Some Results on Complete Symmetric Varieties

MEMBERS SEMINAR
Topic:Some Results on Complete Symmetric Varieties
Speaker:Xuhua He
Affiliation:IAS
Date:Monday, April 24
Time/Room:4:00pm - 5:00pm/S-101

Let G be a semisimple adjoint group. There is a partition of its wonderful compactification into finitely many G-stable pieces, which was introduced by Lusztig. Each piece is a locally trivial fibration over a partial flag variety with fibres isomorphic to a product of a (smaller) reductive group with an affine space. Moreover, there is a bijection between the G-orbits on that piece and the twisted conjugacy classes on that smaller group. In this talk, we will generalize the above results. Let $\sigma$ be an involution on G and H be the subgroup of the elements fixed by $\sigma$. The quotient space G/H is a symmetric variety. We introduce a partition of its completion into finitely many H-stable pieces and show that the pieces have similar properties. If time allows, I will also discuss about the character sheaves.