Lie groups

1. Dec 20, 2003

meteor

Ok, is my blame for not wanting to buy a Group theory book, but anyway:
I'm searching the correct definition for the Lie groups SO(n) and SU(n), and these are the definitions that I've found until now:
Well, what's the correct definition?? Or, if they are wrong, what's the exact definition of SO(n) and SU(n)?

Thanks

Last edited: Dec 20, 2003
2. Dec 20, 2003

mathman

I'm a little rusty on the definitions, but here goes. Special means determinant = 1. Orthogonal matrices are usually discussed as real matrices, while unitary matrices are always complex. In that case, all the definitions for SO are the same, as is true for SU.