Equivariant $K$-theory of quaternionic flag manifolds

Research paper by Augustin-Liviu Mare, Matthieu Willems

Indexed on: 27 Jul '09Published on: 27 Jul '09Published in: Mathematics - Algebraic Topology


We consider the manifold $Fl_n(\mathbb{H})=Sp(n)/Sp(1)^n$ of all complete flags in $\mathbb{H}^n$, where $\mathbb{H}$ is the skew-field of quaternions. We study its equivariant $K$-theory rings with respect to the action of two groups: $Sp(1)^n$ and a certain canonical subgroup $T:=(S^1)^n\subset Sp(1)^n$ (a maximal torus). For the first group action we obtain a Goresky-Kottwitz-MacPherson type description. For the second one, we describe the ring $K_T(Fl_n(\mathbb{H}))$ as a subring of $K_T(Sp(n)/T)$. This ring is well known, since $Sp(n)/T$ is a complex flag variety.