Seminar series
Tue, 02 May 2023
14:00 - 15:00
Mark Wildon
Royal Holloway, University of London

The plethysm product on symmetric functions corresponds to composition of polynomial representations of general linear groups. Decomposing a plethysm product into Schur functions, or equivalently, writing the corresponding composition of Schur functors as a direct sum of Schur functors, is one of the main open problems in algebraic combinatorics. I will give an introduction to these mathematical objects emphasising the beautiful interplay between representation theory and combinatorics. I will end with new results obtained in joint work with Rowena Paget (University of Kent) on stability on plethysm coefficients. No specialist background knowledge will be assumed.

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