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Elliptic centralizers in Weyl groups and their coinvariant representations

Author: Mark Reeder
Journal: Represent. Theory 15 (2011), 63-111
MSC (2010): Primary 11E72, 20G05, 20G25
Published electronically: January 24, 2011
MathSciNet review: 2765477
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Abstract: The centralizer $C(w)$ of an elliptic element $w$ in a Weyl group has a natural symplectic representation on the group of $w$-coinvariants in the root lattice. We give the basic properties of this representation, along with applications to $p$-adic groups—classifying maximal tori and computing inducing data in $L$-packets—as well as to elucidating the structure of the centralizer $C(w)$ itself. We give the structure of each elliptic centralizer in $W(E_8)$ in terms of its coinvariant representation, and we refine Springer’s theory for elliptic regular elements to give explicit complex reflections generating $C(w)$. The case where $w$ has order three is examined in detail, with connections to mathematics of the nineteenth century. A variation of the methods recovers the subgroup $W(H_4)\subset W(E_8)$.

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Mark Reeder
Affiliation: Department of Mathematics, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts 02467

Received by editor(s): June 9, 2009
Received by editor(s) in revised form: February 3, 2010
Published electronically: January 24, 2011
Article copyright: © Copyright 2011 American Mathematical Society