The RepNet Virtual Seminar

Chris Bowman, University of Kent, Kevin McGerty, University of Oxford, Emily Norton, TU Kaiserslautern, Tomasz Przezdziecki, University of Edinburgh, and Ulrich Thiel, TU Kaiserslautern

Tuesdays 16.00-17.00 BST beginning Tuesday 23 June

To sign up to attend this seminar series please register here. The registration will close at 12.00 on the day of the seminar and a link to the meeting will be sent to participants then. The meetings will run in Zoom.

The organisers have their own website which you can see here

The seminar series is now on a summer break and will reconvene on Wednesday 2nd September 2020


Future seminars

Wednesday 2nd September

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Abstract: TBC


Previous seminars

23 June 2020

Jacinta Torres A positive combinatorial formula for symplectic Kostka-Foulkes polynomials I: Rows

Abstract: Fix a simple Lie algebra over the complex numbers. Kostka–Foulkes polynomials are defined for two dominant integral weights as the transition coefficients between two important bases of the ring of symmetric functions: Hall–Littlewood polynomials and Weyl characters. Due to their interpretation as affine Kazhdan-Lusztig polynomials, they are known to have non-negative integer coefficients. However, a closed combinatorial formula is yet to be found outside of type An, where the celebrated charge formula of Lascoux-Schützenberger stands alone. In type Cn, Lecouvey conjectured a charge formula in terms of symplectic cocyclage and Kashiwara-Nakashima tableaux. We reformulate and prove his conjecture for rows of arbitrary weight, and present an algorithm which we believe could well lead to a proof of the conjecture in general. This is joint work with Maciej Dołęga and Thomas Gerber. (arXiv:1911.06732)


30 June 2020

Meinolf Geck What is bad about bad primes?

Abstract: Let G be a connected reductive algebraic group defined over a finite field with q elements. In the 1980’s, Kawanaka introduced generalised Gelfand-Graev representations of the finite group G(Fq), assuming that q is not a power of a “bad” prime for G. These representations have turned out to be extremely useful in various contexts. In an attempt to extend Kawanaka’s construction to the “bad” prime case, we proposed a new characterisation of Lusztig’s concept of special unipotent classes of G (which is now a theorem).


7 July 2020

Laura Rider Centralizer of a regular unipotent element and perverse sheaves on the affine flag variety

Abstract: In this talk, I will give a geometric description of the category of representations of the centralizer of a regular unipotent element in a reductive algebraic group in terms of perverse sheaves on the Langlands dual affine flag variety. This is joint work with R. Bezrukavnikov and S. Riche.


14 July 2020

Andrew Snowden The representation theory of Brauer categories

Abstract: Brauer introduced a family of algebras, now called Brauer algebras, in an effort to extend Schur--Weyl duality to the orthogonal groups. This family of algebras can be assembled into a single object: the Brauer category. In this talk, I will describe various aspects of the representation theory of this category (and some of its cousins). It can be viewed both from the point of view of representation theory and commutative algebra, and connects to many other topics, such as super groups and Deligne's interpolation categories. This is joint work with Steven Sam.


21 July 2020

Gunter Malle What Weyl groups know

Abstract: Weyl groups lie at the core of various quite very different mathematical structures. They not only control much of the behaviour of these objects they also allow us to transfer notions from one setting to another. In the talk I will try to motivate and explain work in progress with Radha Kessar and Jason Semeraro on how and why the Alperin and Robinson weight
conjectures from modular representation theory of finite groups also do make sense (and continue to hold) for $\ell$-compact groups from algebraic topology. If technology permits, this will be a blackboard talk.


28 July 2020 Leo Patimo Extending Schubert calculus to intersection cohomology

Abstract: Extending Schubert calculus to intersection cohomology The Schubert basis is a distinguished basis of  the cohomology of a Schubert variety which contains rich information about the ring structure of the cohomology. When working with the intersection cohomology, we do not have a Schubert basis in general, and in fact understanding the intersection cohomology of a Schubert variety can be much more difficult. However, one may often exploit the knowledge of the corresponding Kazhdan-Lusztig polynomials to produce new bases in intersection cohomology which extend the original Schubert basis. In this talk we will see two different situations where this is possible, although the solutions have quite different flavours: Schubert varieties in Grassmannians and (jt. with N. Libedinsky) Schubert varieties for the affine Weyl group


4 August 2020 Laura Colmenarejo An insertion algorithm for diagram algebras

Abstract: We generalize the Robinson–Schensted–Knuth algorithm to the insertion of two-row arrays of multisets. This generalization leads to an algorithm from partition diagrams to pairs of a standard tableau and a standard multiset tableau of the same shape, which has the remarkable property that it is well-behaved with respect to restricting a representation to a subalgebra. This insertion algorithm matches recent representation-theoretic results of Halverson and Jacobson. This is joint work with Rosa Orellana, Franco Saliola, Anne Schilling, and Mike Zabrocki.


This seminar series is supported as part of the ICMS/INI Online Mathematical Sciences Seminars.