18.745 - Introduction to Lie Algebras (Fall 2010)

Instructor: Victor Kac

Office: Room 2-178

Email: kac@math.mit.edu

Grader: John Ullman

Office: Room 2-489 (4-1348)

Lectures: T R 2:30 - 4:00 pm 2-136

Office Hours: Tuesdays 4:30 pm in 2-178


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.

Prerequisites: 18.701 or 18.703

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