Representation theory seminar 2019-Semester 1

The University of Melbourne

School of Mathematics and Statistics

Representation theory seminar 2019

Dates Feb. 1-May 1, 2019.

Organisers: Ting Xue, Yaping Yang

Time: Tuesdays 2-3pm or 2-4pm.

Place: Peter Hall Building, Room 107 weekly


May 28, 2-3:30pm, Amritanshu Prasad (The Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai)

May. 21, 2-3:30pm, Arik Wilbert (Melbourne)

May. 14, 2-3:30pm, Iva Halacheva (Melbourne)

May. 7, 2-3:30pm, Peter McNamara (Melbourne)

Apr. 30, 2-3:30pm, Gufang Zhao (Melbourne).

Apr. 23, Easter holiday, no seminar.

Apr. 16, 2-3:30pm, Thomas Gobet (the University of Sydney)

Title: Positivity properties in Hecke algebras of arbitrary Coxeter groups

Abstract: We explain why some generalizations of Kazhdan-Lusztig polynomials, obtained by considering a family of bases of Hecke algebras which generalize both the standard and costandard bases, have nonnegative coefficients. This was conjectured by Dyer, and proven by Dyer and Lehrer for finite Weyl groups. We also explain the nonnegativity of the corresponding "inverse" polynomials, which is obtained by considering a categorical action of the Artin group attached to the Coxeter system, constructed by Rouquier. Both results use the recent proof of Soergel's conjecture by Elias and Williamson.

Apr. 9, 2-3:30pm, Chenyan Wu (Melbourne)

Title: Local Descent Construction and Theta Correspondence

Abstract: We will describe the local descent construction which under some conditions give the inverse operation to the Langlands functorial lift. We will derive some properties of this construction and show how it behaves under theta correspondence.

Apr. 2, 2-4pm, Ian Grojnowski (University of Cambridge)

Title: Darboux theorem for derived symplectic varieties.

Abstract: I'll start by reminding people what a symplectic vector space is, and work up to explaining local forms of derived symplectic varieties.

No background needed -- this is supposed to be a relaxed Tuesday afternoon talk.

(If we have enough energy, I might also describe some aspects of geometric Langlands on an elliptic curve. The derived geometry is a small ingredient in that, but not really one of the main points).

March 26, 2-4pm, Yaping Yang (Melbourne)

Title: Equivariant (K-) Homology of affine Grassmannian and Toda lattice, after Bezrukavnikov-Finkelberg-Mirković.

Abstract: This is a reading report. I will follow the paper of Bezrukavnikov-Finkelberg-Mirković:

March 19, 2-3pm, Robert Coquereaux (CNRS).

Title: From orbital measures to Littlewood-Richardson coefficients and hive polytopes

Abstract: Several combinatorial models (pictographs) can be used to determine the multiplicities (Littlewood - Richardson coefficients) of those irreducible representations (irreps) that occur in the reduction of a product of two irreps of the Lie group SU(n). Such pictographs can be considered as the integer points of an associated polytope whose volume can be expressed in terms of the Fourier transform of a convolution product of orbital measures.

After describing several variants of this construction, we discuss a few properties of the volume function, whose definition makes sense in a wider context.

March 12, 2-3pm, Daniel Tubbenhauer (Universität Zürich).

Title: Handlebodies, Artin-Tits and Homflypt

Abstract: What do handlebodies and Artin–Tits groups have in common? This talk is my attempt to answer this question: I summarize what I know about the connection between handlebodies, Artin–Tits (braid) groups and Soergel bimodules. Joint work in progress with David Rose.

March 5, 2-3pm, Ivan Marin (Université d'Amiens).

Title: New algebras associated to reflection groups

Abstract: A number of algebraic constructions have been extended from the symmetric groups to other reflection groups. The Coxeter theory has been the source of most of them, notably for the definition of the Hecke algebras, in the case of real reflection groups. Generalizations of these Hecke algebras to non-real ones have been proposed 20 years ago, using topological means (braid groups and monodromy representations). The properties of these generalizations were partly conjectural, and the main conjecture in this area has been resolved only recently. After having reviewed the corresponding material, we shall describe new extensions of these Hecke algebras which make sense in this general setting, as well as generalizations of the algebra of Brauer diagrams. Altogether, this provides large algebras associated to reflection groups whose structure and combinatorics still has to be determined.

Feb 26, 2-4pm, Emily Norton (University of Bonn).

Title: Rational Cherednik algebras and their representations

Abstract: Given a complex reflection group W, we may define a family of noncommutative algebras H_c(W) called rational Cherednik algebras depending on a deformation parameter c. I will discuss the basics of these algebras and their representation theory, with a focus on the finite-dimensional representations.

Feb 19, 2-3pm, Arun Ram (Melbourne).

Title: Combinatorics at level 0.

Feb 12, 2-4pm, Ting Xue (Melbourne).

Title: Global Springer theory.

Feb 5, 2-4pm, Peter McNamara (Melbourne).

Title: Koszul duality.

Previous seminars:

Representation theory seminar 2018

Representation theory seminar 2017