Endoscopy for symmetric varieties


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November 2, 2022 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Science Center 507
Address: 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 USA

Spencer Leslie - Boston College

Relative trace formulas are central tools in the study of relative functoriality. In many cases of interest, basic stability problems have not previously been addressed. In this talk, I discuss a theory of endoscopy in the context of symmetric varieties with the global goal of stabilizing the associated relative trace formula. I outline how, using the dual group of the symmetric variety, one can give a good notion of endoscopic symmetric variety and conjecture a matching of relative orbital integrals in order to stabilize the relative trace formula, which can be proved in some cases. Time permitting, I will explain my proof of these conjectures in the case of unitary Friedberg–Jacquet periods.