Patch ideals and Peterson varieties

Erik Insko, Alexander Yong

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Patch ideals encode neighbourhoods of a variety in GL n/B. For Peterson varieties we determine generators for these ideals and show they are complete intersections, and thus Cohen-Macaulay and Gorenstein. Consequently, we- combinatorially describe the singular locus of the Peterson variety;- give an explicit equivariant K-theory localization formula; and- extend some results of [B. Kostant '96] and of D. Peterson to intersections of Peterson varieties with Schubert varieties.We conjecture that the tangent cones are Cohen-Macaulay, and that their h-polynomials are nonnegative and upper-semicontinuous. Similarly, we use patch ideals to briey analyze other examples of torus invariant subvarieties of GL n/B, including Richardson varieties and Springer fibers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1011-1036
Number of pages26
JournalTransformation Groups
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Algebra and Number Theory
  • Geometry and Topology


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