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Introduction to Complex Reflection Groups and Their Braid Groups


Part of the Lecture Notes in Mathematics book series (LNM, volume 1988)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. Michel Broué
    Pages 1-9
  3. Michel Broué
    Pages 97-118
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 119-138

About this book


Weyl groups are particular cases of complex reflection groups, i.e. finite subgroups of GLr(C) generated by (pseudo)reflections. These are groups whose polynomial ring of invariants is a polynomial algebra.

It has recently been discovered that complex reflection groups play a key role in the theory of finite reductive groups, giving rise as they do to braid groups and generalized Hecke algebras which govern the representation theory of finite reductive groups. It is now also broadly agreed upon that many of the known properties of Weyl groups can be generalized to complex reflection groups. The purpose of this work is to present a fairly extensive treatment of many basic properties of complex reflection groups (characterization, Steinberg theorem, Gutkin-Opdam matrices, Solomon theorem and applications, etc.) including the basic findings of Springer theory on eigenspaces. In doing so, we also introduce basic definitions and properties of the associated braid groups, as well as a quick introduction to Bessis' lifting of Springer theory to braid groups.


Braids Groups Invariants Reflections Representation theory

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Inst. Mathématiques JussieuUniversité Paris VIIParisFrance

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From the reviews:

“It is the aim of the present notes to give an introduction to complex reflection groups in such a way as to lead the reader to the very forefront of research in this area. … it is a useful addition to the growing literature on complex reflection groups.” (Stephen P. Humphries, Mathematical Reviews, Issue 2011 d)