SMS scnews item created by Kevin Coulembier at Mon 11 Sep 2017 1902
Type: Seminar
Distribution: World
Expiry: 23 Oct 2017
Calendar1: 22 Sep 2017 1200-1300
CalLoc1: Carslaw 375
CalTitle1: Algebra Seminar: On equations defining the affine Grassmannian of SL_n
Auth: kevinc@120.88.165.116 (kcou7211) in SMS-WASM

Algebra Seminar: Yacobi -- On equations defining the affine Grassmannian of SL_n

Oded Yacobi (University of Sydney) 

Friday 22 September, 12-1pm, Place: Carslaw 375 

Title: On equations defining the affine Grassmannian of SL_n 

Abstract: The affine Grassmannian Gr of a semisimple group G is an important infinite
dimensional variety that appears in representation theory.  This talk concerns the
projective geometry of the affine Grassmannian when G=SL_n.  More precisely, in this
case Gr naturally embeds into the Sato Grassmannian SGr, which is a limit of finite
dimensional Grassmannians Gr(n,2n) as n --> infinity, and we are interested in the
equations defining the embedding Gr < SGr.  

Kreiman, Lakshmibai, Magyar and Weyman constructed linear equations on SGr which vanish
on Gr and conjectured that these equations suffice to cut out the affine Grassmannian.
We recently proved this conjecture by reducing it to a question about finite dimensional
Grassmannians.  I’ll describe our method of proof and time permitting I’ll mention some
conjectures (in both the finite and infinite dimensional settings) that arise from our
work, and also some potential applications.  

This is joint work with Dinakar Muthiah and Alex Weekes


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