University of British Columbia
February 23, 2018 from 16:00 to 18:00 (Montreal/EST time) On location
The affine Grassmannian, though a somewhat esoteric looking object at first sight, is a fundamental algebrogeometric 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.
AddressUQAM, Pavillon Président-Kennedy, 201, ave du Président-Kennedy, room PK5115