By Brian Hall

This textbook treats Lie teams, Lie algebras and their representations in an hassle-free yet absolutely rigorous style requiring minimum necessities. particularly, the speculation of matrix Lie teams and their Lie algebras is constructed utilizing merely linear algebra, and extra motivation and instinct for proofs is equipped than in such a lot vintage texts at the subject.

In addition to its obtainable remedy of the fundamental idea of Lie teams and Lie algebras, the e-book is additionally noteworthy for including:

  • a remedy of the Baker–Campbell–Hausdorff formulation and its use in preference to the Frobenius theorem to set up deeper effects in regards to the dating among Lie teams and Lie algebras
  • motivation for the equipment of roots, weights and the Weyl staff through a concrete and exact exposition of the illustration conception of sl(3;C)
  • an unconventional definition of semisimplicity that enables for a fast improvement of the constitution thought of semisimple Lie algebras
  • a self-contained building of the representations of compact teams, self reliant of Lie-algebraic arguments

The moment variation of Lie teams, Lie Algebras, and Representations comprises many massive advancements and additions, between them: a wholly new half dedicated to the constitution and illustration concept of compact Lie teams; a whole derivation of the most homes of root platforms; the development of finite-dimensional representations of semisimple Lie algebras has been elaborated; a remedy of common enveloping algebras, together with an explanation of the Poincaré–Birkhoff–Witt theorem and the life of Verma modules; entire proofs of the Weyl personality formulation, the Weyl size formulation and the Kostant multiplicity formula.

Review of the 1st edition:

This is a wonderful booklet. It merits to, and absolutely will, turn into the normal textual content for early graduate classes in Lie workforce idea ... a tremendous addition to the textbook literature ... it's hugely recommended.

― The Mathematical Gazette

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Proof. 18) [X1 + iX2 , Y1 + iY2 ] = ([X1 , Y1 ] − [X2 , Y2 ]) + i ([X1 , Y2 ] + [X2 , Y1 ]) . 18) is really bilinear and skewsymmetric, and that it satisfies the Jacobi identity. 18) is real bilinear, and skew-symmetric. 18) is complex linear in the first factor, it is also complex linear in the second factor. 19) [i(X1 + iX2 ), Y1 + iY2 ] = i [X1 + iX2 , Y1 + iY2 ] . 19) is i {([X1 , Y1 ] − [X2 , Y2 ]) + i ([X2 , Y1 ] + [X1 , Y2 ])} = (− [X2 , Y1 ] − [X1 , Y2 ]) + i ([X1 , Y1 ] − [X2 , Y2 ]) , and indeed these are equal.

T=0 Proof. Differentiate the power series for etX term-by-term. (You might worry whether this is valid, but you shouldn’t. ) 2. 1. Case 1: X is diagonalizable. Suppose that X is a n×n real or complex matrix, and that X is diagonalizable over C, that is, that there exists an invertible complex matrix C such that X = CDC −1 , with   λ1 0   .. D= . 3, we have  λ  e 1 0   −1 .. eX = C  C . λn 0 e D 30 3. LIE ALGEBRAS AND THE EXPONENTIAL MAPPING Thus if you can explicitly diagonalize X, you can explicitly compute eX .

Structure Constants. Let g be a finite-dimensional real or complex Lie algebra, and let X1 , · · · , Xn be a basis for g (as a vector space). Then for each i, j, [Xi , Xj ] can be written uniquely in the form n [Xi , Xj ] = cijk Xk . k=1 The constants cijk are called the structure constants of g (with respect to the chosen basis). Clearly, the structure constants determine the bracket operation on g. In some of the literature, the structure constants play an important role, although we will not have occasion to use them in this course.

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