On the signature of the Shapovalov form
Author(s)Yee, Wai Ling, 1977-
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Mathematics.
David A. Vogan, Jr.
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Classifying the irreducible unitary representations of a real reductive group is equivalent to the algebraic problem of classifying the Harish-Chandra modules admitting a positive definite invariant Hermitian form. Finding a formula for the signature of the Shapovalov form is a related problem which may be a necessary first step in such a classification. A Verma module may admit an invariant Hermitian form, which is unique up to multiplication by a real scalar when it exists. Suitably normalized, it is known as the Shapovalov form. The collection of highest weights decomposes under the affine Weyl group action into alcoves. The signature of the Shapovalov form for an irreducible Verma module depends only on the alcove in which the highest weight lies. We develop a formula for this signature, depending on the combinatorial structure of the affine Weyl group.
Thesis (Ph. D.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Mathematics, 2004.Includes bibliographical references (p. 79-80).This electronic version was submitted by the student author. The certified thesis is available in the Institute Archives and Special Collections.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Mathematics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology