Poisson Lie group

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A Lie group with a Poisson structure which is compatible with the group multiplication, i.e., the multiplication is a Poisson mapping, where is the product Poisson manifold (cf. Poisson algebra).

The corresponding infinitesimal object is a Lie bialgebra (see Quantum groups) , called the tangent Lie bialgebra of . Here, is the Lie algebra of the Lie group and the linear mapping is defined to be the linearization of at the identity of the group; it is a Lie-algebra -cocycle with respect to the adjoint action (because of the compatibility condition) and a Lie cobracket, i.e., its transpose is a Lie bracket on the dual of . Conversely, any Lie bialgebra can be integrated to a unique (up to isomorphism) connected and simply connected Poisson Lie group.

To each Lie bialgebra structure on there corresponds a Lie bialgebra structure on , called the dual of , and a Lie bialgebra structure on , called the double of . Therefore, each Poisson Lie group has a dual , and a double, with underlying manifold . There are Poisson actions of on , and of on , called the dressing actions. The symplectic leaves of the Poisson manifold are the orbits of the dressing action of .

An element is called a solution of the classical (respectively, generalized) Yang–Baxter equation if the algebraic Schouten bracket of with itself vanishes (respectively, is ad-invariant). A solution of the classical Yang–Baxter equation is also called a triangular -matrix. A solution of the generalized Yang–Baxter equation defines a Lie bialgebra structure on , and a Poisson Lie structure on any Lie group with Lie algebra . In particular, a triangular -matrix defines both a left-invariant and a right-invariant Poisson structure on whose difference is a Poisson Lie structure. An element with an invariant symmetric part is called a quasi-triangular -matrix if it satisfies , where is its skew-symmetric part and is the ad-invariant element in , defined by , for . Thus, the skew-symmetric part of a quasi-triangular -matrix defines a Poisson Lie structure on . The equation , which reduces to when , is variously called the classical Yang–Baxter equation, for , or the modified Yang–Baxter equation, for . It is usually written in the form .

Examples are: trivial Poisson Lie groups, where , with as dual Poisson Lie group the dual of the Lie algebra with its linear Poisson structure (also called the Kirillov–Kostant–Souriau Poisson structure), and with as double the cotangent bundle of ; the simple Lie groups with the standard quasi-triangular -matrix; and the compact Lie groups with their Bruhat–Poisson structure.

It should be noted that the algebraic concept of a Lie bialgebra and the differential-geometric notion of a Poisson Lie group were first encountered as the classical limits of quantum objects participating in the quantum inverse scattering theory for integrable systems. (Thus, the classical Yang–Baxter equation is the classical limit of the quantum Yang–Baxter equation.) Conversely, the quantization problem is the problem of associating a quantum group to a given Poisson Lie group, i.e., of finding non-commutative deformations of its commutative algebra of functions, which is a Poisson–Hopf algebra (a Poisson algebra with a Hopf algebra structure such that the comultiplication is a morphism of Poisson algebras). Dually, quantum groups are also obtained as non-co-commutative deformations of the universal enveloping algebras of Lie bialgebras, which are co-commutative co-Poisson–Hopf algebras.


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This article was adapted from an original article by Y. Kosmann-Schwarzbach (originator), which appeared in Encyclopedia of Mathematics - ISBN 1402006098. See original article