PBW Deformations of Skew Group Algebras in Positive Characteristic Academic Article uri icon


  • 2014, Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht. We investigate deformations of a skew group algebra that arise from a finite group acting on a polynomial ring. When the characteristic of the underlying field divides the order of the group, a new type of deformation emerges that does not occur in characteristic zero. This analogue of Lusztigs graded affine Hecke algebra for positive characteristic can not be forged from the template of symplectic reflection and related algebras as originally crafted by Drinfeld. By contrast, we show that in characteristic zero, for arbitrary finite groups, a Lusztig-type deformation is always isomorphic to a Drinfeld-type deformation. We fit all these deformations into a general theory, connecting Poincar-Birkhoff-Witt deformations and Hochschild cohomology when working over fields of arbitrary characteristic. We make this connection by way of a double complex adapted from Guccione, Guccione, and Valqui, formed from the Koszul resolution of a polynomial ring and the bar resolution of a group algebra.

published proceedings

  • Algebras and Representation Theory

author list (cited authors)

  • Shepler, A. V., & Witherspoon, S.

citation count

  • 6

complete list of authors

  • Shepler, Anne V||Witherspoon, Sarah

publication date

  • February 2015