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Definition

A semisimple Lie algebra $\mathfrak{g}$ is compact if its Killing form $\langle -,-\rangle : \mathfrak{g} \otimes \mathfrak{g} \to \mathbb{R}$ is a negative definite bilinear form.

Properties

Proposition

The Lie algebra of a compact semisimple Lie group is compact.

A proof is spelled out for instance in (Woit, theorem 1).

References

For instance

• Peter Woit, Topics in Representation Theory: The Killing Form, Reflections and Classification of Root Systems (pdf)

Revised on September 14, 2011 18:35:53 by Urs Schreiber (82.113.121.85)