Past Representation Theory Seminar

26 May 2016
Gerald Cliff

Let U be the quantized enveloping algebra coming from a semi-simple finite dimensional complex Lie algebra. Lusztig has defined a canonical basis B for the minus part of U- of U. It has the remarkable property that one gets a basis of each highest-weight irreducible U-module V, with highest weight vector v, as the set of all bv which are not 0, as b varies in B. It is not known how to give the elements b explicitly, although there are algorithms.

For each reduced expression of the longest word in the Weyl group, Lusztig has defined a PBW basis P of U-, and for each b in B there is a unique p(b) in P such that b = p(b) + a linear combination of p' in P where the coefficients are in qZ[q]. This is much easier in the simply laced case. I show that the set of p(b)v, where b varies in B and bv is not 0, is a basis of V, and I can explicitly exhibit this basis in type A, and to some extent in types B, C, D.

It is known that B and P are crystal bases in the sense of Kashiwara. I will define Kashiwara operators, and briefly describe Kashiwara's approach to canonical bases, which he calls global bases. I show how one can calculate the Kashiwara operators acting on P, in types A, B, C, D, using tableaux of Kashiwara-Nakashima.

  • Representation Theory Seminar
12 April 2016

We describe the representation theory of loop groups in
terms of K-theory and noncommutative geometry. For any simply
connected compact Lie group G and any positive integer level l we
consider a natural noncommutative universal algebra whose 0th K-group
can be identified with abelian group generated by the level l
positive-energy representations of the loop group LG.
Moreover, for any of these representations, we define a spectral
triple in the sense of A. Connes and compute the corresponding index
pairing with K-theory. As a result, these spectral triples give rise
to a complete noncommutative geometric invariant for the
representation theory of LG at fixed level l. The construction is
based on the supersymmetric conformal field theory models associated
with LG and it can be generalized, in the setting of conformal nets,
to many other rational chiral conformal field theory models including
loop groups model associated to non-simply connected compact Lie
groups, coset models and the moonshine conformal field theory. (Based
on a joint work with Robin Hillier)

  • Representation Theory Seminar
4 February 2016
Peter Jorgensen

Abstract: n-homological algebra was initiated by Iyama
via his notion of n-cluster tilting subcategories.
It was turned into an abstract theory by the definition
of n-abelian categories (Jasso) and (n+2)-angulated categories
The talk explains some elementary aspects of these notions.
We also consider the special case of an n-representation finite algebra.
Such an algebra gives rise to an n-abelian
category which can be "derived" to an (n+2)-angulated category.
This case is particularly nice because it is
analogous to the classic relationship between
the module category and the derived category of a
hereditary algebra of finite representation type.

  • Representation Theory Seminar
12 November 2015
Rebecca Reischuk

Firstly, we will discuss how the category of strict polynomial functors can be endowed with a monoidal structure, including concrete calculations. It is well-known that the above category is equivalent to the category of modules over the Schur algebra. The so-called Schur functor in turn relates the category of modules over the Schur algebra to the category of representations of the symmetric group which posseses a monoidal structure given by the Kronecker product. We show that the Schur functor is monoidal with respect to these structures.
Finally, we consider the right and left adjoints of the Schur functor. We explain how these can be expressed in terms of one another using Kuhn duality and the central role the monoidal structure on strict polynomial functors plays in this context.

  • Representation Theory Seminar
29 October 2015
Pavle Pandzic

We will briefly review the notions of Dirac cohomology and of $A_{\mathfrak{q}}(\lambda)$ modules of real reductive groups, and recall a formula for the Dirac cohomology of an $A_{\mathfrak{q}}(\lambda)$ module. Then we will discuss to what extent an $A_{\mathfrak{q}}(\lambda)$ module is determined by its Dirac cohomology. This is joint work with Jing-Song Huang and David Vogan.

  • Representation Theory Seminar
23 June 2015
Federico Bambozzi

I will describe a categorical approach to analytic geometry using the theory of quasi-abelian closed symmetric monoidal categories which works both for Archimedean and non-Archimdedean base fields. In particular I will show how the weak G-topologies of (dagger) affinoid subdomains can be characterized by homological method. I will end by briefly saying how to generalize these results for characterizing open embeddings of Stein spaces. This project is a collaboration with Oren Ben-Bassat and Kobi Kremnizer.

  • Representation Theory Seminar