Cyclotomic Solomon algebras

Andrew Mathas and Rosa Orellana


This paper introduces an analogue of the Solomon descent algebra for the complex reflection groups of type G(r,1,n). As with the Solomon descent algebra, our algebra has a basis given by sums of "distinguished" coset representatives for certain "reflection subgroups". We explicitly describe the structure constants with respect to this basis and show that they are polynomials in r. This allows us to define a deformation, or q-analogue, of these algebras which depends on a parameter q. We determine the irreducible representations of all of these algebras and give a basis for their radicals. Finally, we show that the direct sum of cyclotomic Solomon algebras is canonically isomorphic to a concatenation Hopf algebra.

Keywords: Complex reflection groups, Solomon descent algebra.

AMS Subject Classification: Primary 16W30; secondary 20C05, 05E15.

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Thursday, January 17, 2008