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1. Let L be a complex Lie algebra . Show that L is nilpotent if and only if every 2- dimensional subalgebra of L is abelian. ( use the second version of engel's Theorem.)

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- December 16th 2011, 01:46 AMvernallie algebra
Who can solve this question?

1. Let L be a complex Lie algebra . Show that L is nilpotent if and only if every 2- dimensional subalgebra of L is abelian. ( use the second version of engel's Theorem.)

I can not get resolved:(:(:( - December 17th 2011, 03:13 PMNonCommAlgRe: lie algebra
you should post questions like this in the algebra section if you want to get a faster response.

anyway, suppose first that every -dimensional subalgebra of is abelian and let we only need to show that is nilpotent because then we will be done by Engel's theoem. so suppose that is an eigenvalue of and is an eigenvector corresponding to then so the subalgebra generated by would be at most -dimensional and thus, by our hypothesis, abelian (note that 1-dimensional algebras are always abelian). hence which implies so every eigenvalue of is zero and therefore is nilpotent.

conversely, suppose that is nilpotent. so for some integer now, let be a subalgebra of and suppose that is not abelian. then there exist such that for some and we may assume that so and and, if we continue this process, we will eventually get because but and and so this contradiction proves that is abelian. - December 17th 2011, 09:48 PMvernalRe: lie algebra