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Texts and Readings in Mathematics

Flag Varieties

An Interplay of Geometry, Combinatorics, and Representation Theory

Authors: Lakshmibai, V, Brown, Justin

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  • Elucidates its richness of flag varieties and their importance in geometric objects
  • Discusses the representation theory of complex semisimple Lie algebras, semisimple algebraic groups and symmetric groups
  • Presents a detailed account of the Grassmannian varieties, flag varieties, and their Schubert subvarieties
  • Includes standard monomial theory and their important applications
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This book discusses the importance of flag varieties in geometric objects and elucidates its richness as interplay of geometry, combinatorics and representation theory. The book presents a discussion on the representation theory of complex semisimple Lie algebras, as well as the representation theory of semisimple algebraic groups. In addition, the book also discusses the representation theory of symmetric groups. In the area of algebraic geometry, the book gives a detailed account of the Grassmannian varieties, flag varieties, and their Schubert subvarieties. Many of the geometric results admit elegant combinatorial description because of the root system connections, a typical example being the description of the singular locus of a Schubert variety. This discussion is carried out as a consequence of standard monomial theory. Consequently, this book includes standard monomial theory and some important applications—singular loci of Schubert varieties, toric degenerations of Schubert varieties, and the relationship between Schubert varieties and classical invariant theory. The two recent results on Schubert varieties in the Grassmannian have also been included in this book. The first result gives a free resolution of certain Schubert singularities. The second result is about certain Levi subgroup actions on Schubert varieties in the Grassmannian and derives some interesting geometric and representation-theoretic consequences.

About the authors

V. LAKSHMIBAI is professor at Northeastern University, Boston, U.S.A. and a fellow of the American Mathematical Society since January 2013. She earned her PhD from the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, India. She, together with C.S. Seshadri and C. Musili, founded the standard monomial theory for generalized flag varieties (as well as their Schubert subvarieties), as a generalization of the classical Hodge-Young theory (for the Grassmannians as well as their Schubert subvarieties). Her areas of research are algebraic geometry, representation theory, and combinatorics, particularly in flag varieties, Grassmannian varieties as well as their Schubert subvarieties. She has authored five books including Singular Loci of Schubert Varieties with co-author Sara Billey (Birkhauser), Standard Monomial Theory with co-author K.N. Raghavan (Springer) and The Grassmannian Variety with co-author Justin Brown (Springer).

JUSTIN BROWN is associate professor of mathematics at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois, U.S.A. He earned his PhD on the topic “Some geometric properties of certain toric varieties and Schubert varieties” at Northeastern University, under the guidance of Prof. V. Lakshmibai. His areas of research include algebra, algebraic geometry, topology, and combinatorics. He has co-authored two books with Prof. V. Lakshmibai including The Grassmannian Variety (Springer).

Table of contents (16 chapters)

Table of contents (16 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Flag Varieties
Book Subtitle
An Interplay of Geometry, Combinatorics, and Representation Theory
Authors
Series Title
Texts and Readings in Mathematics
Series Volume
53
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2018 and Hindustan Book Agency 2018
eBook ISBN
978-981-13-1393-6
DOI
10.1007/978-981-13-1393-6
Series ISSN
2366-8717
Edition Number
2
Number of Pages
XIV, 312
Number of Illustrations
32 b/w illustrations
Topics