ii ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS I want to thank everyone who has helped me along the way; in particular my family for offering love and encouragement when I needed it.
Nilpotent Hessenberg varieties are a family of subvarieties of the flag variety, which include the Springer varieties, the Peterson variety, and the whole flag variety. In this thesis I give a geometric proof that the cohomology of the flag variety surjects onto the cohomology of the Peterson variety; I provide a combinatorial criterion for determing the… (More)
We use the tight correlation between the geometry of the Peterson variety and the combinatorics the symmetric group to prove that homology of the Peterson variety injects into the homology of the flag variety. Our proof counts the points of intersection between certain Schubert varieties in the full flag variety and the Peterson variety, and shows that… (More)