, Volume 35, Issue 3, pp 467–488 | Cite as

The Face Structure and Geometry of Marked Order Polyhedra

  • Christoph PegelEmail author


We study a class of polyhedra associated to marked posets. Examples of these polyhedra are Gelfand–Tsetlin polytopes and cones, as well as Berenstein–Zelevinsky polytopes—all of which have appeared in the representation theory of semi-simple Lie algebras. The faces of these polyhedra correspond to certain partitions of the underlying poset and we give a combinatorial characterization of these partitions. We specify a class of marked posets that give rise to polyhedra with facets in correspondence to the covering relations of the poset. On the convex geometrical side, we describe the recession cone of the polyhedra, discuss products and give a Minkowski sum decomposition. We briefly discuss intersections with affine subspaces that have also appeared in representation theory and recently in the theory of finite Hilbert space frames.


Marked poset polytopes Gelfand–Tsetlin polytopes Polyhedral geometry Representation theory 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Algebra, Zahlentheorie und Diskrete MathematikLeibniz Universität HannoverHannoverGermany

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