### Searching for 3-dimensional subalgebras

Algebra Seminar

24th September 2024, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Fry Building, 2.04

Let g be the Lie algebra of a simple algebraic group over an algebraically closed field of characteristic p. When p=0 the celebrated Jacobson-Morozov Theorem promises that every non-zero nilpotent element of g is contained in a simple 3-dimensional subalgebra of g (an sl2). This has been extended to odd primes but what about p=2? There is still a unique 3-dimensional simple Lie algebra, known colloquially as fake sl2, but there are other very sensible candidates like sl2 and pgl2. In this talk we will discuss recent joint work with David Stewart determining which nilpotent elements of g live in subalgebras isomorphic to one of these three Lie algebras. There will be an abundance of concrete examples, calculations with small matrices and even some combinatorics.

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