Algebraic Combinatorics Seminar - Timothy Miller

Thursday, June 27, 2019 3:30 pm - 3:30 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)

Title: From Modeling Fermions to the Puzzle Rule

Speaker: Timothy Miller
Affiliation: University of Waterloo
Room: MC 6483*

*room change


A Knutson-Tao-Woodward puzzle is a tiling of a triangle with certain pieces that have labeled edges. The puzzle rule states that number of puzzles with a given boundary is equal to a Littlewood-Richardson coefficient. I will present a proof of this due to Zinn-Justin which relates the problem to the time evolution of a set of fermions. Transfer matrices describing discrete time steps are applied to elements in the state space of a set of fermions known as Fock space. Repeated applications of the Yang-Baxter equation can "unzip" the transfer matrices, showing they are commutative, which yields the result.