mathematics, E8 is the name given to a family of closely related structures. In particular, it is the name of four exceptional simple Lie algebras as well as that of the six associated simple Lie groups. It is also the name given to the corresponding root system, root lattice, and Weyl/ Coxeter group, and to some finite simple Chevalley groups. E8 was discovered between the years of 1888 and 1890 by Wilhelm Killing, though he did not prove its existence, which was first shown by E. Cartan.
The designation E8 comes from Wilhelm Killing and
Élie Cartan's classification of the complex simple Lie algebras, which fall into four infinite families labeled A"n", B"n", C"n", D"n", and five exceptional cases labeled E6, E7, E8, F4, and G2. The E8 algebra is the largest and most complicated of these exceptional cases, and is often the last case of various theorems to be proved.
E8 has rank 8 and dimension 248 (as a
manifold). The vectors of the root system are in eight dimensions and are specified later in this article. The Weyl groupof E8, which acts as a symmetry groupof the maximal torus by means of the conjugationoperation from the whole group, is of order 696729600.
E8 is unique among simple Lie groups in that its non-trivial representation of smallest dimension is the
adjoint representation(of dimension 248) acting on the Lie algebra E8 itself.
There is a Lie algebra En for every integer "n"≥3, which is infinite dimensional if "n" is greater than 8.
The complex Lie group E8 of
complex dimension248 can be considered as a simple real Lie group of (real) dimension 496, which is simply connected, has maximal compact subgroup the compact form of E8, and has an outer automorphism group of order 2 generated by complex conjugation.
As well as the complex Lie group of type E8, there are three real forms of the group, all of real dimension 248, as follows:
*A compact form (which is usually the one meant if no other information is given), which is simply connected and has trivial outer automorphism group.
*A split form, which has maximal compact subgroup Spin(16)/(Z/2Z), fundamental group of order 2, and a non-algebraic double cover and has trivial outer automorphism group.
*A third form, which has maximal compact subgroup E7×SU(2)/(−1×−1), fundamental group of order 2, and a non-algebraic double cover and has trivial outer automorphism group.
For a complete list of real forms of simple Lie algebras, see the
list of simple Lie groups.
The coefficients of the character formulas for infinite dimensional irreducible representations of E8 depend on some large square matrices consisting of polynomials, the
Lusztig–Vogan polynomials, an analogue of Kazhdan–Lusztig polynomials introduced for reductive groups in general by George Lusztigand David Vogan(1983).The values at 1 of the Lusztig-Vogan polynomials give the coefficients of the matrices relating the standard representations (whose characters are easy to describe) with the irreducible representations.
These matrices were computed after four years of collaboration by a group of 18 mathematicians and computer scientists, led by Jeffrey Adams, with much of the programming done by
Fokko du Cloux. The most difficult case (for exceptional groups) is the split real formof E8 (see above), where the largest matrix is of size 453060×453060. The Lusztig-Vogan polynomials for all other exceptional simple groups have been known for some time; the calculation for the split form of "E"8 is far longer than any other case. The announcement of the result in March 2007 received extraordinary attention from the media (see the external links), to the surprise of the mathematicians working on it.
One can construct the (compact form of the) E8 group as the
automorphism groupof the corresponding e8 Lie algebra. This algebra has a 120-dimensional subalgebra so(16) generated by "J""ij" as well as 128 new generators "Q""a" that transform as a Weyl-Majorana spinorof spin(16). These statements determine the commutators
as well as
while the remaining commutator (not anticommutator!) is defined as
It is then possible to check that the
Jacobi identityis satisfied.
The compact real form of E8 is the
isometry groupof a 128-dimensional Riemannian manifoldknown informally as the 'octo-octonionic projective plane' because it can be built using an algebra that is the tensor product of the octonions with themselves. This can be seen systematically using a construction known as the "magic square", due to Hans Freudenthaland Jacques Tits(see J.M. Landsberg, L. Manivel, (2001)).
E8 root system
root systemof rank "r" is a particular finite configuration of vectors, called "roots", which span an "r"-dimensional Euclidean spaceand satisfy certain geometrical properties. In particular, the root system must be invariant under reflection through the hyperplane perpendicular to any root.
The E8 root system is a rank 8 root system containing 240 root vectors spanning R8. It is
irreduciblein the sense that it cannot be built from root systems of smaller rank. Each of the root vectors in E8 have equal length. It is convenient for many purposes to normalize them to have length √2.
In the so-called "even coordinate system" E8 is given as the set of all vectors in R8 with length squared equal to 2 such that coordinates are either all
integers or all half-integers and the sum of the coordinates is even.
Explicitly, there are 112 roots with integer entries obtained from:by taking an arbitrary combination of signs and an arbitrary
permutationof coordinates, and 128 roots with half-integer entries obtained from:by taking an even number of minus signs (or, equivalently, requiring that the sum of all the eight coordinates be even). There are 240 roots in all.
The 112 roots with integer entries form a D8 root system. The E8 root system also contains a copy of A8 (which has 72 roots) as well as E6 and E7 (in fact, the latter two are usually "defined" as subsets of E8).
In the "odd coordinate system" E8 is given by taking the roots in the even coordinate system and changing the sign of any one coordinate. The roots with integer entries are the same while those with half-integer entries have an odd number of minus signs rather than an even number.
A set of
simple roots for a root system Φ is a set of roots that form a basis for the Euclidean space spanned by Φ with the special property that each root has components with respect to this basis that are either all nonnegative or all nonpositive.
One choice of simple roots for E8 (by no means unique) is given by the rows of the following matrix::
Dynkin diagramfor E8 is given by:This diagram gives a concise visual summary of the root structure. Each node of this diagram represents a simple root. A line joining two simple roots indicates that they are at an angle of 120° to each other. Two simple roots which are not joined by a line are orthogonal.
Cartan matrixof a rank "r" root system is an "r" × "r" matrix whose entries are derived from the simple roots. Specifically, the entries of the Cartan matrix are given by:where (-,-) is the Euclidean inner productand "α""i" are the simple roots. The entries are independent of the choice of simple roots (up to ordering).
The Cartan matrix for E8 is given by:The
determinantof this matrix is equal to 1.
E8 root lattice
The integral span of the E8 root system forms a lattice in R8 naturally called the E8 root lattice. This lattice is rather remarkable in that it is the only (nontrivial) even,
unimodular latticewith rank less than 16.
imple subalgebras of E8
The Lie algebra E8 contains as subalgebras all the
exceptional Lie algebras as well as many other important Lie algebras in mathematics and physics. The height of the Lie algebra on the diagram approximately corresponds to the rank of the algebra. A line from an algebra down to a lower algebra indicates that the lower algebra is a subalgebra of the higher algebra. Some algebras are more obvious such as SU(n) is a subalgebra of O(2n) and some are less obvious especially the exceptional algebras G2, F4, E6, E7 and E8. The orthogonaland unitarysubalgebras are particularly important in physics as they are used to represent space-timeand bosonicsymmetries respectively. Some of the smaller algebras are equivalent e.g. O(3)~SU(2).
The 248-dimensional adjoint representation of E8 may be considered in terms of its
restricted representationto the first of these subgroups. It transforms under SU(2)×E7 as a sum of tensor product representations, which may be labelled as a pair of dimensions as
:(Since there is a quotient in the product, these notations may strictly be taken as indicating the infinitesimal (Lie algebra) representations.)Since the adjoint representation can be described by the roots together with the generators in the
Cartan subalgebra, we may see that decomposition by looking at these. In this description:
* The (3,1) consists of the roots (0,0,0,0,0,0,1,−1), (0,0,0,0,0,0,−1,1) and the Cartan generator corresponding to the last dimension.
* The (1,133) consists of all roots with (1,1), (−1,−1), (0,0), (−1/2,−1/2) or (1/2,1/2) in the last two dimensions, together with the Cartan generators corresponding to the first 7 dimensions.
* The (2,56) consists of all roots with permutations of (1,0), (−1,0) or (1/2,−1/2) in the last two dimensions.
The 248-dimensional adjoint representation of E8, when similarly restricted, transforms under SU(3)×E6 as:
We may again see the decomposition by looking at the roots together with the generators in the
Cartan subalgebra. In this description:
* The (8,1) consists of the roots with permutations of (1,−1,0) in the last three dimensions, together with the Cartan generator corresponding to the last two dimensions.
* The (1,78) consists of all roots with (0,0,0), (−1/2,−1/2,−1/2) or (1/2,1/2,1/2) in the last three dimensions, together with the Cartan generators corresponding to the first 6 dimensions.
* The (3,27) consists of all roots with permutations of (1,0,0), (1,1,0) or (−1/2,1/2,1/2) in the last three dimensions.
* The (3,27) consists of all roots with permutations of (−1,0,0), (−1,−1,0) or (1/2,−1/2,−1/2) in the last three dimensions.
The finite quasisimple groups that can embed in (the compact form of) E8 were found by harvtxt|Griess|Ryba|1999
The E8 Lie group has applications in
theoretical physics, in particular in string theoryand supergravity. The group E8×E8 (the Cartesian productof two copies of E8) serves as the gauge groupof one of the two types of heterotic stringand is one of two anomaly-free gauge groups that can be coupled to the "N" = 1 supergravityin 10 dimensions.E8 is the U-dualitygroup of supergravity on an eight-torus (in its split form).
One way to incorporate the
standard modelof particle physics into heterotic string theory is the symmetry breaking of E8 to its maximal subalgebra SU(3)×E6.
Garrett Lisiused E8 in his An Exceptionally Simple Theory of Everything.
E8 Investigation Tools
These packages can be used to explore E₈ sets:
* [http://deferentialgeometry.org/epe/ The Elementary Particle Explorer]
* [http://theoryofeverything.org/TOE/JGM/e8Flyer.nbp E8Flyer]
* [http://www.measurementalgebra.com/E8.html 2D monochrome E8 animated projections]
John Frank Adams(1996), "Lectures on Exceptional Lie Groups" (Chicago Lectures in Mathematics), edited by Zafer Mahmud and Mamora Mimura, University of Chicago Press, ISBN 0-226-00527-5.
*Citation | last1=Griess | first1=Robert L. | last2=Ryba | first2=A. J. E. | title=Finite simple groups which projectively embed in an exceptional Lie group are classified! | url=http://www.ams.org/bull/1999-36-01/S0273-0979-99-00771-5/home.html | id=MathSciNet | id = 1653177 | year=1999 | journal=American Mathematical Society. Bulletin. New Series | issn=0002-9904 | volume=36 | issue=1 | pages=75–93
*Killing, "Die Zusammensetzung der stetigen/endlichen Transformationsgruppen" Mathematische Annalen, Volume 31, Number 2 June, 1888, pages 252–290 DOI|10.1007/BF01211904, Volume 33, Number 1 March, 1888, pages 1–48 DOI|10.1007/BF01444109, Volume 34, Number 1 March, 1889, pages 57–122 DOI|10.1007/BF01446792, Volume 36, Number 2 June, 1890, pages 161–189 DOI|10.1007/BF01207837
*J.M. Landsberg and L. Manivel (2001), "The projective geometry of Freudenthal's magic square", Journal of Algebra, Volume 239, Issue 2, pages 477–512, doi|10.1006/jabr.2000.8697, [http://www.arxiv.org/abs/math/9908039 arXiv:math/9908039v1] .
title=Singularities of closures of K-orbits on flag manifolds.
Links related to the calculation of the Lusztig-Vogan polynomials.
* [http://www.liegroups.org/ atlas of Lie groups]
* [http://www.liegroups.org/kle8.html Kazhdan-Lusztig-Vogan Polynomials for E8]
*D. Vogan, [http://atlas.math.umd.edu/kle8.narrative.html Narrative of the Project to compute Kazhdan-Lusztig Polynomials for E8]
*D. Vogan, [http://math.mit.edu/~dav/E8TALK.pdf "The Character Table for E8, or How We Wrote Down a 453,060 × 453,060 Matrix and Found Happiness"] Slides for a popular talk on E8.
* [http://golem.ph.utexas.edu/category/2007/03/news_about_e8.html The n-Category Café] —
University of Texasblog posting by John Baezon E8
Other external links:
*; also available [http://math.ucr.edu/home/baez/octonions/node19.html here]
* [http://www-math.mit.edu/~dav/e8plane.html Graphic representation of E8 root system]
* [http://theoryofeverything.org/TOE/JGM/e8Flyer.nbp E8Flyer] - An interactive [http://theoryofeverything.org/TOE/JGM/ece2.mht E8 investigation tool] based on the free Mathematica Notebook Player) (* see [http://theoryofeverything.org/TOE/JGM/E8Favorites.pdf] for screen shots *)
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