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Representation theory studies (among else) representations of groups by finite matrices. The non-commutative analog of classical Fourier transforms.

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### Importance of Representation Theory

Representation theory is a subject I want to like (it can be fun finding the representations of a group), but it's hard for me to see it as a subject that arises naturally or why it is important. I ...
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### Solving Special Function Equations Using Lie Symmetries

The Lie group and representation theory approach to special functions, and how they solve the ODEs arising in physics is absolutely amazing. I've given an example of its power below on Bessel's ...
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### How to think of the group ring as a Hopf algebra?

Given a finite group $G$ and a field $K$, one can form the group ring $K[G]$ as the free vector space on $G$ with the obvious multiplication. This is very useful when studying the representation ...
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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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### The Langlands program for beginners

Assuming that a person has taken standard undergraduate math courses (algebra, analysis, point-set topology), what other things he must know before he can understand the Langlands program and its ...
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### Application of Hilbert's basis theorem in representation theory

In Smalo: Degenerations of Representations of Associative Algebras, Milan J. Math., 2008 there is an application of Hilbert's basis theorem that I don't understand: Two orders are defined on the set ...
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### Is $A \times B$ the same as $A \oplus B$?

When $A, B$ are $K$-modules, then $A \times B$ is the same as $A \oplus B$. Let $A, B$ be two $K$-algebras, where $K$ is a field. Is $A \times B$ the same as $A \oplus B$? Thank you very much. ...
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### any $2$-dimensional rep of a finite, non-abelian simple group is trivial

Let $G$ be a finite, non-abelian simple group. How would I go about proving that any $2$-dimensional representation of $G$ is trivial? If it helps, I know how to do it when we're considering $1$-...
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### finite subgroups of PGL(3,C)

The enumeration of finite subgroups of $\operatorname{PGL}_2(\mathbb{C})$ is one of the classic classification problems: mathematicians in many fields know well that the answer is cyclic groups, ...
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### Understanding the proof of Schur-Weyl Duality

I am teaching myself representation theory on $GL(V)$ and $S_n$ using my friend's lecture notes, and have reached a proof of the Schur-Weyl Duality theorem; on reading through I'm struggling to make ...
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### Writing a group element as $ghg^{-1} h^{-1}$ and as $g^2 h^2$

I recently read the elegant paper Generalized Frobenius Schur Numbers, by Bump and Ginzburg, which I learned about here. The results in this paper imply the following: Let $G$ be a finite group ...
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### Symmetric and exterior power of representation

Is there exists some simple formula for characters $$\chi_{\Lambda^{k}V}~~~~\text{and}~~~\chi_{\text{Sym}^{k}V}$$ for some representation $V$ of finite group? Thanks.
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### What is the idea of a monodromy?

Is there a connexion between : 1) The monodromy group of a topological space. 2) The $\ell$-adic monodromy theorem of Grothendieck. 3) The $p$-adic monodromy conjecture of Fontaine (which is now ...
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### Applications of Character Theory

Some of the applications of character theory are the proofs of Burnside $p^aq^b$ theorem, Frobenius theorem and factorization of the group determinant (the problem which led Frobenius to character ...
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### Complex Galois Representations are Finite

In A First Course in Modular Forms, Diamond and Shurman leave as an exercise ($9.3.3$) that every complex Galois representation is finite. While I think I have worked through this exercise here, this ...
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### Do all algebraic integers in some $\mathbb{Z}[\zeta_n]$ occur among the character tables of finite groups?

The values of irreducible characters of a finite groups are always sums of roots of unity; do all sums of roots of unity (i.e. algebraic integers in the maximal abelian extension of $\mathbb{Q}$) ...
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### Introduction to the trace formula for people outside number theory

I am looking for references on the trace formula, by which I mean the Selberg trace formula and its successor the Arthur-Selberg trace formula. I am aware that there are "standard references" on the ...
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### The physical meaning of the tensor product

I have come across tensor products many times in physics, namely for matrices, vector-space elements, Hilbert-space elements (quantum states), and representations of groups and algebras. However, the ...
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### Field of definition of representations of symmetric groups

Can one show in an elementary way, without recourse to Young tableaux etc., that the complex representations of symmetric groups are realisable over $\mathbb{R}$? It is easy to show that they are all ...
I'm trying to derive the following Plancherel formula: $$\|f\|^{2}=\sum_{\xi\in\widehat{G}}{\dim(V_{\xi})\|\widehat{f}(\xi)\|^{2}}$$ from the statement of the Peter-Weyl Theorem as given by Terence ...