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The representation theory of diagram algebras

King, Oliver (2014). The representation theory of diagram algebras. (Unpublished Doctoral thesis, City University London)


In this thesis we study the modular representation theory of diagram algebras, in particular the Brauer and partition algebras, along with a brief consideration of the Temperley-Lieb algebra. The representation theory of these algebras in characteristic zero is well understood, and we show that it can be described through the action of a reflection group on the set of simple modules (a result previously known for the Temperley-Lieb and Brauer algebras). By considering the action of the corresponding affine reflection group, we give a characterisation of the (limiting) blocks of the Brauer and partition algebras in positive characteristic. In the case of the Brauer algebra, we then show that simple reflections give rise to non-zero decomposition numbers.

We then restrict our attention to a particular family of Brauer and partition algebras, and use the block result to determine the entire decomposition matrix of the algebras therein.

Publication Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics
Departments: Doctoral Theses
School of Science & Technology > Mathematics
School of Science & Technology > School of Science & Technology Doctoral Theses
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