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### Cayley Groups

**Algebra & Discrete Mathematics**

Speaker: | Nicole Lemire, University of Western Ontario |

Location: | 693 Kerr |

Start time: | Fri, Oct 29 2004, 12:10PM |

An algebraic group G is called Cayley if there exists a birational isomorphism between G and its Lie algebragwhich is equivariant with respect to the conjugation action of G on itself and the adjoint action of G ong. Cayley was the first to construct such a birational equivalence for SO_n. Luna asked whether or not maps with these properties can be constructed for other algebraic groups. We prove that the answer to Luna's question is usually ''no'' with a few exceptions. In particular, a Cayley map for the group SL_n exists if and only if n \le 3. The negative results are proved by methods of integral representation theory.