### Working paper

## Extremal part of the PBW-filtration and E-polynomials

This is a survey of the author's and his collaboratots' recent works on the quasiflags' moduli spaces introduced by Gerard Laumon some 25 years ago. These spaces are used in the study of geometric Eisenstein series, quantum cohomology and K-theory of the flag varieties, Weyl modules, Nekrasov partition function of N=2 supersymmetric gauge quantum field theory.

Let G be an almost simple simply connected complex Lie group, and let G/U be its base affine space. In this paper we formulate a conjecture which provides a new geometric interpretation of the Macdonald polynomials associated to G via perverse coherent sheaves on the scheme of formal arcs in the affinizationof G/U. We prove our conjecture for G=SL(N) using the so called Laumon resolution of the space of quasimaps. In the course of the proof we also give a K-theoretic version of the main result of Negut.

We introduce and study a family of (*q*, *t*)-deformed discrete *N*-particle beta ensembles, where *q* and *t* are the parameters of Macdonald polynomials. The main result is the existence of a large-*N* limit transition leading to random point processes with infinitely many particles.

Let G be an almost simple simply connected complex Lie group, and let G/U− be its base affine space. In this paper we formulate a conjecture, which provides a new geometric interpretation of the Macdonald polynomials associated to G via perverse coherent sheaves on the scheme of formal arcs in the affinization of G/U−. We prove our conjecture for G = SL(N) using the so called Laumon resolution of the space of quasi-maps (using this resolution one can reformulate the statement so that only “usual” (not perverse) coherent sheaves are used). In the course of the proof we also give a K-theoretic version of the main result of Negut (2009).

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.