Example $$G=SL(2,\mathbb R)$$.¶

If $$H$$ is the split Cartan subgroup of $$G$$. Let $$B$$ be a borel including this Cartan subgroup. We can construct the induced representation $$Ind_B ^G (\chi)$$ where $$\chi$$ is a character of $$H(\mathbb R)$$.

For example, if $$G=SL(2, \mathbb R )$$ we can look again at the list of parameters with infinitesimal character $$\rho$$.

Recall the command all_parameters_gamma takes a real form and an ifinitesimal character, which is a rational vector, and gives you a list of parameters for the representations of the real form with that infinitesimal character:

atlas> whattype all_parameters_gamma ?
(RealForm,ratvec)->[Param]
atlas> set G=SL(2,R)
Variable G: RealForm
atlas> G
Value: connected split real group with Lie algebra 'sl(2,R)'
atlas> rho(G)
Value: [ 1 ]/1
atlas> set parameters=all_parameters_gamma (G,)
Variable parameters: [Param]
atlas> #parameters
Value: 4
atlas> void: for p in parameters do prints(p) od
final parameter (x=0,lambda=/1,nu=/1)
final parameter (x=1,lambda=/1,nu=/1)
final parameter (x=2,lambda=/1,nu=/1)
final parameter (x=2,lambda=/1,nu=/1)
atlas>

Here the x is giving us Cartan involutions of the Cartan subgroups:

atlas> involution(KGB(G,0))
Value:
| 1 |

atlas> involution(KGB(G,1))
Value:
| 1 |

atlas> involution(KGB(G,2))
Value:
| -1 |

So, the first two parameters in the list are associated to the compact Cartan subgroup; the last two to the split one.

We can find out more about the Cartan subgroup for each parameter p as follows:

atlas> set p= parameters
Identifier p: Param (hiding previous one of type Param)
atlas> p
Value: final parameter (x=2,lambda=/1,nu=/1)
atlas>
atlas> x:=x(p)
Value: KGB element #2
atlas> set H=Cartan_class(x)
Identifier H: CartanClass (hiding previous one of type RealForm)
atlas> print_Cartan_info(H)
compact: 0, complex: 0, split: 1
canonical twisted involution: 1
twisted involution orbit size: 1; fiber size: 1; strong inv: 1
imaginary root system: empty
real root system: A1
complex factor: empty
atlas>

So, this is the split Cartan subgroup for this group, with one real factor and no compact or complex factor. We can ignore the rest of the information for the moment.

As we said above, the last two in the list of parameters for $$G$$ are the ones associated to this split Cartan subgroup; namely the two principal series with parameter nu=1:

atlas> parameters
Value: final parameter (x=2,lambda=/1,nu=/1)
atlas> parameters
Value: final parameter (x=2,lambda=/1,nu=/1)
atlas>

The difference between these two are the lambda. The trivial representation of $$G$$ is:

atlas> trivial(G)
Value: final parameter (x=2,lambda=/1,nu=/1)
atlas>

So, the parameter is the induced representation that has the trivial as its irreducible quotient. This is the spherical principal series. There is a rho shift for the lambda so that the spherical pricipal series has lambda=1 instead of 0 as you might expect. The other principal series is the non spherical irreducible:

atlas> set ps2=parameters
Identifier ps2: Param
atlas> ps2
Value: final parameter (x=2,lambda=/1,nu=/1)
atlas>
atlas> set std=I(ps2)
Identifier I: (Param,string)
atlas> std
Value: (final parameter (x=2,lambda=/1,nu=/1),"std")
atlas>
atlas> show(composition_series (std))
1*J(x=2,lambda=[2/1],nu=[1/1])
atlas>

Here J stands for an irreducible representation and the single line above says that there is only one composition factor in this representation. Namely, the irreducible principal series itself.

On the other hand, the composition factors of the spherical principal series are:

atlas> set ps1=parameters
Identifier ps1: Param (hiding previous one of type Param)
atlas>
atlas> show(composition_series (I(ps1)))
1*J(x=0,lambda=[1/1],nu=[0/1])
1*J(x=1,lambda=[1/1],nu=[0/1])
1*J(x=2,lambda=[1/1],nu=[1/1])
atlas>

This standard module defined by the above parameter has three composition factors, all irreducible. So I(ps1) is the sum in the Grothendieck group of three irreducible composition factors.

Similarly, if we take parameters of a spherical representation with non-integral infinitesimal character we get irreducibility:

atlas> x
Value: KGB element #2
atlas> set q=parameter (x, , [3/2])
Identifier q: Param (hiding previous one of type Param)
atlas> infinitesimal_character (q)
Value: [ 3 ]/2
atlas> show(composition_series (I(q)))
1*J(x=2,lambda=[1/1],nu=[3/2])
atlas>
atlas> set q=parameter (x, , [3/2])
Identifier q: Param (hiding previous one of type Param)
atlas> show(composition_series (I(q)))
1*J(x=2,lambda=[2/1],nu=[3/2])
atlas>

So there are two large families of irreducible principal series; one with parameters of the form (x, , nu), and the other with parameters (x, , nu ), where nu is non-integral:

Another thing you can do is get also information about cuspidal data used to construct this representation. This is discussed in a separate section.