Positivity and Kleiman transversality in equivariant K-theory of homogeneous spaces


Journal Article

We prove the conjectures of Graham-Kumar [GrKu08] and Griffeth-Ram [GrRa04] concerning the alternation of signs in the structure constants for torus-equivariant K-theory of generalized flag varieties G/P. These results are immediate consequences of an equivariant homological Kleiman transversality principle for the Borel mixing spaces of homogeneous spaces, and their subvarieties, under a natural group action with finitely many orbits. The computation of the coefficients in the expansion of the equivariant K-class of a subvariety in terms of Schubert classes is reduced to an Euler characteristic using the homological transversality theorem for nontransitive group actions due to S. Sierra. A vanishing theorem, when the subvariety has rational singularities, shows that the Euler characteristic is a sum of at most one term-the top one-with a well-defined sign. The vanishing is proved by suitably modifying a geometric argument due to M. Brion in ordinary K-theory that brings Kawamata-Viehweg vanishing to bear. © European Mathematical Society 2011.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Anderson, D; Griffeth, S; Miller, E

Published Date

  • January 1, 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 13 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 57 - 84

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1435-9855

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.4171/JEMS/244

Citation Source

  • Scopus