# Series of representations

Families of (continuous, irreducible, unitary) representations of a locally compact group (more precisely, sets of unitary equivalence classes of irreducible representations, cf. Irreducible representation; Representation of a compact group) that have common properties relative to the regular representation of the group. Thus, the family of irreducible unitary representations of a group whose matrix entries are uniform limits on compact sets of matrix entries of the regular representation form the principal series representations; the remaining irreducible unitary representations (if they exist) form the complementary series representations; and the family (of equivalence classes) of irreducible direct summands of the regular representation forms the discrete series representations of the given group. For reductive Lie groups or Chevalley groups, the concept of a series of representations is also meaningful for subsets of the set of equivalence classes of representations of the group whose elements have some properties relative to the regular representation of the reductive quotient groups by the parabolic subgroups of this group. The family of representations of a reductive group that are induced by the finite-dimensional representations of its parabolic subgroup forms part of the representation space related to this parabolic subgroup; this part is called the corresponding principal (principal degenerate, if the parabolic subgroup is not a Borel subgroup) series representations.

#### References

[1] | A.A. Kirillov, "Elements of the theory of representations" , Springer (1976) (Translated from Russian) |

[2] | Nguyen Hu'u Anh, "Classification of connected unimodular Lie groups with discrete series" Ann. Inst. Fourier , 30 : 1 (1980) pp. 159–192 |

[3] | J. Cailliz, "Les sous-groupes paraboliques de $\operatorname{SU}(p,q)$ et $\operatorname{Sp}(n,\mathbb{R})$ et applications à l'étude des représentations" J. Oberdörfer (ed.) , Anal. Harmonique sur les Groupes de Lie (Sém. Nancy-Strasbourg, 1976–1978) II , Lect. notes in math. , 739 , Springer (1979) pp. 51–106 |

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