Frontiers of Mathematics in China

, Volume 13, Issue 5, pp 1179–1187 | Cite as

Commuting variety of Witt algebra

  • Yu-Feng Yao
  • Hao ChangEmail author
Research Article


Let \(\mathfrak{g} = W_1 \) be the Witt algebra over an algebraically closed field k of characteristic p > 3; and let Open image in new window be the commuting variety of g. In contrast with the case of classical Lie algebras of P. Levy [J. Algebra, 2002, 250: 473–484], we show that the variety Open image in new window is reducible, and not equidimensional. Irreducible components of Open image in new window and their dimensions are precisely given. As a consequence, the variety Open image in new window is not normal.


Witt algebra irreducible component dimension commuting variety 


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The authors would like to express their thanks to the referees for many useful suggestions and comments on the manuscript. This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11771279, 11801204) and the Natural Science Foundation of Shanghai (Grant No. 16ZR1415000).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of MathematicsShanghai Maritime UniversityShanghaiChina
  2. 2.School of Mathematics and StatisticsCentral China Normal UniversityWuhanChina

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