Here is a proof of the above fact.

Let be the commutator subgroup of the general linear group ; i.e.,

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First, it is clear that is contained in the special linear group , since for any . Next, we claim that contains all matrices

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This follows from noting that

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By taking transposes, it also follows that contains all matrices

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Further, contains all matrices

since

for any .

Now let

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Then . Using the above results,

if , and

if , and the latter since

for any . Thus , i.e., .