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Metroplex Algebraic Geometry, Algebra and Number Theory (AGANT) Seminar,
a joint venture of   UNT,   UTA   and   TCU

Date/Time/Room: Friday (10/19/2012) at 4:30 pm in 311 Pickard Hall

Speaker: Prof. Charles Conley,
Department of Mathematics, University of North Texas.


"Representations of Vector Field Lie Algebras"

Abstract:This talk will be an introduction to representations of Lie algebras of vector fields on Euclidean spaces. We will focus mainly on the simplest example, the Lie algebra Vec(R) of vector fields on the line. Although this algebra may be defined relatively simply, its representation theory is intricate and has been the topic of a considerable amount of research over the past two decades. Some of the important objects in the area are the tensor density modules, which are deformations of the natural action of Vec(R) on the space of functions and yield all of the irreducible admissible modules, and the differential operator modules, which provide examples of cohomology classes "in nature". A crucial tool in studying these representations is the projective subalgebra, which consists of the infinitesimal linear fractional transformations and is a copy of sl(2).

We will describe some of the results which have been obtained in the 1-dimensional case, and mention the status of the analogous questions in higher dimensions, where much less is known. We will try to make the talk accessible to non-specialists and graduate students: in particular, we will not assume any prior knowledge of Lie algebras or their representations.


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Note that PKH 311 is on the 3rd floor of PKH; turn LEFT out of elevator on 3rd floor to end of hall, left again towards the end of that hall, and 311 will be on your right-hand side.

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