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Automorphisms of Cotangent Bundles of Lie Groups

Volume 17, Number 2 (2014), 20 - 46

Automorphisms of Cotangent Bundles of Lie Groups

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Let $G$ be a Lie group, ${\mathcal G}$ its Lie algebra and $T^*G$ its cotangent bundle. On $T^*G,$ we consider the Lie group structure obtained by performing a left trivialization and endowing the resulting trivial bundle $G\times {\mathcal G}^*$ with the semi-direct product, using the co-adjoint action of $G$ on the dual space ${\mathcal G}^*$ of ${\mathcal G}$. We investigate the group of automorphisms of the Lie algebra ${\mathcal D}:=T^*{\mathcal G}$ of $T^*G.$ More precisely, we fully characterize the Lie algebra of all derivations of ${\mathcal D},$ exhibiting a finer decomposition into components made of well known spaces. Further, we specialize to the cases where $G$ has a bi-invariant Riemannian or pseudo-Riemannian metric, with the semi-simple and compact cases investigated as particular cases.