Formulas for primitive idempotents in Frobenius algebras and an application to decomposition maps

Sarah Scherotzke, Max Neunhoeffer

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In the first part of this paper we present explicit formulas for primitive idempotents in arbitrary Frobenius algebras using the entries of representing matrices coming from projective indecomposable modules with respect
to a certain choice of basis. The proofs use a generalisation of the well known
Frobenius-Schur relations for semisimple algebras.
The second part of this paper considers O-free O-algebras of finite O-rank
over a discrete valuation ring O and their decomposition maps under modular reduction modulo the maximal ideal of O, thereby studying the modular
representation theory of such algebras.
Using the formulas from the first part we derive general criteria for such
a decomposition map to be an isomorphism that preserves the classes of simple modules involving explicitly known matrix representations on projective
indecomposable modules.
Finally we show how this approach could eventually be used to attack a
conjecture by Gordon James in the formulation of Meinolf Geck for Iwahori-
Hecke-Algebras, provided the necessary matrix representations on projective
indecomposable modules could be constructed explicitly.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)170-185
Number of pages16
JournalRepresent. Theory
Publication statusPublished - 19 Mar 2008


  • Frobenius algebra, symmetric algebra, idempotent, explicit formula, Frobenius-Schur relations, projective indecomposable module, simple module, Grothendieck group, decomposition map, Coxeter group, Iwahori-Hecke algebra, James' conjecture


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