JournalsowrVol. 6 / No. 1DOI 10.4171/owr/2009/10

Mini-Workshop: Support Varieties

  • Henning Krause

    Universität Bielefeld, Germany
  • Karin Erdmann

    Oxford University, UK
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Abstract

The notion of support is a fundamental concept which provides a geometric approach for studying various algebraic structures. The prototype for this has been Quillen’s description of the algebraic variety corresponding to the cohomology ring of a finite group, based on which Carlson introduced support varieties for modular representations. This has made it possible to apply methods of algebraic geometry to obtain representation theoretic information. Their work has inspired the development of analogous theories in various contexts, notably modules over commutative complete intersection rings, and over cocommutative Hopf algebras. The aim of this workshop has been to bring together experts from these fields and to stimulate interaction and exchange of ideas.