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Killing's equations for invariant metrics on Lie groups

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  • This article is the first in a series that will investigate symmetry and curvature properties of a right-invariant metric on a Lie group. This paper will consider Lie groups in dimension two and three and will focus on the solutions of Killing's equations. A striking result is that several of the three-dimensional Lie groups turn out to be spaces of constant curvature.
    Mathematics Subject Classification: Primary: 22E60, 53B21, 22E27; Secondary: 57S99.


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