Higher Bruhat Orders in Type B

  • Seth Shelley-Abrahamson
  • Suhas Vijaykumar
Keywords: Coxeter theory, Poset, Bruhat order


Motivated by the geometry of hyperplane arrangements, Manin and Schechtman defined for each integer $n \geq 1$ a hierarchy of finite partially ordered sets $B(n, k),$ indexed by positive integers $k$, called the higher Bruhat orders.  The poset $B(n, 1)$ is naturally identified with the weak left Bruhat order on the symmetric group $S_n$, each $B(n, k)$ has a unique maximal and a unique minimal element, and the poset $B(n, k + 1)$ can be constructed from the set of maximal chains in $B(n, k)$.  Ben Elias has demonstrated a striking connection between the posets $B(n, k)$ for $k = 2$ and the diagrammatics of Bott-Samelson bimodules in type A, providing significant motivation for the development of an analogous theory of higher Bruhat orders in other Cartan-Killing types, particularly for $k = 2$.  In this paper we present a partial generalization to type B, complete up to $k = 2$, prove a direct analogue of the main theorem of Manin and Schechtman, and relate our construction to the weak Bruhat order and reduced expression graph for Weyl group $B_n$.
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