Dimer models and cluster categories of Grassmannians

Karin Baur, Alastair D. King, Robert J. Marsh

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We associate a dimer algebra A to a Postnikov diagram D (in a disc) corresponding to a cluster of minors in the cluster structure of the Grassmannian (Gr) (k,n). We show that A is isomorphic to the endomorphism algebra of a corresponding Cohen-Macaulay module T over the algebra B used to categorify the cluster structure of (Gr) (k,n) by Jensen-King-Su. It follows that B can be realised as the boundary algebra of A, that is, the subalgebra eAe for an idempotent e corresponding to the boundary of the disc. The construction and proof uses an interpretation of the diagram D, with its associated plabic graph and dual quiver (with faces), as a dimer model with boundary. We also discuss the general surface case, in particular computing boundary algebras associated to the annulus.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)213-260
Number of pages48
JournalProceedings of the London Mathematical Society
Issue number2
Early online date12 Jul 2016
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2016


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