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 (group-...

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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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The description of abelian Lie groups

There is a problem in my problem sheet which asks me to describe all abelian connected Lie groups (moreover this is the first problem so it should be rather easy). I don't understand how this ...
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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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Orbits of $SL(3, \mathbb{C})/B$

Let $B= \Bigg\{\begin{bmatrix} * & *&* \\ 0 & *&*\\ 0&0&* \end{bmatrix} \Bigg\}< SL(3,\mathbb C)$. What is $SL(3,\mathbb C)/B$? Do we use these facts: Borel fixed ...
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Lie group homomorphism from $\mathbb{R}\rightarrow S^1$

I need to prove that every Lie group homomorphism from $\mathbb{R}\rightarrow S^1$ is of the form $x\mapsto e^{iax}$ for some $a\in\mathbb{R}$. Here is my attempt: As it is group homomorphism so it ...
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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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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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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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Why Bruhat decomposition in $GL_n$ case is the Gauss decomposition?

Gauss decomposition of a matrix is also called LU decomposition. Let $A$ be a matrix. Then $A=LU$ for some lower triangular matrix $L$ and upper triangular matrix $U$. This can be obtained using Gauss ...
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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 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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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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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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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 $2n\pi$ ($n\in\...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Redundance of the Smoothness of the Inversion Map in the Definiton of a Lie Group.

$\DeclareMathOperator{\inv}{inv}$ I am trying to understand the proof of the following from this document: Let $M$ be a smooth manifold which admits a group structure such that the multiplication ...
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Prove that $O(n)$ is a maximal compact subgroup of $GL(n,\mathbb R)$

The indication is: Let $P$ is a symmetric positive definite matrix such that the norm of $p^k$ is smaller than a constant $C$ for every integer $k$, then $P=I_n$.
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How to obtain a Lie group from a Lie algebra

Please pardon me, if the question is too simple. How can we obtain a Lie group form a given Lie algebra (say in 3 dimension) in practise? Can someone illustrate it in 3 dimension? Is there a ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 M(n,...
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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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Is Heisenberg group Euclidean?

I'm reading an article speaking about Heisenberg group $\mathbb H^n$ and some of its properties. Now, I have some questions to ask, hoping to be clear enought. Reading the introduction I've ...
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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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Finding the basis of $\mathfrak{so}(2,2)$ (Lie-Algebra of $SO(2,2)$)

I want to calculate the Basis of the Lie-Algebra $\mathfrak{so}(2,2)$. My idea was, to use a similar Argument as in this Question. The $SO(2,2)$ is defined by: $$ SO(2,2) := \left\{ X \in Mat_4(\...
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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)} exp\left(-\frac{1}{2}~tr(\Sigma^{-1}HLH^{T})\right)~...
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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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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 $$\operatorname{...
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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 \end{...
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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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Are the physics and math definitions of a complex representation equivalent?

I was astonished to read at Wikipedia that The term complex representation has slightly different meanings in mathematics and physics. In mathematics, a complex representation is a group ...
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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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The complex structure of a complex torus

A complex torus $X$ of complex dimension $1$ is just a quotient of $\mathbb{C}$ by a lattice $\Lambda=\mathbb{Z}\oplus \tau\mathbb{Z}$ where $\tau=a+ib$ is a complex number with $b>0$. The complex ...
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What are elements in $SU(1, 1)$?

I am reading some papers in physics. I don't know some notations in those papers. For example, $SU(1, 1)$, $U(1)$. I think these are Lie groups which consist of matrices. But I don't know what kind of ...
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Two Dimensional Lie Algebra

I read in mark wildon book "introduction to lie algebras" "Let F be any field. Up to isomorphism there is a unique two-dimensional nonabelian Lie algebra over F. This Lie algebra has a basis {x, y} ...
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Proving smoothness of left-invariant metric on a Lie Group

Assume $G$ is a Lie group. The standard construction of a left invariant metric on $G$ goes as follows: Take an arbitrary inner product $\langle,\rangle_e$ on $T_eG$ and define $\langle u , v\...
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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 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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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 ...