### Commutation relation

In mathematics, the **commutator** gives an indication of the extent to which a certain binary operation fails to be commutative. There are different definitions used in group theory and ring theory.

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## Group theory

The **commutator** of two elements, *g* and *h*, of a group *G*, is the element

- [
*g*,*h*] =*g*^{−1}*h*^{−1}*gh*.

It is equal to the group's identity if and only if *g* and *h* commute (i.e., if and only if *gh* = *hg*). The subgroup of $G$ generated by all commutators is called the *derived group* or the *commutator subgroup* of *G*. Note that one must consider the subgroup generated by the set of commutators because in general the set of commutators is not closed under the group operation. Commutators are used to define nilpotent and solvable groups.

The above definition of the commutator is used by some group theorists, as well as throughout this article. However, many other group theorists define the commutator as

- [
*g*,*h*] =*ghg*^{−1}*h*^{−1}.^{[1]}^{[2]}

### Identities

Commutator identities are an important tool in group theory.^{[3]} The expression *a ^{x}* denotes the conjugate of

*a*by

*x*, defined as

*x*

^{−1}

*a x*.

- $x^y\; =\; x[x,y].\backslash ,$
- $[y,x]\; =\; [x,y]^\{-1\}.\backslash ,$
- $[x,\; z\; y]\; =\; [x,\; y]\backslash cdot\; [x,\; z]^y$ and $[x\; z,\; y]\; =\; [x,\; y]^z\backslash cdot\; [z,\; y].$
- $[x,\; y^\{-1\}]\; =\; [y,\; x]^\{y^\{-1\}\}$ and $[x^\{-1\},\; y]\; =\; [y,\; x]^\{x^\{-1\}\}.$
- $,\; z]^y\backslash cdot,\; x]^z\backslash cdot,\; y]^x\; =\; 1$ and $.$
## Ring theory

The

**commutator**of two elements*a*and*b*of a ring or an associative algebra is defined by- [
*a*,*b*] =*ab*−*ba*.

It is zero if and only if

*a*and*b*commute. In linear algebra, if two endomorphisms of a space are represented by commuting matrices with respect to one basis, then they are so represented with respect to every basis. By using the commutator as a Lie bracket, every associative algebra can be turned into a Lie algebra.In physics, this is an important overarching principle in quantum mechanics. The commutator of two operators acting on a Hilbert space is a central concept in quantum mechanics, since it quantifies how well the two observables described by these operators can be measured simultaneously. The uncertainty principle is ultimately a theorem about such commutators, by virtue of the Robertson–Schrödinger relation.

^{[6]}In phase space, equivalent commutators of function star-products are called Moyal brackets, and are completely isomorphic to the Hilbert-space commutator structures mentioned.### Identities

The commutator has the following properties:

*Lie-algebra relations:*- $[A,A]\; =\; 0$
- $[A,B]\; =\; -[B,A]$
- $[A,[B,C]]\; +\; [B,[C,A]]\; +\; [C,[A,B]]\; =\; 0$

The second relation is called anticommutativity, while the third is the Jacobi identity.

*Additional relations:*- $[A+B,C]\; =\; [A,C]+[B,C]$
- $[A,BC]\; =\; [A,B]C\; +\; B[A,C]$
- $[AB,C]\; =\; A[B,C]\; +\; [A,C]B$
- $[ABC,D]\; =\; AB[C,D]\; +\; A[B,D]C\; +\; [A,D]BC$
- $[ABCD,E]\; =\; ABC[D,E]\; +\; AB[C,E]D\; +\; A[B,E]CD\; +\; [A,E]BCD$
- $[AB,CD]\; =\; A[B,CD]\; +[A,CD]B\; =\; A[B,C]D\; +\; AC[B,D]\; +[A,C]DB\; +\; C[A,D]B$
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- $[AB,\; C]=A\backslash \{B,\; C\backslash \}-\backslash \{A,\; C\backslash \}B$, where $\backslash \{A,\; B\backslash \}\; =\; AB\; +\; BA$ is the anticommutator defined below.

If

*A*is a fixed element of a ring ℜ, the second additional relation can also be interpreted as a Leibniz rule for the map $\backslash scriptstyle\; D\_A:\; R\; \backslash rightarrow\; R$ given by*B*↦ [*A*,*B*]. In other words, the map*D*defines a derivation on the ring ℜ._{A}The following identity ("Hadamard Lemma") involving nested commutators, underlying the Campbell–Baker–Hausdorff expansion of log (exp

*A*exp*B*), is also useful:- $e^\{A\}Be^\{-A\}=B+[A,B]+\backslash frac\{1\}\{2!\}[A,[A,B]]+\backslash frac\{1\}\{3!\}[A,[A,[A,B]]]+\backslash cdots\; \backslash equiv\; e^\{\backslash operatorname\{ad\}(A)\}\; B.$

Use of the same expansion expresses the above Lie group commutator in terms of a series of nested Lie bracket (algebra) commutators,

- $\backslash ln\; \backslash left\; (\; e^\{A\}\; e^Be^\{-A\}\; e^\{-B\}\backslash right\; )=\; [A,B]+\backslash frac\{1\}\{2!\}[(A+B),[A,B]]+\backslash frac\{1\}\{3!\}\backslash left\; (\; [A,[B,[B,A]]]/2+\; [(A+B),[(A+B),[A,B]]]\; \backslash right\; )+\backslash cdots\; .$

These identities differ slightly for the anticommutator (defined above)

- $\backslash \{A,BC\backslash \}\; =\; \backslash \{A,B\backslash \}C\; -\; B[A,C]$

## Graded rings and algebras

When dealing with graded algebras, the commutator is usually replaced by the

**graded commutator**, defined in homogeneous components as $\backslash \; [\backslash omega,\backslash eta]\_\{gr\}:=\; \backslash omega\backslash eta\; -\; (-1)^\{\backslash deg\; \backslash omega\; \backslash deg\; \backslash eta\}\; \backslash eta\backslash omega.$## Derivations

Especially if one deals with multiple commutators, another notation turns out to be useful involving the adjoint representation:

- $\backslash operatorname\{ad\}\; (x)(y)\; =\; [x,\; y]\; .$

Then $\{\backslash rm\; ad\}\; (x)$ is a derivation and $\{\backslash rm\; ad\}$ is linear,

*i.e.*, $\{\backslash rm\; ad\}\; (x+y)=\{\backslash rm\; ad\}\; (x)+\{\backslash rm\; ad\}\; (y)$ and $\{\backslash rm\; ad\}\; (\backslash lambda\; x)=\backslash lambda\backslash ,\backslash operatorname\{ad\}\; (x)$, and a Lie algebra homomorphism,*i.e.*, $\{\backslash rm\; ad\}\; ([x,\; y])=[\{\backslash rm\; ad\}\; (x),\; \{\backslash rm\; ad\}(y)]$, but it is**not**always an algebra homomorphism,*i.e.*the identity $\backslash operatorname\{ad\}(xy)\; =\; \backslash operatorname\{ad\}(x)\backslash operatorname\{ad\}(y)$**does not hold in general**.Examples:

- $\{\backslash rm\; ad\}\; (x)\{\backslash rm\; ad\}\; (x)(y)\; =\; [x,[x,y]\backslash ,]$
- $\{\backslash rm\; ad\}\; (x)\{\backslash rm\; ad\}\; (a+b)(y)\; =\; [x,[a+b,y]\backslash ,].$

## Anticommutator

The

**anticommutator**of two elements*a*and*b*of a ring or an associative algebra is defined by- {
*a*,*b*} =*ab*+*ba*.

Sometimes the brackets [ ]

_{+}are also used.^{[7]}The anticommutator is used less often than the commutator, but can be used for example to define Clifford algebras, Jordan algebras and is utilised to derive the Dirac equation in particle physics.## See also

- Anticommutativity
- Derivation (abstract algebra)
- Pincherle derivative
- Poisson bracket
- Moyal bracket
- Canonical commutation relation
- Associator
- Ternary commutator

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