## Alcove walks, buildings, symmetric functions and representations

Parkinson, James
Ram, Arun
##### Description
For a complex simple Lie algebra, the dimension $K_{\lambda\mu}$ of the $\mu$ weight space of a finite dimensional representation of highest weight $\lambda$ is the same as the number of Littelmann paths of type $\lambda$ and weight $\mu$. In this paper we give an explicit construction of a path of type $\lambda$ and weight $\mu$ whenever $K_{\lambda\mu}\ne 0$. This construction has additional consequences, it produces an explicit point in the building which chamber retracts to $\lambda$ and sector retracts to $\mu$, and an explicit point of the affine Grassmannian in the corresponding Mirkovi\'c-Vilonen intersection. In an appendix we discuss the connection between retractions in buildings and alcove walks.
##### Keywords
Mathematics - Representation Theory, Mathematics - Combinatorics, 20G05, 20E42