Date:

Mon, 23/12/201914:30-15:30

Location:

Ross 70

Title: The Grothendieck--Serre conjecture for classical groups in low dimensions

Abstract:

A famous conjecture of Grothendieck and Serre predicts that if G is a reductive group scheme over a semilocal regular domain R and X is a G-torsor, then X has a point over the fraction field of R if and only if it has an R-point. Many instances of the conjecture have been established over the years. Most notably, Panin and Fedorov--Panin proved the conjecture when R contains a field.

I will discuss a recent work with Eva Bayer-Fluckiger and Raman Parimala in which we prove the conjecture for all forms of GL_n, Sp_n and SO_n when R is 2-dimensional, and all forms of GL_{2n+1} when R is 4-dimensional. (The ring R is not required to contain a field.) In the course of proving this, we also establish the exactness of the Gersten--Witt complex of an Azumaya algebra with involution (A,s) over a semilocal regular ring R, provided the Krull dimension of R or the index of A are sufficiently small.

Relevant definitions will be recalled during the talk.

Abstract:

A famous conjecture of Grothendieck and Serre predicts that if G is a reductive group scheme over a semilocal regular domain R and X is a G-torsor, then X has a point over the fraction field of R if and only if it has an R-point. Many instances of the conjecture have been established over the years. Most notably, Panin and Fedorov--Panin proved the conjecture when R contains a field.

I will discuss a recent work with Eva Bayer-Fluckiger and Raman Parimala in which we prove the conjecture for all forms of GL_n, Sp_n and SO_n when R is 2-dimensional, and all forms of GL_{2n+1} when R is 4-dimensional. (The ring R is not required to contain a field.) In the course of proving this, we also establish the exactness of the Gersten--Witt complex of an Azumaya algebra with involution (A,s) over a semilocal regular ring R, provided the Krull dimension of R or the index of A are sufficiently small.

Relevant definitions will be recalled during the talk.