CMU Algebra and Combinatorics Seminar

Fall 2014

Organizers

Meeting Times

Wednesdays, 4:00–5:00pm, in Pearce 328.

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Schedule

Date Speaker Affiliation Title
9/3 Meera Mainkar Central Michigan University Anosov Lie algebras and algebraic units in number fields
9/10 Ben Salisbury Central Michigan University The Gindikin-Karpelevich formula and combinatorics of crystals
9/17 Sunil Chebolu Illinois State University Group Algebras and Circulant Bipartite Graphs
9/24 Travis Scrimshaw University of California, Davis Crystal Structure For Rigged Configurations and the Filling Map
10/1 Andrzej Dudek Western Michigan University On Ramsey-type problems for sequences and permutations
10/8 Pin-Hung Kao Central Michigan University On the Combinatorial Sieve
10/15 Gabriel Feinberg Haverford College TBD
10/22 Jordan Webster Mid Michigan Community College TBD
10/29 Pete Vermeire Central Michigan University TBD
11/5 Bruce Sagan Michigan State University TBD
11/12 Adam Giambrone Alma College TBD
12/3 Robert Molina Alma College TBD

Abstracts

Speaker: Meera Mainkar (Central Michigan University)
Title: Anosov Lie algebras and algebraic units in number fields
Abstract: In the theory of dynamical systems, Anosov diffeomorphisms are an important class of dynamically interesting diffeomorphisms of Riemannian manifolds. The study of Anosov diffeomorphisms on nilmanifolds (compact quotients of simply connected nilpotent Lie groups) leads to interesting algebraic and arithmetic problems related to Lie algebras. In particular, this relates to very special algebraic units in number fields. We study the classification of Anosov Lie algebras by studying the properties of these algebraic units.

Speaker: Ben Salisbury (Central Michigan University)
Title: The Gindikin-Karpelevich formula and combinatorics of crystals
Abstract: The Gindikin-Karpelevich formula computes the constant of proportionality for the intertwining integral between two induced spherical representation of a $p$-adic reductive group $G$. The right-hand side of this formula is a product over positive roots (with respect to the Langlands dual of $G$) which may also be interpreted as a sum over a crystal graph. The original interpretation as a sum is due to Brubaker-Bump-Friedberg and Bump-Nakasuji where $G = \mathrm{GL}_{r+1}$, in which vertices of the crystal graph are parametrized by paths to a specific vector in the graph according to a pattern prescribed by a reduced expression of the longest element of the Weyl group of $G$. I will explain this rule, explain how it may be translated into a statistic on the Young tableaux realization of the same crystal graph, and discuss its generalization to the affine Kac-Moody setting where the notion of the longest element of the Weyl group no longer makes sense. This is joint work with Kyu-Hwan Lee, Seok-Jin Kang, and Hansol Ryu.

Speaker: Sunil Chebolu (Illinois State University)
Title: Group Algebras and Circulant Bipartite Graphs
Abstract: Let $p$ be a prime number. We characterise the group algebras over fields in which every non-trivial unit has order $p$. This characterization and some related results gave answers to some basic questions about circulant bipartite graphs. I will discuss these results which are part of a recent joint work (arXiv:1404.4096) with Keir Lockridge and Gail Yamskulna. (slides)

Speaker: Travis Scrimshaw (University of California, Davis)
Title: Crystal Structure For Rigged Configurations and the Filling Map
Abstract: Rigged configurations are combinatorial objects which arise from statistical mechanics, and they are in bijection with classically highest weight elements in a tensor product of the vector representation of finite dimensional non-exceptional affine crystals called Kirillov-Reshetikhin crystals. Schilling has shown there exists a classical crystal structure on rigged configurations in simply-laced affine type. I will present a classical crystal structure on rigged configurations for all affine types using virtual crystals. Furthermore I will present an extension of the so-called "filling map," introduced in recent work by Okado, Sakamoto, and Schilling for affine type D, to all non-exceptional affine types. This is joint work with Anne Schilling. (slides)

Speaker: Andrzej Dudek (Western Michigan University)
Title: On Ramsey-type problems for sequences and permutations
Abstract: Ramsey theory can loosely be described as the study of structure which is preserved under finite decomposition. A classical Ramsey theorem states that in any $r$-coloring of the edges of a sufficiently large complete graph, one will always find a monochromatic complete subgraph. In this talk, we discuss analogous results for sequences and permutations. In particular, we study the behavior of the following function $f(r,X)$, which is the length of the shortest sequence $Y$ such that any $r$-coloring of the entries of $Y$ yields a monochromatic subsequence that also preserves the order of $X$.

Speaker: Pin-Hung Kao (Central Michigan University)
Title: On the Combinatorial Sieve
Abstract: The ubiquitous inclusion-exclusion principle in combinatorics is as old as Grecian number theory. It was first presented by Eratosthenes in his famous sieve which Legendre later formalized. We will discuss precisely how the inclusion-exclusion principle was utilized in both formulations. We also will see the deficiency of this naive application of the inclusion-exclusion principle as well as a remedy to it by Brun. Lastly, we will see some applications of such sieves in number theory and combinatorics.

Speaker: Gabriel Feinberg (Haverford College)
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Speaker: Jordan Webster (Mid Michigan Community College)
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Speaker: Pete Vermeire (Central Michigan University)
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Speaker: Bruce Sagan (Michigan State University)
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Speaker: Adam Giambrone (Alma College)
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Speaker: Robert Molina (Alma College)
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