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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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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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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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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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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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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How to derive these Lie Series formulas

Relates issues: How to properly apply the Lie Series Exponential of a function times derivative In my old notes about Lie groups and/or operator calculus, I've encountered the following formulas: $$ ...
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Compactness of orthogonal Matrices

Show that the set of all orthogonal matrices in the set of all $n \times n$ matrices endowed with any norm topology is compact.
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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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Geometric & Intuitive Meaning of $SL(2,R)$, $SU(2)$, etc… & Representation Theory of Special Functions

Many special functions of mathematical physics can be understood from the point of view of the representation theory of lie groups. An example of the power of this viewpoint is given in my question ...
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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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Which Lie groups have Lie algebras admitting an Ad-invariant inner product?

I am trying to answer the following question: Which Lie groups have a Lie algebra admitting an $\text{Ad}$-invariant inner product? First of all, all compact Lie groups satisfy this condition ...
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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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How to evaluate the derivatives of matrix inverse?

Cliff Taubes wrote in his differential geometry book that: We now calculate the directional derivatives of the map $$M\rightarrow M^{-1}$$ Let $\alpha\in M(n,\mathbb{R})$ denote any given matrix. ...
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How to properly apply the Lie Series

I am trying to solve this problem from Symmetry Methods for Differential Equations A Beginner's Guide (Peter E. Hydon). Use the Lie Series ...
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How to “find” this Lie algebra: proof that $\mathfrak{sl}$ is trace zero matrices

I saw this table here on Wikipedia and it states that the Lie algebra of the special linear group $SL_n(\mathbb C)$ is the group of traceless matrices $\mathfrak{sl}_n$. I know the definition of a ...
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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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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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Defining an isomorphism that respects the Lie bracket: is my work correct?

I previously determined that if $\mathfrak{sl}$ denotes the Lie algebra of $SL_2(\mathbb C)$ and $\mathfrak o$ denotes the Lie algebra of $O(3,\mathbb C)$ then a basis for $\mathfrak{sl}$ is given by ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Exact sequences of $SU(N)$ and $SO(N)$

We know that the spin group $Spin(N)$ has a short exact sequence of Lie groups $$1 \to Z_2 \to Spin(N) \to SO(N) \to 1\textrm{.}$$ I wonder whether there are some examples for $SU(N)$ and $SO(N)$ ...
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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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Representations of Direct Sum of Lie Algebras

I'm trying to prove the following. Let $\frak{g}$ and $\frak{h}$ be (semisimple) Lie algebras. Then every representation $d$ of $\frak{g}\oplus\frak{h}$ is the tensor product of representations $d^1$ ...
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set of almost complex structures on $\mathbb R^4$ as two disjoint spheres

The set of almost complex structures on $\mathbb R^{2n}$ is given by $$ M_n = \frac{GL(2n,\mathbb R)}{GL(n,\mathbb C)} = \mathcal C_+ \sqcup \mathcal C_-,$$ taking into account that $\det = \pm 1$ ...
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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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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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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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Under what conditions is the exponential map on a Lie algebra injective?

Let $G$ be a Lie group with Lie algebra $\mathfrak{g}$ and let $\exp :\mathfrak{g}\rightarrow G$ be the exponential map. In his blog, Terrence Tao notes that if a Lie group is not simply-connected, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Maximal tori in U(2)

I'm attending a course about Lie Groups, and in an exercise I'm asked to "find the maximal abelian subgroup of $U(2)$". Certainly an abelian subgroup of $U(2)$ (and in fact of any $U(n)$ increasing ...
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Subgroups of $\Bbb{R}^n$ that are closed and discrete

I am trying to prove that every closed discrete subgroup of $\Bbb{R}^n$ under addition is a free abelian group of finite rank. I have tried to do this by induction on the dimension $n$. Base ...
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The generators of $SO(n)$ are antisymmetric, which means there are no diagonal generators and therefore rank zero for the Lie algebra?

Okay, this may be a silly question but I can't figure it out myself right now. By definition $O \in SO(n)$ fulfils $O^T O=1$ and $\det(O)=1$. For the generators of the group $ T_a \in so(n)$, this ...