Homological methods in the representation theory of finite-dimensional algebras (GRANTJ_U18SCI)

University of East Anglia
September 12 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Rings, or algebras, are often rings of functions, so it makes sense to study them by investigating how they act on other objects. This is analogous to studying groups by considering group actions. We often consider algebras acting on vector spaces, as we understand linear algebra relatively well, and it can be easier to work with matrices than elements of algebras. A vector space with an action of an algebra is called a module, or a representation, and representation theory is the study of these modules.

An arbitrary algebra may have a module which has a submodule but no compliment, i.e., it is not simple but cannot be written as the direct sum of two submodules. Such a module is called an extension of the quotient module by the submodule. The study of extensions leads us to quivers, which are directed graphs associated to algebra that capture information about which extensions are possible. In fact, over the complex numbers, the representation theory of every algebra is determined by a unique quiver and a set of relations. A deep study of extensions leads us to homological algebra, which is closely related to the algebraic parts of topology. There are connections to many other areas, including Lie theory, (higher) category theory, and knot theory.

This PhD project will involve using homological algebra to study finite-dimensional algebras, either for particular examples of algebras, or investigating more general theory. Relevant examples of algebras come from areas such as cluster algebras and Auslander-Reiten theory. The focus of the project could depend on the successful candidate's interests and strengths. This is a very active research area with many open and exciting questions to study.

Interviews will be held w/c 22 January 2018.

Funding notes

This PhD project is in a Faculty of Science competition for funded studentships.  These studentships are funded for 3 years and comprise home/EU fees, an annual stipend of £14,553 and £1000 per annum to support research training.  Overseas applicants may apply but they are required to fund the difference between home/EU and overseas tuition fees (in 2017/18 the difference is £13,805 for the Schools of CHE, PHA & MTH (Engineering), and £10,605 for CMP & MTH but fees are subject to an annual increase).

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