Invariant theory for singular α-determinants

Kazufumi Kimoto, Masato Wakayama

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From the irreducible decompositions' point of view, the structure of the cyclic GLn (C)-module generated by the α-determinant degenerates when α = ± frac(1, k)(1 ≤ k ≤ n - 1) (see [S. Matsumoto, M. Wakayama, Alpha-determinant cyclic modules of gln (C), J. Lie Theory 16 (2006) 393-405]). In this paper, we show that - frac(1, k)-determinant shares similar properties which the ordinary determinant possesses. From this fact, one can define a new (relative) invariant called a wreath determinant. Using (GLm, GLn)-duality in the sense of Howe, we obtain an expression of a wreath determinant by a certain linear combination of the corresponding ordinary minor determinants labeled by suitable rectangular shape tableaux. Also we study a wreath determinant analogue of the Vandermonde determinant, and then, investigate symmetric functions such as Schur functions in the framework of wreath determinants. Moreover, we examine coefficients which we call (n, k)-sign appeared at the linear expression of the wreath determinant in relation with a zonal spherical function of a Young subgroup of the symmetric group Sn k.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-31
Number of pages31
JournalJournal of Combinatorial Theory. Series A
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2008
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Discrete Mathematics and Combinatorics
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics


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