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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A general element of U(2)

The group U(2) is the group of all $2\times 2$ matrices such that $U^\dagger U=I$. Evidently it has $4$ real parameters, and can be represented as: $$ U(2) = \{\begin{bmatrix}a&b\\ 0&d ...
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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 $S_{n}$?
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Are there algebraic subgroups of Lie groups which happen to be Lie groups on their own but not Lie subgroups?

Let $G$ and $H$ be Lie groups and $i:H\to G$ an injective group homomorphism, not necessarily continuous. Once $i$ is continuous, it follows easily that $i$ is differentiable and even an immersion. ...
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Group of isometries is closed in $GL_{n+1}$

I solved the following exercise. Could someone please check my work? Prove that $\operatorname{Isom_n}{\mathbb R^n}$ is a matrix group. Is it compact? My work: We recall that ...
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Help with a proof that SO(n) is path-connected.

I've found lots of different proofs that SO(n) is path connected, but I'm trying to understand one I found on Stillwell's book "Naive Lie Theory". It's fairly informal and talks about paths in a very ...
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Dimension of Lie algebra according to root system

I was wondering how is it possible to find the dimension of a semi-simple lie algebra $L$ if its corresponding root system is (lets make it simple) of type $B_2$. We can find the number of roots and ...
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Lie algebra 3 Dimensional with 2 Dimensional derived lie algebra #2

I read the book of Karin Erdmann and Mark Wildon: "An introduction to Lie algebras". In page 22 they say that: If $\dim (L) = 3$, $\dim (L') = 2$ then (a) $L'$ abelian and (b) $\operatorname{ad} x ...
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Are there any good ways to see the universal cover of $GL^{+}(2,\mathbb{R})$?

Are there any good ways to see the universal cover of $GL^{+}(2,\mathbb{R})$? Here $GL^{+}(2,\mathbb{R})$ stands for the identity component of $GL(2,\mathbb{R})$, i.e. positive determinant matrices. I ...
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Where to the degrees of freeedom go when a complex representation becomes a real representation of a subalgebra?

As an example consider the complex $16$-dimensional representation of $\mathfrak{so}(10)$. When $\mathfrak{so}(10)$ is reduced to the subalgebra $\mathfrak{so}(9)$, the complex $16$-dimensional ...
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$SL(n,\mathbb R)$ diffeomorphic to $SO(n) \times \mathbb R^{n(n+1)/2-1}$?

Question : How to show $SL(n,\mathbb R)$ diffeomorphic to $ SO(n) \times \mathbb R^{n(n+1)/2-1}$? Also, how to show $SL(n,\mathbb C)$ diffeomorphic to $ SU(n) \times \mathbb R^{n^2-1}$? I have ...
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Proof that these two definitions are equivalent

Where can I find a proof of or how can I prove that these two definitions are equivalent? Definition 1: The Lie algebra of a Lie group $G \subset GL_n$ is the tangent space at $I$. Definition 2: ...
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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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Proof that Lie group with finite centre is compact if and only if its Killing form is negative definite

I am gathering material for an exposition on Lie theory and I am after proofs that a Lie group with finite centre is compact if and only if its Killing form is negative definite. I know of one, ...
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Can $(\Bbb{R}^2,+)$ be given the structure of a matrix Lie group?

I have an assignment problem that is coming from Brian Hall's book Lie Groups, Lie Algebras and Representations: An Elementary Introduction. Suppose $G \subseteq GL(n_1;\Bbb{C})$ and $H ...
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Universal Covering Group of $SO(1,3)^{\uparrow}$

I'm trying to prove that $SL(2,\mathbb{C})$ is the universal covering group for the proper orthochronous Lorentz group $SO(1,3)^{\uparrow}$. The standard way goes as follows. (1) Exhibit a real ...
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Characterization of Semidirect Products: Too strong assumptions?

In John Lee's book Introduction to Smooth Manifolds, there is the following Theorem. Theorem 7.35 (Characterization of Semidirect Products). Suppose $G$ is a Lie group, and $N,H\subseteq G$ are ...
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Maps that preserve tensor rank

Suppose we have some tensor product of vector spaces. By tensor rank, I mean the minimal number of simple tensors required to write down an element of this tensor product of spaces. Is there much ...
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If a connected Lie group is divisible, is its exponential map surjective?

A group $G$ is divisible if for all $g \in G$ and $k \in \mathbb{Z}_+$ there is an element $h \in G$ such that $h^k = g$; we call such an $h$ a $k$th root of $g$. In an answer to a recent question ...
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Precise connection between complexification of $\mathfrak{su}(2)$, $\mathfrak{so}(1,3)$ and $\mathfrak{sl}(2, \mathbb{C})$

I'm desperatly confused by notations and formulations so if someone could clarify the following things a little Í would be deeply grateful. The Lie algebra $\mathfrak{so}(1,3)_+^{\uparrow}$ of the ...
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Invariant Inner Product on Lie Algebra

Let $G$ be a Lie group, $\frak{g}$ its Lie algebra. Suppose $\mathcal{D}$ a representation of $G$ on $V$, $d$ the associated Lie algebra representation. Suppose $V$ is endowed with an inner product. ...
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Short exact sequences of topological groups and Lie groups

could someone please clarify the definitions of extensions of topological groups and Lie groups. For topological groups, what I see in most papers is as follows: An extension of topological groups $0 ...
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Proving that $\mathbb R^3$ cannot be made into a real division algebra (and that extending complex multiplication would not work)

I am trying to solve the following exercise: 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. ...
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The diffential of commutator map in a Lie group

Leb $G$ be a Lie group and $f:G\times G\rightarrow G$ be the commutator map $:(x,y)\mapsto xyx^{-1}y^{-1}$. How to obtain the Lie bracket in the associated Lie algebra of $G$ from the derivatives of ...
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List of connected Lie subgroups of $\mathrm{SL}(2,\mathbb{C})$.

I am not familiar with the theory of Lie groups, so I am having a hard time finding all the connected closed real Lie subgroups of $\mathrm{SL}(2, \mathbb{C})$ up to conjugation. One can find the ...
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Relationship between two maps from $SU(2)$ to $SO(3)$

I have two maps from $SU(2) \to SO(3)$. For the first map, think of $SU(2)$ as the group of unit quaternions. Under this identification, we can give a map $f: SU(2) \to SO(3)$ given by $SU(2)$ ...
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How to prove that every Lie group is the semidirect product of a connected Lie group and a discrete group?

Every Lie group is the direct product of a connected Lie group and a discrete group. I think the component of the identity could be useful.
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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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Is a basis for the Lie algebra of a Lie group also a set of infinitesimal generators for the Lie group?

Let $G$ be a (EDIT: connected) Lie group of dimension $n$, and let $\mathfrak{g}$ be the associated Lie algebra. If $x_1,\ldots,x_n$ is a basis for $\mathfrak{g},$ is it necessarily true that the ...
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Lie bracket; confusing proof from lecture

I am having some difficulties understanding this proof. Let $G$ be a closed matrixsubgroup of the general linear group. We have a right translation $Y(g):=dR_g(e) Y(e)$ on the Lie algebra $Y \in ...
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Symplectic group action

Let $(M,\omega)$ be a symplectic manifold. We say that a group action $\phi: G \times M \rightarrow M$ is symplectic if each $\phi(g,.)$ is a symplectomorphism. Now, I am going through some lecture ...
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Quaternion–Spinor relationship?

I've known for some time about the rotation group action of the ('pure') quaternions on $ \mathbf{R}^3 $ by conjugation. I've recently encountered spinors and notice similarities in their definitions ...
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Differential of the inversion of Lie group [duplicate]

Let $G$ be a Lie group and $\iota \colon G\to G$ denote the inversion. If $e$ is the identity of $G$, prove that: $$\text d \iota _e = -\text {id} _{T_e G}.$$ I understand that the differential at $e$ ...
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Is there a Peter-Weyl theorem for the quasi-invariant measure on a homogeneous space of a compact semisimple group?

Let $H \hookrightarrow G$ be an inclusion of semisimple, compact Lie groups. There is a measure on the homogeneous coset space $G/H$ by pulling back the Haar measure on $G$ via the projection $G ...
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Subgroups of $SO(4)$ with free transitive action on $S^3$

By considering $S^3$ as the group manifold of $SU(2)$, the ordinary action of $SO(4)$ on the three sphere can be written as the $SU(2)\times SU(2)/\mathbb{Z}_2$ given by the group action of ...
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Commutativity and Maximal Tori in Connected, Compact Lie Groups

Let $G$ be a path-connected, compact Lie Group. Let $x \in G$ and let $T_x \subset G$ denote the union of all the maximal tori in $G$ that contain $x$. Question: Is it true that if $y \notin T_x$, ...
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Contractibility vs. G-contractibility

Let $X$ be a space equipped with an action of a compact Lie group $G$. Recall that such a space is said to be $G$-contractible if the identity map of $X$ is $G$-homotopic (i.e., homotopic through ...
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Local Isomorphism on Topological Groups

I'm currently studying Lie Groups, and reading "Theory of Lie Groups I" by C. Chevalley. He talks about topological groups in chapter two. To be more precise, on page 38 he presents two examples in ...
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Geometric difference between two actions of $GL_n(\mathbb{C})$ on $G\times \mathfrak{g}^*$

Let $G=GL_n(\mathbb{C})$. Scenerio 1: Let $G$ act on $T^*(G)=G\times \mathfrak{g}^*$ by $$ g.(x,y)=(gx,y). $$ Scenerio 2: Let $G$ act on $T^*(G)=G\times \mathfrak{g}^*$ by $$ ...
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Derivative of function including matrix logarithm

Is the following equation a first order approximation or incorrect for general matrix Lie groups? And what are the higher order terms? $$\frac{\partial}{\partial\mathbf x} (\log(\mathtt ...
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What is the connection between $\widehat{\mathbb Q G}$ and distributions near the identity of $G$?

I'm studying Quillen's rational homotopy theory and trying to understand this MathOverflow description of Quillen's functor provided by Hiro Lee Tanaka. When discussing connections between how ...
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High Dimensional Rotation Matrices As Product of In-Plane Rotations

Lately I've been thinking a lot about how to find high-dimensional rotation matrices. In particular, can any rotation in $n$-dimensional space be represented as the product of $2$D plane rotations? ...
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Do these vector fields span an integrable distribution?

Let $X_i$, $1 \le 1 \le n$, be smooth vector fields on the open set $U \subset \mathbb{R}^n$, which are linearly independent at each point. Set $[X_i, X_j] = \sum_{k=1}^n c_{ij}^kX_k$. Suppose that ...
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Lie Subgroup Example - Explanation?

I'm currently working through Jeff Lee's 'Manifolds and Differential Geometry'. He defines a Lie Subgroup, $H$, to be an abstract subgroup of a Lie Group $G$, such that the inclusion map ...
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Harmonic Analysis on the Affine Group

In my previous question, I asked about harmonic analysis on the group $\operatorname{SL}(3, \mathbb{R})$. The representation theory of this group appears to be quite complicated, so I am now looking ...
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$Hom_G(\pi,\sigma)$ = $Hom_{\mathfrak{g}}(d\pi,d\sigma)$?

Let $G$ be a Lie group. Let $\mathfrak{g}$ be the corresponding Lie algebra. Let $(\pi,V)$ and $(\sigma, W)$ be representations of $G$, with corresponding differentials $d\pi$ and $d\sigma$, which are ...
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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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Unitary group and unit circle

Let $U(n)$ denote the group of complex unitary matrices, let $S^1$ be the unit circle in the complex plane. Then the map $$f:U(n)\to S^1,\quad f(A)=det(A)$$ is a group homomorphism and a submersion. ...
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Spinor Mapping is Surjective

I'm (still) trying to prove that $SL(2,\mathbb{C})$ is the universal covering group the the proper orthochronous Lorentz group $L$. I have completed the following steps. (1) Prove that the vector ...
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Computing the differential of the map $\phi: M_2(\mathbb{C})\times M_2(\mathbb{C})\rightarrow M_2(\mathbb{C})$

Let $\phi: M_2(\mathbb{C})\times M_2(\mathbb{C})\rightarrow M_2(\mathbb{C})$ be the map $$(B_1,B_2)\mapsto [B_1,B_2]$$ which takes two $2\times 2$ matrices to its Lie bracket. Then why does ...