I am an Associate Professor in the
School of Mathematics and Statistics at the
University of Sydney.
Here is my curriculum vitae (pdf, 8 pages).
A/Prof Anthony Henderson
School of Mathematics and Statistics F07
University of Sydney NSW 2006
Room 805 Carslaw Building
I am a member of the
Algebra research group.
Broadly speaking, I am interested in geometric and combinatorial aspects of representation theory.
The papers and talks listed below can be categorized into three
In September 2012, I was one of two recipients of the Australian Mathematical Society Medal, awarded annually to a member of the Society under the age of 40 for distinguished research in the mathematical sciences. I thereby became a Fellow of the Australian Mathematical Society.
I have a long-standing interest in the geometry of nilpotent varieties and Springer fibres, and their generalizations such as
orbit closures in Hilbert nullcones and Nakajima's quiver varieties. It is often the case that the (intersection) cohomology of these varieties controls decomposition numbers in representation theory. See preprints 1-4, research publications 1,3,10,13,15-17,19,21, expository publication 1 and talks 1-4.
Current funding for research in this area: In November 2011, I was awarded a four-year Future Fellowship by the Australian Research Council for the project `Springer fibres, nilpotent cones, and representation theory'. Andrew Mathas and I hold an ARC Discovery-Projects grant on `Pyramids and decomposition numbers for the symmetric and general linear groups'.
I have also worked in more combinatorial
areas related to hyperplane arrangements and wonderful compactifications. My interest has been in computing the characters of the
representations of symmetric groups and wreath products on the
cohomology of various varieties on which they act. See
research publications 5-8,11,12,14,18,20.
The subject of my PhD thesis and subsequent research was the extension
of Lusztig's results on
reductive groups over a finite field
to the case of symmetric spaces. See research publications 2,4,9.
In 2011, I was the inaugural winner of the Christopher Heyde Medal of the Australian Academy of Science. This medal is for an outstanding researcher in the mathematical sciences under the age of 40, working in Australia: it is awarded annually on a three-year rotation between pure mathematics, applied mathematics, and statistics.
I am currently the Elected Vice-President of the Australian Mathematical Society and an Associate Editor of the Journal of the Australian Mathematical Society.
- with Pramod N. Achar and Simon Riche:
Geometric Satake, Springer correspondence, and small representations II, available at arXiv:1205.5089v2 or here (version 2, 72 pages).
- with Pramod N. Achar, Daniel Juteau and Simon Riche:
Weyl group actions on the Springer sheaf, to appear in Proc. Lond. Math. Soc., available at arXiv:1304.2642 or here (27 pages).
- with Pramod N. Achar, Daniel Juteau and Simon Riche:
Modular generalized Springer correspondence I: the general linear group, available at arXiv:1307.2702 or here (27 pages).
- with Anthony Licata:
Diagram automorphisms of quiver varieties, available at arXiv:1309.0572 or here (43 pages).
Fourier transform, parabolic induction, and nilpotent orbits,
Transform. Groups 6 (2001), no. 4, 353-370.
Spherical functions of the symmetric space
Represent. Theory 5 (2001), 581-614.
Two-row nilpotent orbits of cyclic quivers,
Math. Z. 243 (2003), no. 1, 127-143.
Symmetric subgroup invariants in irreducible representations
of GF, when G=GLn,
J. Algebra 261 (2003), no. 1, 102-144.
Representations of wreath products on cohomology of De Concini-Procesi
Int. Math. Res. Not. 2004 (2004), no. 20,
Species over a finite field,
J. Algebraic Combin. 21 (2005), no. 2, 147-161.
Bases for certain cohomology representations of the symmetric group,
J. Algebraic Combin. 24 (2006), no. 4, 361-390.
Plethysm for wreath products and homology of sub-posets of Dowling lattices,
Electron. J. Combin. 13 (2006), no. 1, Research Paper 87, 25 pp.
Induced characters of the projective general linear group
over a finite field,
J. Algebra 307 (2007), no. 1, 116-135.
Nilpotent orbits of linear and cyclic quivers and Kazhdan-Lusztig
polynomials of type A,
Represent. Theory 11 (2007), 95-121.
- with Eric Rains:
The cohomology of real De Concini-Procesi models of Coxeter type,
Int. Math. Res. Not. 2008 (2008), rnn001, 29 pp.
The symmetric group representation on cohomology of the
regular elements of a maximal torus of the special linear group,
J. Aust. Math. Soc.
84 (2008), no. 1, 85-98.
- with Pramod N. Achar:
Orbit closures in the enhanced nilpotent cone,
219 (2008), no. 1, 27-62. Note the corrigendum.
- with Gus Lehrer:
The equivariant Euler characteristic of real Coxeter toric varieties,
Bull. London Math. Soc. 41 (2009), no. 3, 515-523.
Exterior powers of the reflection representation in the cohomology of Springer fibres, C. R. Math. Acad. Sci. Paris
348 (2010), no. 19-20, 1055-1058.
- with Pramod N. Achar and Eric Sommers:
Pieces of nilpotent cones for classical groups,
Represent. Theory 15 (2011), 584-616.
- with Pramod N. Achar and Benjamin F. Jones:
Normality of orbit closures in the enhanced nilpotent cone, Nagoya Math. J. 203 (2011), 1-45.
- with Michelle L. Wachs:
Unimodality of Eulerian quasisymmetric functions, J. Combin. Theory Ser. A 119 (2012), no. 1, 135-145.
- with Peter E. Trapa:
The exotic Robinson-Schensted correspondence, J. Algebra 370 (2012), 32-45.
Rational cohomology of the real Coxeter toric variety of type A, in Configuration Spaces: Geometry, Combinatorics, and Topology, Publications of the Scuola Normale Superiore, no. 14, A. Björner, F. Cohen, C. De Concini, C. Procesi and M. Salvetti (eds.), Pisa, 2012, 313-326, available from SNS and Birkhäuser.
- with Pramod N. Achar:
Geometric Satake, Springer correspondence, and small representations, Selecta Math. (N.S.) 19 (2013), no. 4, 949-986.
Enhancing the Jordan canonical form, Austral. Math. Soc. Gaz. 38 (2011), no. 4, 206-211.
Representations of Lie Algebras: An Introduction Through gln, Australian Mathematical Society Lecture Series, no. 22, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2012, available from CUP America, Amazon, Amazon UK and Book Depository. See the reviews on MathSciNet, zbMATH, Choice (subscriptions required).
Selected Recent Talks
Geometric Satake, Springer correspondence, and small representations, Algebraic Groups and Representation Theory, Hong Kong, January 2013.
Geometric modular representation theory, CRM Colloquium, University of Western Sydney, August 2013, YouTube video.
Singularities arising from nilpotent orbits, Japanese-Australian Workshop on Real and Complex Singularities, Sydney, September 2013, Part 1: General results, Part 2: Minimal degeneration singularities, Part 3: Connections to quiver varieties.
A partial history of the Schur functor, Australian Mathematical Society Annual Meeting, Sydney, September 2013.
Since July 2013, I supervise the University of Sydney Postdoctoral Fellowship of Alan Stapledon.
I supervise or have supervised the following postgraduate students.
I have also supervised six Honours projects and eight Vacation Scholarships.
For information about available PhD projects, see
page in Research Supervisor Connect.
In May 2009, I was awarded a Faculty of Science Citation for Excellence in Teaching.
I have lectured the following units of study.
I also run the SUMS Problem Competition
for undergraduates from around Australia.
- Semester 1, 2007-08:
MATH1901 Differential Calculus (Advanced).
- Semester 1, 2005-06,08-10:
Special Studies Program unit MATH1906.
- Semester 1, 2007-09:
MATH2069 Discrete Mathematics and Graph
Theory (joint with the Advanced version MATH2969).
- Semester 1, 2011 and Semester 2, 2013:
Special Studies Program unit MATH2916/MATH2917.
- Semester 2, 2011:
MATH2968 Algebra (Advanced).
- Semester 2, 2006-10:
MATH3966 Modules and Group Representations (Advanced).
- Semester 1, 2003-04:
MATH3002 Rings and Fields.
- Semester 2, 2005 and Semester 1, 2011: Pure Mathematics Honours unit
- Semester 1, 2002: Pure Mathematics Honours unit
Introduction to Lie Theory.
- Summer 2004 and 2007: Lie Algebras in the
AMSI Summer School.
- School of Mathematics and Statistics external front page.
- Mathematics ArXiv.
- My author profile in MathSciNet.
- My page
in the Mathematics Genealogy Project.
- George Lusztig, my
thesis advisor at MIT.
- Kevin McGerty,
a fellow Lusztig student, now at Oxford University.
- Lenny Ng, a fellow MIT graduate student, now at Duke University.
- Tara Holm, a fellow MIT graduate student, now at Cornell University.
- Pramod Achar, a fellow MIT graduate student, now a
collaborator at Louisiana State University.
- Peter Trapa, a fellow MIT graduate student, now a
collaborator at the University of Utah.
- Eric Sommers,
a fellow Lusztig student, now a collaborator at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
- Daniel Juteau, a collaborator at Université de Caen.
- Simon Riche, a collaborator at Université Blaise Pascal - Clermont-Ferrand II.
- Tony Licata, a collaborator at the Australian National University.
- Geordie Williamson, a collaborator at Max-Planck-Institut für Mathematik in Bonn.