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Whitehouse, Sarah Ann (1994) Gamma (co)homology of commutative algebras and some related representations of the symmetric group. PhD thesis, University of Warwick.

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Abstract
This thesis covers two related subjects: homology of commutative algebras and certain
representations of the symmetric group.
There are several different formulations of commutative algebra homology, all of which
are known to agree when one works over a field of characteristic zero. During 19911992
my supervisor, Dr. Alan Robinson, motivated by homotopytheoretic ideas, developed a
new theory, Γhomology [Rob, 2]. This is a homology theory for commutative rings, and
more generally rings commutative up to homotopy. We consider the algebraic version of
the theory.
Chapter I covers background material and Chapter II describes Γhomology. We arrive
at a spectral sequence for Γhomology, involving objects called tree spaces.
Chapter III is devoted to consideration of the case where we work over a field of
characteristic zero. In this case the spectral sequence collapses. The tree space, Tn, which is
used to describe Γhomology has a natural action of the symmetric group Sn. We identify
the representation of Sn on its only nontrivial homology group as that given by the first
Eulerian idempotent en(l) in QSn. Using this, we prove that Γhomology coincides with
the existing theories over a field of characteristic zero.
In fact, the tree space, Tn, gives a representation of Sn+l. In Chapter IV we calculate the
character of this representation. Moreover, we show that each Eulerian representation of Sn
is the restriction of a representation of Sn+1. These Eulerian representations are given by
idempotents en(j), for j=1, ..., n, in QSn, and occur in the work of Barr [B], Gerstenhaber
and Schack [GS, 1], Loday [L, 1,2,3] and Hanlon [H]. They have been used to give
decompositions of the Hochschild and cyclic homology of commutative algebras in
characteristic zero. We describe our representations of Sn+1 as virtual representations, and
give some partial results on their decompositions into irreducible components.
In Chapter V we return to commutative algebra homology, now considered in prime
characteristic. We give a corrected version of Gerstenhaber and Schack's [GS, 2]
decomposition of Hochschild homology in this setting, and give the analagous
decomposition of cyclic homology. Finally, we give a counterexample to a conjecture of
Barr, which states that a certain modification of Harrison cohomology should coincide with
André/Quillen cohomology.
Item Type:  Thesis or Dissertation (PhD)  

Subjects:  Q Science > QA Mathematics  
Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):  Commutative algebra, Algebra, Homological, Symmetry groups  
Official Date:  May 1994  
Dates: 


Institution:  University of Warwick  
Theses Department:  Mathematics Institute  
Thesis Type:  PhD  
Publication Status:  Unpublished  
Supervisor(s)/Advisor:  Robinson, Alan  
Sponsors:  Science and Engineering Research Council (Great Britain) (SERC)  
Extent:  vi, 77 leaves  
Language:  eng 
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