Algebra Research Group

Welcome to the pages of the Algebra group in the Mathematical Institute at Oxford. Here you will find information on our members, the seminars and other events we organise, news about us and the research networks we participate in. There are also lists of lecture courses related to our interests.

The research interests of the group span group theory, representation theory and algebraic aspects of geometry, among many other topics. For more detailed information on the people in our group and their individual research interests, please see our list of members.

If you are interested in undertaking graduate studies with us, please see the department's information for prospective graduate students. Post-doctoral positions and funding opportunities and faculty positions are listed on the Institute's vacancies page.

Details of the next scheduled seminar in each of the series we organise are listed below. For future events, please follow the link to each seminar's listings.

Algebra seminar

There are no seminars currently scheduled for this series.

Representation Theory seminar


Abstract:  As is well known, every rational representation of a finite group $G$ can be realized over $\mathbb{Z}$, that is, the corresponding $\mathbb{Q}G$-module $V$ admits a $\mathbb{Z}$-form. Although $\mathbb{Z}$-forms are usually far from being unique, the famous Jordan--Zassenhaus Theorem shows that there are only finitely many $\mathbb{Z}$-forms of any given $\mathbb{Q}G$-module, up to isomorphism. Determining the precise number of these isomorphism classes or even explicit representatives is, however, a hard task in general. In this talk we shall be concerned with the case where $G$ is the symmetric group $\mathfrak{S}_n$ and $V$ is a simple $\mathbb{Q}\mathfrak{S}_n$-module labelled by a hook partition. Building on work of Plesken and Craig we shall present some results as well as open problems concerning the construction of the
integral forms of these modules. This is joint work with Tommy Hofmann from Kaiserslautern.

  • Representation Theory Seminar

An archive of previous events is also available.