Speaker: Spencer Leslie (Duke)
Title: The endoscopic fundamental lemma for unitary symmetric spaces
Abstract: Motivated by the study of certain cycles in locally symmetric
spaces and periods of automorphic forms on unitary groups, I propose a
theory of endoscopy for certain symmetric spaces. The main result is the
fundamental lemma for the unit function. After explaining where the
fundamental lemma fits into this broader picture, I will describe its
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Abstract. We investigate the approximation rate of a typical element of the Cantor set by dyadic rationals. This is a manifestation of the times two times three phenomenon, and is joint work with Demi Allen and Han Yu.
Title: Ramanujan Conjectures, Density Hypotheses and Applications for Arithmetic Groups.
Abstract: The Generalized Ramanujan Conjecture (GRC) for GL(n) is a central open problem in modern number theory. Its resolution is known to yield applications in many fields, such as: Diophantine approximation and arithmetic groups. For instance, Deligne's proof of the Ramanujan-Petersson conjecture for GL(2) was a key ingredient in the work of Lubotzky, Phillips and Sarnak on Ramanujan graphs.
Title: The Grothendieck--Serre conjecture for classical groups in low dimensions
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.
Title: Cup products oncurves over finite fields
Abstract: This is joint work with Ted Chinburg.
Let C be a smooth projective curve over a finite field k, and
let l be a prime number different from the characteristic of k.
In this talk I will discuss triple cup products on the first etale
cohomology group of C with coefficients in the constant
sheaf of l-th roots of unity. These cup products are important
for finding explicit descriptions of the l-adic completion of the
etale fundamental group of C and also for cryptographic
Title: The generalized doublingmethod and its applications
Abstract: The doubling method,first introduced by Piatetski-Shapiro and Rallis in the 80s, has had numerousapplications, e.g. to the theta correspondence and to arithmetic problems.In a series of recent works this method was generalized in severalaspects, with an application to functoriality from classical groups to GL(N).The most recent result is a multiplicityone theorem (joint work with Gourevitch and Aizenbud).
I will brieflysurvey the method and talk about some of its applications.
This semester will be devoted to resolution of singularities -- a process that modifies varieties at the singular locus so that the resulting variety becomes smooth. For many years this topic had the reputation of very technical and complicated, though rather elementary.
In fact, the same resolution algorithm can be described in various settings, including schemes, algebraic varieties or complex analytic spaces.