Spherical functions and root systems

Minh-Tri Vo and Bernard Mares

We have been studying Lie groups/algebras, their root systems, and associated polynomials such as characters and spherical functions. These functions have applications to many different areas of mathematics, physics and statistics.

There are extensive character tables in the literature, but not so for spherical functions. We have been using a recently discovered formula to devise an algorithm for computing spherical functions and more general polynomials.

Using a recently discovered formula, we are writing programs to compute spherical functions for various groups. The results of this program will eventually appear on a webpage.

Our current activities include:

Ben (Bernard) got sick with strep throat and did his presentation through the computer. You can download the audio from his presentation.


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