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Number of triples of roots (of a simply-laced root system) which sum to zero

In a paper 1105.5073, the authors took a simply-laced root system $\Delta$ of type $G=A,D,E$, and then counted the number of unordered triples $(\alpha,\beta,\gamma)$ of roots which sum to zero: ...
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Root systems and sums of squares

It is easy to see that the quadratic form for the root system $A_n$ is a sum of $n+1$ squares of integral linear forms: $$q_{A_n} = 2 \sum_{i=1}^n x_i^2 - 2 \sum_{i=1}^{n-1} x_i x_{i+1} = x_1^2 + ...
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Extension of the Weyl dimension formula

Let $G$ be a compact semisimple group and let $\Gamma$ be a finite subgroup of $G$. I am interested, for $(\pi,V)\in \widehat G$ (irred rep of $G$), in a formula for $\mathrm{dim} V^\Gamma$, the ...
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Kostant partition function: asymptotics and specifics

Let $\Phi$ denote a root system and let $\mathfrak P$ denote the associated Kostant partition function. Thus $\mathfrak P(\lambda)$ is the number of ways of writing $\lambda$ as a sum of elements of ...
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Motivation behind Kac's notation for affine root systems

I'm reading Kac's Infinite Dimensional Lie Algebras. In Chapter 4, he classifies the affine root systems. Bourbaki classified the affine Coxeter groups, but multiple root systems can give the same ...
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Can one easily pick out a basis of a simple Lie algebra after picking a convex order?

One of the basic results of Lie theory is that if one picks a Cartan subalgebra of a simple Lie algebra, there there is a canonical decomposition of $\mathfrak{g}$ into the Cartan and a bunch of ...
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A technical question about root systems

I'm studying root systems and coming up with an observation: Let $\Phi$ be an irreducible root system and $\Phi^+$ be a positive root system. Denote by $\Delta=\{\alpha_1, \alpha_2,\ldots,\alpha_n\}$ ...
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Quantum Cartan matrices and Coxeter elements

Let $\Gamma$ be a bipartite graph, with the vertices partitioned into disjoint sets $\Pi_1$ and $\Pi_2$. Let $W$ be the associated Weyl group, with Coxeter generators $\{s_i\}_{i\in \Gamma}$. Let ...
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Non-crystallographic cluster algebras

Background Fomin and Zelevinsky have introduced cluster algebras in an influential article. To define a cluster algebra, Fomin and Zelevinsky have defined a mutation of seeds. Here, a seed ...
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Longest element of a Weyl group

Let $G$ an algebraic (reductive) group. $T$ a maximal torus, $B$ a Borel subgroup containing $T$, and $w_0$ the longest element of the Weyl group. I'm looking for a reference explaining why when you ...
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Convention about “long” roots for simple Lie algebras of types ADE?

The classification of simple Lie algebras (over $\mathbb{C}$ or other sufficiently large field of characteristic 0) correlates these Lie algebras with the irreducible reduced root systems (in ...
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Finite dimensional Lie algebra with non-degenerate invariant bilinear forms $\Omega_{ab}$

Firstly, my apology to MO experts that I am in a more science/physics background (a PhD). So please feel free refine/modify/comment my language if I have different math accents than yours. From ...
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schur weyl duality for real orthogonal groups and relation to hyperoctahedral groups

I am wondering whether the Lie groups $SO(n)$ and the hyperoctahedral groups $H_n$ form some sort of duality. I am mainly interested in how to parametrize the conjugacy classes of $H_n$ in terms of ...
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From a (not positive definite) Gram matrix to a (Kac-Moody) Cartan matrix

Suppose I am given a symmetric matrix $G_{ij}$ with $G_{ii} = 2$. Can I always find an invertible integer matrix $S$ such that $(S^T G S)_{ii}=2$ and $(S^T G S)_{ij} \leq 0$ for $i \neq j$? Is there a ...
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Is this characterization of (-1)-eigenspaces of the Weyl group of $E_6$ known?

I recently needed to know which circles $S$ in a maximal torus $T^6$ of the compact exceptional group $E_6$ yield one-dimensional subspaces $\mathfrak s$ of the Lie algebra $\mathfrak t^6$ that are ...
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A subgroup of the Weyl group

Let $D$ be a connected Dynkin diagram with an automorphism $\nu$ of order 2. Let $Q=Q(D)$ denote the root lattice of $D$. Let $W=W(D)$ denote the Weyl group, it acts effectively on $Q$ and it is ...
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One-parameter subgroups of symplectic group associated to roots

I'm having trouble sorting out some basic definitions concerning Chevalley groups. The groups I'm interested in are the simply connected groups of type $C_n$, so the groups $\text{Sp}_{2n}$. The ...
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Does -I belong to Weyl group?

Let $\Phi$ be an irreducible root system, with positive roots $\Phi^+$ relative to the base $\Delta$. If $W$ is the Weyl group, how can I determine if $-I$ belongs to $W$? Equivalently how can I see ...
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Modular Forms and Root Systems

In the study of semisimple Lie groups, lattices appear all over the place. In the theory of elliptic functions and modular forms, (equivalence classes of) lattices correspond to elliptic curves and to ...
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Even unimodular lattices with root system $32 A_1$

I'm studying Venkov's proof of the classification of even unimodular rank 24 lattices, and it prompted the following question. For an even unimodular lattice $L$, let $R(L)= \{ x \in L : (x,x) =2\}$ ...
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The action of the center on the extended Dynkin diagram

Let $R$ be an irreducible root system with a basis $\Pi$. We obtain the Dynkin diagram $D$ and the extended Dynkin diagram ${\widetilde{D}}$ of $R$ with respect to $\Pi$. Let $Q^\vee\subset P^\vee$ ...
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lines through A_n reflection arrangement and permutations

(updated; apologies for way too much room left for interpretation in the original post) Let $\mathcal{A} =A_{n-1}$ be the $A_{n-1}$ arrangement in $\mathbb{R}^{n}$, i.e. the set of hyperplanes ...
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Cartan Matrices of type B and C.

I was using the built-in functions for Root Systems in SAGE, and I noticed that the Cartan Matrices for Type $B_n$ and type $C_n$ are interchanged from what I thought they would be, i.e. following the ...
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Root system automorphisms as inner automorphisms of extended Chevalley group

For each automorphism $\sigma$ of a root system $\Phi$ there is a unique automorphism of the Chevalley group $G(\Phi,R)$ such that $\sigma(x_\alpha(t))=x_{\sigma\alpha}(t')$. While conjugating by ...
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References about Hasse diagrams of root systems

This is to ask about references of Hasse diagrams of irreducible root systems. I found here and there nice pictures of root systems of type $E$. I would like to ask for Hasse diagrams of classical ...
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The existence of a finite dimensional Lie algebra with a given symmetric invariant metric

The question is motivated by a more broad perspective in another MO post and here, but here we would like to understand a specific case (our question potentially connects to / is motivated b Quantum ...
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Calculation with weights of $E_6$

Question: Consider the complex simple Lie group $E_6$. Let $\lambda_1$ and $\lambda_6$ be the fundamental weights defining the $27$-dimensional representation $V$ and $V^*$, resp. Consider the complex ...
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Closest point to a dual lattice point (in particular for root lattices!)

Given a lattice $\Lambda\subset \mathbb{R}^n$ and a point $p\in\mathbb{R}^n$ outside the lattice, then I known it is a hard question to determine the set $S\subset \Lambda$ of all lattice points with ...
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Affine Steinberg groups vs Steinberg groups over Laurent polynomials

Let $R$ be a commutative ring and $\Phi$ be a finite (also called spherical) reduced irreducible root system of rank $\geq 2$. I will denote by $\mathrm{St}(\Phi,R)$ the Steinberg group of type $\Phi$ ...
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Highest (short) roots and commutation relations in (twisted) DAHA

I am trying to understand, explicitly, the commutation relation between $X_\vartheta$ and $Y_\vartheta = T_0T_{s_\vartheta}$ in the (twisted) DAHA for a root system $R$, where $\vartheta$ is the ...
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Complete classification of six dimensional non-semi simple Lie algebra

I would aim to know the complete classification of 6 dimensional non-semi simple Lie algebra (here the dimension stands for the generators; or the dimension $\leq 6$). In this paper, in page 7, it ...
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A possible mistake in Kac's “Infinite Dimensional Lie Algebras”

I have a paperback 3rd edition and on page 65 you can find Proposition 5.8. My question is about part (c): If $A$ is of indefinite type, then $$ \overline{X} = \{ h \in \{ \frak h_{\mathbb{R}} ...
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How to find faces of polytope defined by a Weyl orbit

A few days ago I asked the following question at MSE and received no answer. I thought I would try here. Let $\xi$ be an integral dominant weight of an irreducible root system $\Delta$, and let ...
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Numerical solution for a system of multivariate polynomial equations

Hi all, I have a system of 6th-order polynomial equations in 4 variables $q_1, q_2, q_3, q_4$ (i.e. polynomials with all the terms such as $q_1^6, q_2^6, q_2^4 q_3^2$): $P_k(q_1, q_2, q_3, q_4) = 0$ ...
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Systems of polynomial equations

Hi all, I'm an engineer assigned to determine some parameters of a manipulator (ie., calibration). It has a number of parameters, but after some manipulations of its dynamic equations, I can have the ...
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Applications of Chevalley groups theory for dummies

As an algebraist i frequently receive questions from my friends-mathematicians and non-mathematicians about applications of my topic "in real life". I study algebraic groups in the stream of ...
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Name for a class of parabolic subgroups

This is a reference request for a (the) name of the following class of parabolic subgroups of a complex simple Lie group $G$: Recall that parabolic subgroups of $G$, containing fixed Borel subgroup, ...
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Synonyms for “labeling” of a graph

In Preprint 1 we write numerical labels 0 or 1 at each vertex of a Dynkin diagram $D$. We call it a labeling of the graph (Dynkin diagram) $D$. In Preprint 2 we consider an extended (affine) Dynkin ...
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Complex root systems

This question is twofold. 1) What is the best reference on root systems? 2) Do complex root systems exist?
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Possible Borel subgroups of GL_n?

I am trying to understand the interaction between Borel subgroups of $GL_n$ and its roots. Is it correct to say that for any choice of roots among each pair of reciprocal roots there is a Borel ...
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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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Which linear combinations of simple roots are roots

Let $\Delta$ be the root system of a complex simple Lie algebra, $\Delta^+$ be positive roots and $\Pi$ be simple roots. We view $\Pi$ as nodes of the Dynkin diagram. Then for any two simple roots ...
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Double quotients of Coxeter groups have the chain property?

Let $(W,S)$ be a Coxeter group with Bruhat order $\leq$ and length function $\ell(w)$. Definition: a subset $X \subset W$ has the chain property if whenever $x,y \in X$ with $x < y$, there ...
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Length of Weyl group element mapping highest root to a simple root

Let $\Phi$ be an irreducible root system and $\Delta$ a simple system (base). Let $W$ be the Weyl group of $\Phi$. Let $\theta$ be the highest root and $h^\vee$ be the dual Coxeter number. Choose the ...
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Which subgroups of a finite reflection group have distingushed coset representatives?

Let $W$ be a finite reflection group with length function $l$ and let $I$ be a set of simple reflections that generate $W$. Let $\phi$ be an automorphism of $W$ permuting $I$. Consider the orbits of ...
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Compute roots of sum_i c_i/(a_i + b_i x)^p

How to compute the (real) roots of $$\sum_{i=1}^n \frac{c_i}{(a_i + b_i \cdot x)^p}$$ for given reals $a_i, b_i, c_i$, and positive integers $n, p$? The cases $p=1, ..., 5$ and $n=6, ..., 20$ would ...
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Involution of $E_{8}$ lattice

Let $L$ be a lattice associate to the Dykin matrix of type $E_{8}$. I would like to understand involutions of $L$ and their invariant $L^{+}$ and coinvariant lattice $L^-$ (I think they are ...
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simple roots of a reflection subgroup

Consider a Hermitian symmetric pair of complex Lie algebras $(\mathfrak{g},\mathfrak{k})$ and split the set of roots into compact roots (i.e. roots of $\mathfrak{k}$) and noncomapt roots $\Delta = ...
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Conjugation of faces in root systems / of parabolic subgroups having same Levi in split reductive groups

If $(V,\Phi)$ is a root system of rank $n$, one knows that its Weyl group $W$ acts simply and transitively on Weyl chambers. But in general, if $d\lt n$, the action of $W$ on faces of dimension $d$ is ...
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analogues of power sum polynomials for symmetric Laurent polynomials

To deal with root systems of type B C D, one needs to understand symmetric Laurent polynomials $\Lambda$. I am wondering if the naive definition of power sum symmetric Laurent polynomials form a basis ...