In recent work, Benkart, Klivans, and Reiner defined the critical group of a faithful representation of a finite group $G$, which is analogous to the critical group of a graph. In this paper we study maps between critical groups induced by injective group homomorphisms and in particular the map induced by restriction of the representation to a subgroup. We show that in the abelian group case the critical groups are isomorphic to the critical groups of a certain Cayley graph and that the restriction map corresponds to a graph covering map. We also show that when $G$ is an element in a differential tower of groups, as introduced by Miller and Reiner, critical groups of certain representations are closely related to words of up-down maps in the associated differential poset. We use this to generalize an explicit formula for the critical group of the permutation representation of ${\mathrm{\u0111\u0165\u201d\u2013}}_{n}$ given by the second author, and to enumerate the factors in such critical groups.

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DOI: 10.5802/alco.70

Keywords: differential poset, chip firing, critical group

Agarwal, Ayush ^{1};
Gaetz, Christian ^{2}

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Agarwal, Ayush; Gaetz, Christian. Differential posets and restriction in critical groups. Algebraic Combinatorics, Volume 2 (2019) no. 6, pp. 1311-1327. doi : 10.5802/alco.70. https://alco.centre-mersenne.org/articles/10.5802/alco.70/

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