chapter  5
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Lie Group Decompositions and Control

Consider a Lie algebra L and the corresponding connected Lie group eL. A decomposition of eL is a representation of all the elements X of eL as products

X = XrXr−1 · · ·X1, (5.1)

with Xj ∈ Gj , j = 1, ..., r, and Gj are proper subsets of eL. These subsets typically have some further algebraic or geometric structure; for example they are Lie subgroups of eL.