Title: A q-analogue of the algebra of symmetric functions in infinitely many variables
Speaker: Professor Edward Frenkel
Speaker Info: University of California, Berkeley
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It is well-known that there is a natural Hopf algebra structure on the ring of symmetric functions in infinitely many variables. This structure has a clear representation theoretic meaning if one thinks of the ring of symmetric functions as the direct limit of Rep GL(N), the Grothendieck groups of (polynomial) representations of the group GL(N). The symmetric functions appear if one considers characters of these representations. We will introduce a q-analogue of this Hopf algebra: the direct limit of Grothendieck groups of finite-dimensional representations of the affine quantum group of GL(N). It turns out that this Hopf algebra is isomorphic to a familiar Hopf algebra, namely, the Hall algebra of an infinite linear (resp., cyclic) quiver if q is generic (resp., root of unity). In addition, to each representation one can attach its "q-character", so one obtains an algebra of "q-symmetric functions". The q-characters have already found interesting applications in representation theory and mathematical physics.
Date: Tuesday, December 4, 2001
Time: 4:00pm
Where: Lunt 105
Contact Person: Prof. Kari Vilonen
Contact email: vilonen@math.northwestern.edu
Contact Phone: 847-491-5557
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