Convexity for twisted conjugation

Research paper by Eckhard Meinrenken

Indexed on: 06 Jan '16Published on: 06 Jan '16Published in: Mathematics - Differential Geometry


Let $G$ be a compact, simply connected Lie group. If $\mathcal{C}_1,\mathcal{C}_2$ are two $G$-conjugacy classes, then the set of elements in $G$ that can be written as products $g=g_1g_2$ of elements $g_i\in \mathcal{C}_i$ is invariant under conjugation, and its image under the quotient map $G\to G/\operatorname{Ad}(G)$ is a convex polytope inside the Weyl alcove. In this note, we will prove an analogous statement for twisted conjugations relative to group automorphisms. The result will be obtained as a special case of a convexity theorem for group-valued moment maps which are equivariant with respect to the twisted conjugation action.