Richardson Elements for Parabolic Subgroups of Classical Groups in Positive Characteristic

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Let G be a simple algebraic group of classical type over an algebraically closed field k. Let P be a parabolic subgroup of G and let p = Lie P be the Lie algebra of P with Levi decomposition p = l circle plus u, where u is the Lie algebra of the unipotent radical of P and l is a Levi complement. Thanks to a fundamental theorem of Richardson (Bull. London Math. Soc. 6: 21-24, 1974), P acts on u with an open dense orbit; this orbit is called the Richardson orbit and its elements are called Richardson elements. Recently Baur (J. Algebra 297(1): 168-185, 2006), the first author gave constructions of Richardson elements in the case k = C for many parabolic subgroups P of G. In this note, we observe that these constructions remain valid for any algebraically closed field k of characteristic not equal to 2 and we give constructions of Richardson elements for the remaining parabolic subgroups.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)275-297
Number of pages23
JournalAlgebras and Representation Theory
Issue number3
Early online date19 Jun 2007
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2008


  • Richardson orbit
  • Richardson elements
  • parabolic subgroup


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