UBC Math Department Colloquium: Sabin Cautis

  • Date: 10/05/2018
  • Time: 16:00
Sabin Cautis, UBC Math

University of British Columbia


Cluster theory of the coherent Satake category


The affine Grassmannian, though a somewhat esoteric looking object at first sight, is a fundamental algebro-geometric construction lying at the heart of a series of ideas connecting number theory (and the Langlands program) to geometric representation theory, low dimensional topology and mathematical physics.


Historically it is popular to study the category of constructible perverse sheaves on the affine Grassmannian. This leads to the *constructible* Satake category and the celebrated (geometric) Satake equivalence.


More recently it has become apparent that it makes sense to also study the category of perverse *coherent* sheaves (the coherent Satake category). Motivated by certain ideas in mathematical physics this category is conjecturally governed by a cluster algebra structure.


We will illustrate the geometry of the affine Grassmannian in an elementary way, discuss what we mean by a cluster algebra structure and then describe a solution to this conjecture in the case of general linear groups.

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Location: ESB 2012


Refreshments will be served in ESB 4133 from 3:45 p.m.-4:00 p.m.