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Corollary . If X is an affine G-variety and a point x ∈ X is T -fixed, where T is a maximal torus of G, then the orbit Gx is closed. A characteristic-free description of affinely closed homogeneous spaces for solvable groups is given in [67]. 4 The Slice Theorem The Slice Theorem due to D. Luna [42] is one of the most important technical tools in modern invariant theory. In this text we need only some corollaries of the theorem which are related to affine embeddings [42, 56]. • Let G/H ֒→ X be an affine embedding with a closed G-orbit isomorphic to G/F , where F is reductive.

It turns out that CG (H)0 is a one-dimensional unipotent group consisting of operators of the form Id+aT , where a ∈ K, and T is a nilpotent operator on L defined by T (X) = tr (X)E. The subgroup H is contained in a quasi-parabolic subgroup of G, hence G/H is not strongly affinely closed. In the simplest case n = p = 2, we have H ∼ = P SL(2) ⊂ SL(4), NG (H) = HCG (H) (because H does not have outer automorphisms), CG (H) is connected, and W (H) ∼ = (K, +). It would be very interesting to obtain a complete description of affinely closed spaces in arbitrary characteristic and to answer the following question: is it true that any affinely closed space is strongly affinely closed?