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    • CommentTimeMay 10th 2010
    • (edited May 10th 2010)

    yesterday or so I started, finally, expanding and polishing invariant polynomial. But the main punchline is still missing, I’ll include it later:

    I think the good treatment works at the level of cosimplicial algebras, not dg-algebras. Let 𝔤\mathfrak{g} be the Lie algebra of a Lie group regarded as an infinitesimal oo-Lie groupoid, i.e. as the simplicial object

    𝔤=((G×G) (1)G (1)*) \mathfrak{g} = \left( \cdots (G \times G)_{(1)} \stackrel{\to}{\to} G_{(1)} * \right)

    where the subscript denotes first order infinitesimal neighbourhood of the neutral element. This is such that the cosimplicial algebra of functions on this maps under forming normalized cochains to the Chevalley-Eilenberg algebra of 𝔤\mathfrak{g}.

    Then we can apply the infinitesimal path oo-groupoid functor to get the corresponding tangent Lie oo-algebroid T𝔤T \mathfrak{g}. This is such that the cosimplicial algebra of functions on this maps under forming normalized chains to the Weil algebra of 𝔤\mathfrak{g}.

    Then we can form the cokernel 𝔤T𝔤T𝔤/𝔤 \mathfrak{g} \to T \mathfrak{g} \to T \mathfrak{g} / \mathfrak{g}.

    And that gives the invariant polynomials: the normalized chains dg-algeba of functions on T𝔤/𝔤T\mathfrak{g}/\mathfrak{g} is the complex whose cohomology are the invariant polyomials on 𝔤\mathfrak{g}.

    In the relevant model structure the diagram T𝔤𝔤*T \mathfrak{g} \leftarrow \mathfrak{g} \to * is cofibrant, so that this is indeed the homotopy cofiber.

    So this solves the question of how to abstractly characterize the invariant polynomials as those element in the Weil algebra W(𝔤)W(\mathfrak{g}) that are closed and in addition are not only are annihilated by projecting onto the Chevalley-Eilenberg algebra, but which have the property that they are entirely in the image generated by the shifted generators of the Weil algebra.