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The representation theory of seam algebras

by Alexis Langlois-Rémillard, Yvan Saint-Aubin

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Authors (as registered SciPost users): Alexis Langlois-Rémillard
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Date submitted: 2019-09-13 02:00
Submitted by: Langlois-Rémillard, Alexis
Submitted to: SciPost Physics
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Academic field: Mathematics
  • Representation Theory
  • Mathematical Physics
Approach: Theoretical


The boundary seam algebras $\mathsf{b}_{n,k}(\beta=q+q^{-1})$ were introduced by Morin-Duchesne, Ridout and Rasmussen to formulate algebraically a large class of boundary conditions for two-dimensional statistical loop models. The representation theory of these algebras $\mathsf{b}_{n,k}(\beta=q+q^{-1})$ is given: their irreducible, standard (cellular) and principal modules are constructed and their structure explicited in terms of their composition factors and of non-split short exact sequences. The dimensions of the irreducible modules and of the radicals of standard ones are also given. The methods proposed here might be applicable to a large family of algebras, for example to those introduced recently by Flores and Peltola, and Cramp\'e and Poulain d'Andecy.

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Anonymous Report 2 on 2019-11-12 (Invited Report)

  • Cite as: Anonymous, Report on arXiv:1909.03499v01, delivered 2019-11-12, doi: 10.21468/SciPost.Report.1313


1-Provides an exhaustive account on the representation theory of the so-called boundary seam algebras, both in the generic and the root of unity cases.


1-The discussion of some related previous results could be better discussed.


This paper considers a class of cellular algebras which were introduced under the name of boundary seam algebras by Morin-Duchesne, Ridout and Rasmussen. The authors recall results on the related Temperley-Lieb algebra and go on to set up the representation theory of the boundary seam algebras (going beyond Morin-Duchesne et al), both in the generic and the root of unity cases. The results are clearly stated in theorem 2.5, in the form of a complete set of irreducible standard modules in the generic case, and exact short sequences in the root of unity cases.

The paper is well written, interesting and clearly publishable. However, it would be helpful to the readers if the authors could clarify its connections to some earlier literature. First, the defining relations (2.7) are reminiscent of the cabling construction described in arXiv:math-ph/0611078, in the first lines of section 5 and figure 16. Second, is the determinant of the Gram matrix given here in proposition 2.4 related to any one of the constructions given in section 6.2 of arXiv:0709.0812, and can the Gram matrix be formulated in similar graphical terms?

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Anonymous Report 1 on 2019-11-11 (Invited Report)

  • Cite as: Anonymous, Report on arXiv:1909.03499v01, delivered 2019-11-11, doi: 10.21468/SciPost.Report.1311


1/ Clear and pedagogical ;


1/ Technical and specific subject ;


The authors study the representations of an algebra recently introduced and called seam algebras when q (the parameter of the algebra) is generic or root of unity. They recall the representation theory of the Temperley-Lieb algebra then they state the main theorem about the representation theory of the seam algebra which mimics the ones of the Temperley-Lieb algebra. The rest of the paper is devoted to prove this result and is based on the notion of cellular algebra.

The paper is well-written and very pedagogical and can be used as a reference to learn about cellular algebra. Even though the subject is very specific and technical, the result and the method are interesting and deserve to be published.

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1- in equation (2.9), the object with superscript " (k) " is not defined.
2- page 9 three lines after (3.4) lambda must be changed to beta

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