Twisted <i>SU</i>(2) Group. An Example of a Non-Commutative Differential Calculus

  • Stanisław Lech Woronowicz

    University of Warsaw, Poland


For any number ν in the interval [— 1, 1] a C*-algebra A generated by two elements α and γ satisfying simple (depending on ν) commutation relation is introduced and investigated.

If ν=1 then the algebra coincides with the algebra of all continuous functions on the group SU(T). Therefore one can introduce many notions related to the fact that SU(2) is a Lie group. In particular one can speak about convolution products, Haar measure, differential structure, cotangent boundle, left invariant differential forms. Lie brackets, infinitesimal shifts and Cartan Maurer formulae. One can also consider representations of SU(2).

For ν< 1 the algebra A is no longer commutative, however the notions listed above are meaningful. Therefore A can be considered as the algebra of all "continuous funct

" on a "pseudospace SνU(2)" and this pseudospace is endowed with a Lie group structure. The potential applications to the quantum physics are indicated.

Cite this article

Stanisław Lech Woronowicz, Twisted <i>SU</i>(2) Group. An Example of a Non-Commutative Differential Calculus. Publ. Res. Inst. Math. Sci. 23 (1987), no. 1, pp. 117–181

DOI 10.2977/PRIMS/1195176848