# Source code for sympy.liealgebras.root_system

```
# -*- coding: utf-8 -*-
from .cartan_type import CartanType
from sympy.core.backend import Basic
from sympy.core.compatibility import range
[docs]class RootSystem(Basic):
"""Represent the root system of a simple Lie algebra
Every simple Lie algebra has a unique root system. To find the root
system, we first consider the Cartan subalgebra of g, which is the maximal
abelian subalgebra, and consider the adjoint action of g on this
subalgebra. There is a root system associated with this action. Now, a
root system over a vector space V is a set of finite vectors Φ (called
roots), which satisfy:
1. The roots span V
2. The only scalar multiples of x in Φ are x and -x
3. For every x in Φ, the set Φ is closed under reflection
through the hyperplane perpendicular to x.
4. If x and y are roots in Φ, then the projection of y onto
the line through x is a half-integral multiple of x.
Now, there is a subset of Φ, which we will call Δ, such that:
1. Δ is a basis of V
2. Each root x in Φ can be written x = Σ k_y y for y in Δ
The elements of Δ are called the simple roots.
Therefore, we see that the simple roots span the root space of a given
simple Lie algebra.
References: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Root_system
Lie Algebras and Representation Theory - Humphreys
"""
def __new__(cls, cartantype):
"""Create a new RootSystem object
This method assigns an attribute called cartan_type to each instance of
a RootSystem object. When an instance of RootSystem is called, it
needs an argument, which should be an instance of a simple Lie algebra.
We then take the CartanType of this argument and set it as the
cartan_type attribute of the RootSystem instance.
"""
obj = Basic.__new__(cls, cartantype)
obj.cartan_type = CartanType(cartantype)
return obj
[docs] def simple_roots(self):
"""Generate the simple roots of the Lie algebra
The rank of the Lie algebra determines the number of simple roots that
it has. This method obtains the rank of the Lie algebra, and then uses
the simple_root method from the Lie algebra classes to generate all the
simple roots.
Examples
========
>>> from sympy.liealgebras.root_system import RootSystem
>>> c = RootSystem("A3")
>>> roots = c.simple_roots()
>>> roots
{1: [1, -1, 0, 0], 2: [0, 1, -1, 0], 3: [0, 0, 1, -1]}
"""
n = self.cartan_type.rank()
roots = {}
for i in range(1, n+1):
root = self.cartan_type.simple_root(i)
roots[i] = root
return roots
[docs] def all_roots(self):
"""Generate all the roots of a given root system
The result is a dictionary where the keys are integer numbers. It
generates the roots by getting the dictionary of all positive roots
from the bases classes, and then taking each root, and multiplying it
by -1 and adding it to the dictionary. In this way all the negative
roots are generated.
"""
alpha = self.cartan_type.positive_roots()
keys = list(alpha.keys())
k = max(keys)
for val in keys:
k += 1
root = alpha[val]
newroot = [-x for x in root]
alpha[k] = newroot
return alpha
[docs] def root_space(self):
"""Return the span of the simple roots
The root space is the vector space spanned by the simple roots, i.e. it
is a vector space with a distinguished basis, the simple roots. This
method returns a string that represents the root space as the span of
the simple roots, alpha[1],...., alpha[n].
Examples
========
>>> from sympy.liealgebras.root_system import RootSystem
>>> c = RootSystem("A3")
>>> c.root_space()
'alpha[1] + alpha[2] + alpha[3]'
"""
n = self.cartan_type.rank()
rs = " + ".join("alpha["+str(i) +"]" for i in range(1, n+1))
return rs
[docs] def add_simple_roots(self, root1, root2):
"""Add two simple roots together
The function takes as input two integers, root1 and root2. It then
uses these integers as keys in the dictionary of simple roots, and gets
the corresponding simple roots, and then adds them together.
Examples
========
>>> from sympy.liealgebras.root_system import RootSystem
>>> c = RootSystem("A3")
>>> newroot = c.add_simple_roots(1, 2)
>>> newroot
[1, 0, -1, 0]
"""
alpha = self.simple_roots()
if root1 > len(alpha) or root2 > len(alpha):
raise ValueError("You've used a root that doesn't exist!")
a1 = alpha[root1]
a2 = alpha[root2]
newroot = []
length = len(a1)
for i in range(length):
newroot.append(a1[i] + a2[i])
return newroot
[docs] def add_as_roots(self, root1, root2):
"""Add two roots together if and only if their sum is also a root
It takes as input two vectors which should be roots. It then computes
their sum and checks if it is in the list of all possible roots. If it
is, it returns the sum. Otherwise it returns a string saying that the
sum is not a root.
Examples
========
>>> from sympy.liealgebras.root_system import RootSystem
>>> c = RootSystem("A3")
>>> c.add_as_roots([1, 0, -1, 0], [0, 0, 1, -1])
[1, 0, 0, -1]
>>> c.add_as_roots([1, -1, 0, 0], [0, 0, -1, 1])
'The sum of these two roots is not a root'
"""
alpha = self.all_roots()
newroot = []
for entry in range(len(root1)):
newroot.append(root1[entry] + root2[entry])
if newroot in alpha.values():
return newroot
else:
return "The sum of these two roots is not a root"
[docs] def cartan_matrix(self):
"""Cartan matrix of Lie algebra associated with this root system
Examples
========
>>> from sympy.liealgebras.root_system import RootSystem
>>> c = RootSystem("A3")
>>> c.cartan_matrix()
Matrix([
[ 2, -1, 0],
[-1, 2, -1],
[ 0, -1, 2]])
"""
return self.cartan_type.cartan_matrix()
[docs] def dynkin_diagram(self):
"""Dynkin diagram of the Lie algebra associated with this root system
Examples
========
>>> from sympy.liealgebras.root_system import RootSystem
>>> c = RootSystem("A3")
>>> print(c.dynkin_diagram())
0---0---0
1 2 3
"""
return self.cartan_type.dynkin_diagram()
```