Fri, 10 May 2024
12:00 - 13:00
Quillen Room
Tuan Pham
University of Edinburgh

The orbit method is a fundamental tool to study a finite dimensional solvable Lie algebra g. It relates the annihilators of simple U(g)-module to the coadjoint orbits of the adjoint group on g^* . In my talk, I will extend this story to the Witt algebra – a simple (non-solvable) infinite dimensional Lie algebra which is important in physics and representation theory. I will construct an induced module from an element of W^* and show that its annihilator is a primitive ideal. I will also construct an algebra homomorphism that allows one to relate the orbit method for W to that of a finite dimensional solvable algebra.

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