Representations of sl2ℂ
This is the first of four lectures—§11-14—that comprise in some sense the heart of the book. In particular, the naive analysis of §11.1, together with the analogous parts of §12 and §13, form the paradigm for the study of finite-dimensional representations of all semisimple Lie algebras and groups. §11.2 is less central; in it we show how the analysis carried out in §11.1 can be used to explicitly describe the tensor products of irreducible representations. §11.3 is least important; it indicates how we can interpret geometrically some of the results of the preceding section. The discussions in §11.1 and §11.2 are completely elementary (we do use the notion of symmetric powers of a vector space, but in a non-threatening way). §11.3 involves a fair amount of classical projective geometry, and can be skimmed or skipped by those not already familiar with the relevant basic notions from algebraic geometry.
KeywordsIrreducible Representation Projective Space Symmetric Power Exterior Power Conic Curve
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