Lie algebras are algebraic structures which were introduced to study the concept of infinitesimal transformations. The term "Lie algebra" (after Sophus Lie) was introduced by Hermann Weyl in the 1930s. In older texts, the name "infinitesimal group" is used. Related mathematical concepts include Lie ...

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Check symplectomorphism property on infinitesimal generators

I stumbled over the following question: First, let me give the basic definition of a symplectic group action: Let $(M, \omega)$ be a symplectic manifold and $G$ a Lie group. A smooth action $\Phi:G ...
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Tangent vectors to coadjoint orbits [migrated]

Let $O_x:=\{Ad^*_g (x); g \in G\}$ be the orbit of $x \in \mathfrak{g}^*$ and $Ad$ the adjoint map. Now take $\xi \in \mathfrak{g}$ then $g(t):=Ad^*_{e^{t \xi}}(x)$ defines a map $g: I \rightarrow ...
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What does “control of a deformation problem” mean?

Is the expression "control of a deformation problem' ever defined? There are of course many examples relating a dg-Lie or L-infty algebra to a deformation problem, and the phrase is evocative. Is it ...
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Classification of finite dimensional Lie subalgebras of $\mathbb R[q^1,\dots,q^n,p_1,\dots,p_n]$

Do there exist results towards answering the following question? Consider the Poisson algebra of regular functions $A=\mathbb R[V]$ on the symplectic vector space $V:=T^* \mathbb R^n$. Using ...
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Stabilizer subgroup in adjoint action [migrated]

Given $b \in \mathfrak{su}(n)$, how can I find the stabilizer $\text{stab}(b)$ for the adjoint action of $SU(n)$ on $\mathfrak{su}(n)$ given by $Ad_U(b) = UbU^{\dagger}$ without using coordinates? The ...
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Poincare inequality for connected Lie groups

Let $G$ be a compactly generated second countable locally compact group, and let $\mu$ be a probability measure which is: symmetric, adapted (in the sense that there is no proper subgroup $H$ such ...
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Lie Algebras over DVRs and basechange to the completion

Let $R$ be a discrete valuation ring containing an algebraically closed field $K$ of characteristic zero and let $L$ be a Lie algebra over $R$ whose underlying $R$-module is finitely generated and ...
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Permutable (Lie) subgroups

Let's recall that, a group $G$ being given, two subgroups $A,B\subset G$ are called permutable iff $AB=BA$ for the Minkowski law. It is straightforward to see that $(A,B)$ are permutable iff $AB$ ...
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Solving $\lambda U^{\dagger}V -\bar{\lambda} V^{\dagger}U = A$ [closed]

Given an $A \in \mathfrak{su}(n)$, is it always possible to solve for $U,V \in SU(n)$ and $\lambda \in \mathbb{C}$ such that $\lambda U^{\dagger}V -\bar{\lambda} V^{\dagger}U = A$? Cross posted from ...
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A proof of the Ibragimov et al. commutation relation

Let $u_a(x),\,a=1,2,\ldots n$ be a $n$-component field in Minkowski spacetime $x^\mu,\,\mu=0,1,2,3$ and let $u_{a,\,\mu}=\frac{du_a}{dx^\mu}$. Let us introduce two operators (we use Einstein ...
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What are the “tensor-closed” object of the BGG category $\mathcal{O}$ of a semisimple Lie algebra $\mathfrak{g}$?

Let $\mathfrak{g}$ be a finite dimensional complex semisimple Lie algebra and we can consider its BGG category $\mathcal{O}$. It is well-known that $\mathcal{O}$ is not closed under tensor product, ...
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Gradient on $SU(n)$

I'm trying to calculate the gradient (wrt to the bi-invariant metric) of the following functions $F_1, F_2 : SU(n) \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ defined by $F_1(U) = | Tr (G^{\dagger} U) |^2$, $F_2(U) = \Re ...
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Homological dimension of Joseph quotients

Let $\mathfrak g$ be a simple Lie algebra over $\mathbb C$ not isomorphic to $sl(n)$. Let $\mathcal O$ be the minimal nilpotent orbit in $\mathfrak g^*$. Joseph proved that there exists unique ...
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Infinite-dimensional admissible representations of SL(2,C)

I'm working in my research with the infinite dimensional (admissible) irreducible representations of $\mathrm{SL}(2,\mathbb{C})$ introduced by Harish-Chandra in his paper "Infinite Irreducible ...
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Jacobson-Morozov theorem

Jacobson-Morozov theorem for a semisimple algebraic group $G$ (presumably I am working over algebraically closed field) states that: given a unipotent u, there exists a homomorphism $\phi$ from $SL_2$ ...
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Restricted Burnside Problem: Lower bound nilpotency class

Let $p$ be a prime and let $F$ be a free group of rank $d\geq 1$. Kostrikin [1] proved that the $d$-generated Burnside group $B=B(d,p)=F/F^p$ of exponent $p$ has a maximal finite quotient ...
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What is Jantzen's formula for the determinant of the Shapovalov form in the case of generalized Verma modules?

The best reference I found is [Kac, Kazhdan '79] which extends the results of Shapovalov and Jantzen to the case of infinite dimensional Lie algebras. Theorem 1 of this paper gives the Shapovalov ...
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Is there an E8 symmetry in the zero-field Ising model?

In the paper On classification of modular tensor categories by Rowell, Stong and Wang, they list the Ising modular category $I$ as having 3 objects $1$, $\sigma$ and $\psi$, with fusion rules ...
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equivalence of Lie group and Lie algebra intertwiner [migrated]

I encountered this problem while working on my research. Let $G$ be a Lie group, and consider an intertwiner of the complex representations (possibly infinite-dimensional) $$ \pi:G\rightarrow ...
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Is every weight of an integrable highest weight module in the Tits cone?

Let $\mathfrak{g}$ be a Kac-Moody algebra with Cartan subalgebra $\mathfrak{h}$, Weyl group $W$, and simple roots and coroots $\alpha_i, \check{\alpha_i}, i \in I$, respectively. Let $L$ be an ...
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Largest Set of Special Unitary Matricies With Invariant Subspace For Adjoint Action

I am trying to solve the following. Given the special unitary group $SU(n)$ and its adjoint action $Ad_{U}: \mathfrak{su}(n) \rightarrow \mathfrak{su}(n)$, what is the largest subset of $SU(n)$ such ...
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Can the product of a simple and a non-simple indecomposable representation be semisimple?

Consider two (possibly infinite-dimensional) representations $\rho$, $\pi$ of a semisimple Lie algebra $\mathfrak{g}$, with $\rho$ irreducible and $\pi$ indecomposable but not irreducible (i.e., not ...
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Understanding the Weyl Character Formula

Let $G$ be a compact (connected) Lie group with a maximal torus $T$. For each (analytically) integral weight $\lambda$ the Weyl character formula $$\Theta_{\lambda}(H)=\frac{\sum_{w\in ...
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Representation Theory of $U(N)$

(1) Is it true that the category of representations of $U(n)$ is equivalent to the category of representations of $SU(N) \times U(1)$? If so, how is it proved, or what is a good reference. (I guess ...
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Differential and pre-differential of Jacobi identity

Let M be a manifold. To what extent all Lie algebra structures with tensorial property on $\chi^{\infty}(M)$ are studied? That is a Lie algebra structure for which $[X,fY]=f[X,Y]$. (For ...
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Vanishing of finite difference operators by composition under a cyclic condition

Consider $n$ finite difference operators $D_1, \ldots, D_n$ acting on real-valued functions $f_1 (y), \ldots , f_n (y)$ of a variable $y$, with the following properties: (i) $D_i f_i (y) = 0$ for ...
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How to embed $U(1)$ into a bigger group, using Dynkin diagrams

I am trying to find the embedding and the branching rules for some group decompositions. For example, I consider $E_7$ and its maximally compact subgroup $SU(8)$ and I want to "see" how the Dynkin ...
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Equivalent definitions of positive root system

$\bullet$ I begin with a definition of positive root systems of a root system over Euclidean space. A subset $\Delta$ of root system $\Phi$ is called a simple root system (or base) in $\Phi$ if (1) ...
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Non-graded representations over Lie superalgebra $\mathfrak{gl}(m,n)$

I have the following questions: Let $m,n$ be positive integers. Consider representations over the general linear Lie super-algebra $\mathfrak{gl}(m,n)$. Namely, modules over the associative algebra ...
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The special embedding $\mathfrak{so}(7)\subset\mathfrak{so}(8)$

It is commonly known that we have a chain of embeddings $$SU(4)\subset Spin(7)\subset SO(8)$$ (there is more than one possible $Spin(7)$, just take one). Which is the explicit analog for the Lie ...
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Lie Algebra, counterexample [closed]

I am trying to find an example of an algebra over a field of characteristic p (prime) which satisfies anti-symmetry and Jacobi identity but is not a lie algebra. i.e., [x,x] is not zero. Can one ...
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What's the most simple proof of Kostant's version of Borel-Weil-Bott for Lie Algebra cohomology?

Besides Kostant's original proof (in http://www.math.tamu.edu/~jml/kostant61.pdf) of the above mentioned theorem (using the Lie Algebra Laplacian), there are a few other approaches: ...
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Real and Quaternionic Representations according to Weights

According to this question, it is easy to know whether a representation is self dual or not: just check if the weight distribution in space is symmetric about the origin. Now, for self dual ...
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Root-theoretic formulation of characteristic polynomial

Let $\mathfrak{g}$ be a finite dimensional simple Lie algebra of rank $n$ over $\mathbb{C}$. Let $G$ denote the corresponding simple simply connected algebraic group. By Chevalley's Theorem, ...
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Polynomials invariant with respect to a nilpotent Lie algebra

Let $\mathfrak{u}$ be a nilpotent Lie algebra and let $\mathbb{C}[\mathfrak{u}]$ be the space of polynomials with the natural coadjoint action of $\mathfrak{u}$. Can one describe ...
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When the Lie algebra of matrices with zero last rows is Frobenius?

Let $\mathcal{A}_{n,k}$ be the Lie algebra of $n \times n$ matrices over $\mathbb{C}$ for which the last $k$ rows are equal to zero. Suppose that $k$ does not divide $n$. How to prove that ...
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General quantum highest-weights dimension formulas

The formulas hold modulo typos :-) It is well known (tl;dr fun fact: not well enough for me, I forgot where I saw it so I guess-computed it from the data in the Hayashi paper; promptly I found it in ...
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artinian quotients of U(g)

Suppose that $G$ is a connected Lie Group with Lie algebra $\mathfrak{g}$ and $\Gamma$ is a cocompact lattice, and you choose a left-invariant metric on $G/\Gamma$ and let $\Delta$ be the Laplacian. ...
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A question on an set of 8 matrices related to the SU(3) generators

SU(2) and SU(3) differ quite a bit. The Lie algebra of SU(2) formed by the three generators $g_n$ is the same as the algebra formed by the SU(2) matrices/elements $F_n=e^{\pi \cdot i \cdot g_n / 2}$. ...
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One identity in Lie algebras

Let $L$ be a (non-restricted) Lie algebra over a field of prime characteristic $p,$ $UL$ be its universal enveloping algebra and $a_1,\dots, a_p \in L$ (the number of elements is equal to the ...
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$A \wedge A \wedge A$ in Chern-Simons

I am confused with the wedging operations of Lie algebra valued differential forms. Especially, for instance, I have some problems with the Chern-Simons 3-form $$A \wedge dA + \frac{2}{3}A \wedge A ...
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Earliest source for a Lie algebra construction

I am looking for the earliest reference to the fact that any associative algebra becomes a Lie algebra with bracket $AXB-BXA$, where $X$ is a fixed element of the algebra. This is observed in the ...
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A different Lie algebra structure on $\chi^{\infty}(\mathbb{R}^{2})$

In this question $\chi^{\infty}(\mathbb{R}^{2})$ or $\chi^{\infty}(S^{2})$ is the space of all smooth vector fields on the plane or sphere. A limit cycle for a vector field $X$ is an isolated closed ...
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n-homology of a Harish-Chandra module

Let $G$ be a connected real reductive Lie group and let $K$ be its maximal compact subgroup. Let $P=MAN$ a parabolic subgroup. Let $K_M^0=M^0\cap K$ be connected component of the maximal compact ...
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Generalization of the Lie group exponential map and its derivative

Let $\mathfrak{g}$ be the Lie algebra of a Lie group $G$, and $exp:\mathfrak{g}\to G$ be its exponential map. The group $G$ could be finite or infinite dimensional. Let $G$ have the property that ...
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About supersolvable Lie algebras

A colleague of mine asked me the question below, and since I could not answer it, I thought I might have more luck on MO. In Encyclopedia of Mathematics, a finite dimensional Lie algebra $L$ over a ...
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Is the endpoint map smooth

Given $a,b \in \mathfrak{su}(n)$ and (with $U_0 = I$ taken) the following ODE: $\frac{d U_t}{dt} = (a + w(t)b)U_t$ consider the "fixed time" endpoint map $V_T: L^2([0,T]) \rightarrow SU(n)$ for ...
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Symmetric and antisymmetric powers of SU(2) representations [closed]

Recently, I took a course in representation theory at Imperial College, and on the first homework the questions were about certain sneaky relationships when it came to representations of SU(2). ...
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Centralizer of the derived algebra in a non-perfect Lie algebra

Is there a non-perfect Lie algebra for which the centralizer of the derived algebra is trivial?
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Reference request: the formula $\langle x, [f, g] \rangle = \langle \delta(x), f \otimes g \rangle$

Let $\mathfrak{g}$ be a Lie algebra and $\mathfrak{g}^*$ the dual vector space of $\mathfrak{g}$ which is also a Lie algebra with natural brackets. Let $\delta: U(\mathfrak{g}) \to U(\mathfrak{g}) ...