## Abstract

Given an irreducible well-generated complex reflection group W with Coxeter number h, we call a Coxeter element any regular element (in the sense of Springer) of order h in W; this is a slight extension of the most common notion of Coxeter element. We show that the class of these Coxeter elements forms a single orbit in W under the action of reflection automorphisms. For Coxeter and Shephard groups, this implies that an element c is a Coxeter element if and only if there exists a simple system S of reflections such that c is the product of the generators in S. We moreover deduce multiple further implications of this property. In particular, we obtain that all noncrossing partition lattices of W associated to different Coxeter elements are isomorphic. We also prove that there is a simply transitive action of the Galois group of the field of definition of W on the set of conjugacy classes of Coxeter elements. Finally, we extend several of these properties to regular elements of arbitrary order.

Original language | English (US) |
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Pages (from-to) | 109-120 |

Number of pages | 12 |

Journal | Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science |

State | Published - 2015 |

Externally published | Yes |

Event | 27th International Conference on Formal Power Series and Algebraic Combinatorics, FPSAC 2015 - Daejeon, Korea, Republic of Duration: Jul 6 2015 → Jul 10 2015 |

### Bibliographical note

Funding Information:†Email: reiner@math.umn.edu. Supported by NSF grant DMS-1001933. ‡Email: vivien.ripoll@univie.ac.at. Supported by the Austrian Science Foundation FWF, grants Z130-N13 and F50-N15, the latter in the framework of the Special Research Program “Algorithmic and Enumerative Combinatorics”. §Email: christian.stump@fu-berlin.de. Supported by the German Research Foundation DFG, grant STU 563/2-1 “Coxeter-Catalan combinatorics”.

Publisher Copyright:

© 2015 Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science (DMTCS), Nancy, France.

## Keywords

- Coxeter elements
- Coxeter groups
- Noncrossing partitions
- Reflection groups
- Shephard groups