Past Special Seminar

15 March 2011

We review the relation between the geometry of Kleinian singularities and Dynkin diagrams of types ADE, recalling in particular the construction of a braid group action of type A, D, or E on the derived category of coherent sheaves on the minimal resolution of a Kleinian singularity. By work of Seidel-Thomas, this action was known to be faithful in type A. We extend this faithfulness result to types ADE, which provides the missing ingredient for completing Bridgeland's description of spaces of stability conditions for certain triangulated categories associated to Kleinian singularities. Our main tool is the Garside normal form for braid group elements. This project is joint work with Hugh Thomas from the University of New Brunswick.