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International Journal of Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences
Volume 2018, Article ID 4528685, 12 pages
Research Article

Hom-Lie Triple System and Hom-Bol Algebra Structures on Hom-Maltsev and Right Hom-Alternative Algebras

Département de Mathématiques, Université d’Abomey-Calavi, 01 BP 4521 Cotonou, Benin

Correspondence should be addressed to A. Nourou Issa; rf.oohay@ssinarow

Received 18 December 2017; Accepted 6 March 2018; Published 2 May 2018

Academic Editor: Kaiming Zhao

Copyright © 2018 Sylvain Attan and A. Nourou Issa. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Every multiplicative Hom-Maltsev algebra has a natural multiplicative Hom-Lie triple system structure. Moreover, there is a natural Hom-Bol algebra structure on every multiplicative Hom-Maltsev algebra and on every multiplicative right (or left) Hom-alternative algebra.

1. Introduction

The study of Lie triple systems (Lts) on their own as algebraic objects started from Jacobson’s work [1] and developed further by, for example, Lister [2], Yamaguti [3], and other mathematicians. Lts constitute examples of ternary algebras. If is a Lie algebra, then is a Lts, where (see [1, 4, 5]). Another construction of Lts from binary algebras is the one from Maltsev algebras found by Loos [6].

Maltsev algebras were introduced by Maltsev [7] in a study of commutator algebras of alternative algebras and also as a study of tangent algebras to local smooth Moufang loops. Maltsev used the name “Moufang-Lie algebras” for these nonassociative algebras while Sagle [8] introduced the term “Malcev algebras.” Equivalent defining identities of Maltsev algebras are pointed out in [8].

Alternative algebras, Maltsev algebras, and Lts (among other algebras) received a twisted generalization in the development of the theory of Hom-algebras during these latest years. The forerunner of the theory of Hom-algebras is the Hom-Lie algebra introduced by Hartwig et al. in [9] in order to describe the structure of some deformation of the Witt algebra and the Virasoro algebra. It is well-known that Lie algebras are related to associative algebras via the commutator bracket construction. In the search of a similar construction for Hom-Lie algebras, the notion of a Hom-associative algebra is introduced by Makhlouf and Silvestrov in [10], where it is proved that a Hom-associative algebra gives rise to a Hom-Lie algebra via the commutator bracket construction. Since then, various Hom-type structures are considered (see, e.g., [1123]). Roughly speaking, Hom-algebraic structures are corresponding ordinary algebraic structures whose defining identities are twisted by a linear self-map. A general method for constructing a Hom-type algebra from the ordinary type of algebra with a linear self-map is given by Yau in [24].

In [11, 21], -ary Hom-algebra structures generalizing -ary algebras of Lie type or associative type were considered. In particular, generalizations of -ary Nambu or Nambu-Lie algebras, called -ary Hom-Nambu and Hom-Nambu-Lie algebras, respectively, were introduced in [11] while Hom-Jordan algebras were defined in [18] and Hom-Lie triple systems (Hom-Lts) were introduced in [21] (another definition of a Hom-Jordan algebra is given in [20]). It is shown [21] that Hom-Lts are ternary Hom-Nambu algebras with additional properties and that Hom-Lts arise also from Hom-Jordan triple systems or from other Hom-type algebras.

Motivated by the relationships between some classes of binary algebras and some classes of binary-ternary algebras, a study of Hom-type generalization of binary-ternary algebras is initiated in [16] with the definition of Hom-Akivis algebras. Further, Hom-Lie-Yamaguti algebras are considered in [14] and Hom-Bol algebras [12] are defined as a twisted generalization of Bol algebras which are introduced and studied in [2527] as infinitesimal structures tangent to smooth Bol loops (some aspects of the theory of Bol algebras are discussed in [2830]).

In this paper, we will be concerned with right (or left) Hom-alternative algebras, Hom-Maltsev algebras, Hom-Lts, and Hom-Bol algebras. We extend Loos’ construction of Lts from Maltsev algebras ([6], Satz 1) to the Hom-algebra setting (Section 3). Specifically, we prove (Theorem 14) that every multiplicative Hom-Maltsev algebra is naturally a multiplicative Hom-Lts by a suitable definition of the ternary operation. As a tool in the proof of this fact, we point out a kind of compatibility relation between the original binary operation of a given Hom-Maltsev algebra and the ternary operation mentioned above (Lemma 13). Moreover, we obtain that every multiplicative Hom-Maltsev algebra has a natural Hom-Bol algebra structure (Theorem 17). In [31] Mikheev proved that every right alternative algebra has a natural (left) Bol algebra structure. In [29] Hentzel and Peresi proved that not only a right alternative algebra but also a left alternative algebra has left Bol algebra structure. In Section 4 we prove that the Hom-analogue of these results holds. Specifically, every multiplicative right (or left) Hom-alternative algebra is a Hom-Bol algebra (Theorem 23). It could be observed that the methods used in the proof of results in [6, 29, 31] cannot be reported in the Hom-algebra setting at the present stage of the theory of Hom-algebras. In Section 5 we specify Theorem 23 to recover the construction of left Bol algebras from right alternative algebras (Theorem 26; one observes that, in our proof, we use essentially some fundamental properties of right alternative algebras). In Section 2 we recall some basic definitions and facts about Hom-algebras. We define the Hom-Jordan associator of a given Hom-algebra and point out that every Hom-algebra is a Hom-triple system with respect to the Hom-Jordan associator. This observation is used in the proof of Theorem 23.

All vector spaces and algebras are meant over an algebraically closed ground field of characteristic 0.

2. Some Basics on Hom-Algebras

We first recall some relevant definitions about binary and ternary Hom-algebras. In particular, we recall the notion of a Hom-Maltsev algebra as well as some of its equivalent defining identities. Although various types of -ary Hom-algebras are introduced and discussed in [11, 21], for our purpose, we will consider ternary Hom-algebras (ternary Hom-Nambu algebras and Hom-Lts) and Hom-Bol algebras. For fundamentals on Hom-algebras, one may refer, for example, to [911, 13, 17, 24, 32]. Some aspects of the theory of binary Hom-algebras are considered in [33], while some classes of binary-ternary Hom-algebras are defined and discussed in [12, 14, 16].

Definition 1. (i) A Hom-algebra is a triple in which is a -vector space, a bilinear map (the binary operation), and a linear map (the twisting map). The Hom-algebra is said to be multiplicative if for all
(ii) The Hom-Jacobian in is the trilinear map defined as , where denotes the sum over cyclic permutation of
(iii) The Hom-associator of a Hom-algebra is the trilinear map defined as . If for all , then is said to be Hom-associative.

Remark 2. If (the identity map), then a Hom-algebra reduces to an ordinary algebra , the Hom-Jacobian is the ordinary Jacobian , and the Hom-associator is the usual associator for the algebra One observes that, in general, the map is not always injective nor surjective (see [13, 15] for discussions on the subject). So, for example, a given algebra can be twisted into zero algebra and some properties of Hom-algebras may not be valid for corresponding ordinary algebras.

As for ordinary algebras, to each Hom-algebra are attached two Hom-algebras: the commutator Hom-algebra , where (the commutator of and ), and the plus Hom-algebra , where (the Jordan product) for all

For our purpose, we provide the following.

Definition 3. The Hom-Jordan associator of a Hom-algebra is the trilinear map defined as , where “” is the Jordan product on .

If , the Hom-Jordan associator reduces to the usual Jordan associator.

Definition 4. (i) A Hom-Lie algebra is a Hom-algebra such that the binary operation “” is anticommutative and the Hom-Jacobi identityholds for all , and in ([9]).
(ii) A Hom-Maltsev algebra is a Hom-algebra such that the binary operation “” is anticommutative and that the Hom-Maltsev identityholds for all in ([20]).
(iii) A Hom-Jordan algebra is a Hom-algebra such that is a commutative algebra and the Hom-Jordan identityis satisfied for all in ([20]).
(iv) A Hom-algebra is called a right Hom-alternative algebra if for all in . A Hom-algebra is called a left Hom-alternative algebra if for all in . A Hom-algebra is called a Hom-alternative algebra if it is both right and left Hom-alternative [18].

Remark 5. When , the Hom-Jacobi identity (1) is the usual Jacobi identity Likewise, for , the Hom-Maltsev identity (2) reduces to the Maltsev identity . Therefore a Lie (resp., Maltsev) algebra may be seen as a Hom-Lie (resp., Hom-Maltsev) algebra with the identity map as the twisting map. Also Hom-Maltsev algebras generalize Hom-Lie algebras in the same way that Maltsev algebras generalize Lie algebras. For in the Hom-Jordan identity, we recover the usual Jordan identity. Observe that the definition of the Hom-Jordan identity in [20] is slightly different from the one formerly given in [18].

Hom-Maltsev algebras are introduced in [20] in connection with a study of Hom-alternative algebras introduced in [18]. In fact it is proved ([20], Theorem 3.8) that every Hom-alternative algebra is Hom-Maltsev admissible; that is, the commutator Hom-algebra of any Hom-alternative algebra is a Hom-Maltsev algebra (this is the Hom-analogue of Maltsev’s construction of Maltsev algebras as commutator algebras of alternative algebras [7]). This result is also mentioned in [16], Section 4, using an approach via Hom-Akivis algebras (this approach is close to the one of Maltsev in [7]). Also, every Hom-alternative algebra is Hom-Jordan admissible; that is, its plus Hom-algebra is a Hom-Jordan algebra ([20]). Examples of Hom-alternative algebras and Hom-Jordan algebras could be found in [18, 20]. An example of a right Hom-alternative algebra that is not left Hom-alternative is given in [23].

Equivalent to (2) defining identities of Hom-Maltsev algebras are found in [20] where, in particular, it is shown that the identity is equivalent to (2) in any anticommutative Hom-algebra ([20], Proposition 2.7). In [34], it is proved that, in any anticommutative Hom-algebra , the Hom-Maltsev identity (2) is equivalent to Therefore, apart from (2), identities (6) and (7) may be taken as defining identities of a Hom-Maltsev algebra.

The Hom-algebras mentioned above are binary Hom-algebras. The first generalization of binary algebras was the ternary algebras introduced in [1]. Ternary algebraic structures also appeared in various domains of theoretical and mathematical physics (see, e.g., [35]). Likewise, binary Hom-algebras are generalized to -ary Hom-algebra structures in [11] (see also [21]).

Definition 6 (see [11]). A ternary Hom-Nambu algebra is a triple in which is a -vector space, is a trilinear map, and is a pair of linear maps (the twisting maps) such that the identity holds for all , and in Identity (8) is called the ternary Hom-Nambu identity.

Remark 7. When one recovers the usual ternary Nambu algebra. One may refer to [35] for the origins of Nambu algebras. In [11], examples of -ary Hom-Nambu algebras that are not Nambu algebras are provided.

Definition 8 (see [21]). A Hom-Lie triple system (Hom-Lts) is a ternary Hom-algebra such that and the ternary Hom-Nambu identity (8) holds in

One notes that when the twisting maps are both equal to the identity map , then we recover the usual notion of a Lie triple system [2, 3]. Examples of Hom-Lts could be found in [21].

A particular situation, interesting for our setting, occurs when the twisting maps are all equal, and for all , and in The Hom-Lie triple system is then said to be multiplicative [21]. In case of multiplicativity, the ternary Hom-Nambu identity (8) then reads

In [14] a (multiplicative) Hom-triple system is defined as a (multiplicative) ternary Hom-algebra such that (9) and (10) are satisfied (thus a multiplicative Hom-Lts is seen as a Hom-triple system in which identity (11) holds; observe that this definition of a Hom-triple system is different from the one formerly given in [21], where a Hom-triple system is just the Hom-algebra ). With this vision of a Hom-triple system, it is shown [14] that every multiplicative non-Hom-associative algebra (i.e., not necessarily Hom-associative algebra) has a natural Hom-triple system structure if defining . We note here that we get the same result if defining another ternary operation on a given Hom-algebra. Specifically, we have the following result.

Proposition 9. Let be a multiplicative Hom-algebra. Define on the ternary operationfor all , and . Then is a multiplicative Hom-triple system.

Proof. A proof follows from the straightforward checking of identities (9) and (10) for “” using the commutativity of the Jordan product “.

Since our results here depend on multiplicativity, in the rest of this paper we assume that all Hom-algebras (binary or ternary) are multiplicative and while dealing with the binary operation “” and where there is no danger of confusion, we will use juxtaposition in order to reduce the number of braces; that is, for example, means

Various results and constructions related to Hom-Lts are given in [21]. In particular, it is shown that every Lts can be twisted along any self-morphism of into a multiplicative Hom-Lts. For our purpose we just mention the following result.

Proposition 10 (see [21]). Let be a Maltsev algebra and an algebra morphism. Then is a multiplicative Hom-Lts, where , for all , and in .

One observes that the product is the one defined in [6] providing a Maltsev algebra with a Lts structure. A construction describing another view of Proposition 10 above will be given in Section 3 (see Proposition 16) via Hom-Maltsev algebras. For the time being, we point out the following slight generalization of the result above, producing a sequence of multiplicative Hom-Lts from a given Maltsev algebra.

Proposition 11. Let be a Maltsev algebra and an algebra morphism. Let and, for any integer , . If one defines on a trilinear operation by for all , and in , then is a multiplicative Hom-Lts.

Proof. Let and then . We shall use the fact that is a Lts [6]. Identities (9) and (10) for are quite obvious. Next, and so (11) holds for . Thus is a multiplicative Hom-Lts.

In [12] we defined a Hom-Bol algebra as a twisted generalization of a (left) Bol algebra. For the introduction and original studies of Bol algebras, we refer to [2527] (the defining identities of left Bol algebras are recalled in Section 5 of the present paper). Bol algebras are further considered in, for example, [29, 30].

Definition 12 (see [12]). A Hom-Bol algebra is a quadruple in which is a vector space, “” a binary operation, “” a ternary operation on , and a linear map such that(HB1).(HB2).(HB3).(HB4).(HB5).(HB6), .(HB7)for all , and .

Identities (HB1) and (HB2) mean the multiplicativity of . It is built into our definition for convenience.

One observes that for identities (HB3)–(HB7) reduce to the defining identities of a (left) Bol algebra [25] (see also [29, 30]). If for all , then becomes a (multiplicative) Hom-Lts .

Construction results and some examples of Hom-Bol algebras are given in [12]. In particular, Hom-Bol algebras can be constructed from Maltsev algebras. The Hom-analogues of the construction of Bol algebras from Maltsev algebras [25] or from right alternative algebras [31] (see also [29]) are considered in this paper.

3. Hom-Lts and Hom-Bol Algebras from Hom-Maltsev Algebras

In this section, we prove that every multiplicative Hom-Maltsev algebra has a natural multiplicative Hom-Lts structure (Theorem 14) and, moreover, a natural Hom-Bol algebra structure (Theorem 17). Theorem 14 could be seen as the Hom-analogue of Loos’ result ([6], Satz 1) although his proof cannot be reproduced here. Besides identities (6) and (7), Lemma 13 below is a tool in the proof of this result. Theorem 17 could be seen as the Hom-analogue of a construction by Mikheev [25] of Bol algebras from Maltsev algebras. Proposition 16 is another view of a result in [21] (see Proposition 10 above).

In his work [6], Loos considered in a Maltsev algebra the following ternary operation: Then turns out to be a Lts. This result, in the Hom-algebra setting, looks as in Theorem 14 below. Similarly as in the Loos construction, our investigations are based on the following ternary operation in a Hom-Maltsev algebra : From (16) it clearly follows that can also be written as One observes that when , we recover product (15). First, we prove the following.

Lemma 13. Let be a Hom-Maltsev algebra. If one defines on a ternary operation “” by (16), then for all , and in .

Proof. Let us write (7) as That is,Therefore, by multiplicativity, we have and so, we get (18) by (17).

We now prove the following.

Theorem 14. Let be a multiplicative Hom-Maltsev algebra. If one defines on a ternary operation “” by (16), then is a multiplicative Hom-Lts.

Proof. We must prove the validity of (9), (10), and (11) for operation (16) in the Hom-Maltsev algebra .
First observe that the multiplicativity of implies that , with , and in .
From the skew-symmetry of “” and , it clearly follows from (17) that which is (9) for “.
Next, using (17) and the skew-symmetry of where applicable, we computeand thus , so we get (10) for “.”
Consider now in . ThenIn this latest expression, denote by the expression in “”; to conclude, we proceed to show that
Observe first that, by (6), we haveThat is, With this observation, the expression is transformed as follows: Therefore, we obtain that (11) holds for “” and we conclude that is a Hom-Lts.

Remark 15. In the proof of his result, Loos ([6], Satz 1) used essentially the fact that the left translations in a Maltsev algebra are derivations with respect to the ternary operation “” defined by (15). Unfortunately, for Hom-Maltsev algebras such a tool is still not available at hand.

From [20] (Theorem 2.12) we know that any Maltsev algebra can be twisted into a Hom-Maltsev algebra along any linear self-map of Consistent with this result, we recall the following method for constructing Hom-Lts which, in fact, is a result in [21] (see also Propositions 10 and 11 above) but using a Hom-Maltsev algebra construction in our proof (as a consequence of Theorem 14).

Proposition 16. Let be a Maltsev algebra and any self-morphism of . If one defines on a ternary operation “” bythen is a multiplicative Hom-Lts.

Proof. One knows ([20], Theorem 2.12) that, from and any self-morphism of , we get a (multiplicative) Hom-Maltsev algebra , where for all in . Next, if one defines on a ternary operationthen, by Theorem 14, is a Hom-Lts and “” is expressed through “” as

Observe that though constructed in quite a different way, the operation “” in Proposition 16 above coincides with “” in Proposition 11 for .

Combining Lemma 13 and Theorem 14, we get the following result.

Theorem 17. Let be a multiplicative Hom-Maltsev algebra. If one defines on a ternary operation by where “” is defined by (17), then is a Hom-Bol algebra.

Proof. Definition (30) and Theorem 14 imply that is a multiplicative Hom-Lts; that is, (HB4), (HB5), and (HB7) hold for . Now, (HB1), (HB2), and (HB3) are, respectively, the multiplicativity and skew-symmetry of “”; next, we are done if we prove (HB6) for .
From (17) and multiplicativity we have and then (18) takes the form Multiplying by each member of this latter equality and using (30), we get which is (HB6) for . So is a Hom-Bol algebra.

Example 18. Let be a vector space with basis . From [20] (Example 2.13) we know that if one considers the linear map given by and the multiplication table given by (only nonzero products are specified), then is a multiplicative Hom-Maltsev algebra. It is observed that is not a Hom-Lie algebra nor a Maltsev algebra.
Now, by (17) and (30), one checks that the only nonzero ternary products on with respect to the basis elements are By Theorem 17 we get that is a Hom-Bol algebra.

Since any Hom-alternative algebra is Hom-Maltsev admissible ([20], Theorem 3.8), from Theorem 17 we have the following.

Corollary 19. Let be a multiplicative Hom-alternative algebra. Then is a Hom-Bol algebra, where , for all , and .

The aim of Section 4 is a generalization of Corollary 19 to multiplicative right (or left) Hom-alternative algebras.

Various constructions of Hom-Lts are offered in [21] starting from either Hom-associative algebras, Hom-Lie algebras, Hom-Jordan triple systems, ternary totally Hom-associative algebras, Maltsev algebras, or alternative algebras. In practice, it is easier to construct Hom-Lts or Hom-Bol algebras from well-known (binary) algebras such as alternative algebras or Maltsev algebras. From this point of view, our construction results (Theorem 14, Proposition 16, and Theorem 17) have rather a theoretical feature (the extension to Hom-algebra setting of Loos’ result [6] and a result by Mikheev [25]) than a practical method for constructing Hom-Lts or Hom-Bol algebras. However, it could be of some interest to get a Hom-Lts or a Hom-Bol algebra from a given Hom-Maltsev algebra without resorting to the corresponding Maltsev algebra.

4. Hom-Lts and Hom-Bol Algebras from Right (or Left) Hom-Alternative Algebras

In this section we prove that every multiplicative right (or left) Hom-alternative algebra has a natural Hom-Bol algebra structure (and, subsequently, a natural Hom-Lts structure). This is the Hom-analogue of a result by Mikheev [31] and by Hentzel and Peresi [29] although with a different scheme of proof.

First we recall some few basic properties of right Hom-alternative algebras that could be found in [18, 23].

The linearized form of the right Hom-alternative identity is given by the following result.

Lemma 20 (see [18]). If is a Hom-algebra, then the following statements are equivalent.
(i) is right Hom-alternative.
(ii) satisfies for all , and .
(iii) satisfies for all , and .

Observe that if is a right Hom-alternative algebra, then is a left Hom-alternative algebra, where . So the mirrors of (37) and (38) hold for :

Now we have the following.

Lemma 21. In any multiplicative right Hom-alternative algebra , the identityholds for all , and .

Proof. The identity holds in any right Hom-alternative algebra (see [23], Theorem 7.1 (7.1.1c)). Next, in this identity, switching and , we have Then, subtracting memberwise this latter equality from the one above and using the linearity of , we get (41).

Note that in the case when is a left Hom-alternative algebra, identity (41) reads as

In any multiplicative right (or left) Hom-alternative algebra we consider the ternary operation defined by (12); that is, where is the Hom-Jordan associator defined in Section 2. Observe that for the ternary operation “” is precisely the one defined in [29] (see also [31], Remark 2) and that makes any right (or left) alternative algebra into a left Bol algebra. In [29], Hentzel and Peresi used the approach of Mikheev [31] who formerly proved that the commutator algebra of any right alternative algebra has a left Bol algebra structure.

Proposition 22. (i) If is a multiplicative right Hom-alternative algebra, thenfor all , and .
(ii) If is a multiplicative left Hom-alternative algebra, thenfor all , and .

Proof. (i) From (12) we have