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The full Kostant-Toda lattice and the positive flag variety

Hold Date
2013-08-12 15:00〜2013-08-12 16:30
Lecture Room S-1, Faculty of Mathematics building, Ito Campus
Object person
Yuji Kodama (Ohio State University)

Abstract: The full Kostant-Toda lattice hierarchy is given by the Lax equation
\[\frac{\partial L}{\partial t_j}=[(L^j)_{\ge 0}, L],\qquad j=1,...,n-1\]
where $L$ is an $n\times n$ lower Hessenberg matrix with $1$'s in the super-diagonal, and $(L)_{\ge0}$ is the upper triangular part of $L$.

We study combinatorial aspects of the solution to the hierarchy when the initial matrix $L(0)$ is given by an arbitrary point of the totally non-negative flag variety of $\text{SL}_n(\mathbb{R})$. We define the full Kostant-Toda flows on the weight space through the moment map, and show that the closure of the flows forms a convex polytope inside the permutohedron of the symmetric group $S_n$. This polytope is uniquely determined by a pair of permutations $(v,w)$ which is used to parametrize the component of the Deodhar decomposition of the flag variety.
This is a join work with Lauren Williams.