# 401-3225-00L Introduction to Lie Groups

Semester | Autumn Semester 2016 |

Lecturers | P. D. Nelson |

Periodicity | yearly recurring course |

Language of instruction | English |

Abstract | Topological groups and Haar measure. Definition of Lie groups, examples of local fields and examples of discrete subgroups; basic properties; Lie subgroups. Lie algebras and relation with Lie groups: exponential map, adjoint representation. Semisimplicity, nilpotency, solvability, compactness: Killing form, Lie's and Engel's theorems. Definition of algebraic groups and relation with Lie groups. |

Objective | The goal is to have a broad though foundational knowledge of the theory of Lie groups and their associated Lie algebras with an emphasis on the algebraic and topological aspects of it. |

Literature | A. Knapp: "Lie groups beyond an Introduction" (Birkhaeuser) A.Sagle & R. Walde: "Introduction to Lie groups and Lie algebras" (Academic Press, '73) F.Warner: "Foundations of differentiable manifolds and Lie groups" (Springer) H. Samelson: "Notes on Lie algebras" (Springer, '90) S.Helgason: "Differential geometry, Lie groups and symmetric spaces" (Academic Press, '78) A.Knapp: "Lie groups, Lie algebras and cohomology" (Princeton University Press) |

Prerequisites / Notice | Topology and basic notions of measure theory. A basic understanding of the concepts of manifold, tangent space and vector field is useful, but could also be achieved throughout the semester. Course webpage: http://www.math.ethz.ch/education/bachelor/lectures/hs2014/math/introlg |