Math 820 - Reflection Groups: Syllabus and Homework
Syllabus
Textbook for assignments: Fulton and Harris, unless otherwise indicated
All homework problems are worth 10 points unless otherwise specified.
- Due on 9/14: page 11/11, 12a.
- Due on 9/26: 2.29.
- Due on 9/28: injectivity of the map from the group algebra to the direct sum of End(V_i); 2.33 a,b; 3.1 (hint: like for S_3, the representation V is the complement of the line <(1,1,1,1,1)> in the permutation representation of S_5 on C^5; show, with detailed calculations, that V and V' are irreducible and find their characters).
- Due on 10/5: 3.23 i.
- Due on 10/12: 2.27, 3.3.
- Due on 10/24: Identify the real quaternions of norm 1 with SU(2) and the sphere S^3 (using the description of SU(2) as those complex matrices with bar{A^T}=A^{-1}). Derive the Pauli matrices and the 2-dimensional irreducible representation of Q_8 (i-->(0 -i/-i 0), j-->(0 -1/1 0), k-->(-i 0/0 i), by rows). Then show that this representation is of quaternionic type, as follows: (a) find the Hermitian and skew-symmetric Q_8-invariant forms (check these facts); (2) find the map phi (with phi^2=-Id), and justify why it can be interpreted as "multiplication by j".
Cristian Lenart, Department of Mathematics,
ES 116A,
SUNY at Albany