinitesimal generator of a lie subgroup. Typically to generate a flow on a manifold using a one parameter group of transformations, we do exponentiation of the ...
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Lie group and Lie algebra automorphisms

Assume that $G$ is a connected Lie group and that $\alpha:G\rightarrow G$ is an automorphism of $G$. Furthermore let $\alpha_*:\mathfrak{g}\rightarrow\mathfrak{g}$ be the corresponding tangent map at ...
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Equivalent form for the Bruhat decomposition

Let $G$ be a reductive group and $B$ a Borel subgroup. The Bruhat decomposition allows us to write (where $W$ is the Weyl group): $$ G/B = \coprod_{w\in W} BwB$$ Why is this form the same as looking ...
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Actions of Weyl group

I get a feeling what I am going to ask is very standard and classic, but I am not able to find any reference. Any answer or reference would be appreciated. Let us assume that $G$ is a simply ...
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Group representations and short exact sequences

Let $0 \rightarrow A \rightarrow B \rightarrow C \rightarrow 0$ be a short exact sequence of groups. What can be said about group representations of $B$ if we assume a complete classification of the ...
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Conditions for a matrix in $Bw_0B$.

Let $B$ be the set of all upper triangular matrices in $GL_n$. What are the conditions for a matrix in $GL_n$ lies in $Bw_0B$ (What do the matrices in $Bw_0B$ look like)? Thank you very much.
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Relationship between O(n)- and SO(n)-representations?

Write $O(n)$ and $SO(n)$ for the orthogonal and special orthogonal group of degree $n$ over the real numbers. Suppose that $V$ and $W$ are real, finite-dimensional and orthogonal ...
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tangent/normal space to set of symmetric isospectral matrices

Let $\Lambda = \{\lambda_1, \ldots, \lambda_n\}$ be a set of $n$ distinct real numbers. $M_n(\mathbb{R})$ denotes the set of all $n \times n$ real matrices, and for $B\in M_n(\mathbb{R})$, $B^T$ ...
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Reduction to standard form.

I was wondering whether this ODE has been studied yet or whether there is anything we can say about its solutions? $$(1-t^2)u_{tt}-tu_t+4\left[n\beta (2t^2-1)+ \beta^2 (2t^2-1)^2+C\right]u=0$$ $C$ ...
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set of positive roots made negative by a Weyl group element

If $w$ is a Weyl group element of a simple lie algebra and the reduced expression for $w$ is $s_{i_1}s_{i_2}...s_{i_k}$ what are the positive roots (in terms of reflections from reduced expressions of ...
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Reference request: Tensor Product of $m$ $SU(N)$ algebras

I'm working on quantum mechanics of linear $SU(N)$ chain of sites. Specifically, I would like to study a Tensor product of $m$ Lie algebras $\mathfrak{s}\mathfrak{u}(N)$ $$ V\in SU(N)\\ W = ...
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Question about a notation.

I have a question about the notation in the paper. On page 8, the 3-rd line from bottom, it is said that $h_J(t)$ is the corresponding diagonal matrix in $GL_4$. I think that $J$ is some set such that ...
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Questions about unipotent matrices.

I have a question about the notation in the paper. On page 8, the 5-th line from bottom, it is said that $u_J(t)$ denotes the upper triangular unipotent matrix with $t$ in position corresponding to ...
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Lie group representatiom - quasi-equivalent representations

Let $T$ and $U$ be unitary representations of a conected simply conected nilpotent Lie group, such that all irreducible subrepresentations of $T$ and $U$ are the same. If $T$ and $U$ are finite, then ...
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Root space of a Semi simple group an LVS?

A semi-simple Lie group has a Cartan Subalgebra ($H$) (CSA) -an LVS, Dual to this CSA LVS is root space($H^*$), which is set funtionals that map elements of CSA to real numbers and hence useful in ...
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Quaternions, Lie Groups and Lie Algebras. Steps to realize a paper. [closed]

I have to realize a paper about quaternions and Lie Groups and Lie Algebras. How can I realize the links between quaternions and Lie Groups & Algebras. Which books do you recommend me? First, I ...
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How to prove this property of a projective transformation?

The copy below is from this book: Sophus Lie, Vorlesungen über Differentialgleichungen mit bekannten Infinitesimalen Transformationen, bearbeitet und herausgegeben von Dr. Georg Wilhelm ...
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Is there a name for the function $g(z)=\frac{1-e^{-z}}{z}$?

This function comes in connection with exponentiation for matrix Lie groups, e.g. in computing the derivative of $\exp()$ away from the identity, or $\exp()$ of something in the affine group ...
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Decompose complex vector by SU(4)

This question is about to decompose (or reduce dimension) complex vector by $SU\left( 4 \right)$. Given any $4\times1$ complex vector $B$. We can build $a_i$,and matrix$\lambda_i,i=1\ldots n $, $a_i ...
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$T_1 \times T_2$ is a maximal torus?

I have been working on teaching myself matrix groups and I have come across a problem about maximal tori. If I have a torus, $T_1 \subset G_1 $ and it is the maximal torus and If I have a torus, $T_2 ...
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prove that the maximal torus of $SO(3)$ is the maximal torus of $GL_3(\mathbb{R})$.

I want to prove that the maximal torus of $SO(3)$ is the maximal torus of $GL_3(\mathbb{R})$. I want to use the theorem that every maximal torus of G equals $gTg^{-1}$ for some $g \in G$. But I am not ...
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Can the equality $e^{-tY}Me^{tY} = e^{tX}M $ be shown by showing it only to 1st order? (Lie representations)

We have that A and B belong to different representations of the same Lie group. The representations have the same dimension. X and Y are elements of the respective Lie algebra representations. $$A = ...
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Unimodular groups

Let F be a non-archimedean local fields of characteristic p (for p any given prime number): the field of formal Laurent series Fq((T)) over a finite field Fq (where q is a power of p). Is GL(n,F) ...
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Three linearly independent vector fields

How can one find three linearly independent vector fields on $S^1\times S^2$? I know that $S^1\times S^2 \cong SO_3( \mathbb{R})$, i.e. the set of orthogonal $3 \times 3$ matrices with determinant ...
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$U(n)$ and $U(1)\times SU(n)$ are not isomorphic Lie groups

I am reading John Lee and on the chapter about group actions there is a problem that asks me to show that $U(n)$ and $U(1)\times SU(n)$ are not isomorphic Lie groups by showing that they don't have ...
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How can we extend the proof that Lie groups are orientable to parallelizable manifolds?

Let $G$ be a Lie group with identity element $e$ and dimension $n$. I know we can take a non-vanishing $n$-form (call it $\omega$) on the vector space $T_eG$. For a Lie group, as we have an ...
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Lie bracket of vector fields on $R^2$

Compute the Lie bracket$$\Big[-y\frac{\partial}{\partial x}+x\frac{\partial}{\partial y},\frac{\partial}{\partial x}\Big]$$ on $R^2$ Can you help me please?
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About representations and transformations under an $SU(n)$ Lie Group

I think my problem is that I misunderstand what "transforms under" really means. Let's take $SU(3)$, for the $\mathbf{3}$ with Dynkin indices $(1,0)$, a state transforms like : $ψ→gψ$. For the ...
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Obtaining representations of $G$ from $\mathrm{Lie}(G)$.

Suppose $\mathfrak{g}$ is a semisimple Lie algebra over $\mathbb{C}$, and $\tilde{G}$ is the unique connected, simply connected Lie group whose Lie algebra is $\mathfrak{g}$. Let $C$ be any discrete ...
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Why is the Compact Symplectic Group Simply Connected

Let $Sp(n)=U(n,\mathbb{H})=\{A \in M_{n}(\mathbb{H}) : A\cdot A^{*}=I\}$ be the compact symplectic group, a subset of $Sp(2n,\mathbb{C})$. I want to show that $Sp(n)$ is simply connected, in ...
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Question about vector fields and Lie group

Notation: $\chi(G)$ is the set of smooth vector fields on Lie group $G$, which in fact forms a vector space. Given a Lie group $G$, show that there exists a smooth vector field $X\in \chi(G)$, ...
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Lie algebra of R^n

Until now the only example of lie groups I have seen are subgroups of $GL_n$. Today I had the idea, that also $G=(\mathbb R^n,+)$ must be a lie group ($(\mathbb R^n,+)$ is a group with the ...
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SO(n) is parallelizable

Prove that $SO(n)$ is parallelizable. How would I go about showing this? My supervisor could not help me with this problem, and I am stumped.
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In which course one learns Lie Group&Algebra and to which category of mathematics this subject belongs?

I'm a junior and i have never leanred this subject. I think "Lie Group&Algebra" is really deep and massive theory since the wikipedia page for it is quite long. Nevertheless, i'm not sure ...
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Rigidity for Lie Groups

This may be a very dumb question but I was wondering if the following train of logic is correct: We know a connected Lie group $G$ is isomorphic to the quotient $G\cong \tilde{G}/\Gamma$ where ...
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How could we decompose anticommutator of representation matrices for a Lie algebra?

For commutator, we know that $[T^a,T^b]=if^{abc}T^c$, where $f^{abc}$ is the structure constant. But is there a similar formula for $\{T^a, T^b\}$? Thank you.
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Nontrivial relations in rotation groups

Consider the subgroup $H$ of $SO(3)$ generated by rotations of order $5$ (i.e., rotations by $\frac{2\pi}5$) about the $x$ and $y$ axes. This group certainly isn't finite or discrete (as it's not ...
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Centralizer of $SO(n)$

Given the set $M(n,\mathbb C)$ of all complex $n\times n$ matrices, what's the centralizer of $SO(n)$ in $M(n,\mathbb C)$? For $n=2$, the centralizer must be the matrices $A$ such that $RA=AR$ where ...
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The Lie derivative by an infinitesimal action is invertible at an isolated zero point

Let a compact Lie group $G$ act on a manifold $M$. Fix $X \in \mathfrak g$ and we write $X_M$ for the infinitesimal action of $X$. Assume that $p \in M$ is a zero point of $X_M$. Define a linear map ...
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Show the Hermitian matrices, with trace(g*g1,1)=0 form a vector space.

This is a question from an example sheet that I think may have a mistake in it. Show that the set of Hermitian matrices $A \in H_2 (\mathbb{C})$ with Trace$(A\cdot A_{(1,1)})=0$ is a real three ...