Prime Representations from a Homological Perspective

Charles Young, Vyjayanthi Chari, Adriano Moura

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We begin the study of simple finite-dimensional prime representations of quantum affine algebras from a homological perspective. Namely, we explore the relation between self extensions of simple representations and the property of being prime. We show that every nontrivial simple module has a nontrivial self extension. Conversely, if a simple representation has a unique nontrivial self extension up to isomorphism, then its Drinfeld polynomial is a power of the Drinfeld polynomial of a prime representation. It turns out that, in the sl(2) case, a simple module is prime if and only if it has a unique nontrivial self extension up to isomorphism. It is tempting to conjecture that this is true in general and we present a large class of prime representations satisfying this homological property.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages32
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2011

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