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### Subvarieties of Lagrangian Grassmannians

Let $LG(n,2n)$ be the Lagrangian Grassmannian parametrizing Lagrangian subspaces (so of dimension $n$) of $\mathbb{C}^{2n}$. Then $LG(n,2n)\subset G(n,2n)$, where $G(n,2n)$ is the Grassmannian of ...
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### Localizations of smooth spherical varieties at simple roots

Setup Let $G$ be a (connected) reductive group over an algebraically closed field $k$, and fix a Borel subgroup $B \subset G$ and a maximal torus $T \subset B$. Let $\lambda: \mathbb{G}_m \to T$ be a ...
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### Gelfand pair, weakly symmetric pair, and spherical pair

I am a bit confused with the relations among Gelfand pairs, weakly symmetric pairs, and spherical pairs defined in the book "Harmonic analysis on commutative spaces" written by professor ...
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### Relationship between fans and root data

A (split) reductive linear algebraic group is equivalently described by combinatorial information called a root datum. A toric variety is described by combinatorial information called a fan. Both ...
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### Is there a scheme-theoretic description of spherical varieties?

I haven't found much expository literature, and in particular, I'd like some references on how spherical varieties could be viewed schematically, especially functorially (i.e. viewed from the functor ...
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### Uniqueness of the wonderful compactification of a semi-simple group

Let $G$ be a semi-simple group over an algebraically closed field of characteristic zero. In which cases there is a unique wonderful compactification of $G$ (modulo isomorphism)? For instance, is the ...
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### Spherical and Wonderful varieties

A spherical variety is a normal variety $X$ together with an action of a connected reductive affine algebraic group $G$, a Borel subgroup $B\subset G$, and a base point $x_0\in X$ such that the $B$-...
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### Number of boundary divisors and colors of a Spherical variety

Let $X$ be a Spherical variety for a reductive group $G$ with a Borel subgroup $B$. A boundary divisor of $X$ is a $G$-invariant divisor and a color of $X$ is a $B$-invariant divisor which is no $G$-...
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### Is the complement of the open $B$-orbit in a spherical variety cut out by one equation?

Let $X$ be an affine spherical variety for some reductive algebraic group $G$. Let $X^0$ be the open orbit in $X$ under a fixed Borel subgroup $B \subseteq G$. Does there exists a function $f$ on $X$ ...
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### Is any spherical subgroup conjugate to a subgroup defined over a smaller algebraically closed field?

Let $G_0$ be a connected semisimple algebraic group defined over an algebraically closed field $k_0$. Let $k\supset k_0$ be a larger algebraically closed field. We write $G=G_0\times_{k_0} k$ for the ...
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### Action of $N(H)/H$ on the colors of a spherical homogeneous space $G/H$

Let $G$ be a semisimple group over $\mathbb C$, and $X=G/H$ be a spherical homogeneous space of $G$. Let $T\subset B\subset G$ be a maximal torus and a Borel subgroup. Let $S=S(G,T,B)$ denote the ...
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### The group of automorphisms a pair $(G,X)$ where $X$ is a spherical homogeneous space of $G$

I wish to "compute" ${{\rm Aut}}(G,X)$ for a spherical homogeneous space $X$ of $G$ in terms of the spherical datum of $X$. First let $G$ be any algebraic group over $\mathbb C$, and let $X$ ...
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### Why are they called Spherical Varieties?

My understanding is if you have a homogeneous space $X = G/H$ for a reductive group $G$ and $X$ is normal and has an open $B$-orbit, for a Borel subgroup $B$ then you call $X$ spherical. Someone ...