On the equivalence of Lie symmetries and group representations

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Journal Article
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Journal of Differential Equations, 2010, 249 (3), pp. 621 - 653
Issue Date:
2010-08-01
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We consider families of linear, parabolic PDEs in n dimensions which possess Lie symmetry groups of dimension at least four. We identify the Lie symmetry groups of these equations with the (2n+1)-dimensional Heisenberg group and SL(2,R{double-struck}). We then show that for PDEs of this type, the Lie symmetries may be regarded as global projective representations of the symmetry group. We construct explicit intertwining operators between the symmetries and certain classical projective representations of the symmetry groups. Banach algebras of symmetries are introduced. © 2010 Elsevier Inc.
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