Finite Reflection Groups

Author: L.C. Grove,C.T. Benson

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1475718691

Category: Mathematics

Page: 136

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Chapter 1 introduces some of the terminology and notation used later and indicates prerequisites. Chapter 2 gives a reasonably thorough account of all finite subgroups of the orthogonal groups in two and three dimensions. The presentation is somewhat less formal than in succeeding chapters. For instance, the existence of the icosahedron is accepted as an empirical fact, and no formal proof of existence is included. Throughout most of Chapter 2 we do not distinguish between groups that are "geo metrically indistinguishable," that is, conjugate in the orthogonal group. Very little of the material in Chapter 2 is actually required for the sub sequent chapters, but it serves two important purposes: It aids in the development of geometrical insight, and it serves as a source of illustrative examples. There is a discussion offundamental regions in Chapter 3. Chapter 4 provides a correspondence between fundamental reflections and funda mental regions via a discussion of root systems. The actual classification and construction of finite reflection groups takes place in Chapter 5. where we have in part followed the methods of E. Witt and B. L. van der Waerden. Generators and relations for finite reflection groups are discussed in Chapter 6. There are historical remarks and suggestions for further reading in a Post lude.

Mirrors and Reflections

The Geometry of Finite Reflection Groups

Author: Alexandre V. Borovik,Anna Borovik

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 0387790667

Category: Mathematics

Page: 172

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This graduate/advanced undergraduate textbook contains a systematic and elementary treatment of finite groups generated by reflections. The approach is based on fundamental geometric considerations in Coxeter complexes, and emphasizes the intuitive geometric aspects of the theory of reflection groups. Key features include: many important concepts in the proofs are illustrated in simple drawings, which give easy access to the theory; a large number of exercises at various levels of difficulty; some Euclidean geometry is included along with the theory of convex polyhedra; no prerequisites are necessary beyond the basic concepts of linear algebra and group theory; and a good index and bibliography The exposition is directed at advanced undergraduates and first-year graduate students.

Reflection Groups and Coxeter Groups

Author: James E. Humphreys

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521436137

Category: Mathematics

Page: 204

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This graduate textbook presents a concrete and up-to-date introduction to the theory of Coxeter groups. The book is self-contained, making it suitable either for courses and seminars or for self-study. The first part is devoted to establishing concrete examples. Finite reflection groups acting on Euclidean spaces are discussed, and the first part ends with the construction of the affine Weyl groups, a class of Coxeter groups that plays a major role in Lie theory. The second part (which is logically independent of, but motivated by, the first) develops from scratch the properties of Coxeter groups in general, including the Bruhat ordering and the seminal work of Kazhdan and Lusztig on representations of Hecke algebras associated with Coxeter groups is introduced. Finally a number of interesting complementary topics as well as connections with Lie theory are sketched. The book concludes with an extensive bibliography on Coxeter groups and their applications.

Reflection Groups and Invariant Theory

Author: Richard Kane

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1475735421

Category: Mathematics

Page: 379

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Reflection groups and invariant theory is a branch of mathematics that lies at the intersection between geometry and algebra. The book contains a deep and elegant theory, evolved from various graduate courses given by the author over the past 10 years.


Theory and Applications

Author: Peter Abramenko,Kenneth S. Brown

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 0387788352

Category: Mathematics

Page: 754

View: 9637


This book treats Jacques Tit's beautiful theory of buildings, making that theory accessible to readers with minimal background. It covers all three approaches to buildings, so that the reader can choose to concentrate on one particular approach. Beginners can use parts of the new book as a friendly introduction to buildings, but the book also contains valuable material for the active researcher. This book is suitable as a textbook, with many exercises, and it may also be used for self-study.

Introduction to Complex Reflection Groups and Their Braid Groups

Author: Michel Broué

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3642111750

Category: Mathematics

Page: 144

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This book covers basic properties of complex reflection groups, such as characterization, Steinberg theorem, Gutkin-Opdam matrices, Solomon theorem and applications, including the basic findings of Springer theory on eigenspaces.

Unitary Reflection Groups

Author: Gustav I. Lehrer,Donald E. Taylor

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521749891

Category: Mathematics

Page: 294

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A complex reflection is a linear transformation which fixes each point in a hyperplane. Intuitively, it resembles the transformation an image undergoes when it is viewed through a kaleidoscope, or arrangement of mirrors. This book gives a complete classification of all groups of transformations of n-dimensional complex space which are generated by complex reflections, using the method of line systems. In particular: irreducible groups are studied in detail, and are identified with finite linear groups; reflection subgroups of reflection groups are completely classified; the theory of eigenspaces of elements of reflection groups is discussed fully; an appendix outlines links to representation theory, topology and mathematical physics. Containing over 100 exercises ranging in difficulty from elementary to research level, this book is ideal for honours and graduate students, or for researchers in algebra, topology and mathematical physics.

Handbook of Finite Translation Planes

Author: Norman Johnson,Vikram Jha,Mauro Biliotti

Publisher: Chapman and Hall/CRC

ISBN: 9781584886051

Category: Mathematics

Page: 888

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The Handbook of Finite Translation Planes provides a comprehensive listing of all translation planes derived from a fundamental construction technique, an explanation of the classes of translation planes using both descriptions and construction methods, and thorough sketches of the major relevant theorems. From the methods of André to coordinate and linear algebra, the book unifies the numerous diverse approaches for analyzing finite translation planes. It pays particular attention to the processes that are used to study translation planes, including ovoid and Klein quadric projection, multiple derivation, hyper-regulus replacement, subregular lifting, conical distortion, and Hermitian sequences. In addition, the book demonstrates how the collineation group can affect the structure of the plane and what information can be obtained by imposing group theoretic conditions on the plane. The authors also examine semifield and division ring planes and introduce the geometries of two-dimensional translation planes. As a compendium of examples, processes, construction techniques, and models, the Handbook of Finite Translation Planes equips readers with precise information for finding a particular plane. It presents the classification results for translation planes and the general outlines of their proofs, offers a full review of all recognized construction techniques for translation planes, and illustrates known examples.

The Finite Simple Groups

Author: Robert Wilson

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1848009879

Category: Mathematics

Page: 298

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Here, a thorough grounding in the theory of alternating and classical groups is followed by discussion of exceptional groups (classed as automorphism groups of multilinear forms), sporadic and Chevalley groups, as well as the theory of Lie algebras.

Lie Algebras and Algebraic Groups

Author: Patrice Tauvel,Rupert W. T. Yu

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 3540274278

Category: Mathematics

Page: 656

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Devoted to the theory of Lie algebras and algebraic groups, this book includes a large amount of commutative algebra and algebraic geometry so as to make it as self-contained as possible. The aim of the book is to assemble in a single volume the algebraic aspects of the theory, so as to present the foundations of the theory in characteristic zero. Detailed proofs are included, and some recent results are discussed in the final chapters.

Coxeter Matroids

Author: Alexandre V. Borovik,Israel M. Gelfand,Neil White

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1461220661

Category: Mathematics

Page: 266

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Matroids appear in diverse areas of mathematics, from combinatorics to algebraic topology and geometry, and "Coxeter Matroids" provides an intuitive and interdisciplinary treatment of their theory. In this text, matroids are examined in terms of symmetric and finite reflection groups; also, symplectic matroids and the more general coxeter matroids are carefully developed. The Gelfand-Serganova theorem, which allows for the geometric interpretation of matroids as convex polytopes with certain symmetry properties, is presented, and in the final chapter, matroid representations and combinatorial flag varieties are discussed. With its excellent bibliography and index and ample references to current research, this work will be useful for graduate students and research mathematicians.

Finite Groups of Lie Type

Conjugacy Classes and Complex Characters

Author: Roger W. Carter

Publisher: Wiley

ISBN: 9780471941095

Category: Mathematics

Page: 556

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The finite groups of Lie type are of basic importance in the theory of groups. A classic in its field, this book presents the theories of finite groups of Lie type in a clear and accessible style, especially with regard to the main concepts of the theory and the techniques of proof used, and gives a detailed exposition of the complex representation theory.