Thorsten Heidersdorf
Mathematisches Institut, Room N1.006
Endenicher Allee 60
53115 Bonn
Office hours: By appointment
Email: thorsten@math.unibonn.de
Research interests: Representation theory and tensor categories. In particular:
 Deligne categories (certain families of universal tensor categories)
 Stable representation theory of the symmetric group and some finite groups of Lie type
 Construction and classification of thick ideals and tensor ideals
 Representations of algebraic supergroups, in particular tensor product decompositions, the DufloSerganova cohomology functor and character/dimension formulae
 Homotopical methods
 Representations of quantum groups at roots of unity, their super versions and possible applications to quantum knot invariants.
 Tilting modules for quantum groups and algebraic groups
Teaching
SS 2019: Algebra 1 ("commutative algebra")WS 2019: Graduate Seminar on Representation Theory: Hopf algebras and tensor categories. Seminar page
SS 2020: Graduate Seminar on Advanced Algebra: Supermathematics. Seminar page
Current and former students
Publications / Preprints / Reports

Generalized negligible morphisms and their tensor ideals. (joint with H. Wenzl), Preprint 2019, (arXiv version)
Abstract
We introduce a generalization of the notion of a negligible morphism and study the associated tensor ideals and thick ideals. These ideals are defined by considering deformations of a given monoidal category $\mathcal{C}$ over a local ring $R$. If the maximal ideal of $R$ is generated by a single element, we show that any thick ideal of $\mathcal{C}$ admits an explicitely given modified trace function. As examples we consider various Deligne categories and the categories of tilting modules for a quantum group at a root of unity and for a semisimple, simply connected algebraic group in prime characteristic. We propose an elementary geometric description of the thick ideals in quantum and modular type A.
Mathematics Subject Classification: 18D10, 20G05 
Monoidal abelian envelopes and a conjecture of BensonEtingof. (joint with K. Coulembier, I. EntovaAizenbud), Preprint 2019, (arXiv version)
Abstract
We give several criteria to decide whether a given tensor category is the abelian envelope of a fixed symmetric monoidal category. Benson and Etingof conjectured that a certain limit of finite symmetric tensor categories is tensor equivalent to the finite dimensional representations of SL2 in characteristic 2. We use our results on the abelian envelopes to prove this conjecture.
Mathematics Subject Classification: 18D10, 20G05  Homotopy quotients and comodules of supercommutative Hopf algebras. (joint with R.Weissauer), Preprint 2019, 77 pages, (arXiv version)
Abstract
We study induced model structures on Frobenius categories. In particular we consider the case where $\mathcal{C}$ is the category of comodules of a supercommutative Hopf algebra $A$ over a field $k$. Given a graded Hopf algebra quotient $A \to B$ satisfying some finiteness conditions, the Frobenius tensor category $\mathcal{D}$ of graded $B$comodules with its stable model structure induces a monoidal model structure on $\mathcal{C}$. We consider the corresponding homotopy quotient $\gamma: \mathcal{C} \to Ho \mathcal{C}$ and the induced quotient $\mathcal{T} \to Ho \mathcal{T}$ for the tensor category $\mathcal{T}$ of finite dimensional $A$comodules. Under some mild conditions we prove vanishing and finiteness theorems for morphisms in $Ho \mathcal{T}$. We apply these results in the $Rep (GL(mn))$case and and study its homotopy category $Ho \mathcal{T}$.
Mathematics Subject Classification: 16T15, 17B10, 18D10, 18E40, 18G55, 20G05, 55U35  Semisimplification of representation categories. Oberwolfach Reports 1848, 2018. (local link)
 On classical tensor categories attached to the irreducible representations of the General Linear Supergroup $GL(nn)$. (joint with R. Weissauer), Preprint 2018, 78 pages, (arXiv version)
Abstract
We study the quotient of $\mathcal{T}_n = Rep(GL(nn))$ by the tensor ideal of negligible morphisms. If we consider the full subcategory $\mathcal{T}_n^+$ of $\mathcal{T}_n$ of indecomposable summands in iterated tensor products of irreducible representations up to parity shifts, its quotient is a semisimple tannakian category $Rep(H_n)$ where $H_n$ is a proreductive algebraic group. We determine the connected derived subgroup $G_n \subset H_n$ and the groups $G_{\lambda} = (H_{\lambda})_{der}^0$ corresponding to the tannakian subcategory in $Rep(H_n)$ generated by an irreducible representation $L(\lambda)$. This gives structural information about the tensor category $Rep(GL(nn))$, including the decomposition law of a tensor product of irreducible representations up to summands of superdimension zero. Some results are conditional on a hypothesis on $2$torsion in $\pi_0(H_n)$.
Mathematics Subject Classification: 17B10, 17B20, 17B55, 18D10, 20G05.  Deligne categories and representations of the infinite symmetric group. (joint with Daniel Barter, Inna EntovaAizenbud), Advances in Mathematics 346, 2018, 31 pages, (arXiv version)
Abstract
We establish a connection between two settings of representation stability for the symmetric groups $S_n$ over $\C$. One is the symmetric monoidal category $\Rep(S_{\infty})$ of algebraic representations of the infinite symmetric group $S_{\infty} = \bigcup_n S_n$, related to the theory of {\bf FI}modules. The other is the family of rigid symmetric monoidal Deligne categories $\underline{Rep}(S_t)$, $t \in \C$, together with their abelian versions $\underline{Rep}^{ab}(S_t)$, constructed by Comes and Ostrik. We show that for any $t \in \C$ the natural functor $\Rep(S_{\infty}) \to \underline{Rep}^{ab}(S_t)$ is an exact symmetric faithful monoidal functor, and compute its action on the simple representations of $S_{\infty}$. Considering the highest weight structure on $\underline{Rep}^{ab}(S_t)$, we show that the image of any object of $Rep(S_{\infty})$ has a filtration with standard objects in $\underline{Rep}^{ab}(S_t)$. As a byproduct of the proof, we give answers to the questions posed by P. Deligne concerning the cohomology of some complexes in the Deligne category $\underline{Rep}(S_t)$, and their specializations at nonnegative integers $n$.
Mathematics Subject Classification: 05E05, 18D10, 20C30.  On supergroups and their semisimplified representation categories. 28pages, Algebr. Represent. Theory Vol.22, Issue 4, 2019
(arXiv version)
Abstract
The representation category $\mathcal{A} = Rep(G,\epsilon)$ of a supergroup scheme $G$ has a largest proper tensor ideal, the ideal $\calN$ of negligible morphisms. If we divide $\mathcal{A}$ by $\calN$ we get the semisimple representation category of a proreductive supergroup scheme $G^{red}$. We list some of its properties and determine $G^{red}$ in the case $GL(m1)$.
Mathematics Subject Classification: 17B10, 18D10  Thick Ideals in Deligne's category $\underline{Rep}(O_\delta)$. (joint with Jonny Comes), J. Algebra {480} Pages 237265 (2017).
(arXiv version)
Abstract
We describe indecomposable objects in Deligne's category $\underline{Rep}(O_\delta)$ and explain how to decompose their tensor products. We then classify thick ideals in $\underline{Rep}(O_\delta)$. As an application we classify the indecomposable summands of tensor powers of the standard representation of the orthosymplectic supergroup up to isomorphism.
Mathematics Subject Classification: 17B10, 18D10.  Pieri type rules and $GL(22)$ tensor products. (joint with R. Weissauer), to appear in Alg. Repr. Theory, Preprint 2015, 24 pages,
(arXiv version)
Abstract
We derive a closed formula for the tensor product of a family of mixed tensors using Deligne's interpolating category $\underline{Rep}(GL_{0})$. We use this formula to compute the tensor product of a family of irreducible $GL(nn)$representations. This includes the tensor product of any two maximal atypical irreducible representations of $GL(22)$.
Mathematics Subject Classification: 17B10, 17B20.  Cohomological tensor functors on representations of the General Linear Supergroup.
(joint with R. Weissauer), 128 pages, to appear in Mem. Am. Math. Soc.
(arXiv version)
Abstract
We define and study cohomological tensor functors from the category $T_n$ of finitedimensional representations of the supergroup $Gl(nn)$ into $T_{nr}$ for $0 < r \leq n$. In the case $DS: T_n \to T_{n1}$ we prove a formula $DS(L) = \bigoplus \Pi^{n_i} L_i$ for the image of an arbitrary irreducible representation. In particular $DS(L)$ is semisimple and multiplicity free. We derive a few applications of this theorem such as the degeneration of certain spectral sequences and a formula for the modified superdimension of an irreducible representation.
Mathematics Subject Classification: 17B10, 17B20, 17B55, 18D10, 20G05.  Mixed tensors of the General Linear Supergroup.
J.Algebra {491} Pages 402446
(2017).
(arXiv version)
Abstract
We describe the image of the canonical tensor functor from Deligne's interpolating category $\underline{Rep}(GL_{mn})$ to $Rep(GL(mn))$ attached to the standard representation. This implies explicit tensor product decompositions between any two projective modules and any two Kostant modules of $GL(mn)$, covering the decomposition between any two irreducible $GL(m1)$representations. We also obtain character and dimension formulas. For $m>n$ we classify the mixed tensors with nonvanishing superdimension. For $m=n$ we characterize the maximally atypical mixed tensors and show some applications regarding tensor products.
Mathematics Subject Classification: 17B10, 17B20, 18D10.