Algebraic Geometry Seminar: Ed Richmond (UBC)

  • Date: 09/27/2010
Ed Richmond (UBC)

University of British Columbia


Coxeter foldings and generalized Littlewood-Richardson coefficients


Let G be a simple Lie group or Kac-Moody group and P a parabolic subgroup. One of the goals Schubert calculus is to understand the product structure of the cohomology ring H^*(G/P) with respect to its basis of Schubert
classes. If G/P is the Grassmannian, then the structure constants corresponding to the Schubert basis are the classical Littlewood-Richardson coefficients which appear in various topics such as enumerative geometry, algebraic combinatorics and representation theory.


In this talk, I will discuss joint work with A. Berenstein in which we give a combinatorial formula for these coefficients in terms of the Cartan matrix corresponding to G. In particular, our formula implies positivity of the “generalized” Littlewood-Richardson coefficients in the case where the off diagonal Cartan matrix entries are not equal to -1. Moreover, this positivity result does not rely on the geometry of the flag variety G/P.


3:00pm-4:00pm, WMAX 110