Chris Fraser

School of Mathematics

206 Church St SE

Minneapolis, MN 55403

Email: cfraser at umn dot edu

Office: 204 Vincent

Phone: 612 626 0843


About me:

I am an RTG Postdoc at the University of Minnesota. I received my Ph.D from the University of Michigan under the supervision of Sergey Fomin. I am on the academic job market during Fall 2020.


Research interests:

Combinatorial representation theory, especially cluster algebras and total positivity. My CV is available here.


Recent conferences:

Special sessions on cluster algebras and plabic graphs

Cluster Algebras 2020

Papers and preprints:

This arXiv search produces each of my arXiv preprints. Individual arXiv links, a brief abstract, and some slides and videos, can be found below.

7. Cyclic symmetry loci in Grassmannians.

Preprint (2020) | (arXiv) | (pdf) | (slides) | (video)

We study the points in Gr(k,n) fixed by a given power of the cyclic shift map, giving a cell decomposition of the TNN points and studying the existence of (generalized) cluster structures on these spaces. This extends Karp's description of the points fixed by the cyclic shift itself. This has relations with Chekhov and Shapiro's work on decorated Teichmuller theory of orbifolds, Gekhtman-Shapiro-Vainshtein's work on periodic band matrices, and Gleitz's work on quantum affine algebras at roots of unity.

6. Positroid cluster structures from relabeled plabic graphs w/ Melissa Sherman-Bennett.

Preprint (2020) | (arXiv) | (pdf)

We describe clusters in open positroid variety indexed by plabic graphs with appropriately permuted boundary labels., and conjecture that all such clusters are related by quasi-cluster transformations. This construction induces isomorphisms between open positroid varieties via twistlike maps.

5. Quantum affine algebras and Grassmannians w/ Wen Chang, Bing Duan, and Jianrong Li.

Math. Z. (2020) | (arXiv) | (pdf)

We study the relationship between modules over quantum affine algebras and Grassmannian cluster algebras. We give (subject to a mild conjecture) an explicit basis for the coordinate ring of the Grassmannian, containing the cluster monomials, whose elements are labeled by semistandard Young tableaux of rectangular shape. We discuss the resulting tableau-theoretic rules for Grassmannian cluster combinatorics.

4. Tropicalization of positive Grassmannians w/ Ian Le.

Selecta Math. (2019) | (arXiv) | (pdf)

We describe combinatorial objects that are parameterized by the positive tropical part of the tropical Grassmannian in terms of configurations of points in the affine building.

3. From dimers to webs w/ Thomas Lam and Ian Le.

Trans. Amer. Math. Soc. (2019) | (arXiv) | (pdf) | (FPSAC Abstract) | (FPSAC Slides)

We describe a precise relationship between the r-fold dimer model on bipartite graphs in the disk and SL_r webs. We deduce a complete set of skein relations for webs from Postnikov's moves on plabic graphs.

2. Braid group symmetries of Grassmannian cluster algebras.

Selecta Math. (2020) | (arXiv) |(pdf) | (Fominfest Slides) | (FPSAC Abstract)

We describe an action of the the affine extended braid group on d strands on the open positroid variety in Gr(k,n), where d = gcd(k,n). This action permutes the cluster monomials in the Grassmannian cluster algebra.

1. Quasi-homomorphisms of cluster algebras.

Adv. in Appl. Math. (2016) | (arXiv) | (pdf)


We introduce a category of maps between cluster algebras of the same cluster type but with different coefficients.