Journal of Algebraic Combinatorics

, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp 71–95

On Schur's Q-functions and the Primitive Idempotents of a Commutative Hecke Algebra


  • John R. Stembridge
    • Department of MathematicsUniversity of Michigan

DOI: 10.1023/A:1022485331028

Cite this article as:
Stembridge, J.R. Journal of Algebraic Combinatorics (1992) 1: 71. doi:10.1023/A:1022485331028


Let Bn denote the centralizer of a fixed-point free involution in the symmetric group S2n. Each of the four one-dimensional representations of Bn induces a multiplicity-free representation of S2n, and thus the corresponding Hecke algebra is commutative in each case. We prove that in two of the cases, the primitive idempotents can be obtained from the power-sum expansion of Schur's Q-functions, from which follows the surprising corollary that the character tables of these two Hecke algebras are, aside from scalar multiples, the same as the nontrivial part of the character table of the spin representations of Sn.

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