Poset Pinball, the Dimension Pair Algorithm, and Type A Regular Nilpotent Hessenberg Varieties Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • We develop the theory of poset pinball, a combinatorial game introduced by Harada-Tymoczko to study the equivariant cohomology ring of a GKM-compatible subspace X of a GKM space; Harada and Tymoczko also prove that, in certain circumstances, a successful outcome of Betti poset pinball yields a module basis for the equivariant cohomology ring of X. First we define the dimension pair algorithm, which yields a successful outcome of Betti poset pinball for any type A regular nilpotent Hessenberg and any type A nilpotent Springer variety, considered as GKM-compatible subspaces of the flag variety. The algorithm is motivated by a correspondence between Hessenberg affine cells and certain Schubert polynomials which we learned from Insko. Second, in a special case of regular nilpotent Hessenberg varieties, we prove that our pinball outcome is poset-upper-triangular, and hence the corresponding classes form a HS1*(pt)-module basis for the S1-equivariant cohomology ring of the Hessenberg variety.

publication date

  • June 10, 2012