Title: Categorical Diagonalization
Speaker: Ben Elias
Speaker Info: University of Oregon
Brief Description:
Special Note:

Suppose you have an operator f and a collection of distinct scalars $\kappa_i$ such that $\prod (f - \kappa_i) = 0$. Then Lagrange interpolation gives a method to construct idempotent operators $p_i$ which project to the $\kappa_i$-eigenspaces of f. We think of this process as diagonalization, and we categorify it: given a functor F with some additional data (akin to the collection of scalars), we construct a complete system of orthogonal idempotent functors P_i. We will give some simple but interesting examples involving modules over the group algebra of $\mathbb{Z}/2\mathbb{Z}$. The categorification of Lagrange interpolation is related to the technology of Koszul duality.

Diagonalization is incredibly important in every field of mathematics. I am a representation theorist, so I will briefly indicate some of the important applications of categorical diagonalization to representation theory.

This is all joint work with Matt Hogancamp.

Date: Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Time: 4:10pm
Where: Lunt 105
Contact Person: Yifeng Liu
Contact email: liuyf@math.northwestern.edu
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