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About structure of parabolic subgroups of finite classical algebraic groups

Dear Members of Mathoverflow, I am interested about a Fact (if it is right) of the structure of parabolic subgroups of finite classical algebraic groups: Let G be a classical algebraic group over ...
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Brauer characters of finite simple group $E_8(5)$

I would like to find the irreducible characters of the group $E_8(5)$ (mod 2)? Can anyone help? (I am elementary in working with Brauer characters) Many thanks
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Groups of operators between local unitaries and full unitaries

Consider the group $U(d_1) \otimes U(d_2)$ of "local unitary" operators acting on the complex space $\mathbb{C}^{d_1} \otimes \mathbb{C}^{d_2}$ (i.e., $U(d_1) \otimes U(d_2)$ is the group of unitary ...
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Subgroups with trivial Centralizers

Let $G$ be a compact, simply-connected, and simple Lie group. Let $H$ be a closed subgroup of $G$ that has the same centralizer as the center of $G$. Is there a nice classification of such subgroups? ...
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When is a subgroup of a Lie group itself a Lie group?

Assume that $G$ is a Lie group. Is it understood which subgroups of $G$ are Lie groups? Ideally, I would like to make no extra assumption about $G$. In particular, $G$ can be infinite dimensional. ...
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$SO(N^2-1)$ and the adjoint representation of $SU(N)$

It is a known fact that the adjoint representation of $SU(N)$ is a proper subgroup of $SO(N^2-1)$. I would like to know how a generic $(N^2-1)\times (N^2-1)$ special ($det =1$), orthogonal matrix $O$ ...
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Can Galois conjugates of lattices in SL(2,R) be discrete?

Let $\Gamma$ be a lattice in $SL(2,\mathbb{R})$. Suppose that the trace field of $\Gamma$ is a totally real number field of degree $d$. This gives $d$ homomorphisms $\rho_i:\Gamma\to SL(2,\mathbb{R})$ ...
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The compact Lie group contains a finite subgroup $\mathbb{Z}_{n_1} \times \mathbb{Z}_{n_2} \times \mathbb{Z}_{n_3}$

Given a finite Abelian group: $G=\mathbb{Z}_{n_1} \times \mathbb{Z}_{n_2} \times \mathbb{Z}_{n_3}$, where ${n_1},{n_2},{n_3}$ are arbitrary positive integers. ${n_1},{n_2},{n_3}$ may have or may not ...
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In any Lie group with finitely many connected components, does there exist a finite subgroup which meets every component?

This question concerns a statement in a short paper by S. P. Wang titled “A note on free subgroups in linear groups" from 1981. The main result of this paper is the following theorem. Theorem (Wang, ...
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Realizing a subgroup of a Lie group as a stabilizer subgroup

Let $G$ a compact semisimple Lie group, $H$ a subgroup of $G$. Is it always possible to find an irreducible representation $R$ of $G$ such that the stabilizer of an $x\in R$ is "locally isomorphic" to ...
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Is there an analogue of Mostow-Palais equivariant embedding theorem for noncompact groups

Let $M$ be a (Hausdorff) smooth compact manifold and $G$ a Lie group acting smoothly on $M$. If $G$ is compact then, by Mostow-Palais theorem, there exists an equivariant smooth embedding $M\to ...
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Bi invariant Riemannian metric on a Lie Group

I'm trying to find an example of a Lie group $G$ which admits a bi-invariant Riemannian metric, and which has a closed subgroup $H$ such that the manifold $G/H$ does not admit a $G$-invariant ...
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Determining the Lie algebra elements exponentiating to the center of a Lie group

For a semi-simple compact Lie group $G$ with center $Z(G)$, one can characterize the preimage of $Z(G)$ in the Cartan subalgebra under the exponential map as the nodes of the Stiefel diagram (see for ...
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Are compact simple groups homotopically non-abelian?

Take a compact connected simple centreless Lie group $G$. Can the commutator map $G\times G\to G$ sending $(x,y)$ to $[x,y]$ be homotopic to a constant map? I am interested mostly in the case, ...
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The non-simplicity of $SO(4)$ and $A_4$

It is well known that the alternating group $A_n$ is simple unless $n=4$. It is likewise well known that the special orthogonal group $SO(n)$ is essentially simple unless $n=4$ (specifically, the ...
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semisimple conjugacy classes over general bases

Let $k$ be an algebraically closed field, $G$ a connected reductive group, $T$ a maximal torus, $W$ the Weyl group and $\chi:G\rightarrow T/W$ the Steinberg morphism. We know that if ...
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Para-Complexification of Lie Groups

Let $G$ be a real Lie group. Then the complexification $G_\mathbb{C}$ of $G$ is the unique complex Lie group equipped with a map $φ:G\to G_\mathbb{C}$ such that any map $G\to H$ where $H$ is a ...
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A question about flag variety of $SL(n,\mathbb{C})$

We know that the flag variety $SL(2,\mathbb{C})/B$ which $B$ is Borel subgroup, can be identified with $\mathbb{P^1}$, What can we say about $SL(n,\mathbb{C})/B$ which $B$ is Borel subgroup of ...
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on the open bruhat cell

Let $G$ a connected reductive group and $S=U^{-}TU$ the open cell. Do we have $G=\bigcup\limits_{g\in G}gSg^{-1}$? And also if I assume that $G$ is adjoint and $\overline{G}$ is the de ...
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Compute the discriminant for reductive groups

Consider $G=GL_{2}$ and $F=k((\pi))$, and a diagonal matrix $t=\left(\begin{array}{cc}a&0\\0&b\end{array}\right)$. The characteristic polynomial of $t$ is $X^{2}-(a+b)X+ab$, and the ...
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question about twisted group of Lie type A_n

Let $G=PSU_3(q)$ and $q=p^n$, where $n$ is odd. Can we conclude that $PSU_3(p)$ is a subgroup of $G$?
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The number of conjugacy classes of the simple group PSL(2,q)

If $q=p^a$ , where $p$ is a prime number, then I would like to know the number of conjugacy classes related to elements of order $p$ and $2$ in the simple group $PSL(2,q)$ .
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when $g^*$ is invariant under $Ad(G)$?

Let $G$ be a Lie Group and $\mathfrak{g}$ be its lie algebra. Let $\mathfrak{g}$ is semisimple or reductive lie algebra, then prove that $\mathfrak{g}^*$ (dual of $\mathfrak{g}$)is invariant under ...
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Diffeomorphisms of the sphere conjugate to a rotation

What are sufficient condition on a given diffeomorphism of the sphere (say, given explicitly with formulas) that can ensure that it is conjugate to a rotation, in the group of diffeomorphism of the ...
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Which cocompact subgroups of $G$ do contain a cocompact normal subgroup of $G$?

Let $G$ be a locally compact group and let $H$ be a cocompact (or more generally, a cofinite) subgroup of $G$. Is there any criterion to determine whether $H$ contains a cocompact normal subgroup of ...
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Are maximal compact subgroups of connected groups connected?

Assume $G$ is a connected locally compact group and $M$ is a maximal compact subgroup of $G$. Is $M$ connected too?
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Discrete subgroups of products of SU(2)

It is known that there are -up to conjugation- 5 classes of discrete subgroups of SU(2). One way to show this is by means of the McKay correspondence. My question is more regarding products of ...
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Easy argument for “connected simple real rank zero Lie groups are compact”?

Let $G$ be a connected simple Lie group. It is known that if $G$ has real rank zero, then $G$ is compact. Background: every connected (semi)simple Lie group $G$ (with Lie algebra $\mathfrak{g}$) has ...
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1answer
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The action of graph automorphism of finite symplectic group on maximal subgroups

Let $G=Sp(4,2^f)$ with $f>1$. Based on the facts when $f$ is small, I would feel the following: $G$ has two conjugacy classes of subgroups isomorphic to $SO^+(4,2^f)$. One is in Aschbacher's class ...
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Spin group as an automorphism group

Consider the real algebraic group $SO(p,q)$, this is the automorphism group of the vector space $\mathbb{R}^n$ of dimension $n=p+q$ over $\mathbb{R}$, endowed with the diagonal quadratic form with ...
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Orbit structure of linear representations of complex Lie groups

Let $G$ be a semisimple complex Lie group (or perhaps a reductive algebraic group over $\mathbb{C}$) and $V$ an irreducible finite-dimensional representation of $G$, determined by its highest weight. ...
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How can I tell if a group is linear?

The basic question is in the title, but I am interested in both necessary and sufficient conditions. I know the Tits' alternative and Malcev's result that finitely generated linear groups are ...
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Quotient of 3-sphere by binary octahedral group?

Consider the Lie group $Spin(3)$, which can be thought of geometrically as the 3-sphere (e.g., it can be represented by the collection of unit quaternions). The quotient $Spin(3)/\pm I$ yields the ...
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Homomorphisms of Lie groups preserving regularity

Let $G_1, G_2$ be connected semisimple Lie groups, let us assume for simplicity that both groups are complex (even though, I am interested in the real Lie groups as well). Let $f: G_1\to G_2$ be a ...
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Is there an almost-direct product decomposition for disconnected reductive algebraic groups?

$\textbf{Some definitions:}$ Let $G$ be an algebraic group (for me that is the complex points of an affine algebraic group). We say $G$ is reductive if its unipotent radical (maximal connected normal ...
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Which orbits of a separable representation of the infinite unitary group are closed?

Consider a separable irreducible unitary representation of $U(\mathcal{H})$ in the Hilbert space $V$. Assume that $\mathcal{H}$ is separable. My question is the following: Is it true that all ...
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Extensions of Groups

I believe there is a reasonable notion of $\text{Ext}^1(G,H)$ in the category of groups (where $G$ and $H$ are groups). Is there a decent reference describing this? My particular situation involves a ...
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Maximal subgroups of semisimple Lie groups

The problem of finding and classifying the maximal subgroups of simple Lie groups like $SU(3)$ is well known and solved in the literature. What about maximal subgroups of semisimple groups like $SU(3) ...
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Finite subgroups of $PGL(3,K)$

It is well-known that finite subgroups of $PGL_2(\mathbb{C})$ are cyclic groups, dihedral groups, A4, S4 and A5 and each of these groups occurs exactly once (up to conjugacy). These facts are ...
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Parabolic-type subgroups of GL(V)

Dear all, Consider a flag $V=V_1\supset V_2\supset \cdots \supset V_k\supset V_{k+1}=\{0\}$ of a vector space $V$ over a field of $p$ elements. Let $I$ be a subset of the index set $\{1,2,...,k\}$. ...
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Reductive Lie Groups and Complexification

Let $G$ be a complex Lie group (not necessarily connected) with reductive Lie algebra $\frak{g}$. (We may assume that $G$ has finitely many connected components and is linear-algebraic.) Of course, ...
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Splitting of a Short-Exact Sequence of Lie Groups

Let $G$ be a Lie group (possibly disconnected). Consider the natural short-exact sequence $$1\rightarrow G_0\rightarrow G\rightarrow\pi_0(G)\rightarrow 1,$$ where $G_0$ is the identity component of ...
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on z-extensions

Let $G$ a group split over a local field $F$. We call a $z$-extension a group $G'$ such that $G'_{der}$ is simply connected, $G'$ is a central extension of $G$ by a central torus $Z$. Can we find a ...
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Polycyclic group not of type $FP_\infty$

In finitely presented groups, the question of the existence of a projective resolution $P_i$ (with each $P_i$ finitely generated) of $\mathbb{Z}G$ is equivalent to the existence of a $K(G,1)$ which ...
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minuscule representations and classical groups

Let $G$ a semisimple group over an algebraically closed field $k$. We assume that $G$ is classical. We call a $z$-extension, a group $\tilde{G}$ such that $\tilde{G}$ is a central extension of $G$ by ...
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“geometric” description of the algebra of central functions on a Lie group

I am looking for a a description of the algebra of continuous central functions on a group, say a compact simple Lie group $G$, as the algebra of all continuous functions on a "nice" compact Hausdorff ...
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Dimension of Unipotent Radicals

A parabolic subgroup of a linear algebraic group $G$ defined over a field $k$ is a subgroup $P\subseteq G$, closed in the Zariski topology, for which the quotient space $G/P$ is a projective algebraic ...
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center of the centralizer of semisimple element

Let $G$ be an adjoint group over an algebraically closed field $k$ and $s\in G$ a semisimple element. Let $H=C_{G}(s)^{0}$ the neutral component of the centralizer of $s$. Do we have that the center ...
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Copies of ax+b inside the AN part of an Iwasawa decomposition?

As a relative novice to the structure theory of Lie algebras and Lie groups, the following is what I can gather from reading parts of Helgason's book DG, Lie groups and symmetric spaces and Knapp's ...
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Center of the algebraic group G_{\mathbb{R}} for a centerless G

This must be an easy question but I don't have a good argument for it and have not found a counterexample: Let $G$ be a connected semisimple algebraic group over $\mathbb{Q}$ such that the center of ...