Representation Theory of Classical Groups - MAT00047M

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  • Department: Mathematics
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. Maxim Nazarov
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20

Related modules

Co-requisite modules

  • None

Prohibited combinations

  • None

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2019-20

Module aims

  • To learn general properties of representations and characters of finite groups.

  • To learn classical combinatorics related to the symmetric group.

  • To learn explicit construction of irreducible representations of the symmetric group.

Module learning outcomes

At the end of the module students should know:

  • Representation of a group by linear transformations of a vector space.

  • Characters of representations of finite groups over the complex field.

  • Irreducible representations of the symmetric group over the complex field.

  • The Robinson-Schensted-Knuth algorithm and its inverse.

Module content

[Pre-requisite knowledge for MSc students: first course on Linear Algebra, first course on Group Theory; a basic knowledge of rings and fields would be desirable.]

The module content will include the following principal topics:

  • General properties of representations of finite groups.

  • General properties of characters of finite groups.

  • Conjugacy classes in the symmetric group and combinatorics of Young diagrams.

  • Irreducible representations of the symmetric group over the complex field.

  • Young symmetrizers and the regular representation of the symmetric group.

  • The Robinson-Schensted-Knuth algorithm and its inverse.

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
University - closed examination
Representation Theory of Classical Groups
2 hours 100

Special assessment rules

None

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
University - closed examination
Representation Theory of Classical Groups
2 hours 100

Module feedback

Current Department policy on feedback is available in the student handbook. Coursework and examinations will be marked and returned in accordance with this policy.

Indicative reading

G D James, Representation and Characters of Groups (2nd edition), CUP, 2005.

B E Sagan, The symmetric group: representations, combinatorial algorithms and symmetric functions, Wadsworth and Brooks/Cole, 1991.



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