1. CJM 2013 (vol 66 pp. 1250)
 Feigin, Evgeny; Finkelberg, Michael; Littelmann, Peter

Symplectic Degenerate Flag Varieties
A simple finite dimensional module $V_\lambda$ of a simple complex
algebraic group $G$ is naturally endowed with a filtration induced by the PBWfiltration
of $U(\mathrm{Lie}\, G)$. The associated graded space $V_\lambda^a$ is a module
for the group $G^a$, which can be roughly described as a semidirect product of a
Borel subgroup of $G$ and a large commutative unipotent group $\mathbb{G}_a^M$. In analogy
to the flag variety $\mathcal{F}_\lambda=G.[v_\lambda]\subset \mathbb{P}(V_\lambda)$,
we call the closure
$\overline{G^a.[v_\lambda]}\subset \mathbb{P}(V_\lambda^a)$
of the $G^a$orbit through the highest weight line the degenerate flag variety $\mathcal{F}^a_\lambda$.
In general this is a
singular variety, but we conjecture that it has many nice properties similar to
that of Schubert varieties. In this paper we consider the case of $G$ being the symplectic group.
The symplectic case is important for the conjecture
because it is the first known case where even for fundamental weights $\omega$ the varieties
$\mathcal{F}^a_\omega$ differ from $\mathcal{F}_\omega$. We give an explicit
construction of the varieties $Sp\mathcal{F}^a_\lambda$ and construct desingularizations,
similar to the BottSamelson resolutions in the classical case. We prove that $Sp\mathcal{F}^a_\lambda$
are normal locally complete intersections with terminal and rational singularities.
We also show that these varieties are Frobenius split. Using the above mentioned results, we
prove an analogue of the BorelWeil theorem and obtain a $q$character formula
for the characters of irreducible $Sp_{2n}$modules via the AtiyahBottLefschetz fixed
points formula.
Keywords:Lie algebras, flag varieties, symplectic groups, representations Categories:14M15, 22E46 

2. CJM 2011 (vol 64 pp. 1090)
 Rosso, Daniele

Classic and Mirabolic RobinsonSchenstedKnuth Correspondence for Partial Flags
In this paper we first generalize to the case of
partial flags a result proved both by Spaltenstein and by Steinberg
that relates the relative position of two complete flags and the
irreducible components of the flag variety in which they lie, using
the RobinsonSchenstedKnuth correspondence. Then we use this result
to generalize the mirabolic RobinsonSchenstedKnuth correspondence
defined by Travkin, to the case of two partial flags and a line.
Keywords:partial flag varieties, RSK correspondence Categories:14M15, 05A05 

3. CJM 2010 (vol 62 pp. 1246)
 Chaput, P. E.; Manivel, L.; Perrin, N.

Quantum Cohomology of Minuscule Homogeneous Spaces III. SemiSimplicity and Consequences
We prove that the quantum cohomology ring of any minuscule or
cominuscule homogeneous space, specialized at $q=1$, is semisimple.
This implies that complex conjugation defines an algebra automorphism
of the quantum cohomology ring localized at the quantum
parameter. We check that this involution coincides with the strange
duality defined in our previous article. We deduce VafaIntriligator type
formulas for the GromovWitten invariants.
Keywords:quantum cohomology, minuscule homogeneous spaces, Schubert calculus, quantum Euler class Categories:14M15, 14N35 

4. CJM 2010 (vol 62 pp. 870)
 Valdimarsson, Stefán Ingi

The BrascampLieb Polyhedron
A set of necessary and sufficient conditions for the BrascampLieb inequality to hold has recently been found by Bennett, Carbery, Christ, and Tao. We present an analysis of these conditions. This analysis allows us to give a concise description of the set where the inequality holds in the case where each of the linear maps involved has corank $1$. This complements the result of Barthe concerning the case where the linear maps all have rank $1$. Pushing our analysis further, we describe the case where the maps have either rank $1$ or rank $2$. A separate but related problem is to give a list of the finite number of conditions necessary and sufficient for the BrascampLieb inequality to hold. We present an algorithm which generates such a list.
Keywords:BrascampLieb inequality, LoomisWhitney inequality, lattice, flag Categories:44A35, 14M15, 26D20 

5. CJM 2008 (vol 60 pp. 875)
 Mare, AugustinLiviu

A Characterization of the Quantum Cohomology Ring of $G/B$ and Applications
We observe that the small quantum product of the
generalized flag manifold $G/B$ is a product operation $\star$ on
$H^*(G/B)\otimes \bR[q_1,\dots, q_l]$ uniquely determined by the
facts
that: it is a deformation of the cup product on $H^*(G/B)$; it is
commutative, associative, and graded with respect to $\deg(q_i)=4$; it
satisfies a certain relation (of degree two); and the corresponding
Dubrovin connection is flat. Previously, we proved that these
properties alone imply the presentation of the ring $(H^*(G/B)\otimes
\bR[q_1,\dots, q_l],\star)$ in terms of generators and relations. In
this paper we use the above observations to give conceptually new
proofs of other fundamental results of the quantum Schubert calculus
for $G/B$: the quantum Chevalley formula of D. Peterson (see also
Fulton and Woodward ) and the ``quantization by standard
monomials" formula of Fomin, Gelfand, and Postnikov for
$G=\SL(n,\bC)$. The main idea of the proofs is the same as in
AmarzayaGuest: from the quantum $\D$module of $G/B$ one can
decode all information about the quantum cohomology of this space.
Categories:14M15, 14N35 

6. CJM 2007 (vol 59 pp. 742)
 Gil, Juan B.; Krainer, Thomas; Mendoza, Gerardo A.

Geometry and Spectra of Closed Extensions of Elliptic Cone Operators
We study the geometry of the set of closed extensions of index $0$ of
an elliptic differential cone operator and its model operator in
connection with the spectra of the extensions, and we give a necessary
and sufficient condition for the existence of rays of minimal growth
for such operators.
Keywords:resolvents, manifolds with conical singularities, spectral theor, boundary value problems, Grassmannians Categories:58J50, 35J70, 14M15 

7. CJM 2007 (vol 59 pp. 36)
 Develin, Mike; Martin, Jeremy L.; Reiner, Victor

Classification of Ding's Schubert Varieties: Finer Rook Equivalence
K.~Ding studied a class of Schubert varieties $X_\lambda$
in type A partial
flag manifolds, indexed by
integer partitions $\lambda$ and in bijection
with dominant permutations. He observed that the
Schubert cell structure of $X_\lambda$ is indexed by maximal rook
placements on the Ferrers board $B_\lambda$, and that the
integral cohomology groups $H^*(X_\lambda;\:\Zz)$, $H^*(X_\mu;\:\Zz)$ are
additively isomorphic exactly when the Ferrers boards $B_\lambda, B_\mu$
satisfy the combinatorial condition of \emph{rookequivalence}.
We classify the varieties $X_\lambda$ up to isomorphism, distinguishing them
by their graded cohomology rings with integer coefficients. The crux of our approach
is studying the nilpotence orders of linear forms in
the cohomology ring.
Keywords:Schubert variety, rook placement, Ferrers board, flag manifold, cohomology ring, nilpotence Categories:14M15, 05E05 

8. CJM 2003 (vol 55 pp. 157)
 Shimada, Ichiro

Zariski Hyperplane Section Theorem for Grassmannian Varieties
Let $\phi \colon X\to M$ be a morphism from a smooth irreducible
complex quasiprojective variety $X$ to a Grassmannian variety $M$
such that the image is of dimension $\ge 2$. Let $D$ be a reduced
hypersurface in $M$, and $\gamma$ a general linear automorphism of
$M$. We show that, under a certain differentialgeometric condition
on $\phi(X)$ and $D$, the fundamental group $\pi_1 \bigl( (\gamma
\circ \phi)^{1} (M\setminus D) \bigr)$ is isomorphic to a central
extension of $\pi_1 (M\setminus D) \times \pi_1 (X)$ by the cokernel
of $\pi_2 (\phi) \colon \pi_2 (X) \to \pi_2 (M)$.
Categories:14F35, 14M15 

9. CJM 2000 (vol 52 pp. 265)
 Brion, Michel; Helminck, Aloysius G.

On Orbit Closures of Symmetric Subgroups in Flag Varieties
We study $K$orbits in $G/P$ where $G$ is a complex connected
reductive group, $P \subseteq G$ is a parabolic subgroup, and $K
\subseteq G$ is the fixed point subgroup of an involutive
automorphism $\theta$. Generalizing work of Springer, we
parametrize the (finite) orbit set $K \setminus G \slash P$ and we
determine the isotropy groups. As a consequence, we describe the
closed (resp. affine) orbits in terms of $\theta$stable
(resp. $\theta$split) parabolic subgroups. We also describe the
decomposition of any $(K,P)$double coset in $G$ into
$(K,B)$double cosets, where $B \subseteq P$ is a Borel subgroup.
Finally, for certain $K$orbit closures $X \subseteq G/B$, and for
any homogeneous line bundle $\mathcal{L}$ on $G/B$ having nonzero
global sections, we show that the restriction map $\res_X \colon
H^0 (G/B, \mathcal{L}) \to H^0 (X, \mathcal{L})$ is surjective and
that $H^i (X, \mathcal{L}) = 0$ for $i \geq 1$. Moreover, we
describe the $K$module $H^0 (X, \mathcal{L})$. This gives
information on the restriction to $K$ of the simple $G$module $H^0
(G/B, \mathcal{L})$. Our construction is a geometric analogue of
Vogan and Sepanski's approach to extremal $K$types.
Keywords:flag variety, symmetric subgroup Categories:14M15, 20G05 

10. CJM 1997 (vol 49 pp. 1281)
 Sottile, Frank

Pieri's formula via explicit rational equivalence
Pieri's formula describes the intersection product of a Schubert
cycle by a special Schubert cycle on a Grassmannian.
We present a new geometric proof,
exhibiting an explicit chain of rational equivalences
from a suitable sum of distinct Schubert cycles
to the intersection of a Schubert cycle with a special
Schubert cycle. The geometry of these rational equivalences
indicates a link to a combinatorial proof of Pieri's formula using
Schensted insertion.
Keywords:Pieri's formula, rational equivalence, Grassmannian, Schensted insertion Categories:14M15, 05E10 

11. CJM 1997 (vol 49 pp. 417)
 Boe, Brian D.; Fu, Joseph H. G.

Characteristic cycles in Hermitian symmetric spaces
We give explicit combinatorial expresssions for the characteristic
cycles associated to certain canonical sheaves on Schubert varieties
$X$ in the classical Hermitian symmetric spaces: namely the
intersection homology sheaves $IH_X$ and the constant sheaves $\Bbb
C_X$. The three main cases of interest are the Hermitian symmetric
spaces for groups of type $A_n$ (the standard Grassmannian), $C_n$
(the Lagrangian Grassmannian) and $D_n$. In particular we find that
$CC(IH_X)$ is irreducible for all Schubert varieties $X$ if and only
if the associated Dynkin diagram is simply laced. The result for
Schubert varieties in the standard Grassmannian had been established
earlier by Bressler, Finkelberg and Lunts, while the computations in
the $C_n$ and $D_n$ cases are new.
Our approach is to compute $CC(\Bbb C_X)$ by a direct geometric
method, then to use the combinatorics of the KazhdanLusztig
polynomials (simplified for Hermitian symmetric spaces) to compute
$CC(IH_X)$. The geometric method is based on the fundamental formula
$$CC(\Bbb C_X) = \lim_{r\downarrow 0} CC(\Bbb C_{X_r}),$$ where the
$X_r \downarrow X$ constitute a family of tubes around the variety
$X$. This formula leads at once to an expression for the coefficients
of $CC(\Bbb C_X)$ as the degrees of certain singular maps between
spheres.
Categories:14M15, 22E47, 53C65 
