51. CJM 2005 (vol 57 pp. 416)
 Wise, Daniel T.

Approximating Flats by Periodic Flats in \\CAT(0) Square Complexes
We investigate the problem of whether every immersed flat plane in a
nonpositively curved square complex is the limit of periodic flat
planes. Using a branched cover, we reduce the problem to the case of
$\V$complexes. We solve the problem for malnormal and cyclonormal
$\V$complexes. We also solve the problem for complete square
complexes using a different approach. We give an application towards
deciding whether the elements of fundamental groups of the spaces we
study have commuting powers. We note a connection between the flat
approximation problem and subgroup separability.
Keywords:CAT(0), periodic flat planes Categories:20F67, 20F06 

52. CJM 2004 (vol 56 pp. 945)
 Helminck, Aloysius G.; Schwarz, Gerald W.

Smoothness of Quotients Associated \\With a Pair of Commuting Involutions
Let $\sigma$, $\theta$ be commuting involutions of the connected semisimple
algebraic group $G$ where $\sigma$, $\theta$ and $G$ are defined over
an algebraically closed field $\k$, $\Char \k=0$. Let $H:=G^\sigma$
and $K:=G^\theta$ be the fixed point groups. We have an action
$(H\times K)\times G\to G$, where $((h,k),g)\mapsto hgk\inv$, $h\in
H$, $k\in K$, $g\in G$. Let $\quot G{(H\times K)}$ denote the
categorical quotient $\Spec \O(G)^{H\times K}$. We determine when this
quotient is smooth. Our results are a generalization of those of
Steinberg \cite{Steinberg75}, Pittie \cite{Pittie72} and Richardson
\cite{Rich82b} in the symmetric case where $\sigma=\theta$ and $H=K$.
Categories:20G15, 20G20, 22E15, 22E46 

53. CJM 2004 (vol 56 pp. 871)
 Schocker, Manfred

Lie Elements and Knuth Relations
A coplactic class in the symmetric group $\Sym_n$ consists of all
permutations in $\Sym_n$ with a given Schensted $Q$symbol, and may
be described in terms of local relations introduced by Knuth. Any
Lie element in the group algebra of $\Sym_n$ which is constant on
coplactic classes is already constant on descent classes. As a
consequence, the intersection of the Lie convolution algebra
introduced by Patras and Reutenauer and the coplactic algebra
introduced by Poirier and Reutenauer is the direct sum of all
Solomon descent algebras.
Keywords:symmetric group, descent set, coplactic relation, Hopf algebra,, convolution product Categories:17B01, 05E10, 20C30, 16W30 

54. CJM 2004 (vol 56 pp. 246)
 Bonnafé, Cédric

ÃlÃ©ments unipotents rÃ©guliers des sousgroupes de Levi
We investigate the structure of the centralizer of a regular unipotent element
of a Levi subgroup of a reductive group. We also investigate the structure of
the group of components of this centralizer in relation with the notion of
cuspidal local system defined by Lusztig. We determine its unipotent radical,
we prove that it admits a Levi complement, and we get some properties on its Weyl
group. As an application, we prove some results which were announced in previous
paper on regular unipotent elements.
Nous \'etudions la structure du centralisateur d'un \'el\'ement unipotent
r\'egulier d'un sousgroupe de Levi d'un groupe r\'eductif, ainsi que la structure
du groupe des composantes de ce centralisateur en relation avec la notion de
syst\`eme local cuspidal d\'efinie par Lusztig. Nous d\'eterminons son radical
unipotent, montrons l'existence d'un compl\'ement de Levi et \'etudions la
structure de son groupe de Weyl. Comme application, nous d\'emontrons des
r\'esultats qui \'etaient annonc\'es dans un pr\'ec\'edent article de l'auteur
sur les \'el\'ements unipotents r\'eguliers.
Category:20G 

55. CJM 2003 (vol 55 pp. 1080)
 Kellerhals, Ruth

Quaternions and Some Global Properties of Hyperbolic $5$Manifolds
We provide an explicit thick and thin decomposition for oriented
hyperbolic manifolds $M$ of dimension $5$. The result implies improved
universal lower bounds for the volume $\rmvol_5(M)$ and, for $M$
compact, new estimates relating the injectivity radius and the diameter
of $M$ with $\rmvol_5(M)$. The quantification of the thin part is
based upon the identification of the isometry group of the universal
space by the matrix group $\PS_\Delta {\rm L} (2,\mathbb{H})$ of
quaternionic $2\times 2$matrices with Dieudonn\'e determinant
$\Delta$ equal to $1$ and isolation properties of $\PS_\Delta {\rm
L} (2,\mathbb{H})$.
Categories:53C22, 53C25, 57N16, 57S30, 51N30, 20G20, 22E40 

56. CJM 2003 (vol 55 pp. 750)
 Göbel, Rüdiger; Shelah, Saharon; Strüngmann, Lutz

AlmostFree $E$Rings of Cardinality $\aleph_1$
An $E$ring is a unital ring $R$ such that every endomorphism of
the underlying abelian group $R^+$ is multiplication by some
ring element. The existence of almostfree $E$rings of
cardinality greater than $2^{\aleph_0}$ is undecidable in $\ZFC$.
While they exist in G\"odel's universe, they do not exist in other
models of set theory. For a regular cardinal $\aleph_1 \leq
\lambda \leq 2^{\aleph_0}$ we construct $E$rings of cardinality
$\lambda$ in $\ZFC$ which have $\aleph_1$free additive structure.
For $\lambda=\aleph_1$ we therefore obtain the existence of
almostfree $E$rings of cardinality $\aleph_1$ in $\ZFC$.
Keywords:$E$rings, almostfree modules Categories:20K20, 20K30, 13B10, 13B25 

57. CJM 2003 (vol 55 pp. 822)
 Kim, Djun Maximilian; Rolfsen, Dale

An Ordering for Groups of Pure Braids and FibreType Hyperplane Arrangements
We define a total ordering of the pure braid groups which is
invariant under multiplication on both sides. This ordering is
natural in several respects. Moreover, it wellorders the pure braids
which are positive in the sense of Garside. The ordering is defined
using a combination of Artin's combing technique and the Magnus
expansion of free groups, and is explicit and algorithmic.
By contrast, the full braid groups (on 3 or more strings) can be
ordered in such a way as to be invariant on one side or the other, but
not both simultaneously. Finally, we remark that the same type of
ordering can be applied to the fundamental groups of certain complex
hyperplane arrangements, a direct generalization of the pure braid
groups.
Category:20F36 

58. CJM 2002 (vol 54 pp. 1229)
59. CJM 2002 (vol 54 pp. 970)
60. CJM 2002 (vol 54 pp. 795)
 Möller, Rögnvaldur G.

Structure Theory of Totally Disconnected Locally Compact Groups via Graphs and Permutations
Willis's structure theory of totally disconnected locally compact groups
is investigated in the context of permutation actions. This leads to new
interpretations of the basic concepts in the theory and also to new proofs
of the fundamental theorems and to several new results. The treatment of
Willis's theory is selfcontained and full proofs are given of all the
fundamental results.
Keywords:totally disconnected locally compact groups, scale function, permutation groups, groups acting on graphs Categories:22D05, 20B07, 20B27, 05C25 

61. CJM 2001 (vol 53 pp. 1121)
 Athanasiadis, Christos A.; Santos, Francisco

Monotone Paths on Zonotopes and Oriented Matroids
Monotone paths on zonotopes and the natural generalization to maximal
chains in the poset of topes of an oriented matroid or arrangement of
pseudohyperplanes are studied with respect to a kind of local move,
called polygon move or flip. It is proved that any monotone path on a
$d$dimensional zonotope with $n$ generators admits at least $\lceil
2n/(nd+2) \rceil1$ flips for all $n \ge d+2 \ge 4$ and that for any
fixed value of $nd$, this lower bound is sharp for infinitely many
values of $n$. In particular, monotone paths on zonotopes which admit
only three flips are constructed in each dimension $d \ge 3$.
Furthermore, the previously known 2connectivity of the graph of
monotone paths on a polytope is extended to the 2connectivity of the
graph of maximal chains of topes of an oriented matroid. An
application in the context of Coxeter groups of a result known to be
valid for monotone paths on simple zonotopes is included.
Categories:52C35, 52B12, 52C40, 20F55 

62. CJM 2000 (vol 52 pp. 1310)
 Yagunov, Serge

On the Homology of $\GL_n$ and Higher PreBloch Groups
For every integer $n>1$ and infinite field $F$ we construct a spectral
sequence converging to the homology of $\GL_n(F)$ relative to the
group of monomial matrices $\GM_n(F)$. Some entries in $E^2$terms of
these spectral sequences may be interpreted as a natural
generalization of the Bloch group to higher dimensions. These groups
may be characterized as homology of $\GL_n$ relatively to $\GL_{n1}$
and $\GM_n$. We apply the machinery developed to the investigation of
stabilization maps in homology of General Linear Groups.
Categories:19D55, 20J06, 18G60 

63. CJM 2000 (vol 52 pp. 1018)
 Reichstein, Zinovy; Youssin, Boris

Essential Dimensions of Algebraic Groups and a Resolution Theorem for $G$Varieties
Let $G$ be an algebraic group and let $X$ be a generically free $G$variety.
We show that $X$ can be transformed, by a sequence of blowups with smooth
$G$equivariant centers, into a $G$variety $X'$ with the following
property the stabilizer of every point of $X'$ is isomorphic to a
semidirect product $U \sdp A$ of a unipotent group $U$ and a
diagonalizable group $A$.
As an application of this result, we prove new lower bounds on essential
dimensions of some algebraic groups. We also show that certain
polynomials in one variable cannot be simplified by a Tschirnhaus
transformation.
Categories:14L30, 14E15, 14E05, 12E05, 20G10 

64. CJM 2000 (vol 52 pp. 449)
65. CJM 2000 (vol 52 pp. 438)
 Wallach, N. R.; Willenbring, J.

On Some $q$Analogs of a Theorem of KostantRallis
In the first part of this paper generalizations of Hesselink's
$q$analog of Kostant's multiplicity formula for the action of a
semisimple Lie group on the polynomials on its Lie algebra are given
in the context of the KostantRallis theorem. They correspond to the
cases of real semisimple Lie groups with one conjugacy class of Cartan
subgroup. In the second part of the paper a $q$analog of the
KostantRallis theorem is given for the real group $\SL(4,\mathbb{R})$
(that is $\SO(4)$ acting on symmetric $4 \times 4$ matrices). This
example plays two roles. First it contrasts with the examples of the
first part. Second it has implications to the study of entanglement
of mixed 2 qubit states in quantum computation.
Categories:22E47, 20G05 

66. 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 

67. CJM 2000 (vol 52 pp. 197)
 Radjavi, Heydar

Sublinearity and Other Spectral Conditions on a Semigroup
Subadditivity, sublinearity, submultiplicativity, and other
conditions are considered for spectra of pairs of operators on a
Hilbert space. Sublinearity, for example, is a weakening of the
wellknown property~$L$ and means $\sigma(A+\lambda B) \subseteq
\sigma(A) + \lambda \sigma(B)$ for all scalars $\lambda$. The
effect of these conditions is examined on commutativity,
reducibility, and triangularizability of multiplicative semigroups
of operators. A sample result is that sublinearity of spectra
implies simultaneous triangularizability for a semigroup of compact
operators.
Categories:47A15, 47D03, 15A30, 20A20, 47A10, 47B10 

68. CJM 1999 (vol 51 pp. 1149)
 Cohen, A. M.; Cuypers, H.; Sterk, H.

Linear Groups Generated by Reflection Tori
A reflection is an invertible linear transformation of a vector
space fixing a given hyperplane, its axis, vectorwise and a given
complement to this hyperplane, its center, setwise. A reflection
torus is a onedimensional group generated by all reflections with
fixed axis and center.
In this paper we classify subgroups of general linear groups (in
arbitrary dimension and defined over arbitrary fields) generated by
reflection tori.
Categories:20Hxx, 20Gxx, 51A50 

69. CJM 1999 (vol 51 pp. 1307)
 Johnson, Norman W.; Weiss, Asia Ivić

Quadratic Integers and Coxeter Groups
Matrices whose entries belong to certain rings of algebraic
integers can be associated with discrete groups of transformations
of inversive $n$space or hyperbolic $(n+1)$space
$\mbox{H}^{n+1}$. For small $n$, these may be Coxeter groups,
generated by reflections, or certain subgroups whose generators
include direct isometries of $\mbox{H}^{n+1}$. We show how linear
fractional transformations over rings of rational and (real or
imaginary) quadratic integers are related to the symmetry groups of
regular tilings of the hyperbolic plane or 3space. New light is
shed on the properties of the rational modular group $\PSL_2
(\bbZ)$, the Gaussian modular (Picard) group $\PSL_2 (\bbZ[{\it
i}])$, and the Eisenstein modular group $\PSL_2 (\bbZ[\omega ])$.
Categories:11F06, 20F55, 20G20, 20H10, 22E40 

70. CJM 1999 (vol 51 pp. 1240)
71. CJM 1999 (vol 51 pp. 1226)
72. CJM 1999 (vol 51 pp. 1194)
 Lusztig, G.

Subregular Nilpotent Elements and Bases in $K$Theory
In this paper we describe a canonical basis for the equivariant
$K$theory (with respect to a $\bc^*$action) of the variety of
Borel subalgebras containing a subregular nilpotent element of a
simple complex Lie algebra of type $D$ or~$E$.
Category:20G99 

73. CJM 1999 (vol 51 pp. 1175)
 Lehrer, G. I.; Springer, T. A.

Reflection Subquotients of Unitary Reflection Groups
Let $G$ be a finite group generated by (pseudo) reflections in a
complex vector space and let $g$ be any linear transformation which
normalises $G$. In an earlier paper, the authors showed how to
associate with any maximal eigenspace of an element of the coset
$gG$, a subquotient of $G$ which acts as a reflection group on the
eigenspace. In this work, we address the questions of
irreducibility and the coexponents of this subquotient, as well as
centralisers in $G$ of certain elements of the coset. A criterion
is also given in terms of the invariant degrees of $G$ for an
integer to be regular for $G$. A key tool is the investigation of
extensions of invariant vector fields on the eigenspace, which
leads to some results and questions concerning the geometry of
intersections of invariant hypersurfaces.
Categories:51F15, 20H15, 20G40, 20F55, 14C17 

74. CJM 1999 (vol 51 pp. 881)
 Witherspoon, Sarah J.

The Representation Ring and the Centre of a Hopf Algebra
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).
Categories:16W30, 20N20 

75. CJM 1999 (vol 51 pp. 658)
 Shumyatsky, Pavel

Nilpotency of Some Lie Algebras Associated with $p$Groups
Let $ L=L_0+L_1$ be a $\mathbb{Z}_2$graded Lie algebra over a
commutative ring with unity in which $2$ is invertible. Suppose
that $L_0$ is abelian and $L$ is generated by finitely many
homogeneous elements $a_1,\dots,a_k$ such that every commutator in
$a_1,\dots,a_k$ is adnilpotent. We prove that $L$ is nilpotent.
This implies that any periodic residually finite $2'$group $G$
admitting an involutory automorphism $\phi$ with $C_G(\phi)$
abelian is locally finite.
Categories:17B70, 20F50 
