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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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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Fundamental domain of $\operatorname{GL}(n,\mathbb R)$ acted on by $\operatorname{GL}(n, \mathbb Z)$

What is a simple description of a fundamental domain of $\operatorname{GL}(n,\mathbb R)$ acted on by $\operatorname{GL}(n,\mathbb Z)$? $\operatorname{GL}(n,\mathbb R)$ is the group of all real ...
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p-adic Lie groups vs. algebraic groups over $\mathbb{Q}_p$

I am somewhat confused about the following two concepts and the relations between them- One concept is a Lie group $G$ over the $p$-adic field. This is defined in a similar fashion to a (real) Lie ...
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Derivation of a representation through a vector field

Question: (Exercise 3.4.12 - Sharpe) Let $H$ be a Lie group, $V$ a vector space, and $\rho: H \to Gl(V)$ a representation. Let $U$ be a manifold, $X$ a vector field on $U$, and $h: U \to H$ and $f:...
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Which Algebraic Properties Distinguish Lie Groups from Abstract Groups?

This question is motivated by a previous one: Conditions for a smooth manifold to admit the structure of a Lie group, and wants to be a sort of "converse". Here I am taking an abstract group $G$ and ...
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Nodes of the Dynkin diagram for even-dimensional orthogonal groups

I'm reading Wilson's book "The Finite Simple Groups", specifically the sections on the orthogonal groups. (See: http://link.springer.com/book/10.1007%2F978-1-84800-988-2) In section 3.7.4, he ...
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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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Theorem about the subgroup of a Lie group fixed by an involution

When trying to do Lie-theoretic calculations on Lie groups (finding the Bruhat decomposition, etc.) I've often come across expositions that seem to be implicitly using a result something like the ...
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How do the infinitesimal generators generate the whole compact Lie group?

Suppose that $G$ is a connected compact Lie group, $g(a)\in G$ is its element, and $a=(a_1,a_2,...,a_r)$ is the parameter of the group element $g(a)$. Then the infinitesimal generator of the group can ...
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Weyl character formula for locally compact Lie groups.

I was just wondering if there exists such a formula. Specifically I need to calculate characters of irreducible representations of GSp$(4,\mathbb{C})$. I know how to do it for the compact Lie group ...
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How to calculate the Lie algebra of a neural network?

Define $F$ as the standard multi-layer feed-forward perceptron: \begin{equation} F(\mathbf{x}) = \Theta( W_1 \circ \Theta( W_2 \circ .... W_L(\mathbf{x}))) \end{equation} where $\Theta$ is the sigmoid ...
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Solving a matrix differential equation

I am trying to solve: $\frac{d U_t}{dt} = Tr(G^{\dagger}U_t)G - Tr(U_t^{\dagger}G)U_t G^{\dagger} U_t$ Where $U_t \in SU(4)$ and $G \in SU(4)$ is given and constant. Is it possible to solve this ...
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Non-degenerate bilinear forms of Lie algebra with a degenerate Killing form

Definition: A Lie algebra is defined by: $$ [e_a,e_b]={f_{ab}}^ce_c $$ The Killing form is $$ g_{ab}=-{f_{ac}}^d {f_{bd}}^c $$ Set-Up: The type of Lie algebra of our interests (found out during a ...
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ODE system and Lie symmetries

The ODE system (see below), where $F$ is a given function together the algebraic condition (SYM) imply that $$\boxed{y(t)=k-x(t)} \tag{*}$$ for some $k$ constant. The result that $y$ is a translation ...
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Generating function for characters of representations

One example of such a generating function that I know how to derive is for $SU(2)$, $\frac{1}{(1-tx)(1-\frac{t}{x})}$. The coefficient of $t^n$ in the above function is the character in the $n+1$ ...
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Klein's Erlangen program taken seriously

Felix Klein suggested in his Erlangen program a way to classify geometries based on group theory. According to Wikipedia, we have the following definition: A Klein geometry is a pair (G, H) where ...
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Can the infinite von Dyck groups be subgroups of $SU(n)$?

I know by constructing some particular cases that I can find unitary matrices $X$, $Y$ and $Z$ such that $X^m = Y^n = Z^p = XYZ = 1$ with $$ \frac{1}{m} + \frac{1}{n}+\frac{1}{p} < 1 $$ ...
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Generators of so(7)

Short version: Let $V$ be a 7-dimensional linear space of (real) square matrices. Suppose further that $[V,V]$ (the linear space spanned $[X,Y]$, $X,Y\in V$) is isomorphic to $\mathfrak{so}(7)$. Can ...
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Duistermaat & Kolk's lost chapters on Lie groups

I am reading the book Lie Groups by Duistermaat and Kolk. It is written in the preface that "the text contains references to chapters belonging to a future volume". I could not find this second ...
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A subspace is invariant by the Lie group if it is invariant by the Lie algebra

Let $G$ be a connected Lie group and $$\varphi:G\to \mathrm{GL}(V)$$ a representation on a finite dimensional real vector space $V$. Let $$\psi:\mathfrak{g}\to\mathrm{End}(V)$$ be the associated Lie ...
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A Quotient of the Euclidean Group

$\newcommand{\euc}{\mathscr I}\newcommand{\R}{\mathbf R}$ Let $\euc(n)$ denote the the Euclidean group $\R^n\rtimes O_n(\R)$. Recall that $\euc(n)$ acts on $\R^n$ as $(\mathbf x, T)\cdot \mathbf y=\...
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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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Closed orbits of complete flags in $\mathbb{C}^n$

Let $B$ be a symmetric (or antisymmetric) non-degenerate bilinear form on $\mathbb{C}^n$ and let $G$ be the associated group of automorphisms $O(n)$ (resp. $Sp(n)$). What can we say about the Zariski-...
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Two definitions of real flag manifolds: do they coincide?

Let $G$ be a real semisimple Lie group with finite center. Definition 1 A real flag manifold is a homogeneous space $G/Q$ where $Q$ is a parabolic subgroup of $G$. Definition 2 Let $K$ be a ...
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Discrete subgroups of SU(n) and SO(n).

Thank you very much for your concern. I am in physics background, any simpler but complete explanation would be helpful. I would like to know whether there is a complete understanding of discrete ...
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Root Systems of Lie Groups.

Let $G$ be a compact Lie group assumed to be a subgroup of $U(n)$. Also, let $T$ be a maximal torus of G. Then there exists a basis $\{v_1, \ldots ,v_d\}$ of the Lie algebra of $G$, $\mathfrak{g}$, ...
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Finding the universal cover of a matrix group

Consider the group $G = \left\{\begin{pmatrix} a & b\\ 0 & 1\end{pmatrix}: a \in \mathbb{C}^{\times}, b \in \mathbb{C}\right\} \subset GL(2, \mathbb{C})$. How does one find the universal cover ...
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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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Find the extended form of the group generated by an operator?

I tried to find the extended form of the group generated by the following operators. (I): The first operator $$A=z\frac{\partial }{\partial z}+1$$ To find the extended form of the group ...
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Pauli Matrices as Representations of Reflection Operators?

How does one derive, using, say, the Householder transformation $$ R(r) = (I - nn^*)(r),$$ the reflection representation of a vector $$ R(r) = R(x\hat{i} + y\hat{j} + z\hat{k}) = xR(\hat{i}) + yR(\...
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Maximizing the pairwise Frobenuis distance between M othrogonal matrices

I want to maximize the pairwise Frobenius distance between $M$ orthogonal matrices. That is, I'm looking for $Q_{i}, i = 1, 2, ... M$ such that \begin{equation*} \begin{aligned} & \underset{ 1 \...
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Formal adjoint of curvature (Yang Mills)

Currently reading a paper on finding solutions to the Yang Mills equation $D^*\Omega=0$, where $\Omega$ is the curvature and $D^*$ is the formal adjoint of the exterior covariant derivative $D$. ...
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Quotient space of equivariant vector bundle.

Let $p: P \to B$ be a principal $G$-bundle, and $\pi : E \to P$ a vector bundle with action of $G$ on $E$ such that $G$ acts by vector bundle isomorphisms and $\pi$ is equivariant. Is it always the ...
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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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Is the Groupoid of germs associated to an orbifold a Hausdorff proper Lie groupoid?

I was studying the book Introduction to Foliations and Lie Groupoids by I. Moerdijk and J. Mrcun and I have a doubt. On page 140 they give the following definition for a proper Lie groupoid. A ...
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Geodesics on Homogeneous Spaces

Consider a homogeneous space $G/\text{Stab}_p \cong M$ where $G$ is a compact Lie group active transitively on $M$ (a compact manifold). If $F$ is a Finsler Metric on $G$ which pushes forward ...
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Is every complex Lie algebra a complexification?

I'm wondering if every finite-dimensional complex Lie algebra can be written as a complexification of a real Lie algebra. At the vector space level, clearly every $\mathbb{C}^n$ is a complexification ...
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Exponential map is surjective for compact connected Lie group

How do I show that for every compact connected group $G$, the exponential map $\exp \colon\mathfrak{g} \rightarrow G$ is surjective? I tried to find the proof on the internet but most of them are ...
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Covering spaces of Lie groups

In a paper of Tom Bridgeland's, he describes an action by the universal over $G:=\tilde{GL^+}(2,\mathbb{R})$ using a description of $G$ I find unintuitive. Namely, he indexes write the fiber over $T\...
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Invariant bilinear forms on Lie algebras

Consider a (compact) Lie group $H$ that acts on its Lie algebra $\mathfrak h$ in the usual way, $x\mapsto gxg^{-1}$ for any $x\in\mathfrak h$ and $g\in H$. Suppose we are given a real symmetric ...
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The tangent bundle of a Lie group is trivial

I'm trying to recreate the proof given by Alex Youcis at http://math.stackexchange.com/a/308798/86801 and got everything except $\displaystyle (L_h)_\ast \left.\frac{\partial}{\partial x_i}\right|_e = ...
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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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Role of the discrete subgroups of Lie groups

This is a question I don't believe is too vague to admit a sensible answer: In what directions can the structure theory of the discrete subgroups of real and p-adic Lie groups applied? What ...
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Is $G$ a lie group if left multiplication is smooth and multiplication is smooth near $e$?

Suppose $G$ is a smooth manifold and also a topological group. Also suppose that left multiplication $L_g : G \rightarrow G$ is smooth for any $g \in G$. Finally suppose that the multiplication map is ...
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Does every element of $G_2 = \mathrm{Aut}(\mathbb{O})$ stabilize a quaternion subalgebra?

Has anyone heard of this result before? Let $\mathbb{O}$ denote the octonions and let $G_2$ denote its automorphism group (i.e. the 14 dimensional subgroup of $SO(7)$). Then any element of $G_2$ ...
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Two definitions of equivariant sheaves

Let $G$ be a topological group. Here are two definitions of $G$-equivariant sheaves on a $G$-space $X$. (a) Define an $G$-equivariant sheaf by a sheaf $F$ (étalé space) equipped with a $G$-action ...
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Can one reformulate tensor methods and young tableaux to account for spinor representations on $\operatorname{SO}(n)$?

Standard tensor methods and Young tableaux methods don't give you the spinor reps of $\operatorname{SO}(n)$. Is this because spinor representation are projective representations? If so, where does ...
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Are closed orbits of Lie group action embedded?

Consider a smooth action $G\curvearrowright M$ of a Lie group on a smooth manifold. Suppose that an orbit $G\cdot p$ is closed. Is the orbit an embedded submanifold? In general we know that the ...
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The Symplectic group is connected

Let $K = \mathbb{R}, \mathbb{C}$ be a field and consider the skew-symmetric matrix $$ J = \left( \begin{matrix} 0 & I_n \\ -I_n & 0 \end{matrix} \right) $$ where $I_n$ is the unit matrix of ...
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Irreducible representations of $\mathfrak{sl}_3\mathbb{C}$

I am working through the exercises in Fulton and Harris's Representation Theory, and am stuck on two on page 189. Let $\text{Sym}^2V$ denote the second symmetric power of the standard 3-dimensional ...