Complete Collineations and Compactifications of Complex Lie Groups

27 November 2013
Mark Penney
I will discuss what it means to compactify complex Lie groups and introduce the so-called "Wonderful Compactification" of groups having trivial centre. I will then show how the wonderful compactification of PGL(n) can be described in terms of complete collineations. Finally, I will discuss how the new perspective provided by complete collineations provides a way to construct compactifications of arbitrary semisimple groups.