Subalgebras of free nilpotent and polynilpotent lie algebras
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In this thesis we study subalgebras in free nilpotent and polynilpotent Lie algebras. Chapter 1 sets up the notation and includes definitions and elementary properties of free and certain reduced free Lie algebras that we use throughout this thesis. We also describe a Hall basis of a free Lie algebra as in  and a basis for a free polynilpotent Lie algebra which was developed in . In Chapter 2 we first consider the class of nilpotency of subalbebras of free nilpotent Lie algebras starting with two-generator subalgebras. Then we study those subalgebras in a free nilpotent Lie algebra which, are themselves free nilpotent. We give necessary and sufficient conditions in the case of two-generator subalgebras. Chapter 3 extends the results obtained in Chapter 2 to the polynilpotent case. First we look at two-generator subalgebras of a free polynilpotent Lie algebra. Then we consider more general subalgebras. Finally we study those subalgebras which are themselves free polynilpotent and give necessary and sufficient conditions for two-generator subalgebras to be free polynilpotent. In Chapter 4 we first study certain properties of ideals in free, free nilpotent and free polynilpotent Lie algebras and establish the fact that in a free polynilpotent Lie algebra a nonzero ideal which is finitely-generated as a subalgebra must be equal to the whole algebra. Then we consider the quotient Lie algebra of a lower central term of a free Lie algebra by a term of the lower central series of an ideal. We then generalize the results to cover the free nilpotent and free polynilpotent cases. In the last section of Chapter 4 we consider ideals of free nilpotent (and later polynilpotent) Lie algebras as free nilpotent (polynilpotent) subalgebras and establish the fact that in most non-trivial cases such an ideal cannot be free nilpotent (polynilpotent). In the last chapter we consider the m+k-th term of the lower central series of a free Lie algebra as a subalgebra of the m-th term for m ⩽ k and generalize the results proved in . We give reasons for the failure of these results in the case m > k.
Thesis, PhD Doctor of Philosophy
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