Unitary groups

Adam M. Bincer

in Lie Groups and Lie Algebras

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199662920
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745492 | DOI:
Unitary groups

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Unitary groups are defined. An explicit choice of generators in the defining representation is displayed and used to abstract commutation relations for u(n). It is shown that the center of U(n) has the structure of Zn. It follows that for n 〉 2 complex representations exist and that complex conjugation is an outer automorphism. It is shown that independent Casimirs can be constructed as polynomials in the generators of degree k, where 1 ≤ kn for U(n) while k = 1 should be omitted for SU(n). It is noted that for n 〉 2 a cubic Casimir is present in the integrity basis for SU(n), which in general gives rise to anomalies.

Keywords: unitary groups; unitary algebras; generators; center; automorphisms; Casimirs; anomaly

Chapter.  2197 words. 

Subjects: Mathematical and Statistical Physics

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