I will explain the basics of 2-representation theory and will explain an approach to classifying 'simple' 2-representations of the Hecke 2-category (aka Soergel bimodules) for finite Coxeter types.

# Past Algebra Seminar

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.

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.

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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.

In this talk, I will report about a joint work with D. Ciubotaru, in which we investigate the Dunkl version of the classical Howe-duality (O(k),spo(2|2)). Similar Fischer-type decompositions were studied before in the works of Ben-Said, Brackx, De Bie, De Schepper, Eelbode, Orsted, Soucek and Somberg for other Howe-dual pairs. Our work builds on the notion of a Dirac operator for Drinfeld algebras introduced by Ciubotaru, which was inspired by the analogous theory for Lie algebras, as well as the work of Cheng and Wang on classical Howe dualities.

I will talk about a way of building graded Lie algebras from certain Heisenberg groups. The input for this construction arises naturally when studying families of algebraic curves, and we'll look at some examples in which Lie theory interacts with number theory in an illuminating way.

A mathematical structure is `axiomatizable' if it is completely determined by some family of sentences in a suitable first-order language. This idea has been explored for various kinds of structure, but I will concentrate on groups. There are some general results (not many) about which groups are or are not axiomatizable; recently there has been some interest in the sharper concept of 'finitely axiomatizable' or FA - that is, when only a finite set of sentences (equivalently, a single sentence) is allowed.

While an infinite group cannot be FA, every finite group is so, obviously. A profinite group is kind of in between: it is infinite (indeed, uncountable), but compact as a topological group; and these groups share many properties of finite groups, though sometimes for rather subtle reasons. I will discuss some recent work with Andre Nies and Katrin Tent where we prove that certain kinds of profinite group are FA among profinite groups. The methods involve a little model theory, and quite a lot of group theory.

The notion of colour Lie algebra, introduced by Ree (1960), generalises notions of Lie algebra and Lie superalgebra. From an orthogonal representation V of a quadratic colour Lie algebra g, we give various ways of constructing a colour Lie algebra g’ whose bracket extends the bracket of g and the action of g on V. A first possibility is to consider g’=g⊕V and requires the cancellation of an invariant studied by Kostant (1999). Another construction is possible when the representation is ``special’’ and in this case the extension is of the form g’=g⊕sl(2,k)⊕V⊗k^2. Covariants are associated to special representations and satisfy to particular identities generalising properties studied by Mathews (1911) on binary cubics. The 7-dimensional fundamental representation of a Lie algebra of type G_2 and the 8-dimensional spinor representation of a Lie algebra of type so(7) are examples of special representations.