What are the irreducible constituents of a smooth representation of a p-adic group that is constructed through parabolic induction? In the case of GL_n this is the study of the multiplicative behaviour of irreducible representations in the Bernstein-Zelevinski ring. Strikingly, the same decomposition problem can be reformulated through various Lie-theoretic settings of type A, such as canonical bases in quantum groups, representations of affine Hecke algebras, quantum affine Lie algebras, or more recently, KLR algebras. While partially touching on some of these phenomena, I will present new results on the problem using mostly classical tools. In particular, we will see how introducing a width invariant to an irreducible representation can circumvent the complexity involved in computations of Kazhdan-Lusztig polynomials.
- Algebra Seminar