McKay graph

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In mathematics, the McKay graph of a finite-dimensional representation V of a finite group G is a weighted quiver encoding the structure of the representation theory of G. Each node represents an irreducible representation of G. If are irreducible representations of G then there is an arrow from to if and only if is a constituent of the tensor product . Then the weight nij of the arrow is the number of times this constituent appears in . For finite subgroups H of GL(2, C), the McKay graph of H is the McKay graph of the canonical representation of H.

If G has n irreducible characters, then the Cartan matrix cV of the representation V of dimension d is defined by , where δ is the Kronecker delta. A result by Steinberg states that if g is a representative of a conjugacy class of G, then the vectors are the eigenvectors of cV to the eigenvalues , where is the character of the representation V.

The McKay correspondence, named after John McKay, states that there is a one-to-one correspondence between the McKay graphs of the finite subgroups of SL(2, C) and the extended Dynkin diagrams, which appear in the ADE classification of the simple Lie Algebras.

Definition[edit]

Let G be a finite group, V be a representation of G and be its character. Let be the irreducible representations of G. If

then define the McKay graph of G as follow:

  • To each irreducible representation of G corresponds a node in .
  • There is an arrow from to if and only if nij > 0 and nij is the weight of the arrow: .
  • If nij = nji, then we put an edge between and instead of a double arrow. Moreover, if nij = 1, then we do not write the weight of the corresponding arrow.

We can calculate the value of nij by considering the inner product. We have the following formula:

where denotes the inner product of the characters.

The McKay graph of a finite subgroup of GL(2, C) is defined to be the McKay graph of its canonical representation.

For finite subgroups of SL(2, C), the canonical representation is self-dual, so nij = nji for all i, j. Thus, the McKay graph of finite subgroups of SL(2, C) is undirected.

In fact, by the McKay correspondence, there is a one-to-one correspondence between the finite subgroups of SL(2, C) and the extended Coxeter-Dynkin diagrams of type A-D-E.

We define the Cartan matrix cV of V as follow:

where is the Kronecker delta.

Some results[edit]

  • If the representation V of a finite group G is faithful, then the McKay graph of V is connected.
  • The McKay graph of a finite subgroup of SL(2, C) has no self-loops, that is, nii = 0 for all i.
  • The weights of the arrows of the McKay graph of a finite subgroup of SL(2, C) are always less or equal than one.

Examples[edit]

  • Suppose G = A × B, and there are canonical irreducible representations cA and cB of A and B respectively. If , i = 1, ..., k, are the irreducible representations of A and , j = 1, ..., l, are the irreducible representations of B, then

are the irreducible representations of , where . In this case, we have

Therefore, there is an arrow in the McKay graph of G between and if and only if there is an arrow in the McKay graph of A between and and there is an arrow in the McKay graph of B between and . In this case, the weight on the arrow in the McKay graph of G is the product of the weights of the two corresponding arrows in the McKay graphs of A and B.

  • Felix Klein proved that the finite subgroups of SL(2, C) are the binary polyhedral groups. The McKay correspondence states that there is a one-to-one correspondence between the McKay graphs of these binary polyhedral groups and the extended Dynkin diagrams. For example, let be the binary tetrahedral group. Every finite subgroup of SL(2, C) is conjugate to a finite subgroup of SU(2, C). Consider the matrices in SU(2, C):

where ε is a primitive eighth root of unity. Then, is generated by S, U, V. In fact, we have

The conjugacy classes of are the following:

The character table of is

Conjugacy Classes

Here . The canonical representation is represented by c. By using the inner product, we have that the McKay graph of is the extended Coxeter-Dynkin diagram of type .

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  • James, Gordon; Liebeck, Martin (2001). Representations and Characters of Groups (2nd ed.). Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-00392-X. 
  • Klein, Felix (1884), "Vorlesungen über das Ikosaeder und die Auflösung der Gleichungen vom fünten Grade", Teubner, Leibniz 
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