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This paper is motivated by a general effort to generalize the theory of Weyl groups and their relation to groups of Lie type to the setting of complex reflection groups. One natural question is whether there are affine Hecke algebras corresponding to complex reflection groups. If they exist then it might be possible to use these algebras to build an analogue of the Springer correspondence for complex reflection groups.
A priori, one knows how to construct affine Hecke algebras corresponding only to Weyl groups since both a finite real reflection group and a lattice (the existence of which forces to be a Weyl group) are needed in the construction. Our search for analogues of graded Hecke algebras for complex reflection groups was motivated by Lusztig’s results [Lus1988] showing that the geometric information contained in the affine Hecke algebra can be recovered from the corresponding graded Hecke algebra. Lusztig [Lus1989] defines the graded Hecke algebra for a finite Weyl group with reflection representation Let be a basis for the group algebra of and let be “parameters” indexed by the roots in the root system of such that depends only on the length of the root Then the graded Hecke algebra depending on the parameters is the (unique) algebra structure on such that
|(a)||the symmetric algebra of is a subalgebra of|
|(b)||the group algebra is a subalgebra of and|
|(c)||for all and simple reflections in the simple roots|
For finite real reflection groups, the graded Hecke algebra is a “semidirect product” of the polynomial ring and the group algebra Drinfeld [Dri1986] defines a different type of semidirect product of and and Drinfeld’s construction applies to all finite subgroups of In this paper, we
|(1)||Classify all the algebras obtained by applying Drinfeld’s construction to finite complex reflection groups|
|(2)||Show that every graded Hecke algebra (as defined by Lusztig) for a finite real reflection group is isomorphic to an algebra obtained by Drinfeld’s construction by giving explicit isomorphisms between these algebras.|
A consequence of our classification is that there exist graded Hecke algebras for finite real reflection groups which are not obtained with Lusztig’s construction. In this sense, Drinfeld’s construction is a strict generalization of the algebras These new algebras, and the algebras corresponding to complex reflection groups that are not real reflection groups, deserve further study and probably have interesting representation theories.
For us, one surprising result of our classification is that no nontrivial graded Hecke algebra structures exist for many complex reflection groups. In some sense, this is disappointing, as we would have liked to find nontrivial and interesting structures for each complex reflection group.
It might be that we have not yet hit upon the “right” definition of graded Hecke algebras. For example, we show that there do not exist nontrivial graded Hecke algebra structures, according to Drinfeld’s definition, for any of the complex reflection groups when and On the other hand, in the last section of this paper we are able to construct algebras that “look” like they ought to be graded Hecke algebras corresponding to these groups. Is it possible that there is a “better” definition of graded Hecke algebras which applies to complex reflection groups and which includes the algebras that we introduce in Section 5 as examples?
Acknowledgements. We thank C. Kriloff for numerous stimulating conversations during our work on this paper. A. Ram thanks the Newton Institute for the Mathematical Sciences at Cambridge University for hospitality and support (EPSRC Grant No. GR K99015) during Spring 2001 when the writing of this paper was completed.
This is a typed version of Classification of graded Hecke algebras for complex reflection groups by Arun Ram and Anne V. Shepler.
Research of the first author supported in part by the National Security Agency and by EPSRC Grant GR K99015 at the Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences. Research of the second author supported in part by National Science Foundation grant DMS-9971099.