# SU(1,1) parametrization

In the last post, while getting hyperbolic, we have met the Lie group SU(1,1) – the group of complex matrices of determinant one, and such that

(1) where

(2) and star is Hermitian conjugated matrix to It was our first meeting here with SU(1,1), and there was no enough time to decide whether we want to make friends with this group or not. Today we will look at SU(1,1) closer, in particular at her shape. I think we will like her … She has, as we will see below, the shape of the inside of a solid torus, donut-like shape: How do we get this donut? One method is to visit a backery, another method is by doing some little algebra. We will choose the second method. In fact, we are going to get not only the shape of the group itself, but also the shape of the disk that the group is acting on! It will be the cross-section of the torus: Let us take a matrix from SU(1,1). It is a complex matrix, so let us write it as

(3) From we get

(4) On the other hand we have

(5) and so from the determining Eq. (1) we must have

(i) Eq. (iv) is just a complex conjugation of (iii), so it does not bring us any new information. The whole information is contained in the first three equations.

From the first two equations we deduce that, since and therefore and are non-zero. From Eq. (iii), dividing by non-zero we get

(6) which we substitute into Eq. (4) or, multiplying both sides with  Then, using Eq. (ii), we get , thus

(7) Therefore, from Eq. (6), we get or

(8) So, we obtain that every matrix of SU(1,1) is of the form

(9) where

(10) Conversely, every matrix of this form is in SU(1,1).

Now, we will determine the shape of our beauty.

Since we can write

(11) where is the uniquely defined phase, Let

(12) Then, using Eq. (10)

(13) Thus is in the interior of the unit disk in the complex plane.

Conversely, given and with we can determine uniquely and From Eq. (13) we set

(14) then
Finally, using Eq. (12), we set

(15) Summarizing, the shape of SU(1,1) is that of the Cartesian product of the circle parametrized by  and of the interior of the unit disk, parametrized by complex numbers with That is the interior of the solid torus, that is the donut without its skin. Pretty and tasty. Not necessarily healthy, though….

## 12 thoughts on “SU(1,1) parametrization”

1. Bjab says:

“in particular at her shape. I think we will like herShe has,”

Sexist, true lover, or Pole?

1. arkajad says:

Perhaps all three.

2. arkajad says:

Thanks. I realized that WP QuickLatex is not handling arrays of equations the same way as my standard Latex does.

Thanks for all the errata. Fixed.

3. Ronan says:

Well I have missed something here.
I assume the torus is generated by rotating about an axis through the origin.
1)If |z|<1, is that not a disk centred about the orign?
2)I guess the disk could be centred about an offset point and then it would be |z|<1 wrt that point, but what defines that point?

1. Ronan says:

Ok, but, I know am being slow here.It is an important basic point of this new section. Having difficulty translating the pure maths into computer algebra. Could you post some of you code so I can see what you are doing with the complex numbers?
I am trying to pay attention to the basic fundamentals and the pratical implimentation of them. Else I will never understand.

1. arkajad says:

Sure, but again, please, be specific. Tell me precisely what you would like to see in code? It can be many pieces of the code, whatever you would like to see, but I need to know what exactly.
I have tones of code. Some of it is good, some of it is a failure. Before posting anything I have to do some cleaning first.

1. arkajad says:

Ok. I will prepare something.

2. arkajad says:

They are circles going all around torus. In Maple use functions

x(u,v,r):=(1+r*cos(u))*cos(v);
y(u,v,r):=(1+r*cos(u))*sin(v); z(u,v,r):=r*sin(u);

Parameter v goues around the disk. Parameters r,u define a point on the disk, section of the torus.

To draw incomplete torus I tried

plot3d([x(u, v, 1), y(u, v, 1), z(u, v, 1)], u = 0 .. 2*Pi, v = (1/4)*Pi .. 2*Pi, scaling = constrained, transparency = .2, style = patchnogrid, lightmodel = light4, shading = zhue);

But then you have to rotate it to look nice. Probably light should be also adjusted. I am not good with playing with Maple.

The trajectories are curves with r and u fixed and v going from 0 to 2 Pi.

In my plot I used the sequence r=0,0.4,0.8
and u from 0 to 2Pi step Pi/4.

Let me know if the above info was enough for you to get the result.

1. Ronan says:

Thank you,That works.Experimenting I changed torus to.
x(u, v, r):= (2+r*cos(u))*cos(v); y(u, v, r):= (2+r*cos(u))*sin(v) ; z(u, v, r):= r*sin(u)
Just to make a hole in the middle. Is that valid in this context. Plots fine.
Torus := plot3d([x(u, v, 1), y(u, v, 1), z(u, v, 1)], u = 0 .. 2*Pi, v = (1/4)*Pi .. 2*Pi, scaling = constrained, transparency = .2, style = patchnogrid, lightmodel = light2, shading = zhue):
For the paths
r := [0, .4, .8];
n := 1:
for i to 3 do
for j from 0 to 8 do
p[n] := plot3d([x((1/4)*j*Pi, v, r[i]), y((1/4)*j*Pi, v, r[i]), z((1/4)*j*Pi, v, r[i])], v = 0 .. 2*Pi, scaling = constrained);
n := n+1
end do
end do;
display(Torus, seq(p[h], h = 1 .. n-1))
Result http://imgur.com/a/PwNvz
I like your choice of colour scheme type. I am learning more and more.

1. arkajad says:

Yes, that is fine. You did a good job.