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## Idea

For $G$ a Lie group and $\langle -,-\rangle$ a non-degenerate binary invariant polynomial on its Lie algebra $\mathfrak{g}$, there is a canonical Dirac structure on $G$, a subbundle of the generalized tangent bundle $T G \oplus T^* G$ which is maximal isotropic with respect to the canonical pairing and preserved by the Courant bracket twisted by the canonical differential 3-form $\langle -,[-,-]\rangle$ on $G$.

The leaves of this structure are the conjugacy classes of $G$. There is a differential 2-forms $\theta_g$ on each conjugacy class $\iota \colon \mathcal{C} \hookrightarrow G$, such that $d \theta_g = \iota^* \langle -,[-,-]\rangle$.

This Dirac structure was first observed in (Ševera-Weinstein). The name “Cartan-Dirac structure” was introduced in (BCWZ).

## References

The Cartan-dirac structure appears first as example 4.2 in