# Rank of a Lie group

From Encyclopedia of Mathematics

*(real or complex)*

The (real, respectively, complex) dimension of any Cartan subgroup of it. The rank of a Lie group coincides with the rank of its Lie algebra (see Rank of a Lie algebra). If a Lie group coincides with the set of real or complex points of a linear algebraic group , then the rank of coincides with the rank of (cf. Rank of an algebraic group).

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[a1] | R.W. Carter, "Simple groups of Lie type" , Wiley (Interscience) (1972) pp. Chapt. 1 |

[a2] | V.S. Varadarajan, "Lie groups, Lie algebras, and their representations" , Prentice-Hall (1974) |

[a3] | A.W. Knapp, "Representation theory of semisimple groups" , Princeton Univ. Press (1986) |

[a4] | J.E. Humphreys, "Linear algebraic groups" , Springer (1975) pp. Sect. 35.1 |

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This article was adapted from an original article by V.L. Popov (originator), which appeared in Encyclopedia of Mathematics - ISBN 1402006098. See original article