Fri, 24 May 2024
12:00 - 13:00
Quillen Room
Duncan Laurie
University of Oxford

Kashiwara’s theory of crystal bases provides a powerful tool for studying representations of quantum groups. Crystal bases retain much of the structural information of their corresponding representations, whilst being far more straightforward and ‘stripped-back’ objects (coloured digraphs). Their combinatorial description often enables us to obtain concrete realizations which shed light on the representations, and moreover turn challenging questions in representation theory into far more tractable problems.

After reviewing the construction and basic theory regarding quantum groups, I will introduce and motivate crystal bases as ‘nice q=0 bases’ for their representations. I shall then present (in both finite and affine types) the construction of Young wall models in the important case of highest weight representations. Time permitting, I will finish by discussing some applications across algebra and geometry.

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