# Questions tagged [algebraic-groups]

Algebraic varieties with group operations given by morphisms, or group objects in the category of algebraic varieties, the category of algebraic schemes, or closely related categories.

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### Homology of $\mathrm{PGL}_2(F)$

Update: As mentioned below, the answer to the original question is a strong No. However, the case of $\pi_4$ remains, and actually I think that this one would follow from Suslin's conjecture on ...

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### Follow-up to Steinberg's problem (12) in his 1966 ICM talk?

Steinberg's lecture at the 1966 ICM in Moscow here surveyed his work on regular elements of semisimple algebraic groups, while also formulating a number of then-open questions as "problems" (with ...

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### Is every $p$-group the $\mathbb{F}_p$-points of a unipotent group

Let $\Gamma$ be a finite group of order $p^n$. Is there necessarily a unipotent algebraic group $G$ of dimension $n$, defined over $\mathbb{F}_p$, with $\Gamma \cong G(\mathbb{F}_p)$?
I have no real ...

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### Should the Dynkin diagrams of types $A_1$ and $B_2$ be labelled $C_1$ and $C_2$?

The labels $A$--$G$ attached to connected Dynkin diagrams are of course arbitrary,
the result of historical accidents. In order to avoid repetitions, the four infinite
families $A_\ell, B_\ell, C_\...

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### p-groups as rational points of unipotent groups

Is it true that every finite p-group can be realized as the group of rational points over $\mathbb{F_p}$ of some connected unipotent algebraic group defined over $\mathbb{F_p}$? For abelian p-groups, ...

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### Actions on ℍⁿ generated by torsion elements

Let $n$ be a large integer.
I am looking for a cocompact properly discontinuous isometric action on $n$-dimensional Lobachevky space which is generated by elements of finite order.
Or equivalently, ...

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### How much has been written down about Deligne's geometric approach to the order formula for a finite group of Lie type?

This is a follow-up to a recent mathoverflow question
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about computing the orders of finite unitary groups and the comments made there.
Between 1955 (Chevalley's Tohoku paper) and 1968 (...

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### Analog of Peter-Weyl theorem for $G[[t]]$

Let $G$ be a reductive group over ${\mathbb C}$ and let $G[[t]]$ denote the corresponding
group over the formal power series ring ${\mathbb C}[[t]]$. This is a group scheme, so one
can speak about its ...

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### Escaping from a centralizer

Let $G = Sym(n)$, $n$ even. Let $H<G$ be the stabilizer of the partition $\{\{1,2\},\{3,4\},\dotsc,\{n-1,n\}\}$, or, what is the same, the centralizer of $(1\;2) \dotsc (n-1\; n)$.
By Stirling's ...

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### Higher-dimensional algebraic subgroups of the proalgebraic Nottingham group?

Let $R$ be a commutative ring, and, for $n\ge0$,
${\mathcal{A}}_n={\mathcal{A}}_n(R)$ the group of series
$u(x)=\sum_0^\infty a_jx^{j+1}\in R[[x]]$ for which
$a_0\in R^\times$ and $u(x)\equiv x\pmod{x^...

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### Representation theory of finite groups with additional structures

Let $H$ be a finite group, representation theory of $H$ over $\Bbb C$ essentially determines $\operatorname{Hom}(H,GL_n(\Bbb C))$ up to conjugation action of $GL_n(\Bbb C)$ for each $n$. If we replace ...

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### Is the quotient of two linear group schemes linear?

Let $S$ be an affine scheme.
Call a group scheme $G\to S$ linear if there exists an $S$-group morphism $G\to \mathrm{GL}_{n,S}$ with trivial kernel.
Assuming this, suppose $H\to S$ is a central closed ...

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### Has Kac's conjecture (*), from “Infinite root systems, representations of graphs and invariant theory”, been proved?

Let $k$ be an algebraically closed field of characteristic zero, $V$ a finite dimensional $k$ vector space, $V^{\ast}$ the dual space, and $G$ an algebraic subgroup of $GL(V)$. Let $V_0$ be the points ...

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### Uniform proof of Hasse principle for algebraic groups?

Let $G$ be a simply connected semi-simple linear algebraic group over a global field $k$. The Hasse principle for algebraic groups states that the map $$H^1(k,G)\rightarrow\prod_vH^1(k_v,G)$$ is ...

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### Sheaf-theoretic Grothendieck groups

Let $S$ be a scheme, $M\to S$ a commutative monoid object in algebraic $S$-spaces, ie. an algebraic $S$-space such that, functorially on $S$-schemes $T$, $M(T)$ is a commutative monoid with neutral ...

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### Is there a reasonable way to define “reductive Lie algebra” in prime characteristic?

Among the finite dimensional Lie algebras over a field of characteristic 0, there is a sensible definition of "reductive Lie algebra" going back at least to the 1960 first chapter of N. Bourbaki's ...

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### Mysterious “raison d'être” of filtrations of congruence subgroups

I wonder for long why congruence subgroups seem to arise so naturally in certain filtrations. Everything below is on a local field $F_p$.
Filtration for $GL_n$. Casselman and later Jacquet, Piatetski-...

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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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### Can an abelian variety/Q have no non-trivial points over Q_sol?

Let $A/\mathbb{Q}$ be an abelian variety. Must there be a finite solvable
extension $K/\mathbb{Q}$ such that $A(K)$ is nontrivial?
This follows from the conjecture that the maximal (pro-)solvable ...

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### What is miraculous about the mirabolic subgroup?

I recently asked this question about Euler subgroups and generalizing the automorphic theory of $\mathrm{GL}_n$ to a more general setting. My question here is more specific.
As mentioned there, the ...

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### What is the mirror of an algebraic group?

Background: Kontsevich's homological mirror symmetry conjecture posits the existence of pairs $(X,\check X)$ with an equivalence of dg/$A_\infty$-categories
$$\mathcal F(X)=\mathcal D^b(\check X)$$
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### Lazard's theorem and Hopf structures on the polynomial algebra

Let $k$ be an algebraically closed field of characteristic $0$. A well-known result of Lazard's states that an algebraic group which is isomorphic as a variety to an affine space is unipotent (M. ...

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### Polynomial function from $S^3$ to $S^3$ and quaternions

I am searching the polynomial functions from $S^3$ to $S^3$.
($S^3$ is the set of vectors $x$ in $\mathbb{R}^4$ such that $\|x\|=1$)
We say $g$ is a polynomial function from $S^3$ to $S^3$, if there ...

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### Invariance of Euler characteristic under base change for sheaf cohomology of flag varieties

BACKGROUND:
Over an algebraically closed field of arbitrary characteristic, most of the basic structure theory of affine (= linear) algebraic groups can be developed concretely without quoting ...

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### A uniform bound for a “true” non-congruence subgroup

Before stating my question, let me recall the Congruence Subgroup Property/Problem: Given simply connected absolutely and almost simple algebraic group $G$ with fixed realization as a matrix group one ...

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### Full measure properties for Zariski open subsets in $p$-adic situation

Let $F$ be a $p$-adic field and let $X$ be a smooth integral variety over $F$ (I am chiefly interested in the case when $X$ is a connected reductive group over $F$). Let $U$ be a non-empty open subset ...

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### Naive question about classification of unipotent character sheaves

Let $G$ be a connected reductive algebraic group over (say) $\mathbb{C}$. The set $\hat{G}_u$ of isomorphism classes of unipotent irreducible character sheaves has some complicated classification in ...

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### Why the hyperoctahedral group is a ``reductive'' group?

Sorry for the misleading title, I actually mean the following:
The $n$-th hyperoctahedral group, also known as the Weyl group of $\mathrm{Sp}_{2n}$ and of $\mathrm{SO}_{2n+1}$, is isomorphic to the ...

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### Demazure’s principle for tower of reductive groups and analogy with Teichmuller tower

Grothendieck in his Esquisse states (page 6/7 of the English translation) that the “principle” that the Teichmuller tower, i.e., the system of profinite fundamental groupoids $\hat{T}_{g,\nu}$ of ...

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### What are the analogs of a Levi/Parabolic/Borel/Bruhat over the field with 1 element?

This is inevitably an imprecise question, but there are already several questions like this on the site so I thought i'd try anyway.
If I understand correctly, for any reductive algebraic group $G$ ...

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### Rationality of a certain real algebraic variety

Let $A_n$ denote the vector space of $n\times n$ antisymmetric matrices over ${\mathbb{Q}}$, where $n$ is even.
Let $A_n^*\subset A_n$ denote the affine ${\mathbb{Q}}$-subvariety of invertible ...

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### Earliest use of the term “linearly reductive”?

Recently a number of MO questions have referred to a "linearly reductive group", usually in a way that is out of focus. It's unclear to me why this terminology is so popular, since over a field of ...

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### Twisted Springer fibers

In the study of certain moduli spaces of $p$-divisible groups I came across the following twisted version of a Springer fiber, and I was wondering whether some expert on algebraic groups/algebraic ...

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### Role of nontrivial component groups in Springer Correspondence?

Set-up for classical Springer Correspondence:
$G$ = reductive group (usually assumed to be semisimple of adjoint type) over $\mathbb{C}$, with Borel subgroup and
maximal torus $B \supset T$, Weyl ...

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### Are the braid groups good in the sense of Toën?

In this question it is asked whether the mapping class groups are 'good' in relation to pro-finite completion. Helpfully, one of the answers gives a link to a proof that the braid groups are good ...

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### Why is the set of lifts of a p-divisible group canonically the same as the set of lines that span $M(G)/FM(G)$?

Let $M$ be the Dieudonne module of a p-divisible group $G_0$ over $k$, and let a lift of $G_0$ to $A$ be a p-divisible group $G$ over $A$ such that $G \otimes_A k \simeq G_0$. Let $\omega_G$ be the ...

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### Can semisimple orbits be written $\exp(\mathfrak{g})\cdot x$?

Let $\mathfrak{g}$ be a complex semisimple Lie algebra and let $G$ be its adjoint group. If $x\in\mathfrak{g}^{rs}$ is a regular semisimple element, is its orbit
$$G\cdot x=\{\mathrm{Ad}_gx:g\in G\}$$
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### Significance of half sum of non-simple positive roots

In representation theory, there are plenty of places that a $\rho$-shift makes an appearance, where $\rho$ is the half sum of positive roots. See, for instance, this post for some discussions of the ...

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### Decomposition of linear groups into free products

I recently learnt about Nagao's theorem which states $SL_2(k[t])\cong SL_2(k)\ast_{B(k)}B(k[t])$ for a field $k$. I read in "A.W. Mason, Serre's generalization of Nagao's theorem" that a theorem of ...

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### Semisimple Lie groups admitting a free algebra of invariants

Assume we work over an algebraically closed field of characteristic zero.
I know that for a connected semisimple algebraic group there is an upper bound for the number of isomorphism classes of ...

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### When is GIT quotient of a projective variety smooth?

It might be very basic, but my google search could not find an answer for this, nor the search in previous related questions.
Let $X$ be a smooth projective variety, and let $G$ be a reductive group ...

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### Mapping class groups of algebraic varieties

Let $X$ be a projective algebraic variety over a (perfect) field $k$.
Let $Aut(X):k \text{-}Alg \to Grp$ be the functor of points defined by
$$Aut(X) : A \mapsto Aut_{Spec (A)}(X \times_{k} Spec (...

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### Whitehead lemma for exceptional Chevalley groups

Let $R$ be a commutative ring with $1$. Let $u$ be a column and $v$ be a row of length $n$ over $R$, such that $vu=0$. Then the matrix $1+uv$ belongs to $\mathrm{SL}(n,R)$ and is called linear ...

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### Is a quotient of a solvable group always affine?

After several useful comments, I understood that I meant two questions rather than one. Sorry for messing it up, and feel free to answer any of them or vote for closure!
If $G$ is a connected, ...

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### Smooth quotients of algebraic spaces that are varieties away from codimension $\ge 2$ subset

This is a question about when a smooth complex algebraic space that is very close to being an algebraic variety is actually an algebraic variety.
General question: Let $X$ be a smooth separated ...

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### Is the class of commutative generalized Euclidean rings stable under quotient and localization?

Let $R$ be an associative ring with identity and let $E_n(R)$ be the subgroup of $GL_n(R)$ generated by matrices obtained from the identity matrix by replacing an off-diagonal entry by some $r∈R$. Let ...

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### Connection between two theorems on character values?

In a recent arXiv preprint here, Dipendra Prasad has revisited a 1976 theorem of Kostant (Theorem 2 in the paper On Macdonald's $\eta$-function formula, the Laplacian and generalized exponents, ...

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### Closure of an orbit under the action of an algebraic group

Setting:
Fix some field $k$. I am not very prudent about the field - although I'd prefer to assume as little as possible, you may assume as much as you want, the case of primary interest being $k=\...

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### Action of the endomorphism monoid on an irreducible GL-module

Let $G=\mathrm{Gl}_n(\mathbb C)$ and $V$ an irreducible $G$-module on which $G$ acts polynomially. In other words, the algebraic group action of $G$ on the affine space $V$ extends to an algebraic ...

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### Non-algebraic representations of $\text{SL}_n(\mathbb{R})$

My question is easily stated: are all continuous finite-dimensional real representations of $\text{SL}_n(\mathbb{R})$ algebraic representations?
This is false if you drop the word "continuous" (e.g. ...