**SMS scnews item created by James East at Tue 25 Aug 2009 1039**

Type: Seminar

Distribution: World

Expiry: 28 Aug 2009

**Calendar1: 28 Aug 2009 1205-1255**

**CalLoc1: Carslaw 375**

Auth: jamese@bari.maths.usyd.edu.au

### Algebra Seminar

# Pieces of nilpotent cones for classical groups

### Anthony Henderson

#### Friday August 28, 12:05--12:55pm, Carslaw 375

###### Abstract

The algebraic groups SO_{2n+1} and Sp_{2n} have dual root data, so one expects there to be close connections between them. However, the nilpotent orbits of SO{2n+1} in its Lie algebra seem superficially different from those of Sp_{2n}. Lusztig observed that on each side the orbits can be lumped together into `special pieces' which correspond more closely. For example, the number of points defined over a finite field in each special piece for SO_{2n+1} is the same as that in the corresponding special piece for Sp_{2n}, as Lusztig showed by direct computation. I will explain a new approach to this phenomenon, in which the two nilpotent cones are related via the exotic nilpotent cone of S. Kato. This is joint work with P. Achar (Louisiana State University) and E. Sommers (University of Massachusetts).

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James East jamese@maths.usyd.edu.au