New formula for ln(eAeB) in terms of commutators of A and B

  • M. V. Mosolova


We establish the formula
$$\ln (e^B e^A ) = \smallint _0^t \psi (e^{ - \tau ad_A } e^{ - \tau ad_B } ) e^{ - \tau ad_A } d\tau (A + B),$$
where Ψ(x)=(In x)/(x − 1); here A and B are elements of a. finite-dimensional Lie algebra which satisfy certain conditions. This formula enables us, in particular, to give a simple proof of the Campbell-Hausdorff theorem. We also give a generalization of the formula to the case of an arbitrary number of factors.


Arbitrary Number Simple Proof 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. V. Mosolova
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  1. 1.Moscow Institute of Electrical EngineeringUSSR

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