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### Weyl's construction for symplectic groups--an exercise in Fulton and Harris's book

This is an exercise in section 17.3 in Fulton and Harris's book:Representation theory-a first course.
Let $V=\mathbb{C}^{2n}$ and $Sp(2n)$ be the symplectic group w.r.t the nondegenerate bilinear ...

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### Basis for Witt algebra in general format

The Witt algebra $W(n,m)$ is defined as the set of element ${∑f_jD_j such that f_j∈A(n,m)}$ with usual Lie bracket. I am a bit confused about basis for $W(n,m)$? What is the meaning of $"f_jD_j"$ ? I ...

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### Cayley-Hamilton type decomposition of SL(3,R) matrices [on hold]

Given an element $$\lambda = \sum_{a=1}^{8}\theta_a T_a$$ of SL(3,R) Lie algebra, where $T_a$'s are the generators and $\theta_a$'s are the parameters, is there a general formula or way to decompose ...

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### Harish-Chandra isomorphism for compact symmetric spaces

I would be interested to have an explicit description of the algebra of invariant differential operators on functions on a compact symmetric space $G/K$. A reference would be especially useful.
...

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### A problem on about a matrix norm on $\mathfrak{su}(4)$

Given a fixed $B \in \mathfrak{su}(4)$ is it possible to solve for $F$:
$\sigma^{\text{max}}\left(\frac{A}{F(A)} + B \right) = 1$, $\forall A \in \mathfrak{su}(4)$. A theorem in ...

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### A criteria for a subalgebra of M(n,C) being M(n,C) [migrated]

Suppose $S$ is a subalgebra of the matrix algebra $M_n(\mathbb{C})$. If for any vector $v$ and $w$ in $\mathbb{C}$, there always exists a matrix $A$ in $S$, depending on $v$ and $w$ of course, which ...

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### First Variation of Dyson Series/Magnus Expansion

Given the matrix differential equation $\frac{dU_t}{dt}=A_t U_t$ there are at least two ways to write a formal solution. Both the Dyson series: $U_t = \mathcal{T} e^{\int_{0}^{t} A_t dt}$ and the ...

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### Sums of degrees of irreducible complex characters

The sum of the degrees of the irreducible complex characters (not the square sum which is the group order) is relevant to determine the dimension of a maximal torus of the Lie algebra associated to ...

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### Why the Killing form?

I'm teaching a short summer course on algebraic groups and it's time to talk about the Killing form on the Lie algebra. The students are all undergrads of varying levels of inexperience, and I try to ...

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### Weight multiplicities for some particular representations of SO(2m).

I am looking for explicit formulas for the weight multiplicities of some particular irreducible representations of $SO(2m)$.
It is possible that they have been already computed; in this case I will ...

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### Construction of the Lie functor: left vs. right invariant vector fields on Lie groups and Lie groupoids

When constructing the Lie algebra $L(G)$ of a Lie group $G$, one usually uses the identification of the tangent space $T_1 G$ with left invariant vector fields $\mathcal{V}^l(G)$ to construct the Lie ...

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### A question about Marsden-Weinstein reduction theory

Let $G$ ba a compat Lie group and $\frak g$ be its Lie algebra, then by Marsden-Weinstein reduction theory we know that if we take $M=T^*G$ and $J:M\to \frak g^*$ be its moment map then the reduced ...

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### Complex conjugation of positive roots [migrated]

I have a simple question about root systems. Suppose that $G$ is a connected reductive group over the reals $\mathbb{R}$, and $T\subset G$ is a maximal torus (by this I mean that $T_{\mathbb{C}}$ is a ...

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### Characterising the adjoint representation of SU(N)

One can show that the adjoint representation of $\mathrm{SU}(n)$, the image of the map $\mathrm{Ad}:\mathrm{SU}(n) \rightarrow \mathrm{Aut}(\mathrm{su(n)})\subset \mathrm{GL}(\mathrm{su}(n))$, is an ...

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### Lie algebra admitting some hyperbolic automorphism is nilpotent

Let $\mathfrak{g}$ be a finite dimensional Lie algebra over $\mathbb{R}$ and $\phi:\mathfrak{g}\to\mathfrak{g}$ be a Lie algebra automorphism.
Viewing $\mathfrak{g}$ as a linear space and $\phi$ a ...

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### equation for geodesics of a right invairant Finsler metric on $SU(n)$ which are parallel to a linear affine distribution

I am looking for an equation analogous to the Euler-Poincare equations for a right invariant Finlser metric except I want the geodesics which are parallel to a linear affine distribution on $SU(n)$. ...

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### Invariant planes of a nilpotent matrix with two Jordan blocks of size two

Describe all the invariant 2-dimensional subspaces of $\mathbb{C}^4$ (or $\mathbb{R}^4$) of the nilpotent map
$$
N = \begin{pmatrix}
0 & 1 & & \\
0 & 0 & & \\
& & 0 ...

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### PBW proof proposal

One version of the PBW theorem states:
$\omega $:$\mathfrak {S} \mapsto \mathfrak {E} $ is an isomorphism of algebras.
I am curious if this is a possible proof for the PBW theorem, part is taken ...

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### Who originated the standard symbols for Lie groups GL, SL, SU, etc.?

Who was first to use symbols GL, SL, O, SO, U, SU, Sp and their projective versions, and how did this notation become standard?
The notation appears in fairly modern form in Weyl's "The Classical ...

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### What is a Homotopy between $L_\infty$-algebra morphisms II

I would like to continue on question I asking, what is a homotopy between
Lie infinity algebras, since I'm not satisfied in two directions:
1.) The naive approach to define a homotopy would be ...

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### labeling state vectors in representation space of a simple lie algebra

Given a simple lie algebra (over ${\mathbb C}$ or ${\mathbb R}$). What is the number
of operators such that their eigenvalues sufficiently label all state vectors in the algebra's representation ...

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### Bi-invariant one forms on compact Lie groups

I'm hoping to learn of a criterion for the existence of a bi-invariant one form on a Lie group $G$. I'm looking for a reference that there are no such one forms son $SU(n)$ (as long as this is in fact ...

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### Euler-Poincare equations with constraints

It is well known that the stationary curves (say $\Xi(t)$) of a regular Lagrangian $\mathcal{L}$ on a compact, semi-simple Lie group $G$ have the property that $\xi(t) = \frac{d \Xi(t)}{dt} ...

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### Can the commuting condition in Jordan-Chevalley decomposition be replaced with this global criterion?

Let $G$ be a reductive linear algebraic group defined over an algebraically closed field $k$ of arbitrary characteristic, and write $\mathfrak{g}$ for its Lie algebra.
The Jordan-Chevalley ...

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### deformation of Lie algebra

How can we deform a given Lie algebra? In particular, in the attachment file how can we arrive at the commutation relations (20) by starting from the commutation relation (19)?
...

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### A special Lie subalgebra

Motivated by comments of the following post A question on involutions on the Lie algebra of vector fields we ask the following question:
Let $L$ be a Lie algebra. We consider the Lie subalgebra ...

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### Uniform proof of dimension formula for minimal special nilpotent orbit?

Given a simple Lie algebra over an algebraically closed field of good characteristic such
as $\mathbb{C}$, its subvariety $\mathcal{N}$ of nilpotent elements has dimension $2N$ (where $N$ is the ...

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### Is every closed subgroup of $\text{GL}_n(K[[x]])$ finitely generated?

Let $n \in \mathbb{N}$, $K$ a finite field. Denote by $K[[x]]$ the (profinite) ring of formal power series over $K$. Note that $\text{GL}_n(K[[x]])$ is a profinite group.
Is every closed subgroup of ...

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### Laplace-Beltrami operator on a Lie group

For an arbitrary Lie group, is it always possible to chose a left-invariant Riemannian metric such that the Laplace-Beltrami operator $\Delta$ is given by
$$\Delta f = \delta^{i j} X_i X_j f$$
for ...

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### Explicit description of graded (counital) cofree cocommutative coalgebras

Let $k$ be a field of characteristic $p \neq 2$, and $V = \oplus V_{n}$ be a graded vector space over $k$.
Then, can one compute the graded (counital) cofree cocommutative coalgebra $C(V)$ ...

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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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### (Co)Homology of groups vs. Lie algebras: polynomial rings

For Lie groups (or algebraic groups over fields) there is a strong relation between the cohomology of the group and the cohomology of its Lie algebra. Some MO-question where this is discussed can be ...

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### Why should affine lie algebras and quantum groups have equivalent representation theories?

Let $\mathfrak{g}$ be a simple lie algebra over $\mathbb{C}$ and let $\hat{\mathfrak{g}}$ be the Kac-Moody algebra obtained as the canonical central extension of the algebraic loop algebra ...

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### Cohomology of Lie groups and Lie algebras

The length of this question has got a little bit out of hand. I apologize.
Basically, this is a question about the relationship between the cohomology of Lie groups and Lie algebras, and maybe ...

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### Torsion for Lie algebras and Lie groups

This question is about the relationship (rather, whether there is or ought to be a relationship) between torsion for the cohomology of certain Lie algebras over the integers, and torsion for ...

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### Why do Lie algebras pop up, from a categorical point of view?

Groups pop up as automorphism groups in any category.
Rings pop up as endomorphism rings in any additive category.
Is there a similar way to attach a Lie algebra to an object in a category of a ...

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### A question on involutions on the Lie algebra of vector fields

Edite According to the essential comment of Ian Agol I revise the question as follows
For a smooth manifold $M$, is there a non identity involution $\theta$ on the lie algebra $\chi^{\infty}(M)$ ...

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### Involution on $\chi^{\infty}(\mathbb{R}^{n})$

Is there a Lie algebraic involution $\theta$ on $\chi^{\infty}(\mathbb{R}^{n})$ which restriction to linear vector fields is the involution
$\theta(A)=-A^{tr}$ for $A\in M_{n}(\mathbb{R})$?
...

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### A linear/Lie algebra problem

Let $\mathfrak{g}$ be a complex linear Lie algebra of dimension $n$. If there exists a basis $\{e_1,\dots,e_n\}$ of $\mathfrak{g}$ such that ...

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### A Lie algebra identity

Let $G$ be a Lie group and $\mathfrak{g}$ its Lie algebra. Fix a basis $e_1,\dots,e_n$ of $\mathfrak{g}$ and let $e^1,\dots,e^n$ be its dual basis. We also use $e^i$ to denote the left-invariant ...

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### nth term in the Baker-Campbell-Hausdorff formula

I am trying to prove a result for which I need the nth term of the Baker-Campbell-Hausdorff formula. I came at this particular result (which is not of significance for the question, but mentioning for ...

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### “Special” meanders

One of the open problems in combinatorics is enumeration of meanders.
Here on MO I only could find them under the heading not-especially-famous-long-open-problems-which-anyone-can-understand.
Since ...

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### The surjectivity of the exponential map for the isometry group

Little is known on general conditions guaranteeing that the exponential map between a Lie algebra and an associated Lie group is surjective.
Let $M$ be a noncompact connected Riemann manifold, and ...

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### Springer Isomorphisms for Adjoint Simple Exceptional Groups

I'm trying to understand explicitly a construction of Springer isomorphisms for adjoint exceptional groups given by Bardsley and Richardson. Their construction is as follows. Let $G$ be an adjoint ...

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### Non-semisimple Lie algebra tensors

Let $\mathfrak{L}$ be a non-semisimple Lie algebra. Let $T_i$ be its generators. As usual, define the structure constants $C_{ij}^k$ by $[T_i,T_j]=C_{ij}^kT_k$ and the metric tensor $g_{jm}$ by ...

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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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### Termination conditions for matrix Lie alebra basis generation via “P. Hall algorithm”

Suppose $g_1,...,g_n\in\mathbb{M}_{d\times d}(\mathbb{C})$ are matrices and we are interested in finding the smallest matrix Lie algebra containing them, that is, the matrix Lie algebra generated by ...

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### Quadratic Casimir of fundamental irreps of simply-laced Lie algebras

I have the following question, motivated by the expression for the character of level 1 highest weight integrable representations of simply-laced affine algebras (in terms of the string function). It ...

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### Number of Richardson orbits in simple Lie algebras of types $E_n$?

This is a follow-up to my question about nilpotent orbits here asked in connection with an earlier discussion of symplectic resolutions. Leaving aside the connections with algebraic geometry and ...

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### Stability principal $G$-bundles

I'm trying to study some papers about the stability of principal bundles and in order to have a complete picture of this theory I need some explicit examples that I don't find in web.
Let $X$ be a ...