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Graduate Pizza Seminar

Cohomological criterion of reductivity for associative algebras

Fei Qi, Rutgers University

Location:  Hill GSL
Date & time: Friday, 29 September 2017 at 2:30PM - 3:30PM


I will give the definitions to the Hochschild cohomology to associative algebras and prove the reducitivity theorem: an associative algebra A is semisimple if and only if the Hochschild cohomology HH^1(A, M) = 0 for every bimodule M. The proof of the if part is elementary and can be easily understood (though somehow tricky). The proof of the only if part will have to use the Artin-Wedderburn theory.

If time allows, I will also talk about the generalizations of these proofs to vertex algebra (joint with Huang).

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