SPEAKER: Edward Richmond

TITLE: Coxeter foldings and generalized Littlewood-Richardson coefficients

ABSTRACT Let G be a simple Lie group or Kac-Moody group and P a parabolic subgroup. One of the goals Schubert calculus is to understand the product structure of the cohomology ring H^*(G/P) with respect to its basis of Schubert classes. If G/P is the Grassmannian, then the structure constants corresponding to the Schubert basis are the classical Littlewood-Richardson coefficients which appear in various topics such as enumerative geometry, algebraic combinatorics and representation theory. In this talk, I will discuss joint work with A. Berenstein in which we give a combinatorial formula for these coefficients in terms of the Cartan matrix corresponding to G. In particular, our formula implies positivity of the ''generalized'' Littlewood-Richardson coefficients in the cases where the off diagonal Cartan matrix entries are less than or equal to -2 or 0. Moreover, this positivity result does not rely on the geometry of the flag variety G/P.