Séminaire Lotharingien de Combinatoire, B41b (1998), 23pp.
Marc A. A. van Leeuwen
An analogue of Jeu de taquin for Littelmann's crystal paths
Littelmann has given a combinatorial model for the characters of
representations of semisimple Lie algebras, in terms of certain paths traced
in the space of (rational) weights. From it, a description of the
decomposition of tensor products can be derived that generalises the
Littlewood-Richardson rule (the latter is valid in type A(n) only). We
present a new combinatorial construction that expresses in a bijective manner
the symmetry of the tensor product in this path model. In type A(n), where
there is a correspondence between paths and skew tableaux, this construction
is equivalent to Schützenberger's jeu de taquin; in the general
case the construction retains its most crucial properties of symmetry and
Received: August 10, 1998; Accepted: October 5, 1998.
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