The Birman-Murakami-Wenzl algebras of type En

A.M. Cohen, D.B. Wales

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The Birman-Murakami-Wenzl algebras (BMW algebras) of type En for n=6,7,8 are shown to be semisimple and free over a quotient of a polynomial algebra of ranks 1,440,585; 139,613,625; and 53,328,069,225. We also show they are cellular over suitable rings. The Brauer algebra of type En is a homomorphic ring image and is also semisimple and free of the same rank as an algebra over a different polynomial ring. A rewrite system for the Brauer algebra is used in bounding the rank of the BMW algebra above. The generalized Temperley-Lieb algebra of type En turns out to be a subalgebra of the BMW algebra of the same type. So, the BMW algebras of type En share many structural properties with the classical ones (of type An) and those of type Dn.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages34
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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