Amitsur Algebra: Uriya First, "Semisimply degenerate quadratic forms and a conjecture of Grothendieck and Serre"

Title: Semisimply degenerate quadratic forms and a conjecture of Grothendieck and Serre
(joint work with E. Bayer-Fluckiger)
Let R be a discrete valuation ring with fraction field K. It is a classical result that two nondegenerate quadratic forms over R that become isomorphic over K are already isomorphic over R. [Here, a quadratic form over R is a map q:R^n->R of the form q(x)=x^{T}Mx with M a symmetric matrix, and q is nondegenerate if M is invertible over R.] This result is a special case of a conjecture of Grothendieck and Serre concerning the etale cohomology of reductive group schemes over local regular rings. Much progress has been made recently in proving the conjecture, mostly due to Panin.
I will discuss a generalization of the aforementioned result to certain degenerate quadratic and also to hermitian forms over certain (non-commutative) R-algebras. This generalization suggests that the conjecture of Grothedieck and Serre may apply to certain families of non-reductive group schemes arising from Bruhat-Tits theory. Certain cases of this extended conjecture were already verified and others are currently under investigation.


Thu, 12/01/2017 - 12:00 to 13:00


Manchester Building, Room 209