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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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: Casselman-...
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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, $\mathbb{...
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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 $\mathbb{C}[\...
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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 $\mathcal{A}...
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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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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}) \...
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Characterizations of Jacobson-Morozov parabolics associated to a nilpotent

Let $x \in \mathfrak{g}$ (or $x \in G$) be a nilpotent (resp. unipotent) element of a simple Lie algebra (resp. linear algebraic group). One can associate to this data a Jacobson-Morozov parabolic ...
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Dimension of Span of Adjoint orbit in $\mathfrak{su}(n)$

Given two elements $A,B \in \mathfrak{su}(n)$ what is the dimension of the span of the following adjoint orbit: $\{Ad_{e^{sA}}(B) \ | \ s \in [0,t]\}$ for different values of $t$. Does it ever change ...
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Representation Theory of Lie Groups: Reference Request

I am looking for a reference that describes the correspondence between the (finite-dimensional) representations of (real) Lie groups and the representations of their Lie algebras. More precisely, ...
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Largest dimensional Lie subgroup of $SU(N)$ [duplicate]

What is the largest (Lie) subgroup of $SU(n)$ in the sense of its dimension. I am aware of this potential duplicate subgroup of SU(N) with maximal manifold dimension , however, the title of this ...
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About Kahler curvature operator

I have problems on how to consider the Kahler curvature operator. I know that one can consider the Riemannian curvature operator $R$ as a linear transformation from $\mathfrak{so}(n,\mathbb{R})$ to $\...
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scalar multiple of Young symmetrizer

The following is a lemma from Fulton and Harris' book -Representation theory,a first course (page 53): Lemma: For all $x\in \mathbb{C}\mathfrak{S}_r$, $c_{\lambda}\cdot x\cdot c_{\lambda}= scalar \;...
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Contraction of the maximal submodule in a Verma module

Suppose $\mathfrak{g}$ is a real semisimple Lie algebra, $\mathfrak{g} = \mathfrak{k} \oplus \mathfrak{p}$ is a Cartan decomposition, and $\mathfrak{h}$ is a Cartan subalgebra of $\mathfrak{k}$. ...
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What is the importance of the number $k+h^{∨}$ (level+dual Coxeter number)?

The number $k+h^{∨}$ appears at many places in the representation theory of affine Lie algebras (and probably elsewhere). Here $h^{∨}$ is the dual Coxeter number of the root system, and $k$ is the ...
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Largest subgroup of $SU(n)$ for which the adjoint action preserves specific inner product on $\mathfrak{su}(N)$

Given $A,B \in \mathfrak{su}(n)$ such that $K(A, B)=0$, I am looking for the largest subgroup $H$ of $SU(n)$ for which: $K \left(A, Ad_{U}(B) \right) = 0, \ \ \forall U \in H$ where $K$ is the ...
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How to show the compatibility between Duflo isomorphism and Harish-Chandra isomorphism for semi-simple Lie algebras?

I was told that the Duflo isomorphism is compatible with the Harish-Chandra isomorphism when the Lie algebra $\mathfrak{g}$ is semi-simple. However I cannot see why this is true. All I can show is ...
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Existence of a Lie algebra element orthogonal to the adjoint orbit of another element

Consider a compact, semi-simple, connected Lie group $G$ and its Lie algebra $\mathfrak{g}$. Denote the Killing form by $K$. Given a single $A \in \mathfrak{g}$ when (i.e. which groups and which $A$) ...
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Generating function for $t$-residues of partitions using Heisenberg + $\hat{sl_t}$ representation theory

Recall that for $t\geq2$, a partition is a $t$-core if none of its hooklengths is divisible by $t$. It is known that the $t$-cores are parametrized by ${\mathbb Z}^{t-1}$. More precisely, let $(n_0,\...
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Understanding representations of affine Lie algebras

Please reference this paper for notation in this question. I'm trying to understand two claims made in the above paper (they may be related). First, in the construction of $\mathcal{H}_\lambda$ on ...
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Reference for using an algebra of meromorphic functions to extend a Lie algebra

For example, let $\mathfrak{g}=\mathfrak{sl}_{2}\left(\mathbb{C}\right)$, let $s_{0}=1$, $s_{1}=-1$, $s_{2}$=0, $s_{3}=\infty$ in $\mathbb{P}_{1}\left(\mathbb{C}\right)$ and $\mathcal{R}$ is the ...
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Interpreting Frobenius pullback as an invariant differential in the case of an elliptic curve

Let $S$ be an affine scheme of characteristic $p > 0$, let $E \rightarrow S$ be an elliptic curve over $S$, and let $F$ denote the absolute Frobenius. Since $E$ is its own $\mathrm{Pic}^0$ there is ...
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A subalgebra of the Virasoro algebra

Let $L_n$ ($n\in\mathbb{Z}$) and $c$ be the standard generators of the Virasoro algebra ${\rm Vit}$. In the literature one usually considers the involutive authomorphism given by $\tau(L_n)=-L_{-n}$, $...
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Solvable Lie algebras: embedded in upper triangular matrices?

Let $K$ be an arbitrary field and $\mathfrak{g}$ a finite-dimensional Lie $K$-algebra. Let $\mathfrak{nil}_n\leq\mathfrak{sol}_n\leq\mathfrak{gl}_n$ be the Lie algebras of all ((strictly) upper-...
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A solvable Lie algebra

Consider the Lie algebra $\mathfrak{g}$ span by $x_1,\ldots,x_n,y_1,\ldots,y_n$ with the commutator $\left[y_i,x_i\right]=y_i, \left[x_i,x_{i+1}\right]=y_i, \left[y_i,x_{i+1}\right]=-y_i,\quad 1\leq ...
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$l$-weights and $l$-character of finite-dimensional highest $l$-weight representation of $L\mathfrak{g}$

I am trying to solve the following problem, which is related to relatively recent results, but I am not sure how to do it. Problem In this problem, $\mathfrak{g}=\mathfrak{sl}_{2}$. We study finite-...
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Equivalence of Lie subalgebras, within a (irreducible) representation

Lie subalgebras inside simple Lie algebras (of type ABCDEFG) have been classified up to equivalence, and linear equivalence (by Dynkin et al). How does one classify embeddings of a Lie algebra h ...
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Minimal dimension of a Lie algebra of matrices, with a restrictive property

Let $\mathfrak{g}$ be a sub-Lie-algebra of $\mathfrak{gl}_n(\mathbb{C})$, the Lie algebra of complex $n\times n$ square matrices. Let us call $(H)$ the hypothesis: for all $x, y\in\mathbb{C}^n$, ...
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Root in positive Weyl chamber

Let $\mathfrak{g}$ be a complex simple Lie algebra. We fix a Cartan subalgebra $\mathfrak{t}\subset \mathfrak{g} $. Let $R\subset \mathfrak{t}^*$ the set of roots. We fix $\Pi\subset R$ the set of ...
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Is an $\mathfrak{sl}_2$-triple determined up to Lie algebra automorphism by the adjoint representation?

Let $\mathfrak{g}$ be a finite-dimensional complex semisimple Lie algebra, and let $\phi_1:\mathfrak{sl}_2(\mathbb{C})\rightarrow\mathfrak{g}$ and $\phi_{2}:\mathfrak{sl}_2(\mathbb{C})\rightarrow\...
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Prescribed spherical representations, symplectic group $Sp(n)$

An irreducible representation $(\pi,V_\pi)$ of a compact group $G$ is called spherical with respect to the pair $(G,K)$, $K$ is closed subgroup of $G$, if $V_\pi$ has a non-zero vector invariant by $K$...
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On a drawing in Dixmier's Enveloping Algebras

This image comes from Dixmier's book, 'Enveloping Algebras' ('Algèbres enveloppantes'). Dixmier writes that The curves shown on p. XIV have their origin in the study of U(sl(3)). They are ...
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When do two non-degenerate quadratic forms give rise to isomorphic Lie algebras?

Let $V$ be a vector space over some number field $k$. (I'm fine with $\mathbb{Q}$.) Let $\phi \colon V \to k$ be a non-degenerate quadratic form. Associated with $\phi$ is the orthogonal group $\...
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How the exceptional simple Lie groups/ algebras were first discovered and by whom?

I am wondering whether exceptional simple Lie groups/ algebras were first discovered in order to obtain a complete list of such objects, or they appeared as answers to completely different questions. ...
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Kernel of the Weil homomorphism for compact symmetric spaces

Let $X = G/K$ be a Riemannian symmetric space of compact type and consider the "Weil homomorphism" $$w^\bullet: H^\bullet(BK; \mathbb R) \to H^\bullet(X; \mathbb R),$$ i.e. the map in cohomology ...
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First Explicit Irreducible Representations

Although the classification of simple Lie Algebras and their representations is fully understood, I wonder whether there is some book with exhaustive tables describing explicit irreducible ...
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Reference about a formula of coroot in an affine root system

Let $\delta$ be the null of an affine root system and let $\alpha + p\delta$ be a real affine root, $p$ is an integer. It is said that $$ (\alpha + p\delta)^{\vee} = \alpha^{\vee} + \frac{2p}{(\alpha,...