Counting vertices in Gelfand-Zetlin polytopes
We discuss the problem of counting vertices in Gelfand--Zetlin polytopes. Namely, we deduce a partial differential equation with constant coefficients on the exponential generating function for these numbers. For some particular classes of Gelfand-Zetlin polytopes, the number of vertices can be given by explicit formulas.
We describe a new approach to the Schubert calculus on complete flag varieties using the volume polynomial associated with Gelfand-Zetlin polytopes. This approach allows us to compute the intersection products of Schubert cycles by intersecting faces of a polytope.
A new approach is described to the Schubert calculus on complete flag varieties, using the volume polynomial associated with Gelfand- Zetlin polytopes. This approach makes it possible to compute the intersection products of Schubert cycles by intersecting faces of a polytope. Bibliography: 23 titles.
I construct a correspondence between the Schubert cycles on the variety of complete flags in ℂn and some faces of the Gelfand–Zetlin polytope associated with the irreducible representation of SLn(ℂ) with a strictly dominant highest weight. The construction is motivated by the geometric presentation of Schubert cells using Demazure modules due to Bernstein–Gelfand–Gelfand . The correspondence between the Schubert cycles and faces is then used to interpret the classical Chevalley formula in Schubert calculus in terms of the Gelfand–Zetlin polytopes. The whole picture resembles the picture for toric varieties and their polytopes.
Let k be a field of characteristic zero, let G be a connected reductive algebraic group over k and let g be its Lie algebra. Let k(G), respectively, k(g), be the field of k- rational functions on G, respectively, g. The conjugation action of G on itself induces the adjoint action of G on g. We investigate the question whether or not the field extensions k(G)/k(G)^G and k(g)/k(g)^G are purely transcendental. We show that the answer is the same for k(G)/k(G)^G and k(g)/k(g)^G, and reduce the problem to the case where G is simple. For simple groups we show that the answer is positive if G is split of type A_n or C_n, and negative for groups of other types, except possibly G_2. A key ingredient in the proof of the negative result is a recent formula for the unramified Brauer group of a homogeneous space with connected stabilizers. As a byproduct of our investigation we give an affirmative answer to a question of Grothendieck about the existence of a rational section of the categorical quotient morphism for the conjugating action of G on itself.
Let G be a connected semisimple algebraic group over an algebraically closed field k. In 1965 Steinberg proved that if G is simply connected, then in G there exists a closed irreducible cross-section of the set of closures of regular conjugacy classes. We prove that in arbitrary G such a cross-section exists if and only if the universal covering isogeny Ĝ → G is bijective; this answers Grothendieck's question cited in the epigraph. In particular, for char k = 0, the converse to Steinberg's theorem holds. The existence of a cross-section in G implies, at least for char k = 0, that the algebra k[G]G of class functions on G is generated by rk G elements. We describe, for arbitrary G, a minimal generating set of k[G]G and that of the representation ring of G and answer two Grothendieck's questions on constructing generating sets of k[G]G. We prove the existence of a rational (i.e., local) section of the quotient morphism for arbitrary G and the existence of a rational cross-section in G (for char k = 0, this has been proved earlier); this answers the other question cited in the epigraph. We also prove that the existence of a rational section is equivalent to the existence of a rational W-equivariant map T- - - >G/T where T is a maximal torus of G and W the Weyl group.