OIST Representation Theory Seminar


Tuesday, April 16, 2024 - 15:00 to 16:00


L4E48 and online on Zoom


Eoghan McDowell,  OIST

Title: Spin representations of the symmetric group which reduce modulo 2 to Specht modules

Abstract: When do two ordinary irreducible representations of a group have the same p-modular reduction? In this talk I will address this question for the double cover of the symmetric group, and more generally give a necessary and sufficient condition for a spin representation of the symmetric group to reduce modulo 2 to a multiple of a Specht module (in the sense of Brauer characters or in the Grothendieck group). I will explain some of the techniques used in the proof, including describing a function which swaps adjacent runners in an abacus display for the labelling partition of a character. This is joint work with Matthew Fayers.

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