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The Chevalley group is a way, uniform over all fields (and commutative rings), to define a split simple algebraic group of a given type.

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Is a presentation of the hyperbolic orthogonal group of rank 2 over the integers known?

The hyperbolic orthogonal group $O_{g,g}(\mathbb{Z})$ often appears in the study of high-dimensional manifolds, see e.g. work of Kreck or Galatius and Randal-Williams. Let $H$ denote the lattice $\...
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For $G$ an adjoint Chevalley group, are all of $G(\mathbb Z)$'s finite-index subgroups congruence subgroups?

Let $G$ be an adjoint Chevalley group. Are all of $G(\mathbb Z)$'s finite-index subgroups congruence subgroups? I read a theorem that states: When $G$ is the universal Chevalley group and it's not of ...
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How to prove that Chevalley groups over $\mathbb R$ have no compact factors

I am trying to see why the Chevalley groups (not limited to the adjoint group) over $\mathbb R$ are without compact factors in order to use the Borel density theorem. I've been told in another thread ...
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Character of a semisimple connected Lie groups [closed]

I'm trying to see why the Chevalley groups over $\mathbb C$ have no nontrivial character? I know that a compact connected semisimple Lie group has no nontrivial character but is the compactness ...
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Finite index subgroup of $\mathrm{GL}_n(\Bbb C)$ and Chevalley groups

I'm trying to show that if $G$ is a Chevalley group, then every finite index subgroup of $G(\Bbb Z)$ is Zariski dense in $G(\Bbb C)$. ($G(\Bbb Z)$ is the Chevalley group over $\Bbb Z$ and similarly ...
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Representations of GL(n,2) over a field of characteristic 2

I would appreciate very much if you can point to me some references on the following: 1) Representations of the linear group $GL(n,2)$ over $F_2$. 2) Representations of $GL(n,2)$ over an algebraic ...
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There are no “holes” in the Bruhat decomposition of parabolic cell $Pw_1P$

Let $G$ be a split reductive algebraic group (over a local field if you like), $B$ be a fixed Borel subgroup, and $P$ be a fixed standard parabolic subgroup. Let $W$ be the Weyl group of $G$. For $w\...
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What meanings does “Chevalley group” have?

It appears to me that there are at least two working definitions of the term "Chevalley group" operative in the literature. For example, one can consider Steinberg's notes on the subject. Starting ...
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(When) can the presentation in Steinberg's Yale notes fail to give an algebraic group?

I'm trying to understand a remark which appears on p. 1483 of Cohen, Murray and Taylor's "Computing in Groups of Lie Type." It says, "We have not used the presentations described in [7] or [30] ...
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If a Weyl element preserves a root, then it has a representative which preserves the root space?

Let $G$ be a reductive group defined over a field $F$. Let $\Sigma$ be the set of roots of $G$ with respect to a Borel subgroup $B=TU$ with torus $T$. Let $W=N_G(T)/T$ be the Weyl group of $G$. For $\...
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Maximal split torus of universal chevalley group

Let $G$ be simply connected chevalley group over a field $K$. I am following the notations as in 'Lectures on Chevalley group' by Steinberg (Yale lectures). Let $H$ be the subgroup generated by $\{h_{\...
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Universal Chevalley group associated to $D_l$

Consider the simple Lie algebra $D_l$. Consider the universal Chevalley group $G$ over a field $K$ associated to it. Then $G$ is a subgroup of the orthogonal group $O_{2l}(K, f)$ where $f$ is the ...
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Maximal torus of Chevalley group $Sp(4)$

Consider a chevalley group a field $K$, with the right chevalley basis. Let $\alpha$ be a root. Let $x_{\alpha}(t)$ be the corresponding root space. Define $w_{\alpha}(t)=x_{\alpha}(t)x_{-\alpha}(-t^...
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Exotic 2-adic lifts of mod $2$ Steinberg idempotent

Denote $B_n$ the Borel subgroup of $Gl_n(Z/2)$, i.e., the subgroup of upper triangular matrices, $\Sigma _n$ the subgroup of permutation matrices. The (conjugate) Steinberg idempotent is defined to be ...