Pseudo-reductive groups are smooth connected linear algebraic groups over a field k whose k-defined unipotent radical is trivial. If k is perfect then all pseudo-reductive groups are reductive, but if k is imperfect (hence of characteristic p) then one gets a strictly larger collection of groups. They come up in a number of natural situations, not least when one wishes to say something about the simple representations of all smooth connected linear algebraic groups. Recent work by Conrad-Gabber-Prasad has made it possible to reduce the classification of the simple representations of pseudo-reductive groups to the split reductive case. I’ll explain how. This is joint work with Mike Bate.

# Past Algebra Seminar

In my talk I will explain how to relate 1-dimensional representations of finite W-algebras with multiplicity free primitive ideals of universal enveloping algebras and representations of minimal dimension of the corresponding reduced enveloping algebras (Humphreys' conjecture). I will also mention some open problems in the field.

Dimer models with boundary were introduced in joint work with King and Marsh as a natural

generalisation of dimers. We use these to derive certain infinite dimensional algebras and

consider idempotent subalgebras w.r.t. the boundary.

The dimer models can be embedded in a surface with boundary. In the disk case, the

maximal CM modules over the boundary algebra are a Frobenius category which

categorifies the cluster structure of the Grassmannian.

We give a short reminder about central results of classical tilting theory,

including the Brenner-Butler tilting theorem, and

homological properties of tilted and quasi-tilted algebras. We then discuss

2-term silting complexes and endomorphism algebras of such objects,

and in particular show that some of these classical results have very natural

generalizations in this setting.

(joint work with Yu Zhou)

Heckman introduced N operators on the space of polynomials in N variables, such that these operators form a covariant set relative to permutations of the operators and variables, and such that Jack symmetric polynomials are eigenfunctions of the power sums of these operators. We introduce the analogues of these N operators for Macdonald symmetric polynomials, by using Cherednik operators. The latter operators pairwise commute, and Macdonald polynomials are eigenfunctions of their power sums. We compute the limits of our operators at N → ∞ . These limits yield a Lax operator for Macdonald symmetric functions. This is a joint work with Evgeny Sklyanin.

Let $A$ denote either the automorphism group of the free group of rank $n$ or the mapping class group of an orientable surface of genus $n$ with at most 1 boundary component, and let $G$ be either the subgroup of IA-automorphisms or the Torelli subgroup of $A$, respectively. I will discuss various finiteness properties of subgroups containing $G_N$, the $N$-th term of the lower central series of $G$, for sufficiently small $N$. In particular, I will explain why

(1) If $n \geq 4N-1$, then any subgroup of G containing $G_N$ (e.g. the $N$-th term of the Johnson filtration) is finitely generated

(2) If $n \geq 8N-3$, then any finite index subgroup of $A$ containing $G_N$ has finite abelianization.

The talk will be based on a joint work with Sue He and a joint work with Tom Church and Andrew Putman

Let G be a split reductive group over a finite extension k of Q_p. Reeder and Yu have given a new construction of supercuspidal representations of G(k) using geometric invariant theory. Their construction is uniform for all p but requires as input stable vectors in certain representations coming from Moy-Prasad filtrations. In joint work, Jessica Fintzen and I have classified the representations of this kind which contain stable vectors; as a corollary, the construction of Reeder-Yu gives new representations when p is small. In my talk, I will give an overview of this work, as well as explicit examples for the case when G = G_2. For these examples, I will explicitly describe the locus of all stable vectors, as well as the Langlands parameters which correspond under the local Langlands correspondence to the representations of G(k).

The Morita Frobenius number of an algebra is the number of Morita equivalence classes of its Frobenius twists. Morita Frobenius numbers were introduced by Kessar in 2004 in the context of Donovan’s Conjecture in block theory. I will present the latest results of a project in which we aim to calculate the Morita Frobenius numbers of the blocks of quasi-simple finite groups. I will also discuss the importance of a recent result of Bonnafe-Dat-Rouquier for our methods, and explain the relationship between Morita Frobenius numbers and Donovan’s Conjecture.

In the ongoing programme to classify noncommutative projective surfaces (connected graded noetherian domains of Gelfand-Kirillov dimension three) a natural question is: what are the minimal models within a birational class? It is not even clear a priori what the correct definition is of a minimal model in this context.

We show that a generic Sklyanin algebra (a noncommutative analogue of P^2) satisfies the surprising property that it has no birational connected graded noetherian overrings, and explain why this is a reasonable definition of 'minimal model.' We show also that the noncommutative versions of P^1xP^1 and of the Hirzebruch surface F_2 are minimal.

This is joint work in progress with Dan Rogalski and Toby Stafford.