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Lie Groups and Lie Algebras
(dt. Lie-Gruppen und Lie-Algebren)

Level, degree of commitment Advanced module, depends on importing study program
Forms of teaching and learning,
Lecture (4 SWS), recitation class (2 SWS),
270 hours (90 h attendance, 180 h private study)
Credit points,
formal requirements
9 CP
Course requirement(s): Written or oral examination
Examination type: Successful completion of at least 50 percent of the points from the weekly exercises.
The grading is done with 0 to 15 points according to the examination regulations for the degree program B.Sc. Mathematics.
Subject, Origin Mathematics, B.Sc. Mathematics
One semester,
Regularly alternating with the other advanced modules
Person in charge of the module's outline Prof. Dr. Ilka Agricola, Prof. Dr. István Heckenberger, Prof. Dr. Pablo Ramacher


  • Basic notions on Lie groups and Lie algebras: Relationship between Lie groups and Lie algebras, exponential function, rough classification of Lie algebras, fundamental theorems (Engel, Lie, Cartan...).
  • Structure theory of simple Lie algebras: Cartan subalgebras, roots, Weyl group, universal enveloping algebra.
  • Representation theory: Fundamentals of finite-dimensional theory, highest weights, Weyl chambers, possibly Verma modules.

Qualification Goals

The students shall

  • learn the algebraization of a fundamental concept of symmetry,
  • learn about the interaction of geometric and algebraic methods,
  • practice mathematical working methods (development of mathematical intuition and its formal justification, training of abstraction and formulating proofs),
  • improve their oral communication skills in the exercises by practicing free speech in front of an audience and during discussion.


Translation is missing. Here is the German original:

Keine. Empfohlen werden die Kompetenzen, die in den Basismodulen vermittelt werden.

Recommended Reading

  • Fulton-Harris, Introduction to representation theory, Springer
  • Bröcker- tom Dieck, Representations of Compact Lie Groups, Springer
  • Goodman-Wallach, Representations and invariants of the classical groups, Cambridge University Press

Please note:

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