Presheaves on buildings and computing modular representations

5 February 2021

Buildings are geometric structures useful in understanding certain classes of groups. In a series of papers written during the 1980s, Ronan and Smith developed the theory of “presheaves on buildings”. By constructing a coefficient system consisting of kP-modules (where P is the stabiliser of a given simplex), and computing the sheaf homology, they proved several results relating the homology spaces with the irreducible G-modules. In this talk we discuss their methods as well as our implementation of the algorithms, which has allowed us to efficiently compute the irreducible representations of some groups of Lie type.

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  • Junior Algebra and Representation Theory Seminar