Past Algebra Seminar

20 October 2020
14:15
Stephen Griffeth
Abstract

I will explain how the representation theory of rational Cherednik algebras interacts with the commutative algebra of certain subspace arrangements arising from the reflection arrangement of a complex reflection group. Potentially, the representation theory allows one to study both qualitative questions (e.g., is the arrangement Cohen-Macaulay or not?) and quantitative questions (e.g., what is the Hilbert series of the ideal of the arrangement, or even, what are its graded Betti numbers?), by applying the tools (such as orthogonal polynomials, Kazhdan-Lusztig characters, and Dirac cohomology) that representation theory provides. This talk is partly based on joint work with Susanna Fishel and Elizabeth Manosalva.

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13 October 2020
14:15
Dan Ciubotaru
Abstract

In the classical setting of real semisimple Lie groups, the Dirac inequality (due to Parthasarathy) gives a necessary condition that the infinitesimal character of an irreducible unitary representation needs to satisfy in terms of the restriction of the representation to the maximal compact subgroup. A similar tool was introduced in the setting of representations of p-adic groups in joint work with Barbasch and Trapa, where the necessary unitarity condition is phrased in terms of the semisimple parameter in the Kazhdan-Lusztig parameterization and the hyperspecial parahoric restriction. I will present several consequences of this inequality to the problem of understanding the unitary dual of the p-adic group, in particular, how it can be used in order to exhibit several isolated "extremal" unitary representations and to compute precise "spectral gaps" for them.

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10 March 2020
14:15
Abstract

Mittag-Leffler condition ensures the exactness of the inverse limit of short exact sequences indexed on a partially ordered set admitting a countable cofinal subset. We extend Mittag-Leffler condition by relatively relaxing the countability assumption. As an application we prove an exactness result about the completion functor in the category of ultrametric locally convex vector spaces, and in particular we prove that a strict morphism between these spaces has closed image if its kernel is Fréchet.

25 February 2020
14:15
Yusra Naqvi
Abstract

Positively folded galleries arise as images of retractions of buildings onto a fixed apartment and play a role in many areas of maths (such as in the study of affine Hecke algebras, Macdonald polynomials, MV-polytopes, and affine Deligne-Lusztig varieties). In this talk, we will define positively folded galleries, and then look at how these can be used to study affine flag varieties. We will also look at a new recursive description of the set of end alcoves of folded galleries with respect to alcove-induced orientations, which gives us a combinatorial description of certain double coset intersections in these affine flag varieties. This talk is based on joint work with Elizabeth Milićević, Petra Schwer and Anne Thomas.

4 February 2020
14:15
Paul Balmer
Abstract

I'll give a general introduction to tensor-triangular geometry, the algebraic study of tensor-triangulated categories as they appear in topology, geometry and representation theory. Then I'll discuss an elementary idea, that of a "field" in this theory, and explain what we currently know about them.

28 January 2020
14:15
Prof. Tim Riley

Further Information: 


A group is sofic when every finite subset can be well approximated in a finite symmetric group. The outstanding question, due to Gromov, is whether every group is sofic.
Helfgott and Juschenko argued that a celebrated group constructed by Higman is unlikely to be sofic because its soficity would imply the existence of some seemingly pathological functions.  I will describe joint work with Martin Kassabov and Vivian Kuperberg in which we construct variations on Higman's group and explore their soficity.  
 

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