# nLab SU(3)

Contents

### Context

#### Group Theory

group theory

Classical groups

Finite groups

Group schemes

Topological groups

Lie groups

Super-Lie groups

Higher groups

Cohomology and Extensions

Related concepts

# Contents

## Idea

The special unitary group in 3 complex dimensions.

## Properties

### Subgroups and Supgroups

###### Proposition

We have the following commuting diagram of subgroup inclusions, where each square exhibits a pullback/fiber product, hence an intersection of subgroups:

Here in the bottom row we have the Lie groups

Spin(5)$\hookrightarrow$ Spin(6) $\hookrightarrow$ Spin(7) $\hookrightarrow$ Spin(8)

and in the top row we have

SU(2)$\hookrightarrow$ SU(3) $\hookrightarrow$ G2 $\hookrightarrow$ Spin(7)

This is a re-statement of Onishchik 93, Table 2, p. 144:

coset space-structures on n-spheres:

standard:
$S^{n-1} \simeq_{diff} SO(n)/SO(n-1)$this Prop.
$S^{2n-1} \simeq_{diff} SU(n)/SU(n-1)$this Prop.
$S^{4n-1} \simeq_{diff} Sp(n)/Sp(n-1)$this Prop.
exceptional:
$S^7 \simeq_{diff} Spin(7)/G_2$Spin(7)/G₂ is the 7-sphere
$S^7 \simeq_{diff} Spin(6)/SU(3)$since Spin(6) $\simeq$ SU(4)
$S^7 \simeq_{diff} Spin(5)/SU(2)$since Sp(2) is Spin(5) and Sp(1) is SU(2), see Spin(5)/SU(2) is the 7-sphere
$S^6 \simeq_{diff} G_2/SU(3)$G₂/SU(3) is the 6-sphere
$S^15 \simeq_{diff} Spin(9)/Spin(7)$Spin(9)/Spin(7) is the 15-sphere

(from FSS 19, 3.4)

### $G$-Structure and exceptional geometry

Spin(8)-subgroups and reductions to exceptional geometry

reductionfrom spin groupto maximal subgroup
Spin(7)-structureSpin(8)Spin(7)
G₂-structureSpin(7)G₂
CY3-structureSpin(6)SU(3)
SU(2)-structureSpin(5)SU(2)
generalized reductionfrom Narain groupto direct product group
generalized Spin(7)-structure$Spin(8,8)$$Spin(7) \times Spin(7)$
generalized G₂-structure$Spin(7,7)$$G_2 \times G_2$
generalized CY3$Spin(6,6)$$SU(3) \times SU(3)$

## References

• A. L. Onishchik (ed.) Lie Groups and Lie Algebras

• I. A. L. Onishchik, E. B. Vinberg, Foundations of Lie Theory,

• II. V. V. Gorbatsevich, A. L. Onishchik, Lie Transformation Groups

Encyclopaedia of Mathematical Sciences, Volume 20, Springer 1993

• Howard Georgi, §7 & §9 in: Lie Algebras In Particle Physics, Westview Press (1999), CRC Press (2019) [doi:10.1201/9780429499210]

with an eye towards application to (the standard model of) particle physics

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