, Volume 16, Issue 5, pp 1489-1505

A Characterization of Nilpotent Leibniz Algebras

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Abstract

W. A. Moens proved that a Lie algebra is nilpotent if and only if it admits an invertible Leibniz-derivation. In this paper, using the definition of a Leibniz-derivation from Moens (2010), we show that a similar result for non-Lie Leibniz algebras is not true. Namely, we give an example of non-nilpotent Leibniz algebra that admits an invertible Leibniz-derivation. In order to extend the results of the paper by Moens (2010) for Leibniz algebras, we introduce a definition of a Leibniz-derivation of Leibniz algebras that agrees with Leibniz-derivation of the Lie algebra case. Further, we prove that a Leibniz algebra is nilpotent if and only if it admits an invertible Leibniz-derivation of Definition 3.4. Moreover, the result that a solvable radical of a Lie algebra is invariant with respect to a Leibniz-derivation was extended to the case of Leibniz algebras.

Presented by: Yuri Drozd.
The research of the first author was partially supported by the grant OTKA K77757.