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This article gives specific information, namely, element structure, about a particular group, namely: special linear group:SL(2,R).
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This article aims to discuss the element structure of special linear group:SL(2,R).
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 Element structure of special linear group of degree two over a finite field
Conjugacy class structure
To deduce this from element structure of special linear group of degree two over a field, we need to use the following facts, about , the field of real numbers:
 The group is cyclic of order two, with representatives .
 The only separable quadratic extension of is the field of complex numbers, obtained by adjoining a square root of 1.
 Further, the algebraic norm of any nonzero complex number is a positive real number, and in particular, it is a square. Thus, has size two.
Nature of conjugacy class  Eigenvalues  Characteristic polynomial  Minimal polynomial  What set can each conjugacy class be identified with? (rough measure of size of conjugacy class)  What can the set of conjuacy classes be identified with (rough measure of number of conjugacy classes)  What can the union of conjugacy classes be identified with?  Semisimple?  Diagonalizable over ?  Splits in relative to ? 

Diagonalizable over with equal diagonal entries, hence a scalar  or  where  where  onepoint set  twopoint set  twopoint set  Yes  Yes  No 
Not diagonal, has Jordan block of size two  (multiplicity 2) or (multiplicity 2)  where  Same as characteristic polynomial  ?  fourpoint set, two for eigenvalue 1, two for eigenvalue 1  ?  No  No  Both the conjugacy classes split into two pieces. 
Diagonalizable over but not over . Must necessarily have no repeated eigenvalues.  Pair of conjugate elements in of modulus 1  ,  Same as characteristic polynomial  ?  direct product of the open interval with a twopoint set  ?  Yes  No  each conjugacy class splits into two conjugacy classes. 
Diagonalizable over with distinct (and hence mutually inverse) diagonal entries  where  Same as characteristic polynomial  ?  ?  Yes  Yes  No  
Total  NA  NA  NA  NA  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? 