Past Algebra Seminar

9 October 2018
14:15
to
15:30
Dima Pasechnik
Abstract

Abstract regular polytopes are finite quotients of Coxeter complexes
with string diagram, satisfying a natural intersection property, see
e.g. [MMS2002]. They arise in a number of geometric and group-theoretic
contexts. The first class of such objects, beyond the
well-understood examples coming from finite and affine Coxeter groups,
are locally toroidal cases, e.g.  extensions of quotients of the affine
F_4 complex [3,3,4,3].  In 1996 P.McMullen & E.Schulte constructed a
number of examples of locally toroidal abstract regular polytopes of
type [3,3,4,3,3], and conjectured completeness of their list. We
construct counterexamples to the conjecture using a Y-shaped
presentation for a subgroup of the Monster, and discuss various
related questions.
 

27 September 2018
14:00
Abstract

For a reductive group $ G $, Steinberg established a map from the Weyl group to nilpotent $ G $-orbits using momentmaps on double flag varieties.  In particular, in the case of the general linear group, he re-interpreted the Robinson-Schensted correspondence between the permutations and pairs of standard tableaux of the same shape in terms of product of complete flags.

We generalize his theory to the case of symmetric pairs $ (G, K) $, and obtained two different maps.  In the case where $ (G, K) = (\GL_{2n}, \GL_n \times \GL_n) $, one of the maps is a generalized Steinberg map, which induces a generalization of the RS correspondence for degenerate permutations.  The other is an exotic moment map, which maps degenerate permutations to signed Young diagrams, i.e., $ K $-orbits in the Cartan space $ (\lie{g}/\lie{k})^* $.

We explain geometric background of the theory and combinatorial procedures which produces the above mentioned maps.

This is an on-going joint work with Lucas Fresse.
 

15 June 2018
15:00
Florian Eisele
Abstract

There are many interesting problems surrounding the unit group U(RG) of the ring RG, where R is a commutative ring and G is a finite group. Of particular interest are the finite subgroups of U(RG). In the seventies, Zassenhaus conjectured that any u in U(ZG) is conjugate, in the group U(QG), to an element of the form +/-g, where g is an element of the group G. This came to be known as the "(first) Zassenhaus conjecture". I will talk about the recent construction of a counterexample to this conjecture (this is joint work with L. Margolis), and recent work on related questions in the modular representation theory of finite groups.

15 June 2018
12:00
Eugenio Giannelli
Abstract

Abstract: In 2016 Ayyer, Prasad and Spallone proved that the restriction to 
S_{n-1} of any odd degree irreducible character of S_n has a unique irreducible 
constituent of odd degree.
This result was later generalized by Isaacs, Navarro Olsson and Tiep.
In this talk I will survey some recent developments on this topic.

12 June 2018
14:15
Andrew Tonks
Abstract


Decomposition (aka unital 2-Segal) spaces are simplicial ∞-groupoids with a certain exactness property: they take pushouts of active (end-point preserving) along inert (distance preserving) maps in the simplicial category Δ to pullbacks. They encode the information needed for an 'objective' generalisation of the notion of incidence (co)algebra of a poset, and motivating examples include the decomposition spaces for (derived) Hall algebras, the Connes-Kreimer algebra of trees and Schmitt's algebra of graphs. In this talk I will survey recent activity in this area, including some work in progress on a categorification of (Hopf) bialgebroids.
This is joint work with Imma Gálvez and Joachim Kock.
 

22 May 2018
14:15
to
15:30
Anthony Joseph
Abstract

Let $\mathfrak g$ be a semisimple Lie algebra.  A $\mathfrak g$-algebra is an associative algebra $R$ on which $\mathfrak g$ acts by derivations.  There are several significant examples.  Let $V$ a finite dimensional $\mathfrak g$ module and take  $R=\mathrm{End} V$ or $R=D(V)$ being the ring of derivations on  $V$ . Again take $R=U(\mathfrak g)$.   In all these cases  $ S=U(\mathfrak g)\otimes R$ is again a $\mathfrak g$-algebra.  Finally let $T$ denote the subalgebra of invariants of $S$.
 
For the first choice of $R$ above the representation theory of $T$ can be rather explicitly described in terms of Kazhdan-Lusztig polynomials.  In the second case the simple $T$ modules can be described in terms of the simple $D(V)$ modules.  In the third case it is shown that all simple $T$ modules are finite dimensional, despite the fact that $T$ is not a PI ring,  except for the case $\mathfrak  g =\mathfrak {sl}(2)$.

24 April 2018
14:15
Henry Bradford
Abstract

 A law for a group G is a non-trivial equation satisfied by all tuples of elements in G. We study the length of the shortest law holding in a finite group. We produce new short laws holding (a) in finite simple groups of Lie type and (b) simultaneously in all finite groups of small order. As an application of the latter we obtain a new lower bound on the residual finiteness growth of free groups. This talk is based on joint work with Andreas Thom.

7 March 2018
10:00
to
12:00
Prof. Matt Szczesny
Abstract
Hall algebras of categories of quiver representations and coherent sheaves on smooth projective curves over F_q recover interesting representation-theoretic objects such as quantum groups and their generalizations. I will define and describe the structure of the Hall algebra of coherent sheaves on a projective variety over F_1, with P^2 as the main example. Examples suggest that it should be viewed as a degenerate q->1 limit of its counterpart over F_q.
6 March 2018
14:15
Abstract

The Peter-Weyl idempotent of a parahoric subgroup is the sum of the idempotents of irreducible representations which have a nonzero Iwahori fixed vector. The associated convolution algebra is called a Peter-Weyl Iwahori algebra.  We show any Peter-Weyl Iwahori algebra is Morita equivalent to the Iwahori-Hecke algebra.  Both the Iwahori-Hecke algebra and a Peter-Weyl Iwahori algebra have a natural C*-algebra structure, and the Morita equivalence preserves irreducible hermitian and unitary modules.  Both algebras have another anti-involution denoted as •, and the Morita equivalence preserves irreducible and unitary modules for the • involution.   This work is joint with Dan Barbasch.
 

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