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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How many connected components does $\mathrm{GL}_n(\mathbb R)$ have?

I've noticed that $\mathrm{GL}_n(\mathbb R)$ is not a connected space, because if it were $\det(\mathrm{GL}_n(\mathbb R))$ (where $\det$ is the function ascribing to each $n\times n$ matrix its ...
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Is there an easy way to show which spheres can be Lie groups?

I heard that using some relatively basic differential geometry, you can show that the only spheres which are Lie groups are $S^0$, $S^1$, and $S^3$. My friend who told me this thought that it ...
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About connected Lie Groups

How can I prove that a connected Lie Group is generated by any neighborhood of the identity? The result is almost trivial for $R^n$ but I tried using the open subgroup generated by this ...
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How to show path-connectedness of $GL(n,\mathbb{C})$

Well, I am not getting any hint how to show $GL_n(\mathbb{C})$ is path connected. So far I have thought that let $A$ be any invertible complex matrix and $I$ be the idenity matrix, I was trying to ...
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Jacobian matrix of the Rodrigues' formula (exponential map)

I am working an algorithm which is supposed to align a pair of images. The motion model, which describes the pose $p$ of an image (with respect to the second) in 3D space, is purely rotational. ...
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$\varphi$ in $\operatorname{Hom}{(S^1, S^1)}$ are of the form $z^n$

I'd like to see a proof why $\varphi \in \operatorname{Hom}{(S^1, S^1)}$ looks like $z^n$ for an integer $n$. At first I thought I could argue that if I have a homomorphism that maps $e^{ix}$ to some ...
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Why is $SO(3)\times SO(3)$ isomorphic to $SO(4)$?

Could you please explain me the reason why they are isomorphic? Thanks, bye!
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On surjectivity of exponential map for Lie groups

A recent question made me realize I didn't know any proof that exponential of a Lie algebra $\mathfrak g$ of a compact connected Lie group $G$ is surjective. After a bit of thinking I've come up with ...
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Pushforward of Inverse Map around the identity?

Let $G$ be a Lie group and $i:G \rightarrow G$ denote the inversion map. (Notation: $f_*$ is the pushforward map $F_*:T_pG \rightarrow T_{i(p)}G$ which takes $(F_{*}X)(f)=X(f\circ F)$ and $X$ is a ...
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What's a good place to learn Lie groups?

Ok so I read the following article the other day: http://www.aimath.org/E8/ and I wanted to learn more about lie groups. Using my exceptional deduction skills I thought "oh it must have something to ...
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Let $G$ be a Lie group. Show that there is a diffeomorphism $TG \cong G \times T_e G$.

Since $T_p G$ is isomorphic to $T_e G$ for all $p\in G$, it makes sense that each vector in $T_p G$ can be identified with a vector in $T_e G$. Hence, to make the map from $TG$ one to one, we must ...
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how to show $SU(2)/\mathbb{Z}_2\cong SO(3)$

Could any one give me hint for this one? how to show $SU(2)/\mathbb{Z}_2\cong SO(3)$, well, Is it the same: there is a 2-fold covering map from $SU(2)$ to $SO(3)$? what is that map will be?
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— Cartan matrix for an exotic type of Lie algebra --

(1) Is there a notion of Cartan matrix for non-semisimple Lie algebra? For example, consider this Lie algebra: $$ [X_i, X_j] = f_{ij}{}^k X_k \qquad\qquad [X_i,Y^j] = - f_{ik}{}^j Y^k \qquad\qquad ...
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Exact sequences of SU(N) and SO(N)

We know that the spin group $Spin(N)$ has a short exact sequence of Lie groups. $$1 \to Z_2 \to Spin(N) \to SO(N) \to 1$$ I wonder whether there are some examples for SU(N) and SO(N) group, such ...
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Proof: Tangent space of the general linear group is the set of all squared matrices

Let us assume we have the following definition of a tangent space: Definition of smooth path Let $X\subset\mathbb{R}^n$. Let $I$ be a real interval. \begin{equation} P \text{ is a smooth path in } ...
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Correspondence of representation theory between $\mathrm{GL}_n(\mathbb C)$ and $\mathrm U_n(\mathbb C)$

If I know something about the representation theory of the general linear group $\mathrm{GL}_n(\mathbb C)$, what can I say about the representation theory of the unitary group $\mathrm U_n(\mathbb ...
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Universal Cover of $SL_{2}(\mathbb{R})$

Why does the universal cover of $SL_{2}(\mathbb{R})$ have no finite dimensional representations?
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First and second homotopy groups of a connected Lie group

I try to understand why for a connected Lie group $G$ the first fundamental group $\pi_1(G)$ is abelian, and mainly why the second fundamental group is trivial $\pi_2(G)=0$? Thanks for anyone who ...
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Does non-commuting $\mathfrak{g}$ imply non-abelian $G$?

Question 8.1 in Kristopher Tapp's introductory text on matrix groups asks to show that $SO(n)$ is non-abelian ($n>2$) by finding two elements of $so(n)$ that do not commute. Why is this method ...
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Does every irreducible representation of a compact group occur in tensor products of a faithful representation (and its dual)?

Let $G$ be a compact (Hausdorff) group and $V$ a faithful (complex, continuous, finite-dimensional) representation of it. (Hence $G$ is a Lie group.) Is it true that every irreducible representation ...
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Non surjectivity of the exponential map to GL(2,R)

I was asked to show that the exponential map $\exp: \mathfrak{g} \mapsto G$ is not surjective by proving that the matrix $\left(\matrix{-1 & 0 \\ 0 & -2}\right)\in \text{GL}(2,\mathbb{R})$ ...
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fundamental group of $GL^{+}_n(\mathbb{R})$

I would like to know whether the $GL^{+}_n(\mathbb{R})$ the set of all invertible matrices with positive determinant is simply connected or not? I guess it is not simply connected but that is just a ...
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Why is $Sp(2m)$ as regular set of $f(A)=A^tJA-J$, and, hence a Lie group.

I'm trying to prove that $Sp(2m)$ is a Lie group using this: defining a function $f(A)=A^tJA-J$ and trying to see that this is a submersion. But I've not realized yet what is the domains and the range ...
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What does $GL_n(R)$ look like?

Exactly as in the title - what does the general linear group "look like" (you are free to interpret this however you like) as submanifold of $R^{n^2}$? What should I imagine when I think of it? (I ...
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Image of Matrix Exponential Map

It is known that every $A$ belongs to $GL(n,\mathbb C)$ equals to $\exp(B)$ for some $n \times n$ matrix $B$. How to show the following is true? Show that a matrix $M$ belonging to $GL_n(\mathbb R)$ ...
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Lie group structure on some topological spaces

I have some basic background in Lie theory and I have some difficulties to show that some topological spaces admits a Lie group structure. More precisely, for a given Lie group $G$: 1) Why its ...
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Is $SO_n({\mathbb R})$ a divisible group?

The title says it all ... Formally, if $SO_n(\mathbb R)=\lbrace A\in M_n({\mathbb R}) |AA^{T}=I_n, {\sf det}(A)=1 \rbrace$ and $W\in SO_n(\mathbb R)$, is it true that for every integer $p$, there is ...
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Alternating and special orthogonal groups which are simple

I have an idle curiosity about a funny coincidence between two sequences of groups. It is well-known by those who know it well that the alternating group $A_d$ of degree $d$ is simple if and only if ...
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Help needed in understanding the basics of Cartan decomposition of a Lie algebra

I am trying to learn the basics of Cartan decomposition of Lie algebra, and have come across the following example. Consider $\mathfrak{gl_n}$ as the Lie algebra of endomorphisms of $\mathbb{C}^n$. ...
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Reciprocity for branching rules of $\mathrm{GL}_n(\mathbb C)$

[Separated from another question] If I have information about the restriction of representations of the general linear group, can I make any statements about the induction (by Frobenius reciprocity)? ...
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Lie Algebra Homomorphism Question

So this is a bit of a follow-up to my recent question. I don't mean to inundate the feed with my quandaries, but as I move through the theory I keep hitting stumbling blocks (which y'all so kindly ...
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A covering map from a differentiable manifold

Let $p: C \to X$ is a covering map. Suppose that $C$ is a differentiable manifold. Is X - differentiable manifold? More precisely, I am interested in the case where $C$ is Submanifold of Lie algebra, ...
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Given a group $ G $, how many topological/Lie group structures does $ G $ have?

Given any abstract group $ G $, how much is known about which types of topological/Lie group structures it might have? Any abstract group $ G $ will have the structure of a discrete topological group ...
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Visualizing the fundamental group of SO(3)

Recently I became interested in trying to visualize the fact that $\pi_1(\text{SO}(3)) = \mathbb{Z}/2\mathbb{Z}$. For whatever reason, the plate trick doesn't do it for me, so I've been looking for ...
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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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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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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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Recovering the two SU(2) matrices from SO(4) matrix

Since there is a 2-1 homomorphism from SU(2)xSU(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 system of equations ...
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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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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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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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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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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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The Quaternions and $SO(4)$

I am interested in the map $\phi:S^3 \times S^3 \to GL_4(\mathbb{R})$ given as follows: Let $(p,q) \in S^3 \times S^3$. We identify $p$ and $q$ as real quaternions with unit norms and define ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...