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Duflo isomorphism

A form of PBW theorem says that the symmetric algebra and the universal algebra of a Lie algebra gg are isomorphic as vector spaces (in fact coalgebras and gg-modules). However this is not an isomorphism of algebras. One can compose the PBW isomorphism with an additional automorphism to get an isomorphism of vector spaces which restricts to isomorphism of algebras when restricted to the subalgebras of gg-invariant functions.

The original proof by Duflo is rather case by case, using the structure theory of Lie algebras. Kontsevich in 1998 gave a new proof which generalizes to some geometric situations in deformation quantization.

  • M. Duflo, Opérateurs différentiels bi-invariants sur un groupe de Lie, Ann. Sci. École Norm. Sup. (4) 10 (1977), 265–288 MR56:3188 numdam
  • Damien Calaque, Carlo A. Rossi, Lectures on Duflo isomorphisms in Lie algebra and complex geometry, European Math. Soc. 2011
  • M. Kontsevich, Deformation quantization of Poisson manifolds, Lett. Math. Phys. 66 (2003), no. 3, 157–216; Operads and motives in deformation quantization, Lett. Math. Phys. 48 (1999), no. 1, 35–72.
Revised on December 31, 2012 02:43:21 by Zoran Škoda (31.45.170.107)