Richard P. Stanley Seminar in Combinatorics

Friday, September 08, 2023 at 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Harvard University, Harvard Science Center - 232 -- One Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA

Speaker:  Jonathan Boretsky  (Harvared University)

Title:  The Totally Nonnegative Tropical Flag Variety


The flag variety of rank r=(r_1,...,r_k) has points corresponding to collections of subspaces (V_1,..., V_k) with V_i of dimension r_i such that V_i is contained in V_{i+1}. It can be embedded into a multi-projective space, where it is cut out by the incidence Plücker relations. We explore two extensions of this variety: First, we study the nonnegative flag variety, which corresponds to a subset of the flag variety consisting of flags that can be represented by totally positive matrices. Second, we study the tropicalization of the flag variety and, more specifically, its nonnegative part. In both cases, we provide equivalent descriptions of these spaces for flag varieties of rank r=(a,a+1,...,b), where r consists of consecutive integers. We also explore descriptions of the nonnegative tropical flag variety in terms of polytopal subdivisions. Finally, based on explicit computations, we highlight a number of possible fan structures on the totally nonnegative tropical flag variety. This talk is based on joint work with Chris Eur and Lauren Williams.

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