Past Algebra Seminar

5 February 2008
Toby Stafford
Cherednik algebras (always of type A in this talk) are an intriguing class of algebras that have been used to answer questions in a range of different areas, including integrable systems, combinatorics and the (non)existence of crepant resolutions. A couple of years ago Iain Gordon and I proved that they form a non-commutative deformation of the Hilbert scheme of points in the plane. This can be used to obtain detailed information about the representation theory of these algebras. In the first part of the talk I will survey some of these results. In the second part of the talk I will discuss recent work with Gordon and Victor Ginzburg. This shows that the approach of Gordon and myself is closely related to Gan and Ginzburg's quantum Hamiltonian reduction. This again has applications to representation theory; for example it can be used to prove the equidimensionality of characteristic varieties.