Prof. Dr. Gerhard Röhrle


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  • Algebraische Lie Theorie
  • Algebraische Gruppen
  • Darstellungstheorie
  • Endliche Gruppen vom Lie-Typ
  • Hyperebenenarrangements
  • Spiegelungsarrangements

  • DFG project: Serre's notion of Complete Reducibility and Geometric Invariant Theory (within the DFG Priority Programme in Representation Theory).
  • DFG project: Computational aspects of the Cohomology of Coxeter arrangements: On Conjectures of Lehrer-Solomon and Felder-Veselov (within the DFG Priority Programme "Algorithmic and experimental methods in Algebra, Geometry and Number Theory").
  • DFG project: Arrangements of complex reflection groups: Geometry and combinatorics (joint with M. Cuntz (Kaiserslautern) within the DFG Priority Programme "Algorithmic and experimental methods in Algebra, Geometry and Number Theory").
  • DFG project: Inductive freeness and rank-generating functions for arrangements of ideal type: Two conjectures of Sommers and Tymoczko revisited (within the DFG GEPRIS).
  • Publications on MathSciNet.

  • Recent preprints on the ArXiv.
  • Latest preprints:

    The K(pi,1)-problem for restrictions of complex reflection arrangements

    with Nils Amend
    In 1962, Fadell and Neuwirth showed that the configuration space of the braid arrangement is aspherical. Having generalized this to many real reflection groups, Brieskorn conjectured this for all Coxeter groups. This follows from Deligne's seminal work from 1972, where he showed that the complexification of every real simplicial arrangement is a K(pi,1)-arrangement. In the 1980s Nakamura and Orlik-Solomon established this property for all but six irreducible unitary reflection groups. These outstanding cases were resolved in 2015 in stunning work utilizing Garside theory by Bessis. In this paper we show that the K(pi,1)-property extends to all restrictions of complex reflection arrangements with the possible exception of only 11 restrictions stemming from some non-real exceptional groups.

    Counting chambers in restricted Coxeter arrangements

    with Tilman Moeller
    Solomon showed that the Poincare polynomial of a Coxeter group W satisfies a product decomposition depending on the exponents of W. This polynomial coincides with the rank-generating function of the poset of regions of the underlying Coxeter arrangement. In this note we determine all instances when the analogous factorization property of the rank-generating function of the poset of regions holds for a restriction of a Coxeter arrangement. It turns out that this is always the case with the exception of some instances in type E8.

    Inductive Freeness of Ziegler's Canonical Multiderivations for Reflection Arrangements

    with T. Hoge
    Let A be a free hyperplane arrangement. In 1989, Ziegler showed that the restriction A'' of A to any hyperplane endowed with the natural multiplicity is then a free multiarrangement. We initiate a study of the stronger freeness property of inductive freeness for these canonical free multiarrangements and investigate them for the underlying class of reflection arrangements. More precisely, let A = A(W) be the reflection arrangement of a complex reflection group W. By work of Terao, each such reflection arrangement is free. Thus so is Ziegler's canonical multiplicity on the restriction A'' of A to a hyperplane. We show that the latter is inductively free as a multiarrangement if and only if A'' itself is inductively free.

    On unipotent radicals of pseudo-reductive groups

    with Michael Bate, Benjamin Martin, and David Stewart
    We establish some results on the structure of the geometric unipotent radicals of pseudo-reductive k-groups. In particular, let k' be a purely inseparable field extension of k of degree p^e and let G denote the Weil restriction of scalars \R_{k'/k}(G') of a reductive k'-group G'. We prove that the unipotent radical R_u(G_{\bar k}) of the extension of scalars of G to the algebraic closure \bar k of k has exponent e. Our main theorem is to give bounds on the nilpotency class of geometric unipotent radicals of standard pseudo-reductive groups, which are sharp in many cases.

    Freeness of multi-reflection arrangements via primitive vector fields

    with T. Hoge, T. Mano, and C. Stump
    In 2002, Terao showed that every reflection multi-arrangement of a real reflection group with constant multiplicity is free by providing a basis of the module of derivations. We first generalize Terao's result to multi-arrangements stemming from well-generated unitary reflection groups, where the multiplicity of a hyperplane depends on the order of its stabilizer. Here the exponents depend on the exponents of the dual reflection representation. We then extend our results further to all imprimitive irreducible unitary reflection groups. In this case the exponents turn out to depend on the exponents of a certain Galois twist of the dual reflection representation that comes from a Beynon-Lusztig type semi-palindromicity of the fake degrees.

    Nice Restrictions of Reflection Arrangements

    with T. Möller
    In a recent paper, Hoge and the second author classified all nice and all inductively factored reflection arrangements. In this note we extend this classification by determining all nice and all inductively factored restrictions of reflection arrangements.


    Former and current PhD students:
    Simon Goodwin (University of Birmingham)
    Michael Bate (University of York)
    Russell Fowler (Npower)
    Glenn Ubly (NHS)
    Sebastian Herpel (Barmenia Allgemeine Versicherungs-AG)
    Peter Mosch (Gothaer Lebensversicherung AG)
    Nils Amend (Universität Hannover)
    Anne Schauenburg
    Maike Gruchot
    Tilman Möller
    Falk Bannuscher

    Editorial Activity:

    Tbilisi Mathematical Journal .

    Computer Programs