From braids to transverse slices in reductive groups

23 February 2021
Dr Wicher Malten

We explain how group analogues of Slodowy slices arise by interpreting certain Weyl group elements as braids. Such slices originate from classical work by Steinberg on regular conjugacy classes, and different generalisations recently appeared in work by Sevostyanov on quantum group analogues of W-algebras and in work by He-Lusztig on Deligne-Lusztig varieties.

Our perspective furnishes a common generalisation, essentially solving the problem. We also give a geometric criterion for Weyl group elements to yield strictly transverse slices.

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