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Type: Seminar
Distribution: World
Expiry: 27 May 2010
Calendar1: 27 May 2010 1505-1600
CalLoc1: Carslaw 535A

Computational Algebra Seminar: Roozemond -- Some thoughts on recognition of Lie algebras

Speaker: Dan Roozemond
Title: Some thoughts on recognition of Lie algebras
Time & Place: 3-4pm, Thursday 27 May, Carslaw 535

Lie algebras are often used to study the algebraic groups from which they
originate, but they are interesting objects in their own right as well.
Many simple Lie algebras have a particular basis with special properties,
invented by Chevalley. It is an extremely useful tool to identify and
study Lie algebras.

Algorithms exist, and have been implemented, to compute the Chevalley basis
of a Lie algebra that is represented in some way (for example as a structure
constant algebra). Unfortunately, these algorithms break down in some special
cases and in particular over fields of characteristic 2 and 3.

We show what problems arise in these cases and how they can be solved,
and apply the newly found algorithms to the study of Lie algebras generated
by extremal elements.

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