# Perverse sheaves and Springer theory

## Location

Math 384-H

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 12:30 PM

Cheng-Chiang Tsai

Perverse sheaves, a topological tool like classical cohomology theory, has been one of the most powerful tools in representation theory almost immediately after its invention by Goresky, MacPherson, Deligne, and others. In this talk we hope to give some motivations how this happens, and try to give some examples in the so-called Springer theory related to representations of groups like $GL_n(\mathbb{F}_p)$ and $Sp_{2n}(\mathbb{F}_p)$.