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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Attainability of Global Optima In Optimal Control

Given a manifold $M$ and a set of smooth functions of one real variable $\mathcal{A}$ and a 'control system' type first order differential equation: $\frac{d x(t)}{dt} = F(x,u)$ one can consider the ...
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Classifying compact homogeneous Kähler manifolds

In this comprehensive answer to an old question, it is stated that Flag manifolds exhaust all compact homogeneous Kähler manifolds corresponding to a compact connected semi-simple Lie group. ...
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Regular functions on nilpotent orbits and their covers

Let $G$ be a complex semisimple algebraic group with Lie algebra $\mathfrak{g}$. In 1989 McGovern described the structure (as $G$-module) of the ring of regular functions on a finite cover of the ...
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Failure of surjectivity in Hotta-Springer specialization: examples for special unipotents?

Last weekend's workshop on Springer theory and its generalizations at UMass demonstrated how far the subject has expanded over four decades, but the original set-up for the Springer correspondence ...
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What's the story with the Hopf fibration and the Jacobi identity?

I like the Hopf fibration of the 3-sphere $S^3$ enough that I found a nice way to make a physical model of it. All you need is to combine a bunch of key rings in such a way that (ii) every pair of ...
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Lie algebra and base change

I am very confused by the following and would appreciate any help. Let $\mu_p \subset \mathbb{G}_m$ be the $p$-torsion subgroup scheme of the multiplicative group over $\mathbb{Z}_p$. I would like to ...
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Orbits in the adjoint representation of $SU(2,1)$

How can one describe the orbits of the Lie group $G=\mathrm{SU}(2,1)$ in its Lie algebra $\mathfrak{g}=\mathfrak{su}(2,1)$ with respect to the adjoint representation?
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Plethysm of $S^3(S^2V)$ as $\mathfrak{sl}_3(\mathbb{C})$-module

I have asked this question in MSE before, but have not got any answer. So here I am asking it again with some more detail. I believe that the following sequence of ...
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Where does the algebraic closure enter into Block's Theorem?

When applying Block's Theorem on the structure of differentiably simple rings to Lie algebras most authors require an algebraically closed field, but I can see no reference to algebraic closure in ...
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When is the image of the adjoint representation of a real algebraic group Zariski closed?

Let $\operatorname{Ad}:\operatorname{SL}_n(\mathbb{R}) \to \operatorname{GL}(\mathfrak{sl}_n(\mathbb{R}))$ be the adjoint representation (i.e. $\operatorname{Ad}(g)X=gXg^{-1}$) of $SL_n(\mathbb{R})$. ...
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Homogeneous Quaternionic-Kähler Structure of the Grassmannians?

Paraphrasing from Cortes' notes: The quaternionic Kähler condition for a manifold $M$, means that $\operatorname{End}(T(M))$ admits a parallel subbundle $Q$ which is locally spanned by $3$ ...
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Confusion about Subcategories of Category $\mathcal{O}$

So, in learning about category $\mathcal{O}$ representations of a semisimple Lie algebra $\mathfrak{g}$, I've come across two natural kinds of subcategories, and I think I'm confused about their ...
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Singularities of the Quantum propagator (baby version)

Given $a,b \in \mathfrak{su}(4)$ which are taken to generate the whole algebra, consider the following map $V:\mathbb{R}^{2} \rightarrow SU(4)$: $V : (w_1, w_{2}) \mapsto e^{(a+w_2 b)} e^{(a+w_1 b)}$ ...
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$(L, \nabla)$ comes from a $G$-bundle with connection for some abelian algebraic subgroup $G \subset GL(n)$?

Let $A$ be an abelian variety over a field $k$ of characteristic $0$. How do I prove, without using transcendental methods, that if $\nabla$ is an integrable connection on a vector bundle $L$ on $A$ ...
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Centralizer of hermitian matrices with zero trace

In Quantum Physics one often has to deal with commutators. Here I want to denote by $H_0$ the set of all hermitian matrices with trace equal to zero! One can easily relate it to ...
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A simple Lie algebra with modules of a particular type

I’m trying to copy the following construction of P. Forster in group theory for Lie algebras. He takes a non-abelian simple group E which has an FpE-module V such that R = Rad(V ) is faithful and ...
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Double loop groups and cohomology

Let $G$ be a connected reductive group over $\mathbb{C}$ of Lie algebra $\mathfrak{g}$. What is the value of $H^{3}(\mathfrak{g}((t))((s)),\mathbb{C})$?
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An irreducible Lie algebra module decomposition over a subalgebra

My question in the most simple form: Let $\mathfrak{g}=\mathfrak{g}_1\oplus \mathfrak{g}_2$ be a direct sum of simple finite-dimensional Lie algebras over $\mathbb{C}$ and let $M$ be a ...
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Finding $U,V$ in Thompson's Formula

Thompson's formula says, given $A,B \in \mathfrak{su}(n)$, there exists $U,V \in SU(n)$ such that: $e^{A}e^{B}=e^{UAU^{\dagger} + VBV^{\dagger}}$ Given $a,b \in \mathfrak{su}(4)$ defined by: $a=J_x ...
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The role of the Vandermonde determinant in representations of affine Lie algebras

I am reading a paper 'Yangians and R-matrices' by Chari & Pressley (1990) and to classify representations for particular quantum groups, they define a "quantum Vandermonde determinant". They also ...
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Invariant polynomials with respect to group actions on matrices

Let $\mathfrak{gl}_n(\mathbb{R})$ be the Lie algebra of matrices with real entries and $GL_n(\mathbb{R})$ its associated Lie group. Recall that a linear subgroup $G \subseteq GL_n(\mathbb{R})$ acts by ...
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Level sets on $SU(4)$

Given $G \in SU(4)$, what are the level sets of the function $F:SU(n)\rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ defined by $F(V) = |tr(G^{\dagger}V)|^2$? Can they be written only in terms of abstract linear maps, not ...
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Simultaneous integral equation on $SU(n)$

Consider a smooth curve $U_s:[0,T] \rightarrow SU(4)$ which solves: $\frac{d U_s}{ds} = (a + w(s)b)U_s$ for some given $a,b \in \mathfrak{su}(4)$ (which generate $\mathfrak{su}(n)$) and a smooth ...
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Lie algebra of holomorphic vector fields

It's well known that the holomorphic vector fields on a complex manifold form a Lie algebra. In simplest situations, this Lie algebra can be described explicitly. For example, take $X=\mathbb{P}^n$, ...
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Curves on $SU(4)$ whose adjoint action on $\mathfrak{su}(4)$ integrates to $0$

Given $\xi \in \mathfrak{su}(4)$ and positive $T \in \mathbb{R}$, is it possible to find all smooth curves $U_s \in SU(4)$ with $U_0 = I$ such that $$\int_0^T U_s \xi U_s^{\dagger} ds =0\; ?$$
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Does an analytic tensorial Lie structure on $S^2$ gives a fiberwise Abelian Lie algebra structure?

Motivated by the answer to this question we ask: Is it true to say that for every real analytic tensorial Lie algebra structure $\alpha$ on $\chi^{\infty}(S^2)$, all fibers are necessarily ...
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Manifold_Lie algebra compatibility

In this question we try to improve some parts of this post as follows: What is an example of a manifold $M$ and a Lie algebra $L$ (with the same dimension) such that $M$ does not admit ...
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Some questions about the Malcev completion

Let $G$ be an abstract group. The Malcev completion $\widehat{G}$ of $G$ (over $\mathbb{Q}$) is the set of group-like elements in the complete Hopf algebra $\widehat{\mathbb{Q}[G]} = \lim_n ...
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Faithful linear representation of a nilpotent Lie algebra

Let \begin{align} \mathfrak{g} = Span_{\mathbb{C}}\{ e_1, e_2, e_3, e_4, e_5: \text{ non-zero brackets are } [e_1, e_i]=e_{i+1}, i=2,3,4, [e_2, e_3]=e_5 \} \end{align} be a $5$-dimensional Lie ...
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Normalized invariant form on a Kac-Moody Algebra

For a symmetrizable Kac-Moody Algebra, we can define a normalized invariant form that performs the same role as the Killing form in the finite dimensional case. My question is, do these forms ...
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Meaning of $[A,B]$ when $A$, $B$ are self-adjoint

This is just a question about notation, but it got no useful answers on math.stackexchange. Let $L$ be the Lie algebra of $n\times n$ Hermitian matrices, with Lie bracket $(A,B)\mapsto i(AB-BA)$. ...
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A question about $O(3,1)$

Recall that $O(3,1)$ is the collection of matrices $A\in M_4(\mathbb R)$ such that $$A\begin{pmatrix}1 ...
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What is the homomorphism between the third exterior and third symmetric power of the adjoint representation of a simple Lie algebra?

Let $\mathfrak{g}$ be the adjoint representation of a simple Lie algebra (which is not of type $A$). Then the space of intertwiners between the third exterior power of $\mathfrak{g}$ and the third ...
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Matrix from a homomorphism of simply connected groups

Let $H$ be a simple algebraic group of type $\mathbf{G}_2$ over $\mathbb{C}$. Let $\rho$ be the standard 7-dimensional complex representation $$ \rho\colon H=\mathbf{G}_2\to \mathrm{SO}_7.$$ We ...
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Do the values of the differential of a function on a Lie group with a single maximum span the Lie algebra?

Consider: a vector field $X=\nabla \phi$ on a compact, semi-simple, connected matrix Lie group $G$ where $\phi$ as a smooth scalar field on $G$ possessing only a single maxima which topologically is a ...
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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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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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Poincaré 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 ...