Representation Theory Seminar


The seminar runs on Thursdays at 3:10pm–4:00pm in Carver Hall 401 at Iowa State University. Talks range from expository given by local speakers, to invited research talks. Themes include

For more information, please contact Jonas Hartwig.


Nov 16, 2017
Finite complex reflection groups: Invariant and coinvariant rings
Tathagata Basak (ISU)
Let \(G\) be a group of linear maps on a vector space \(V\). The invariant ring of \(G\) is the ring of polynomial functions on V that are invariant under \(G\) action. We will discuss the invariant rings of finite complex reflection groups. We shall illustrate how properties of the reflection group are encoded in the ring of invariants and co-invariants.
Nov 9, 2017
Galois representations in Galois theory
Shuvra Gupta (ISU)
We will start with a gentle introduction to Galois Representations. We will then discuss how questions in Galois Theory can be answered using techniques from Galois Representations. If there is time, I will discuss a project that I have been pursuing with Yeansu Kim to realise spin groups over \(\mathbb{Q}\).
October 26, 2017
Combinatorial generation of multi-highest-weight crystals
John Dusel (Mount St. Mary's University)

A crystal is a type of directed graph that encodes essentially all the combinatorial information about of a Lie algebra, its associated quantum group, and their representations. In this talk we will study the structure of a crystal with respect to an automorphism of the underlying Dynkin diagram, via a process known as folding.

The folding procedure introduced here extends a well-known Lie theoretic construction based on fixed-points. The latter was used by Lusztig in his celebrated construction of the canonical basis for a quantized enveloping algebra of multiply-laced type. Folding does not preserve the property of being highest-weight. This leads to a new type of crystal that corresponds to a new type of representation of a quantized enveloping algebra. We call these crystals multi-highest-weight.

In certain cases the multi-highest-weight crystal obtained from folding \(B(\infty)\) — the crystal for the lower triangular half of a quantized enveloping algebra — can be combinatorially generated using subsets of the Weyl group known as balanced parabolic quotients. I will explain how this generation can be accomplished both intrinsically and using the semigroup structure of Nakashima and Zelevinsky's polyhedral realization.

October 12, 2017
Finite complex reflection groups: Introduction
Tathagata Basak (ISU)
We will introduce the class of finite complex reflection groups and give many examples. We will describe their Coxeter-like diagrams and braid groups and talk about some of the mysteries surrounding them.
October 5, 2017
Maximal subalgebras of finite-dimensional algebras
Alexander Sistko (University of Iowa)
We present classification theorems for maximal subalgebras of finite-dimensional algebras over a field \(k\). This is done by first classifying maximal subalgebras of semisimple algebras, and then lifting to the  general case. When \(k\) is nice (ex. algebraically closed), the classification can be understood in terms of the ideal structure of the Jacobson radical. For bound quiver algebras, this gives us nice presentations for subalgebras. Trivial extensions and separable extensions feature prominently in the classification, and allow us to relate representation-theoretic properties of an algebra to those of its subalgebras via induction and restriction. If time permits, we discuss related problems and applications, ex. determining isomorphism classes of subalgebras, and finding minimal generating sets of algebras.
September 28, 2017
Definability in the foundations of Euclidean geometry and the product rule for derivations
Richard Kramer (ISU)
In this talk, we discuss the results of investigations that began with a solution to an open problem posed by Schwabhäuser and Szczerba regarding definability (without parameters) in the three dimensional Euclidean geometry of lines, asking whether intersection was definable from perpendicularity (two lines intersecting at a right angle). It is not. The result is a “new” 3-dimensional geometry of lines, which we call perpendicular geometry, since it can be formalized from perpendicularity. Further investigations produce a rather complete classification of possible geometries arising from elementary Euclidean binary relations between lines in \(\mathbb{R}^3\), modulo the determination of (metrical) projective geometries formalized by binary relations between points. The classification shows that in a sense made precise, perpendicular geometry is the only new geometry that can arise from binary geometric relations, except for possible new projective plane geometries, which we conjecture do not exist. Generalizing to geometries of s-flats in n-dimensional Euclidean geometry, we state a theorem which provides the essential first step towards a similar classification for the general case. The theorem states that parallel is definable in such a geometry no matter what binary geometric relation that one might chose to formalize geometry (with an enumerated list of trivial exceptions). To what extent this is true for ternary or higher order geometric relations is open, even for lines in \(\mathbb{R}^3\). We conjecture that it remains true, that is, that parallel is definable from anything “except for the exceptions”. Finally, we note that perpendicular geometry, whose automorphism group is connected with derivations, sheds some rather curious light on the relationship between the product rule for derivations over a ring, and the sum rule. For example, it is a direct consequence of perpendicular geometry that the product rule for the cross product of 3-dimensional vectors implies the sum rule. It is conjectured that this is also true of all finite dimensional semi-simple Lie algebras over the complex numbers.
September 21, 2017
Irreducible components of exotic Springer fibers
Daniele Rosso (Indiana University Northwest)
The Springer resolution is a resolution of singularities of the variety of nilpotent elements in a reductive Lie algebra. It is an important geometric construction in representation theory, but some of its features are not as nice if we are working in Type \(C\) (Symplectic group). To make the symplectic case look more like the Type \(A\) case, Kato introduced the exotic nilpotent cone and its resolution, whose fibers are called the exotic Springer fibers. We give a combinatorial description of the irreducible components of these fibers in terms of standard Young bitableaux and obtain an exotic Robinson-Schensted correspondence. This is joint work with Vinoth Nandakumar and Neil Saunders.
September 14, 2017
Canonical Galois orders and maximal commutativity
Jonas Hartwig (ISU)
Galois rings and orders, defined by Futorny and Ovsienko in 2010, form a class of algebras which include many important algebras in representation theory, such as the (quantized) enveloping algebra of \(\mathfrak{gl}_n\), type \(A\) restricted Yangians and finite W-algebras. I will present a new criterion for determining when a Galois ring is a Galois order. This can be applied in particular to \(U_q(\mathfrak{gl}_n)\) which also proves the quantum Gelfand-Zeitlin subalgebra is maximal commutative. This establishes several conjectures including bounds on fibers of irreducible Gelfand-Zeitlin characters. The method in fact applies to all of the mentioned examples and give unified new proofs.
September 7, 2017
Global Weyl modules for non-standard maximal parabolic subalgebras
Matthew Lee (UC Riverside)
In this talk we will discuss the structure of non standard maximal parabolics of twisted affine Lie algebras, global Weyl modules and the associated commutative associative algebras. Since the global Weyl modules associated with the standard maximal parabolics have found many applications the hope is that these non-standard maximal parabolics will lead to different, but equally interesting applications.
August 31, 2017
The current algebra of \(\mathfrak{sl}_2\) and its representations
Jonas Hartwig (ISU)
An introduction to the current algebra of \(\mathfrak{sl}_2\) will be given. This Lie algebra is infinite-dimensional and has non-semisimple finite-dimensional modules (i.e. Weyl's theorem fails). Some classes of modules will be discussed, and open problems in the area stated.


Light reading:



Date Speaker Title Links
04/28/17 Adnan Abdulwahid (ISU) Nakayama Functor and Quiver Representations Abstract
04/07/17 Miodrag Iovanov (UI) On Incidence Algebras and their Representations Abstract
03/24/17 JH Tensor products of representations
03/10/17 JH Weight modules over noncommutative Kleinian fiber products Notes Paper1 Paper2
03/03/17 JH Unitarizable representations Notes
02/24/17 Ben Sheller (ISU) Lie group actions and stratified spaces Notes
02/10/17 JH Gelfand-Tsetlin Bases Notes
02/03/17 JH Parabolic induction Fernando
01/27/17 JH Simple weight modules over Lie algebras Mathieu
01/20/17 Mark Hunacek (ISU) Modular Lie algebras Benkart Rumynin
12/02/16 Animesh Biswas (ISU) The Heisenberg group and its representations
11/18/16 Tathagata Basak (ISU) Reflection groups II
11/11/16 Tathagata Basak (ISU) Reflection groups I Notes
11/04/16 JH What about \(E_9\)? Kac-Moody algebras. Notes
10/31/16 JH [Comb/Alg Sem] Lie superalgebras and super-differential operators II
10/24/16 JH [Comb/Alg Sem] Lie superalgebras and super-differential operators I Notes Kac Serganova
10/21/16 JH Classification of simple Lie algebras Notes
10/14/16 JH Root space decomposition for \(\mathfrak{sl}(3)\)
09/30/16 JH Lie algebras and homomorphisms;
Examples; Classification problem

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