Decomposable critical tensors

J. A. Dias da Silva, Fátima Rodrigues

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Let λ = (λ1, ... , λt) be a partition of m and λ′=λ1′,...,λλ1′ its conjugate partition. Denote also by λ the irreducible C-character of Sm associated with λ. Let V be a finite dimensional vector space over C. The reach of an element of the symmetry class of tensors V λ (symmetry class of tensors associated with λ) is defined. The concept of critical element is introduced, as an element whose reach has dimension equal to λ1′. It is observed that, in ΛmV, the notions of critical element and decomposable element coincide. Known results for decomposable elements of ΛmV are extended to critical elements of Vλ. In particular, for a basis of ΛmV induced by a basis of V, generalized Plücker polynomials are constructed in a way that the set of their common roots contains the set of the families of components of decomposable critical elements of Vλ.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)172-198
Number of pages27
JournalLinear Algebra and its Applications
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2006


  • Decomposable tensors
  • Plucker polynomials


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