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For each positive integer n ≥ 4, we give an inequality satisfied by rank functions of arrangements of n subspaces. When n = 4 we recover Ingleton’s inequality; for higher n the inequalities are all new. These inequalities can be thought of as a hierarchy of necessary conditions for a (poly)matroid to be realizable. Some related open questions about the(More)
The free abelian group R(Q) on the set of indecomposable representations of a quiver Q, over a field K, has a ring structure where the multiplication is given by the tensor product. We show that if Q is a rooted tree (an oriented tree with a unique sink), then the ring R(Q)red is a finitely generated Z-module (here R(Q)red is the ring R(Q) modulo the ideal(More)
We define a functor which gives the “global rank of a quiver representation” and prove that it has nice properties which make it a generalization of the rank of a linear map. We demonstrate how to construct other “rank functors” for a quiver Q, which induce ring homomorphisms (called “rank functions”) from the representation ring of Q to Z. These rank(More)
To my wife Kelly. ii ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS I would like to thank, first and foremost, my advisor Harm Derksen for guiding me along the path to becoming a mathematical researcher. The many hours we spent in discussion and his creative suggestions were absolutely essential for completion of this project. I would also like to thank John Stembridge for reading this(More)
The main objective of deformation theory is to study the behavior of mathematical objects, such as modules or group representations, under perturbations. This theory is useful in both pure and applied mathematics and has led to the solution of many long-standing problems. For example, in number theory, universal deformation rings of Galois representations(More)
Without his guidance, this thesis would not have been possible, and I would have probably left Michigan after my second year. I consider myself very fortunate to have been able to learn how to use the circle method and pursue math research from Professor Wooley. I would also like to thank Donald Lewis for stepping in during my last year of graduate school(More)
This thesis is on the representation theory of finite groups. Specifically, it is about finding connections between fusion and universal deformation rings. Two elements of a subgroup N of a finite group are said to be fused if they are conjugate in , but not in N . The study of fusion arises in trying to relate the local structure of (for example, its(More)
This thesis applies methods from the representation theory of finite dimensional algebras, specifically Brauer tree algebras, to the study of versal deformation rings of modules for these algebras. The main motivation for studying Brauer tree algebras is that they generalize p-modular blocks of group rings with cyclic defect groups. We consider the case(More)
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