Past Algebra Seminar

15 June 2021
14:15
Kei Yuen Chan
Abstract

The Harish-Chandra Lefschetz principle asserts representation theory for real groups, p-adic groups and automorphic forms should be placed on an equal footing. A particular example in this aspect is that Ciubotaru and Trapa constructed Arakawa-Suzuki type functors between category of Harish-Chandra modules and category of graded Hecke algebra modules, giving an explicit connection on the representation categories between p-adic and real sides. 

This talk plans to begin with comparing the representation theory between real and p-adic general linear groups, such as unitary and unipotent representations. Then I shall explain results in more details on the p-adic branching law from GL(n+1) to GL(n), including branching laws for Arthur type representations (one of the non-tempered Gan-Gross-Prasad conjectures). The analogous results and predictions on the real group side will also be discussed. Time permitting, I will explain a notion of left-right Bernstein-Zelevinsky derivatives and its applications on branching laws.
 

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8 June 2021
14:15
Giles Gardam
Abstract

Three conjectures on group rings of torsion-free groups are commonly attributed to Kaplansky, namely the unit, zero divisor and idempotent conjectures. For example, the zero divisor conjecture predicts that if $K$ is a field and $G$ is a torsion-free group, then the group ring $K[G]$ has no zero divisors. I will survey what is known about the conjectures, including their relationships to each other and to other conjectures and group properties, and present my recent counterexample to the unit conjecture.

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1 June 2021
14:15
Chris Bowman
Abstract

Riche—Williamson recently proved that the characters of tilting modules for GL_h are given by non-singular p-Kazhdan—Lusztig polynomials providing p>h.  This is equivalent to calculating the decomposition numbers for symmetric groups labelled by partitions with at most h columns.  We discuss how this result can be generalised to all cyclotomic quiver Hecke algebras via a new and explicit isomorphism between (truncations of) quiver Hecke algebras and Elias–Williamson’s diagrammatic endomorphism algebras of Bott–Samelson bimodules. 

This allows us to give an elementary and explicit proof of the main theorem of Riche–Williamson’s recent monograph and extend their categorical equivalence to all cyclotomic quiver Hecke algebras, thus solving Libedinsky–Plaza’s categorical blob conjecture.  Furthermore, it allows us to classify and construct the homogeneous simple modules of quiver Hecke algebras via BGG resolutions.   
 
This is joint work with A. Cox, A. Hazi, D.Michailidis, E. Norton, and J. Simental.  
 

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18 May 2021
14:15
Alistair Savage
Abstract

The elliptic Hall algebra has appeared in many different contexts in representation theory and geometry under different names.  We will explain how this algebra is categorified by the quantum Heisenberg category.  This diagrammatic category is modelled on affine Hecke algebras and can be viewed as a deformation of the framed HOMFLYPT skein category underpinning the HOMFLYPT link invariant.  Using the categorification of the elliptic Hall algebra, one can construct large families of representations for this algebra.

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11 May 2021
14:15
Abstract

Let G be a real or a p-adic connected reductive group. We will recall the description of the connected components of the tempered dual of G in terms of certain subalgebras of its reduced C*-algebra.

Each connected component comes with a torus equipped with a finite group action. We will see that, under a certain geometric assumption on the structure of stabilizers for that action (that is always satisfied for real groups), the component has a simple geometric structure which encodes the reducibility of the associate parabolically induced representations.

We will provide a characterization of the connected components for which the geometric assumption is satisfied, in the case when G is a symplectic group.

This is a joint work with Alexandre Afgoustidis.

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27 April 2021
14:15
Abstract

Every finite group $G$ has a normal series each of whose factors is either a solvable group or a direct product of non-abelian simple groups. The minimum number of nonsolvable factors, attained on all possible such series in G, is called the nonsolvable length $\lambda(G)$ of $G$. In recent years several authors have investigated this invariant and its relation to other relevant parameters. E.g. it has been conjectured by Khukhro and Shumyatsky (as a particular case of a more general conjecture about non-$p$-solvable length) and Larsen that, if $\nu(G)$ is the length of the shortest law holding in the finite group G, the nonsolvable length of G can be bounded above by some function of $\nu(G)$. In a joint work with Francesco Fumagalli and Felix Leinen we have confirmed this conjecture proving that the inequality $\lambda(G) < \nu(G)$ holds in every finite group $G$. This result is obtained as a consequence of a result about permutation representations of finite groups of fixed nonsolvable length. In this talk I will outline the main ideas behind the proof of our result.

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9 March 2021
14:15
Andreas Bode
Abstract

Coadmissible modules over Frechet-Stein algebras arise naturally in p-adic representation theory, e.g. in the study of locally analytic representations of p-adic Lie groups or the function spaces of rigid analytic Stein spaces. We show that in many cases, the category of coadmissible modules admits an exact and fully faithful embedding into the category of complete bornological modules, also preserving tensor products. This allows us to introduce derived methods to the study of coadmissible modules without forsaking the analytic flavour of the theory. As an application, we introduce six functors for Ardakov-Wadsley's D-cap-modules and discuss some instances where coadmissibility (in a derived sense) is preserved.

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2 March 2021
14:15
Kieran Calvert
Abstract

We combine the notions of graded Clifford algebras and Drinfeld algebras. This gives us a framework to study algebras with a PBW property and underlying vector space $\mathbb{C}[G] \# Cl(V) \otimes S(U) $ for $G$-modules $U$ and $V$. The class of graded Clifford-Drinfeld algebras contains the Hecke-Clifford algebras defined by Nazarov, Khongsap-Wang. We give a new example of a GCD algebra which plays a role in an Arakawa-Suzuki duality involving the Clifford algebra.

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23 February 2021
14:15
Dr Wicher Malten
Abstract

We explain how group analogues of Slodowy slices arise by interpreting certain Weyl group elements as braids. Such slices originate from classical work by Steinberg on regular conjugacy classes, and different generalisations recently appeared in work by Sevostyanov on quantum group analogues of W-algebras and in work by He-Lusztig on Deligne-Lusztig varieties.

Our perspective furnishes a common generalisation, essentially solving the problem. We also give a geometric criterion for Weyl group elements to yield strictly transverse slices.

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26 January 2021
14:15
Reuben Green
Abstract

The wreath product of a finite group, or more generally an algebra, with a symmetric group is a familiar and important construction in representation theory and other areas of Mathematics. I shall present some highlights from my work on the representation theory of wreath products. These will include both structural properties (for example, that the wreath product of a cellular algebra with a symmetric group is again a cellular algebra) and cohomological ones (one 
particular point of interest being a generalisation of the result of Hemmer and Nakano on filtration multiplicities to the wreath product of two symmetric groups). I will also give an outline of some potential applications of this and related theory to important open  problems in algebraic combinatorics.

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