Lex E. Renner
Ph.D., University of British Columbia, 1982
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Renner is known for his work on algebraic monoids, a branch of algebra (MSC(2010):20M32) that he developed starting around 1979. His creative academic background has forged a unique perspective combining geometry and groups with convexity and semigroups. He and M.S. Putcha (North Carolina State) have authored nearly two hundred papers on algebraic monoids and related topics.
The theory of algebraic monoids is a natural synthesis of algebraic group theory (Chevalley, Borel, Tits) and torus embeddings (Mumford, Kempf, et al). The resulting theory is a significant part of the theory of spherical embeddings (Brion, Luna, Vust). Horospherical varieties (Popov, Vinberg) were a significant catalyst in the development. Related work on symmetric varieties was motivated by classical enumerative problems (De Concini, Procesi).
Renner's contribution contains results on the following issues.
LINEAR ALGEBRAIC MONOIDS
Encyclopedia of Mathematical Sciences 134
Invariant Theory V
Contents: *Background *Algebraic Monoids *Regularity Conditions *Classification *Universal Constructions *Orbit Structure *Analogue of the Bruhat Decomposition *Representations and Blocks *Monoids of Lie Type *Cellular Decompositions *Conjugacy Classes *Centralizer of a Semisimple Element *Combinatorics Related to Algebraic Monoids *Survey of Related Developments.
Key notions: Reductive group, regular monoid, diagonal idempotent, blocks and representations, highest weight category, monoid Bruhat decomposition, centralizer, divisor class group, adjoint quotient, flat deformation, generalized Schubert cell, reductive monoid as spherical variety.
Last update: September 11, 2014