By D.B. Fuks

There is not any query that the cohomology of countless dimensional Lie algebras merits a short and separate mono graph. This topic isn't cover~d through any of the culture al branches of arithmetic and is characterised through relative ly undemanding proofs and sundry software. in addition, the subject material is generally scattered in numerous study papers or exists purely in verbal shape. the idea of infinite-dimensional Lie algebras differs markedly from the speculation of finite-dimensional Lie algebras in that the latter possesses robust class theo rems, which typically let one to "recognize" any finite dimensional Lie algebra (over the sphere of complicated or genuine numbers), i.e., locate it in a few checklist. There are classifica tion theorems within the thought of infinite-dimensional Lie al gebras besides, yet they're weighted down via powerful restric tions of a technical personality. those theorems are worthwhile ordinarily simply because they yield a substantial offer of curiosity ing examples. we start with a listing of such examples, and additional direct our major efforts to their study.

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It < ... < +q- jq-l), 1} and Obviously, for all a E CI' (9; g), b E Cq (g; g) we have [a, bJ = - (-l)(P-l) (q-O [b, a]. A short direct computation shows that for all a b E Cq (g; g), c E Cr (g; :g) we have = (3) E:: CP (g; g), 20 CHAPTER 1 (-1)(P-l) (q-l) [[a, b), eJ + (_1)(T-l)(P-l) + (_1)(q-l) (T-l) [[e, aJ, bJ = [[b, e], aJ 0, (4) and a longer, but equally direct one, shows that d [a, bJ = fda, bJ - It is clear from (5) that if (_1)P-l [a, dbJ. (5) a, bare cocycles, then [a, bJ is alsu a cocycle, and the cohomology class of the latter is determined by the cohomology classes of a and b.

H q_1 (g; Al ) ••• Their construction is standard. : Hq (g; A) - 27 Hq (~; A)" (here A is a g-module in which I introduces a g-module structure). B. Poincare duality. Suppose the Lie algebra g is fi- nite dimensional and dim g =- n_ Then dim Cn (g) = 1 and for any nonzero f E Cn (g) the formula a, b ....... ab (f) def ines a nondegenerate pairing (7) and, together with it, an isomorphism C~ (9) ~ (C n-" (g»' = Cn- k (9). (8) In order that this isomorphism be compatible with the differ- a, entials d and it is necessary that the algebra 9 possess a supplementary property: it must be unitary.

3. Every element of the space be represented by a unique harmonic cocycle from H~) (g) can CrA) (g). In other words, there is a natural isomorphism Proof. ) C;A) (g)}. ) (9) is acyclic and the differential of this complex is trivial. But we already know the second assertion, while the first follows from the fact that the homomorphisms + B: Lol)CfA) (g) -.. ) (9) of the complex 4. °) CHAPTER 1 with the trivial map. Relationship with induced and co induced modules. This relationship is expressed by the following theorem.