Lewis Topley

University of Bath


Dirac reduction for shifted Yangians


Algebra Seminar


25th May 2022, 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Fry Building, Room 2.04


Finite W-algebras are a finite collection of filtered algebras associated to each complex semisimple Lie algebra, which have interesting applications to the classification of primitive ideals in enveloping algebras. One of the key challenges in the theory is to find an explicit presentation for a finite W-algebra. This problem was solved comprehensively for the general linear algebras by Brundan--Kleshchev, by relating them to shifted Yangians. Extending this to other classical Lie algebras has proved to be extremely difficult. A good approximation to the problem is describing the Poisson structure on the semiclassical limit of the W-algebra. In this seminar I will describe some new progress in extending the Yangian description to types B, C, D in the semiclassical setting, using the theory of Dirac reduction. The seminar is intended for non-experts and will have lots of motivating examples.





Organisers: Tim Burness, Charles Cox

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