18.745 Introduction to Lie Algebras

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Topics may include structure of finite-dimensional Lie algebras; theorems of Engel and Lie; Cartan subalgebras and regular elements; trace form and Cartan's criterion; Chevalley's conjugacy theorem; classification and construction of semisimple Lie algebras; Weyl group; universal enveloping algebra and the Casimir operator; Weyl's complete reducibility theorem, Levi and Maltsev theorems; Verma modules; classification of irreducible finite-dimensional representations of semisimple Lie algebras; Weyl's character and dimension formulas.

This class has 18.701, and 18.703 as prerequisites.

18.745 will be offered this semester (Fall 2019). It is instructed by V. Kac.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits. This is a graduate-level class.

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