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Moscow Mathematical Journal

Volume 15, Issue 2, April–June 2015  pp. 205–256.

On a Lower Central Series Filtration of the Grothendieck–Teichmüller Lie algebra 𝔤𝔯𝔱1

Authors:  N. Arbesfeld (1) and B. Enriquez (2)
Author institution:(1) Department of Mathematics, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027, USA
(2) IRMA (CNRS) et Département de mathématiques, Université de Strasbourg, 7 rue René Descartes, 67000 Strasbourg, France


The Grothendieck–Teichmüller Lie algebra is a Lie subalgebra of a Lie algebra of derivations of the free Lie algebra in two generators. We show that the lower central series of the latter Lie algebra induces a decreasing filtration of the Grothendieck–Teichmüller Lie algebra, and we study the corresponding graded Lie algebra. Its degree zero part has been previously computed by the second author. We show that the degree one part is a module over a symmetric algebra such that both module and algebra are equipped with compatible decreasing filtrations. We exhibit an explicit lower bound for the associated graded module. We derive from that some information on the explicit expression of the depth 3 component of the associated graded Lie algebra (with respect to the depth filtration).

2010 Math. Subj. Class. Primary: 17B01; Secondary: 12Y05.

Keywords: Grothendieck–Teichmüller Lie algebra, free Lie algebra, depth filtration, lower central series filtration, gamma-functions of associators, computational commutative algebra.

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