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Lie algebras in positive characteristic (not necessarily restricted Lie algebras)

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Do you know a survey of modular Lie algebras and its representations?

When I was an university student, I liked reading some books about the representation theory of finite groups or Lie algebras and I was interested in explicit constructions of irreducible ...
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How large must the characteristic of $k$ be, for the cohomology of the Lie algebra $\mathfrak{sl}_n(k)$ to be exterior as in characteristic zero?

$\DeclareMathOperator\SU{SU}$In this question, all Lie algebra cohomology is of the form $H^*(\mathfrak{g}; k)$, with $k$ the trivial one-dimensional representation of $\mathfrak{g}$. All Lie algebra ...
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Proof of restrictableness of Lie algebra without basis

$\DeclareMathOperator\ad{ad}$According to the Strade and Farnsteiners' textbook, a Lie algebra $L$ is restrictable if and only if $\ad(L)$ is $p$-subalgebra of $\operatorname{Der}(L)$. Also, the ...
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Characters of simple $\mathfrak{sl}_n$-modules in positive characteristic with subregular nilpotent central character

Consider representations of $\mathfrak{sl}_n$ in positive characteristic with a subregular nilpotent central character $\chi$ (i.e. $\chi$ is a nilpotent matrix whose Jordan normal form has two blocks ...
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7D simple Lie algebras over $\mathbb{F}_3$

Up to isomorphism, what are all the seven-dimensional simple Lie algebras over the field with three elements?
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Automorphism groups of "reductive" Lie algebras in positive characteristic

I put "reductive" in quotes because, of course, in positive characteristic one should speak of Lie algebras of reductive groups, not of reductive Lie algebras. Let $G$ be a reductive group ...
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Schur multiplier of finite-dimensional simple Lie algebras in positive characteristic

The Schur multipliers of finite simple groups are known and easily accessible: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_finite_simple_groups Moreover, as a consequence of the second Whitehead's Lemma, if ...
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Finite simple groups of automorphisms of finite simple Lie algebras

I begin by briefly recalling some basic facts in order to pose my question in context. According to the classification, the finite simple groups are cyclic of prime order, are alternating on $n \geq 5$...
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Jordan decomposition on the dual Lie algebra

$\newcommand\fg{\mathfrak g}\newcommand\gl{\mathfrak{gl}}\DeclareMathOperator\Ad{Ad}\DeclareMathOperator\GL{GL}$Let $k$ be an algebraically closed field, and let $G$ be a smooth, affine algebraic ...
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Maximal dimension of abelian subalgebra of exceptional simple Lie algebra in positive characteristic

For complex semisimple Lie algebras, the maximal dimension of an abelian subalgebra was determined by Mal'cev in 1945. For $E_7$, for example, it is $27$, and is the radical of the $E_6$ parabolic. ...
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Centralizers in Jacobson-Witt Lie algebras

Recall the (Jacobson-)Witt Lie algebras in positive characteristic: $W(n,1)$ is the Lie algebra of derivations of $\Bbbk[X_1,\dots,X_n]/(X_1^p,\dots,X_n^p)$. (For simplicity; more generally, I'm ...
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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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An identity in Lie algebras over fields of positive characteristic

Let $L$ be a Lie algebra over a field of characteristic $p>0$ and $D$ a derivation of $L$. For every $x\in L$ denote by $\mathrm{ad} x$ the adjoint map $\mathrm{ad}x: L \rightarrow L, a\mapsto [x,...
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Borel subgroups of centralisers of Lie algebra elements in bad characteristic

Let $G$ be a simple linear algebraic group over an algebraically closed field $k$ of characteristic $p>0$, and let $\mathfrak{g}=\mathrm{Lie}(G)(k)$ denote (the $k$-points of) the Lie algebra. ...
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Harish-Chandra isomorphism for characteristic $p$

I am trying to understand the proof of Theorem 1 from this paper V. Kac and B. Weisfeiler (Indag. Math. 1976, DOI link). Theorem 1. Let either $p\neq 2$ or $\varrho\in X(\mathscr{T})$. Then $\gamma(...
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Replacement for Lie-algebra complements

All groups are linear algebraic over some fixed field $k$. I believe that it is true that, in characteristic $0$, if $G'$ is a reductive subgroup of $G$, then there is a $G'$-invariant complement to $...
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Solvable Lie algebra whose nilradical is not characteristic

Say that an ideal in a Lie algebra is characteristic if it is invariant under every derivation of the algebra. It is well known that the nilradical of a finite-dimensional Lie algebra over a field ...
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Automorphisms of Lie algebra of type $A_5$ modulo its center in characteristic 2

Let $L$ be classical Lie algebra of type $A_5$ over field of characteristic 2; let $M$ be the quotient $L/Z(L)$ modulo its center $Z(L)$. What about the group of automorphisms of M? Does anybody ...
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Format of grading Witt Lie Algebra

Let $W(n,m)$ be generalized Jacobson-Witt algebra over a field of characteristic $p>3$. According to the grading of $W(n,m)$, we know that it inherits the grading from $A(n,m)$ as follows: $$W(n,m)...
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Lie's theorem in characteristic $p$

Let $K$ be an algebraically closed field with characteristic $0$ and $V$ be a Lie sub-algebra of $M_n(K)$, the $n\times n$ matrices over $K$. If $V$ is solvable, then, according to Lie's theorem, $V$ ...
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Branching rule for classical Lie algebras in positive characteristic

The restriction of an irreducible $\mathfrak{sl}_n(\mathbb{C})$-module to $\mathfrak{sl}_{n-1}(\mathbb{C})$ is described by a branching rule which says that if $L(\lambda)$ is the simple $\mathfrak{sl}...
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On nilpotency of the derived subalgebra of a solvable Lie algebra

Using Engel's Theorem and Lie's Theorem, one can easily establish the following result: Let $ \frak{g} $ be a finite-dimensional Lie algebra over an algebraically closed field $ \mathbb{F} $ of ...
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Failure of Jacobson-Morozov in positive characteristics

The Jacobson-Morozov theorem that any nilpotent element $e$ in the Lie algebra of a simple algebraic group $G$ can be embedded in an $\mathfrak{sl}_2$-triple, has a restriction (in terms of the ...
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Kostant's theorem on invariant polynomials in positive characteristic

Let $k$ be an algebraically closed field and let $G$ be a reductive linear algebraic group over $k$ with Lie algebra $\mathfrak g$. If the characteristic of $k$ is $0$ then, by a classical result of ...
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Lie algebras and non-smoothness of centralisers in bad characteristic

Let $G$ be a simple algebraic group over an algebraically closed field $k$ of characteristic $p>0$. For $x\in G$, let $C_{G}(x)$ denote the centraliser, considered as a group scheme over $k$. If $p$...
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Semisimplicity of Lie algebra in positive characteristic

Let $F$ be a field of characteristic $p > 0$. Let $\mathfrak{g}$ be a linear Lie algebra, that is $\mathfrak{g}\subset M_n(F)$ for some natural number $n$. Does there exist a condition involving $n$...
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Which is the correct universal enveloping algebra in positive characteristic?

This is an extension of this question about symmetric algebras in positive characteristic. The title is also a bit tongue-in-cheek, as I am sure that there are multiple "correct" answers. Let $\...
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