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### Class function counting solutions of equation in finite group: when is it a virtual character?

Let $w=w(x_1,\dots,x_n)$ be a word in a free group of rank $n$. Let $G$ be a finite group. Then we may define a class function $f=f_w$ of $G$ by
$$ f_w(g) = |\{ (x_1,\dots, x_n)\in G^n\mid ...

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### Why are there so few quaternionic representations of simple groups?

Having spent many hours looking through the Atlas of Finite Simple Groups while in Grad school, I recall being rather intrigued by the fact that among the sporadic groups, only one (McLaughlin as I ...

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### local equivalence of loop group representations

Let $G$ be a compact, simple, connected, simply connected (cscsc) Lie group, and let its smooth loop group $LG:=C^\infty(S^1,G)$. Given an interval $I\subset S^1$, we have the local loop group
$$
L_IG ...

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### Cauchy matrices with elementary symmetric polynomials

$\newcommand{\vx}{\mathbf{x}}$
Let $e_k(\vx)$ denote the elementary symmetric polynomial, defined for $k=0,1,\ldots,n$ over a vector $\vx=(x_1,\ldots,x_n)$ by
\begin{equation*}
e_k(\vx) := \sum_{1 ...

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### Applications of the surjectivity of Brauer's decomposition map over arbitrary fields?

Recently I've been going over some of Serre's reformulation of Brauer theory with a student, following the influential treatment in Part III of Serre's lectures (revised 1971 French edition) later ...

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### Combinatorics of Quantum Schubert Polynomials

Let $S_n$ be the symmetric group. Let $s_i$ denote the adjacent transposition $(i \ i+1)$. For any permutation $w\in S_n$, an expression $w=s_{i_1}s_{i_2}\cdots s_{i_p}$ of minimal possible length is ...

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### Quasi-classical limit of representation theory

I am looking for a good reference on a general phenomenon of quasi-classical limit in representation theory, which relates "large" representations to measures on (co-adjoint orbits of) the associated ...

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### Open problems/questions in representation theory and around ?

What are open problems in representation theory ?
What are the sources (books/papers/sites) discussing this ?
Any kinds of problems/questions are welcome - big/small, vague/concrete.
Some estimation ...

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### Division fields of abelian varieties over function fields

Let $k$ be a finitely generated field (for example a finite field or a number field) and $K/k$ a finitely generated regular extension with $trdeg(K/k)=1$. Let $A/K$ be a principally polarized abelian ...

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### Comparing the Kazhdan-Lusztig and Steinberg pre-orders

Both Kazhdan-Lusztig and Steinberg have defined pairs of preorders on $S_n$. Kazhdan and Lusztig's preorders come from their basis:
We write $x\leq_L y$ if any left ideal spanned by K-L basis ...

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### Noether-Deuring for injections and surjections?

Noether-Deuring theorem (not in the strongest form, but in the one I usually need):
Let $L\diagup K$ be a field extension. Let $A$ be a $K$-algebra which is finite-dimensional as a vector space over ...

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### Which p-adic algebraic groups are type I?

It was proved by Jacques Dixmier (Sur les représentations unitaires des groupes de Lie algébriques, Annales de l'institut Fourier, 7 (1957), p. 315-328, doi: 10.5802/aif.73, MR 20 #5820 , Zbl ...

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### Hyperbolic polynomials and group representations

Recall that a homogeneous polynomial $P\in{\mathbb R}[X_1,\ldots,X_d]$ of degree $n$ is hyperbolic in the direction of a vector $V\ne0$ if for every vector $W$, the univariate polynomial $t\mapsto ...

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### Nilpotent pro-$p$ groups

Is it true that every finitely generated (topologically) torsion free nilpotent pro-$p$ group is isomorphic to a subgroup of $U_d(\mathbb{Z}_p)$, the group of $d\times d$-upper triangular matrices ...

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### Is there a common framework for Tannaka and Gabriel-Ulmer reconstruction theorems?

Gabriel-Ulmer duality is a biequivalence between the 2-category of finite limit categories and the 2-category of locally finitely presentable categories. It allows for the reconstruction of a theory ...

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### What can be said about Schur indices, given only the character table?

Let $\chi$ be an irreducible (complex) character of a finite group, $G$. The Schur index $m_{K}(\chi)$ of $\chi$ over the field $K$ is the smallest positive integer $m$ such that $m\chi$ is afforded ...

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### representation theoretic interpretation of Jack polynomials

Monomial symmetric polynomials on $n$ variables $x_1, \ldots x_n$ form a natural basis of the space $\mathcal{S}_n$ of symmetric polynomials on $n$ variables and are defined by additive symmetrization ...

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### Diagonalizing some matrices arising from Fourier transform on $S_n$.

Consider the function $f$ on $S_n$ which equals $1/n$ on all adjacent transpositions $(i,i+1)$, where we let $n+1 = 1$, and $0$ otherwise, and its Fourier transform $\hat{f}(\rho)$ evaluated at the ...

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### Where do stable Kronecker coefficients live “in nature”?

Background:
For a partition $\lambda$, let $\lambda[N] = (N - |\lambda|, \lambda_1, \lambda_2, \lambda_3, \dots)$, also let $\chi_\lambda$ be the corresponding irreducible character of the symmetric ...

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### Source of a formula for tensor product multiplicities?

This is a follow-up to a recent question by Allen Knutson here, involving a special type of tensor product multiplicity for a simple Lie algebra $\mathfrak{g}$ over $\mathbb{C}$ (or other ...

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### Capelli determinant = Duflo ( determinant) - was it known ?

Question briefly. Was this fact known: Capelli determinant = Duflo (determinant) ? (This is an equality of the two central elements in universal enveloping of Lie algebra $gl_n$).
I googled a lot ...

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### Given an algebra, can it be realized as a block of a Hopf algebra?

During a classification problem I came across a set of algebras given as the path algebra of a quiver with relations. As an example the local ones: $k\langle x,y\rangle/x^2,y^2, xy-qyx$, where $q\in ...

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### When does a representation admit a spin structure?

Let $G$ be a finite group, and let $V$ be an $n$-dimensional real representation of $G$. Think of $V$ as given by a homomorphism
$$ \rho_V\colon G\to O(n).$$
Write $\chi_V$ for the character of $V$.
...

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### Are the extra vertices in Nakajima's doubling of a quiver related to Langlands duality?

To define a Nakajima quiver variety associated to a quiver $Q = (Q_0,Q_1)$
(vertices and arrows), one first doubles it to $Q^\heartsuit$ by attaching
an extra vertex to every old vertex in $Q_0$. Then ...

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### Is there a notion of tensor product of perfect bases of representations of Lie algebras?

Berenstein and Kazhdan define perfect bases as an "unquantized" version of crystal bases. A perfect basis is roughly a basis with a crystal structure such that $E_i\cdot v=\mathbb{C}\cdot ...

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### A question about multiplication in $G(\mathbb{C}((t)))$ and Affine Grassmannians

I am sorry to give a bounty to such a crappy question but an answer would help me a lot.
I am stuck with the following simple (i guess but) technical problem.
Let $G$ be a complex reductive ...

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### Definition of a uniformly bounded dual of a group

The unitary dual of a group $G$ is the set of equivalence classes of irreducible unitary representations of $G$ with the Fell topology. (This topology is defined using convergence of positive definite ...

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### Group rings isomorphic over F_p, but not over Z_p ?

Suppose given a prime $p$.
Question: Do there exist finite groups $G$ and $H$ such that ${\bf F}_p G$ is isomorphic to ${\bf F}_p H$, but such that ${\bf Z}_p G$ is not isomorphic to ${\bf Z}_p H$ ?
...

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### The derived category of integral representations of a Dynkin quiver.

Let $Q$ be a Dynkin quiver. Let $\mathbb CQ$ be its complex path algebra. It is defined in a way such that modules over $\mathbb CQ$ are the same as representations of the quiver $Q$. Let's write ...

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### Can we find arbitrarily many elements of SU(2) generating a good copy of MAX($\ell_1^n$) inside VN(SU(2))?

In trying to prove that the answer to the title is "no", I was led to the following problem (which I think is equivalent to the question asked in the title, but can be stated independently). If ...

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### Class groups in dihedral extensions - some sort of Spiegelungssatz?

Let $p$ be an odd prime and let $F/\mathbb{Q}$ be a Galois extension with Galois group $D_{2p}$, let $K$ be the intermediate quadratic extension of $\mathbb{Q}$, and $L$ an intermediate degree $p$ ...

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### Combinatorial identity involving the Coxeter numbers of root systems

The setup is:
$R$ = irreducible (reduced) root system;
$D$ = connected Dynkin diagram of $R$, with nodes numbered $1,2,...,r$;
$\hat D$ = extended Dynkin diagram, nodes numbered $0,1,2,...,r$;
...

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### Complexes of representations with complementary central charges

This is another question asking for references. There is an important phenomenon of correspondence between (complexes of) representations of infinite-dimensional Lie algebras with the complementary ...

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### What's the status of Arthur's announced classification for GSp(4)?

In "Automorphic representations of GSp(4)" (2004) (see http://www.math.toronto.edu/arthur/), James Arthur announces a classification of discrete automorphic representations of GSp(4). There are no ...

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### The Markov trace via Bott-Samelson fibers?

Let $H_n$ be the Hecke algebra of GL(n), i.e., the algebra over $\mathbb{Q}(q)$ with generators $T_1,
\ldots, T_{n-1}$ which satisfy the braid relations and also $T^2 = (q-1) T + q$.
Recall the ...

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### Degree of a cone over the set of rank $r$ $n\times n$ matrices

Let $X_r\subset Mat_{n\times n}(C)$ denote the variety of rank at most $r$ matrices, set $k=n-r$ and assume $n\geq k^2-1$. Consider the cone over $X_r$ with vertex spanned by the first $k^2-1$ entries ...

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### Duality in category O vs. Duality of D-modules

Hello,
I omit in the following all the words "derived, twisted, holonomic, finitely-generated...".
We have the Bernstein-Beilinson equivalence between the category of $N$-equivariant $D$-modules on ...

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### Why is this vector space related to modular forms?

In the course of doing some calculations on a project I am working on, I came across the following presentation of a vector space. It is generated by homogenous polynomials of even degree $n$ over a ...

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### Funktorialität in der Theorie der automorphen Formen

In 2010 Langlands wrote an article with the title Funktorialität in der Theorie der automorphen Formen: Ihre Entdeckung und ihre Ziele. On the IAS website, he says that
This note ... was ...

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### distribution of Young diagrams

Consider $\Lambda^p(C^n\otimes C^n)=\oplus_{\pi}S_{\pi}C^n\otimes S_{\pi'}C^n$ as
a $GL_n\times GL_n$-module. This space has dimension $\binom {n^2}p$. I would
like any information on the shapes of ...

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### canonical basis via Gelfand-Tsetlin basis

Do there exist explicit formulas for the action of Lusztig's canonical basis of
$U_q(\mathfrak n_+)$ in the Gelfand-Tsetlin basis of a Verma module for $sl(n)$?

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### What do Multilinear Forms tell us about Representations?

The last few days I have been calculating whether certain group representations are real, complex, or quaternionic. It is well-known that the type of the representation corresponds to what type of ...

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### Does a symplectic group act on tensor power of spin representation?

More specifically, let $S_k$ be the spin representation of $\mathrm{Spin}(2k+1)$.
Then is there are action of $\mathrm{Sp}(2r-2)$ on $\otimes^{2r}S_k$ which commutes
with the action of ...

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### Should the Dynkin diagrams of types $A_1$ and $B_2$ be labelled $C_1$ and $C_2$?

The labels $A$--$G$ attached to connected Dynkin diagrams are of course arbitrary,
the result of historical accidents. In order to avoid repetitions, the four infinite
families $A_\ell, B_\ell, ...

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### An analogue of Deligne-Lusztig theory for positive depth representations?

Deligne-Lusztig theory is an important tool in understanding the depth zero representations of $p$-adic groups. Is there an analogue of Deligne-Lusztig theory that helps in understanding positive ...

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### Representations of orthogonal groups vs representations of reflection groups

Let $V$ be a finite dimensional inner product space and $O(V)$ the orthogonal group of $V$.
Let $G$ be a (say, finite) reflection group on $V$, regarded as a subgroup of $O(V)$ ($G< O(V)$.) Let
us ...

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### Algebraic construction of the modular representation of $\mathrm{SL}_2(\hat{\mathbf Z})$

The answer to this question is probably to be found in the theory of automorphic forms, but (I don't know much about it and consequently) after some tries, I did not catch it. Thus I'd be grateful if ...

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### Hodge Decompositions and Gamma Factors of Hasse--Weil L-Functions

Let $X$ be a projective variety over a number field $K$. If $\mathfrak{p}\unlhd\mathcal{O}_K$ is a prime ideal we can regard the Euler factor of its $m$th Hasse-Weil $L$-Function at $\mathfrak{p}$ as ...

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### Earliest use of the term “linearly reductive”?

Recently a number of MO questions have referred to a "linearly reductive group", usually in a way that is out of focus. It's unclear to me why this terminology is so popular, since over a field of ...

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### when do norm-continuous unitary representations separate points of a group?

Recently I found in the web a discussion on the following question:
...