# Tagged Questions

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### Geodesics on $SU(4)$

Are the geodesics of the following metrics on $SU(4)$ known or easy (in a way not known to me!) to find?
In the adjoint representation, one can express the Killing form as a matrix and consider it as ...

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### Smallest subalgebra of $\mathfrak{su}(4)$ arrising from a control problem on $SU(4)$

What is the smallest subalgebra of $\mathfrak{su}(4)$ containing the span of the set $A = \{A, B_1, B_2\}$ where:
$A = i (J^x \sigma_x \otimes \sigma_x + J^y \sigma_y \otimes \sigma_y + J^z \sigma_z ...

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### Solving $T^2 = -\kappa\, \mathrm{Tr}\, (\log(e^{i T \hat{H}_0} \hat{O}) )^2$ equation

Is there a way to solve the equation: $T^2 = -\kappa\, \mathrm{Tr}\, (\log(e^{i T \hat{H}_0} \hat{O}) )^2$ for $T$?
Here $\kappa$ is an arbitrary positive constant, $\hat{H}_0 \in \mathfrak{su}(N)$ ...

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### Physical relevance of either fundamental identity generalizing Jacobi [closed]

There are two fundamental identities for n-ary generalizations of the Jacobi identity.
One fundamental identity is right for Nambu mechanics and such, the other for L_\infty algebras as in CSFT.
Which ...

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### Symplectic structure on $Sym^kG^{\mathbb{C}} $

Let $G$ be a compact Lie group, and let $G^\mathbb{C}$ be its complexification.
I am looking for a symplectic structure (without use of coordinates) on
$$
Sym^kG^{\mathbb{C}},
$$
PS:Here ...

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### Is this error in this paper of Langlands fixable?

The FQS criterion for the Virasoro algebra was discovered by Friedan, Qiu and Shenker (1), but the mathematicians found their proof insufficient, so that, FQS (2) and Langlands (3), published in the ...

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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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### The condition of maximality in branching rules of $SO$ group representations

Let the highest weight of a $SO(2n+1)$ representation be given as $(m_1,m_2,...,m_n)$ ($m_1\geq m_2 \geq .. \geq m_n \geq 0$) and the highest weight of a $SO(2n)$ representation be $(s_1,s_2,...,s_n)$ ...

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### About using the character formula for $SO(2n)$.

I have known of the following equation for characters of a $SO(2n)$ representation with highest weights $(h_1,...,h_n)$ and for $(t_1,t_2,..,t_n,t_1^{-1},t_2^{-1},..,t_n^{-1})$ being the eigenvalues ...

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### identifying dual of lie algebra of general linear groups

Is there any reference for the following fact? I am looking for a nice and simple proof.
Assume that $G=GL(n,C)$, the group of invertible $n\times n$ matrices with complex entries. Why can the dual ...

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### Quantized conserved quantities appearing from the Lie-algebra

Hi,
consider a simple situation in quantum mechanics: Your Hilbert space is $\mathcal{H}=L^2(\mathbb{R}^3)$ and you use the obvious unitary representation $\pi\colon G=O(3)\times\mathbb{R}^3\to ...

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### CFTs corresponding to affine Lie algebras

I want to know how one can write down a CFT such that its conserved currents will satisfy some chosen (affine) Lie algebra $G$.
On the few pages leading up to page 192 in here one can see see the ...

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### symmetry of generationg function of PDE

We know that for finding the solutions of PDE equations, one of methods is "reduction of PDE", . For nonlinear equation
$v_t=(v^{-4/3}v_x)_x+\lambda v$ how can we compute the generators of Lie ...

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### decompositions for exceptional Lie algebras $E_6$, $E_7$ and $E_8$

Do anybody know , why can we write the following decompositions for exceptional Lie algebras $E_6$, $E_7$ and $E_8$
1) $E_8=(V^{\star}\otimes \wedge^{8}V^{\star})\bigoplus ...

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### What are the simple Lie superalgebras of type E?

Background
Simple finite dimensional Lie superalgebras over $\Bbb C$ have been classified. There are the Cartan type superalgebras (algebras of purely odd vector fields), two strange families P(n) ...

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### level 2,3 characters of affine su(2)

Does anyone know where I can find an explicit formula to compute the level 2 or level 3
characters of affine $su(2)$? I have found several sources that give a formula to compute the
level 1 ...

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### very very basic question on semi-simple Lie algebras

I have a very basic question on Lie algebras. I'm doing particle physics, and a lot of emphasis seems to be placed on the weight diagrams of simple Lie algebras. But these simple Lie algebras are ...

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### Why the Gell-Mann matrices in the SU(3)-model need to be trace orthogonal ?

Thank you Cristi Stoica for your answer to the previous post of this question. Your hint is to the point I think. We should look at the requirements to construct the corresponding root system.
My ...

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### Why the Gell-Mann matrices in the SU(3)-model need to be trace orthogonal?

Why the Gell-Mann matrices in the SU(3)-model need to be trace orthogonal?

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### Is the Lie algebra-valued curvature two-form on a principal bundle P the curvature of a vector bundle over P?

I am an analyst struggling through some geometry used in physics.
Some background: For some Lie group $G$, let $P$ be a principal $G$-bundle over the smooth manifold $M$. Let $\omega$ be a connection ...

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### Characterization of the weight orbit in the projective space via second order Casimir.

This is the spin-off of the question I previously asked.
First, let me remind you some notation from that question:
$G_0$ - compact, simply connected Lie group giving rise (by complexification) ...

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### What's the name of an algebra? is it isomorphic to $w_\infty \times w_\infty$?

Just as we know,
$w_\infty$:=span {${z^\alpha }\partial _z^\beta|\alpha,\beta\in\mathbb{Z}, \beta\geq0$ }.
But, what's the name of the following algebra,
span {$\{{z^{\alpha_1}}{y^{\alpha_2}}\partial ...

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### highest weight orbit characterization (reformulated and extended )

Edit 1: I think that the question was not stated clearly enough so modified it a little
Edit 2:
I thought over the physics that lies behind this question which led me to reformulation of the original ...

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### Killing form vs its counterpart in a given represenation

Let $\mathfrak{g}$ be a semi-simple Lie algebra and let $\phi:\mathfrak{g}\rightarrow\mathfrak{gl}(V)$ be its finite-dimensional complex irreducible representation. You can define two non-degenerate ...

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### What was Casimir's precise role in describing the center of the universal enveloping algebra of a semisimple Lie algebra?

This question is prompted by a recent MO question on explicit computations of Weyl group invariants for certain exceptional simple Lie algebras:
37602. Like some others who started graduate study in ...

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### Characters of Kac-Moody algebra from orbifold

In a Wess–Zumino–Witten model on some Lie group G, the character of a particular integrable representation is the same as the specialized character from the corresponding Kac-Moody algebra. Suppose ...

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### Under what conditions will a unitary matrix fix a subspace which does not diagonalize the generating Hamiltonian?

Hello, this is my first post here. I hope that it is not too vague; I will be as precise as I can, but I have more of a meta-problem so please forgive me if this is inappropriate. My question is ...

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### Has the Lie group E8 really been detected experimentally?

A few months ago there were several math talks about how the Lie group E8 had been detected in some physics experiment. I recently looked up the original paper where this was announced,
"Quantum ...

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### Noether's Theorem in Quantum Mechanics

In classical mechanics:
If a Lagrangian L is preserved by an infinitesimal change in the state space variables qi -> qi + εKi(q) leads to only second order change in the Lagrangian:
$$ 0 = ...

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### What is the symbol of a differential operator?

I find Wikipedia's discussion of symbols of differential operators a bit impenetrable, and Google doesn't seem to turn up useful links, so I'm hoping someone can point me to a more pedantic ...