Tensor diagrams and Chebyshev polynomials

18 October 2016
Lisa Lamberti

Given a complex vector space $V$, consider the ring $R_{a,b}(V)$ of polynomial functions on the space of configurations of $a$ vectors and $b$ covectors which are invariant under the natural action of $SL(V)$. Rings of this type play a central role in representation theory, and their study dates back to Hilbert. Over the last three decades, different bases of these spaces with remarkable properties were found. To explicitly construct, as well as to compare, some of these bases remains a challenging problem, already open when $V$ is 3-dimensional. 
In this talk, I report on recent developments in the 3-dimensional setting of this theory.