Representations of semisimple Hopf algebras

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)




Declan P. Quinn


Hopf algebras, Drinfeld double, Semisimple

Subject Categories

Mathematics | Physical Sciences and Mathematics


Let H be a cosemisimple Hopf algebra over an algebraically closed field. In the first chapter of the thesis, it is shown that if H has a simple subcoalgebra of dimension 9 and has no simple subcoalgebras of even dimension, then H contains either a grouplike element of order 2 or 3, or a family of simple subcoalgebras whose dimensions are the squares of each positive odd integer. In particular, if H is odd dimensional, then its dimension is divisible by 3.

In the second chapter, the induced representations from H and H * to the Drinfel'd double D ( H ) are studied. The product of two such representations is a sum of copies of the regular representation of D ( H ). The action of certain irreducible central characters of H * on the simple modules of H is considered. The modules that receive trivial action from each such irreducible central character are precisely the constituents of the tensor powers of the adjoint representation of H .


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