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The Representation Ring and the Centre of a Hopf Algebra

  Published:1999-08-01
 Printed: Aug 1999
  • Sarah J. Witherspoon
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Abstract

When $H$ is a finite dimensional, semisimple, almost cocommutative Hopf algebra, we examine a table of characters which extends the notion of the character table for a finite group. We obtain a formula for the structure constants of the representation ring in terms of values in the character table, and give the example of the quantum double of a finite group. We give a basis of the centre of $H$ which generalizes the conjugacy class sums of a finite group, and express the class equation of $H$ in terms of this basis. We show that the representation ring and the centre of $H$ are dual character algebras (or signed hypergroups).
MSC Classifications: 16W30, 20N20 show english descriptions Coalgebras, bialgebras, Hopf algebras (See also 16S40, 57T05); rings, modules, etc. on which these act
Hypergroups
16W30 - Coalgebras, bialgebras, Hopf algebras (See also 16S40, 57T05); rings, modules, etc. on which these act
20N20 - Hypergroups
 

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