In mathematics, E7 is the name of several Lie groups and also their Lie algebras mathfrak{e}_7. It is one of the five exceptional compact simple Lie groups as well as one of the simply laced groups. "E"7 has rank 7 and dimension 133. The fundamental group of the compact form is the cyclic group Z2, and its outer automorphism group is the trivial group. The dimension of its fundamental representation is 56.

The compact real form of E7 is the isometry group of a 64-dimensional Riemannian manifold known informally as the 'quateroctonionic projective plane' because it can be built using an algebra that is the tensor product of the quaternions and the octonions. This can be seen systematically using a construction known as the "magic square", due to Hans Freudenthal and Jacques Tits. There are three other real forms, and one complex form.


Dynkin diagram

Root system

Even though the roots span a 7-dimensional space, it is more symmetric and convenient to represent them as vectors lying in a 7-dimensional subspace of an 8-dimensional vector space.

The roots are all the 8×7 permutations of(1,−1,0,0,0,0,0,0)

and all the egin{pmatrix}8\4end{pmatrix} permutations of(1/2,1/2,1/2,1/2,−1/2,−1/2,−1/2,−1/2)

Note that the 7-dimensional subspace is the subspace where the sum of all the eight coordinates is zero. There are 126 roots.

The simple roots are








We have ordered them so that their corresponding nodes in the Dynkin diagram are ordered from left to right (in the diagram depicted above) with the side node last.

An alternative description

An alternative (7-dimensional) description of the root system, which is useful in considering E7 × SU(2) as a subgroup of E8, is the following:

All 4 imesegin{pmatrix}6\2end{pmatrix} permutations of:(pm 1,pm 1,0,0,0,0,0) preserving the zero at the last entry,

all of the following roots with an even number of +1/2

:left(pm{1over 2},pm{1over 2},pm{1over 2},pm{1over 2},pm{1over 2},pm{1over 2},pm{1over sqrt{2 ight)

and the two following roots:left(0,0,0,0,0,0,pm sqrt{2} ight).

Thus the generators comprise of a 66-dimensional so(12) subalgebra as well as 65 generators that transform as two self-conjugate Weyl spinors of spin(12) of opposite chirality and their chirality generator, and two other generators of chiralities pm sqrt{2}

The simple roots in this description are








Again we have ordered them so that their corresponding nodes in the Dynkin diagram are ordered from left to right (in the diagram depicted above) with the side node last.

Cartan matrix

:egin{pmatrix} 2 & -1 & 0 & 0 & 0 & 0 & 0 \-1 & 2 & -1 & 0 & 0 & 0 & 0 \ 0 & -1 & 2 & -1 & 0 & 0 & -1 \ 0 & 0 & -1 & 2 & -1 & 0 & 0 \ 0 & 0 & 0 & -1 & 2 & -1 & 0 \ 0 & 0 & 0 & 0 & -1 & 2 & 0 \ 0 & 0 & -1 & 0 & 0 & 0 & 2end{pmatrix}

=Important subalgebras and representations=

E7 has an SU(8) subalgebra, as is evident by noting that the in 8-dimensional description of the root system, the first group of roots are identical to the roots of SU(8) (with the same Cartan subalgebra as in the E7).

In addition to the 133-dimensional adjoint representation, there is a 56-dimensional "vector" representation, to be found in the "E"8 adjoint representation.

Importance in physics

"N" = 8 supergravity in four dimensions, which is a dimensional reduction from 11 dimensional supergravity, admit an E7 bosonic global symmetry and an SU(8) bosonic local symmetry. The fermions are in representations of SU(8), the gauge fields are in a representation of E7, and the scalars are in a representation of both (Gravitons are singlets with respect to both). Physical states are in representations of the coset E7 / SU(8).

In string theory, E7 appears as a part of the gauge group of one the (unstable and non-supersymmetric) versions of the heterotic string. It can also appear in the unbroken gauge group E8 × E7 in six-dimensional compactifications of heterotic string theory, for instance on the four-dimensional surface K3.


* John Baez, "The Octonions", Section 4.5: E7, [http://www.ams.org/bull/2002-39-02/S0273-0979-01-00934-X/home.html Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. 39 (2002), 145-205] . Online HTML version at http://math.ucr.edu/home/baez/octonions/node18.html.

* E. Cremmer and B. Julia, "The N = 8 Supergravity Theory. 1. The Lagrangian", Phys.Lett.B80:48,1978. Online scanned version at http://ccdb4fs.kek.jp/cgi-bin/img_index?7810033.

ee also

*En (Lie algebra)
*ADE classification
*List of simple Lie groups

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