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How can one show in a group-theoretical way that each of SO(d,2) and SO(d+1,1) is isomorphic to two-copies of Virasoro algebra for d=2?

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closed as not a real question by Qmechanic Jun 17 '13 at 21:48

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You want a proof that (the Lie algebras of) SO(2,2) and SO(3,1) are isomorphic to two copies of the Virasoro algebra? That will be a hard proof, since it would be wrong. For example, the first two are finite-dimensional while the latter is infinite-dimensional. Can you elaborate why you think there is such an isomorphism? The Virasoro algebra has a sl(2) subalgebra, is that related to what you want to see? –  Heidar Jun 15 '13 at 5:55
@Heidar Yah..exactly...can so(2,2) be written as sl(2,C)$ \otimes $ sl(2,C) and from there can we get some idea about this? –  layman Jun 15 '13 at 6:10
$so(2,2)$ has $6$ generators, each $sl(2,C)$ has $6$ generators too, don't you see a problem ? –  Trimok Jun 15 '13 at 6:30
As pointed out in comments, the question (v1) asks for a proof of something that is not true, so I'm closing it as not a real question. –  Qmechanic Jun 17 '13 at 21:47
I guess here is some confusion. The Lie algebra of SO(2,2) or SO(3,1) is just a sub Lie algebra of Vir $\oplus$ Vir, namely it is generated by the generators $L_{0,\pm 1}$ of the Virasoro algebra. Some people call SO(2,2) or SO(3,1) the conformal group but the conformal group in 2D is actually infinite dimensional. –  Marcel Jun 18 '13 at 17:17