# G2 (mathematics)

The compact form of G_{2} can be described as the automorphism group of the octonion algebra or, equivalently, as the subgroup of SO(7) that preserves any chosen particular vector in its 8-dimensional real spinor representation (a spin representation).

In 1900, Engel discovered that a generic antisymmetric trilinear form (or 3-form) on a 7-dimensional complex vector space is preserved by a group isomorphic to the complex form of G_{2}.^{[5]}

In 1908 Cartan mentioned that the automorphism group of the octonions is a 14-dimensional simple Lie group.^{[6]} In 1914 he stated that this is the compact real form of G_{2}.^{[7]}

There are 3 simple real Lie algebras associated with this root system:

Although they span a 2-dimensional space, as drawn, it is much more symmetric to consider them as vectors in a 2-dimensional subspace of a three-dimensional space.

G_{2} is one of the possible special groups that can appear as the holonomy group of a Riemannian metric. The manifolds of G_{2} holonomy are also called G_{2}-manifolds.

G_{2} is the automorphism group of the following two polynomials in 7 non-commutative variables.

which comes from the octonion algebra. The variables must be non-commutative otherwise the second polynomial would be identically zero.

Adding a representation of the 14 generators with coefficients *A*, ..., *N* gives the matrix:

The characters of finite-dimensional representations of the real and complex Lie algebras and Lie groups are all given by the Weyl character formula. The dimensions of the smallest irreducible representations are (sequence in the OEIS):

The 14-dimensional representation is the adjoint representation, and the 7-dimensional one is action of G_{2} on the imaginary octonions.

There are two non-isomorphic irreducible representations of dimensions 77, 2079, 4928, 28652, etc. The fundamental representations are those with dimensions 14 and 7 (corresponding to the two nodes in the Dynkin diagram in the order such that the triple arrow points from the first to the second).

Vogan (1994) described the (infinite-dimensional) unitary irreducible representations of the split real form of G_{2}.

The group G_{2}(*q*) is the points of the algebraic group G_{2} over the finite field **F**_{q}. These finite groups were first introduced by Leonard Eugene Dickson in Dickson (1901) for odd *q* and Dickson (1905) for even *q*. The order of G_{2}(*q*) is *q*^{6}(*q*^{6} − 1)(*q*^{2} − 1). When *q* ≠ 2, the group is simple, and when *q* = 2, it has a simple subgroup of index 2 isomorphic to ^{2}*A*_{2}(3^{2}), and is the automorphism group of a maximal order of the octonions. The Janko group J_{1} was first constructed as a subgroup of G_{2}(11). Ree (1960) introduced twisted Ree groups ^{2}G_{2}(*q*) of order *q*^{3}(*q*^{3} + 1)(*q* − 1) for *q* = 3^{2n+1}, an odd power of 3.