Student Combinatorics and Algebra Seminar
Thursday, September 12, 2019
4:40pm in Vincent 570

A higher-dimensional sandpile map

Alex McDonough

Brown University


Traditionally, the sandpile group is defined on a graph and the Matrix-Tree Theorem says that this group's size is equal to the number of spanning trees. An extension of the Matrix-Tree Theorem gives a relationship between the sandpile group and bases of an orientable arithmetic matroid. I provide a family of combinatorially meaningful maps between these two sets. This generalizes a bijection given by Backman, Baker, and Yuen and extends work by Duval, Klivans, and Martin. I will not assume any background beyond undergraduate linear algebra.