a1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Let G be a connected reductive algebraic group over complex numbers. To each unipotent element u ε G (up to conjugacy) and to the unit representation of the group of components of the centralizer of u, Springer (11), (12) associates an irreducible representation of the Weyl group W of G. The tensor product of that representation with the sign representation will be denoted ρu. (This agrees with the notation of (5).) This representation may be realized as a subspace of the cohomology in dimension 2β(u) of the variety of Borel subgroups containing u, where β(u) = dim . For example, when u = 1, ρu is the sign representation of W. The map u → ρu defines an injective map from the set of unipotent conjugacy classes in G to the set of irreducible representations of W (up to isomorphism). Our purpose is to describe this map in the case where G is simple of type Eu (n = 6, 7, 8). (When G is classical or of type F4, this map is described by Shoji (9), (10); the case where G is of type G2 is contained in (11).
(Received June 18 1981)
* Supported in part by the National Science Foundation.