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Geometry and Representation Theory Seminar

Geometry & Representation - Mike Zabrocki (York University)

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

Time: 3:30 p.m.  Place: Jeffery Hall 319

Speaker: Mike Zabrocki (York University)

Title: A Multiset Partition Algebra

Abstract:  Schur-Weyl duality is a statement about the relationship between the actions of the general linear group $Gl_n$ and the symmetric group $S_k$ when these groups act on $V_n^{\otimes k}$ (here $V_n$ is an $n$ dimensional vector space). If we consider the symmetric group $S_n$ as permutation matrices embedded in $Gl_n$, then the partition algebra $P_k(n)$ (introduced by Martin in the 1990's) is the algebra which commutes with the action of $S_n$.

In this talk I will explain how an investigation of characters of the symmetric group leads us to consider analogues of the RSK algorithm involving multiset tableaux. To explain the relationship of the combinatorics to representation theory we were led to the multiset partition algebra as an analogue of the partition algebra and the dimensions of the irreducible representations are the numbers of multiset tableaux.

This is joint work with Rosa Orellana of Dartmouth College.

Geometry & Representation - Hugh Thomas (UQAM)

Monday, March 5th, 2018

Time: 4:30 p.m.  Place: Jeffery Hall 319

Speaker: Hugh Thomas (UQAM)

Title: The Robinson-Schensted-Knuth correspondence via quiver representations

Abstract:  The Robinson--Schensted--Knuth correspondence is a many-faceted jewel of algebraic combinatorics. In one variation, it provides a bijection between permutations of $n$ and pairs of standard Young tableaux with the same shape, which is a partition of $n$. In another (more general) version, it provides a bijection between fillings of a partition $\lambda$ by arbitrary non-negative integers and fillings of the same shape $\lambda$ by non-negative integers which weakly increase along rows and down columns (i.e., reverse plane partitions of shape $\lambda$). I will discuss an interpretation of RSK in terms of the representation theory of type $A$ quivers (i.e., directed graphs obtained by orienting a path graph). This allows us to generalize RSK to other Dynkin types (plus a choice of minuscule weight), and is related to periodicity results for piecewise-linear toggling. I will not assume familiarity with either RSK or with quiver representations. This is joint work with Al Garver and Becky Patrias.

Geometry & Representation - David Wehlau (Queen's University)

Monday, February 5th, 2018

Time: 4:30 p.m.  Place: Jeffery Hall 319

Speaker: David Wehlau (Queen's University)

Title: Khovanski Bases and Derivations

Abstract:  Let $R=K[x_1,,\dots,x_m,y_1,\dots,y_m,z_1,\dots,z_m]$ be a polynomial algebera over a field $K$ of characteristic zero, Let $\Delta$ be the locally nilpotent derivation on $R$ determined by $\Delta(z_i) = y_i$, $\Delta(y_i) = x_i$ and $\Delta(x_i)=0$ for $i=1,2,\dots,m$. This is an example of

a Weitzenb\"ock derivation. We exhibit a minimal set of generators $\mathcal G$ for the algebra of

constants $R^\Delta = \ker \Delta$. We also construct a Khovanski (or sagbi) basis for this algebra.

Even though this basis is infinite our proof yields an algorithm to express any element of $R^\Delta$ as
a polynomial in the elements of $\mathcal G$. In particular, this method shows how the classical techniques of polarization and restitution may be used in combination with Khovanski bases to yield a constructive method for expressing elements of a subalgebra as a polynomials in its generators.