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Title:Nonstandard Methods in Lie Theory
Author(s):Goldbring, Isaac Martin
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):van den Dries, Lou
Department / Program:Mathematics
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Abstract:In this thesis, we apply model theory to Lie theory and geometric group theory. These applications of model theory come via nonstandard analysis. In Lie theory, we use nonstandard methods to prove two results. First, we give a positive solution to the local form of Hilbert's Fifth Problem, which asks whether every locally euclidean local topological group is locally isomorphic to a Lie group. In connection with the local form of Hilbert's Fifth Problem, we study local groups with a local automorphism whose iterates pointwise approach the trivial endomorphism. Secondly, we prove a generalization of a theorem of Pestov regarding Banach-Lie algebras. Call a Banach-Lie algebra enlargeable if it is the Lie algebra of a Banach-Lie group. Pestov used nonstandard methods to prove that a Banach-Lie algebra is enlargeable if it possesses a directed family of "uniformly enlargeable" subalgebras whose union is dense. We prove an analogue of this result for a wider class of infinite-dimensional Lie algebras, namely the locally exponential Lie algebras. In geometric group theory, we give a nonstandard treatment of the theory of ends developed by Hopf and Freudenthal.
Issue Date:2009
Description:119 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2009.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3392025
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-28
Date Deposited:2009

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