The following courses and events will run during the two-week research school:

Herstein theory
(6-hour course)
Professor Jesús A. Laliena Clemente

Every Lie algebra L can be embeded in an associative algebra A in which the associative product has been changed by the bracket product [a,b] = ab – ba. The new algebra built in this way is denoted by A. I.N. Herstein and W. Baxter noticed this feature and, in the 1970’s, they researched the relation among the ideals of the associative algebra A and the ideals of the Lie algebra A.

In this course, we will study the relationship between the set of ideals of an associative algebra A, and the set of ideals of the Lie algebra obtained from A by replacing the associative product ab in A by [a,b] = ab – ba. In addition, if A has an involution, we will study the relationship between the ideals of A and the ideals of the Lie algebra consisting of the skew symmetric elements of A.

An introduction to Lie algebras
(6-hour course)
Professor Mª del Pilar Benito Clavijo

This is a introductory course to the theory of Lie algebras, including a treatment of nilpotent, soluble and semisimple Lie algebras. In addition, we briefly talk about representation of Lie algebras and the relation between Lie algebras and other non-associative algebraic structures.

A constructive approach to the structure theory for the group algebra of Sn
(6-hour course)
Professor Murray Bremner

We discuss applications of representation theory of symmetric groups Sn to polynomial identities for associative and nonassociative algebras:

  • Section 1 presents complete proofs of the classical structure theory for the group algebra FSn over a field F of characteristic 0 (or p > n). We obtain a constructive version of the Wedderburn decomposition which gives an isomorphism ψ from the group algebra to the direct sum of simple two-sided ideals isomorphic to full matrix algebras. Alfred Young showed how to compute ψ; to compute ψ−1, we use an efficient algorithm for representation matrices discovered by Clifton.
  • Section 2 discusses constructive methods which allow us to analyze the polynomial identities satisfied by a specific (non)associative algebra: the fill and reduce algorithm, the module generators algorithm, and Bondari’s algorithm for finite dimensional algebras.
  • Section 3 applies these methods to the study of multilinear identities satisfied by octonion algebras over a field of characteristic 0.

An exceptional Lie algebra: G2
(6-hour course)
Dr Cristina Draper Fontanals

The Killing-Cartan classification of finite-dimensional complex simple Lie algebras was one of the great milestones of 19th century mathematics. According to it, there are four infinite families of classical simple Lie algebras (special linear, orthogonal and symplectic) and five isolated exceptional examples, G2, F4, E6, E7 and E8, of dimensions 14, 52, 78, 133, and 248 respectively.

In this brief course, we would like to speak about the smallest of the exceptional algebras, G2, as well as its relationship with another relevant nonassociative algebra, the octonion algebra, for which G2 is the derivation algebra. We will use this example to illustrate the structure theory of simple Lie algebras over ℂ, while giving some hints about the classification over the reals. Hopefully we speak about the relevance of G2 to Geometry or Physics.

A first introduction to categorical algebra
(6-hour course)
Dr Tamar Janelidze-Gray

This will be an introductory course describing basic notions of Category Theory used in classical and non-associative algebra. It will begin with the basic general definitions and constructions, including special limits such as products/coproducts, kernels/cokernels, pullbacks/pushouts. The aim of the course will be to define a semi-abelian category, and to show that the categories of groups, rings (without 1), and various kinds of algebras over rings form a semi-abelian category.

Ample groupoid algebras
(6-hour course)
Dr Lisa Orloff Clark

A groupoid is a generalisation of a group in which the operation is only partially defined. Groupoids are very general objects that appear in a variety of different mathematical settings. In this course, we will begin with an introduction to ample groupoids and their associated algebras. Then we will show how Leavitt path algebras can be realised as ample groupoid algebras. Finally, we will demonstrate how the groupoid model can give valuable insight by looking at the ideal structure of Leavitt path algebras.

Leavitt path algebras
(6-hour course)
Dr Dolores Martín Barquero and Professor Cándido Martín González

This is an introductory course on Leavitt path algebras. After giving the definition and examples, we focus on the so called “Reduction Theorem” and its application to the description of simple LPAs. Then, we review some of the more important algebra properties, which can be characterized by a graphical property (primeness, primitivity, existence of a socle, chain conditions, etc). We will also review the use of computational techniques implemented under Magma and Mathematica which have turned out to be of utility in our studies of LPAs.

Evolution algebras
(research talks)
Professor Mercedes Siles Molina and Dr Yolanda Cabrera Casado

Poster exhibition organised by students
All participants should contribute a poster on a research topic of their own choice. There will be prizes for the best posters.