On Dimension Growth of Modular Irreducible Representations of Semisimple Lie Algebras

  • Roman BezrukavnikovEmail author
  • Ivan Losev
Part of the Progress in Mathematics book series (PM, volume 326)


In this paper we investigate the growth with respect to p of dimensions of irreducible representations of a semisimple Lie algebra g over Fp. More precisely, it is known that for p ≫ 0, the irreducibles with a regular rational central character λ and p-character χ are indexed by a certain canonical basis in the K0 of the Springer fiber of χ. This basis is independent of p. For a basis element, the dimension of the corresponding module is a polynomial in p. We show that the canonical basis is compatible with the two-sided cell filtration for a parabolic subgroup in the affine Weyl group defined by λ. We also explain how to read the degree of the dimension polynomial from a filtration component of the basis element. We use these results to establish conjectures of the second author and Ostrik on a classification of the finitedimensional irreducible representations of W-algebras, as well as a strengthening of a result by the first author with Anno and Mirkovic on real variations of stabilities for the derived category of the Springer resolution.


Dimension polynomials Localization theorem W-algebras Real variation of stabilities 

Mathematics Subject Classification (2010):

17B45 17B50 14F05 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mathematics, MITCambridgeUSA
  2. 2.Department of MathematicsNortheastern UniversityBostonUSA
  3. 3.International Laboratory of Representation theory and Mathematical Physics, NRU-HSEMoscowRussia

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