Document Type


Date of Degree

Summer 2016

Degree Name

PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)

Degree In


First Advisor

Iovanov, Miodrag

First Committee Member

Camillo, Victor

Second Committee Member

Kinser, Ryan

Third Committee Member

Tomova, Maggy

Fourth Committee Member

Chifan, Ionut


The Green ring is a powerful mathematical tool used to codify the interactions between representations of groups and algebras. This ring is spanned by isomorphism classes of finite-dimensional indecomposable representations that are added together via direct sums and multiplied via tensor products.

In this thesis, we explore the Green rings of a class of Hopf algebras that form an extension of the Taft algebras. These Hopf algebras are pointed and coserial, meaning their simple comodules are 1-dimensional, and their comodules possess unique composition series respectively. The comodules of these Hopf algebras thus have a particularly well-behaved structure.

We present results giving structure to the comodule Green ring of the Hopf algebra Hs and in particular fully classify the Green rings of Hs where s ≤ 6. More generally, we classify the indecomposable comodules of Hs and their composition series and prove how the composition series may be used to classify the tensor product of indecomposable comodules.

Additionally, for these Hopf algebras we classify the Grothendieck rings, the subrings of the corresponding Green rings consisting only of isomorphism classes of projective indecomposable comodules. We describe a simpler presentation of these Grothendieck rings and the multiplication in the ring.


Coserial, Green, Hopf, Rings


vi, 92 pages


Includes bibliographical references (page 92).


Copyright 2016 Kevin Charles Gerstle

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