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## Favourable modules: Filtrations, polytopes, Newton-Okounkov bodies and flat degenerations

Report on generalized Weyl modules (joint with Evgeny Feigin)

It has been shown recently that the normalized median Genocchi numbers are equal to the Euler characteristics of the degenerate flag varieties. The q-analogues of the Genocchi numbers can be naturally defined as the Poincare polynomials of the degenerate flag varieties. We prove that the generating function of the Poincare polynomials can be written as a simple continued fraction. As an application we prove that the Poincare polynomials coincide with the q-version of the normalized median Genocchi numbers introduced by Han and Zeng.

This volume is the proceedings of the conference "Representation Theory, Special Functions and Painlevé Equations" at the Research Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Kyoto University from March 3 to March 6 in 2015

We first establish several general properties of modality of algebraic group actions. In particular,we introduce the notion of a modality-regular action and prove that every visible action is modality-regular. Then, using these results, we classify irreducible linear representations of connected simple algebraic groups of every fixed modality < 3. Next, exploring a finer geometric structure of linear actions, we generalize to the case of any cyclically graded semisimple Lie algebra the notion of a packet (or a Jordan/decomposition class) and establish the properties of packets.

This volume contains the proceedings of the Maurice Auslander Distinguished Lectures and International Conference, held in April 2013 and April-May 2014, in Falmouth, MA.

We develop the basic constructions of homological algebra in the (appropriately defined) unbounded derived categories of modules over algebras over coalgebras over noncommutative rings (which we call semialgebras over corings). We define double-sided derived functors SemiTor and SemiExt of the functors of semitensor product and semihomomorphisms, and construct an equivalence between the exotic derived categories of semimodules and semicontramodules. Certain (co)flatness and/or (co)projectivity conditions have to be imposed on the coring and semialgebra to make the module categories abelian (and the cotensor product associative). Besides, for a number of technical reasons we mostly have to assume that the basic ring has a finite homological dimension (no such assumptions about the coring and semialgebra are made). In the final chapters we construct model category structures on the categories of complexes of semi(contra)modules, and develop relative nonhomogeneous Koszul duality theory for filtered semialgebras and quasi-differential corings. Our motivating examples come from the semi-infinite cohomology theory. Comparison with the semi-infinite (co)homology of Tate Lie algebras and graded associative algebras is established in appendices; an application to the correspondence between Tate Harish-Chandra modules with complementary central charges is worked out; and the semi-infinite homology of a locally compact topological group relative to an open profinite subgroup is defined.

We study the PBW-filtration on the highest weight representations V(λ) of the Lie algebras of type A n and C n . This filtration is induced by the standard degree filtration on . In previous papers, the authors studied the filtration and the associated graded algebras and modules over the complex numbers. The aim of this paper is to present a proof of the results which holds over the integers and hence makes the whole construction available over any field.

We study geometric and combinatorial properties of the degenerate flag varieties of type A. These varieties are acted upon by the automorphism group of a certain representation of a type A quiver, containing a maximal torus T . Using the group action, we describe the moment graphs, encoding the zero- and one-dimensional T -orbits. We also study the smooth and singular loci of the degenerate flag varieties. We show that the Euler characteristic of the smooth locus is equal to the large Schröder number and the Poincaré polynomial is given by a natural statistics counting the number of diagonal steps in a Schröder path. As an application we obtain a new combinatorial description of the large and small Schröder numbers and their q-analogues.

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.