Combinatorics of cluster structures in Schubert varieties

Melissa Sherman-Bennett
UC Berkeley/Harvard
Friday, May 3, 2019 - 3:35pm to 4:35pm
Vincent Hall 570

The (affine cone over the) Grassmannian is a prototypical example of a variety with "cluster structure"; that is, its coordinate ring is a cluster algebra. Scott (2006) gave a combinatorial description of this cluster algebra in terms of Postnikov's plabic graphs. It has been conjectured essentially since Scott's result that Schubert varieties also have a cluster structure with a description in terms of plabic graphs. I will discuss recent work with K. Serhiyenko and L. Williams proving this conjecture. The proof uses a result of Leclerc, who shows that many Richardson varieties in the full flag variety have cluster structure using cluster-category methods, and a construction of Karpman to build plabic graphs for each Schubert variety. Time permitting, I will also discuss our results on cluster structures on a larger class of positroid varieties, which involve the combinatorics of "generalized" plabic graphs.