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G(∞) We proceed to make a parallel definition for the infinite version of nilpotency. 5). Let G be a group. Set G[0] = G and define sequences of normal subgroups G[α] indexed by the ordinals α, card α ≤ card G via transfinite induction. Assume that G[α] is defined for α < β. (i) If β is a limit ordinal, set G[β] = α<β G[α] . 36 Panoramic Overview (ii) If β = α + 1, set G[β] = [G, G[α] ]. For cardinality reasons, there is a smallest ordinal δ such that G[δ+1] = G[δ] . Set = G[δ] . Then G is said to be transfinitely nilpotent if G[∞] = {0}.

Therefore we should select a flexible and useful version of the various characterisations of analytic subgroups and use it for a definition of an analytic subgroup of a pro-Lie group in the general case. The one we opted for says that a subgroup H of a Lie group G is analytic if and only there is some connected Lie group C and a morphism of topological groups f : C → G such that H = f (C). 5). (i) Let G be a pro-Lie group and H a subgroup. Then H is said to be an analytic subgroup of G if there is a morphism f : C → G of topological groups from a connected pro-Lie group C into G such that H = f (C) and L(f )(L(C)) is closed in L(G).

Def (∗∗∗) Let D = {(ϕ(g)−1 , g) : g ∈ P (F )} ∼ = P (F ); then ×F →G D is a well-defined isomorphism of locally compact metric groups, and × F , × F and G are all locally isomorphic. (†) The subgroup ϕ(P (FD))×F is isomorphic to the minimal analytic subgroup A(L(G), G) of G with Lie algebra g ∼ = L(F ). (c, g)D → cϕ(g) : We keep in mind: Connected finite-dimensional pro-Lie groups are locally compact metric. Consequently, almost connected finite-dimensional pro-Lie groups are locally compact. For any connected finite-dimensional pro-Lie group G there are a totally disconnected compact abelian group and a simply connected Lie group L such that we have a quotient morphism × L → G whose kernel is a discrete central subgroup of × L projecting onto a dense subgroup of .