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Theorem. Enumerate the simple roots as (α1 , . . , α ), abbreviating si := sαi . If λ ∈ Λ+ , the maximal submodule N (λ) of M (λ) is the sum of the submodules M (si · λ) for 1 ≤ i ≤ . Proof. 3, we saw that M (λ) ∼ = U (g)/I, where I is the left ideal generated by n along with all h − λ(h) · 1 (h ∈ h). Here I is precisely the annihilator in U (g) of a maximal vector v + of M (λ). In our situation ni := λ, αi∨ ∈ Z+ . Consider the left ideal J of U (g) generated by I together with all yini +1 (1 ≤ i ≤ ).

Here we just note a few standard facts for later use in the case λ ∈ Λ+ : • Let µ := wλ with w ∈ W . For any α ∈ Φ, not both µ − α and µ + α can occur as weights of L(λ). [Recall that W permutes the weights of L(λ). ] • If µ and µ + kα (with k ∈ Z, α ∈ Φ) are weights of L(λ), then so are all intermediate weights µ + iα. ] • The dual space L(λ)∗ , with the standard action (x·f )(v) = −f (x·v) for x ∈ g, v ∈ L(λ), f ∈ L(λ)∗ , is isomorphic to L(−w◦ λ) (where w◦ ∈ W is the longest element). [Observe that L(λ)∗ is again simple; its weights relative to h are the negatives of those for L(λ).

If > 1, write f as a polynomial in the last variable. Substituting fixed integers for the first − 1 variables produces a polynomial in one variable vanishing on Z (therefore zero). So the induction hypothesis for −1 can be applied, showing that f = 0. From this argument we conclude that Z is dense in A . We know that χλ = χw·λ for all w ∈ W when λ ∈ Λ. Since χλ (z) = λ(ξ(z)) for z ∈ Z(g), this translates into the statement that the polynomial 1. Category O: Basics 26 functions ξ(z) and w · ξ(z) agree on Λ.