Monoids and Groups of $I$-type and their Algebras.

Eric Jespers (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)

Wednesday 7th January, 2009 16:00-17:00 Mathematics Building, room 214


In recent years there has been quite some interest in the ``simplest'' solutions of the Yang-Baxter equation. Such solutions are involutive bijective mappings $r:X\times X \rightarrow X\times X$, where $X$ is a finite set, so that $r_{1}r_{2}r_{1}=r_{2}r_{1}r_{2}$, with $r_{1}=r\times id_{X}$ and $r_{2}=id_{X} \times r$. In case $r$ satisfies some non-degeneracy condition, Gateva-Ivanova and Van den Bergh, and also Etingof, Schedler and Soloviev, gave a beautiful group (monoid) theoretical interpretation of such solutions. Such groups (monoids) are said to be of $I$-type. In this lecture we give a survey of recent results on the algebraic structure of these groups (monoids) and their group (monoid) algebras.

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