Number Theory Seminar: Semisimplicity and CM lifts


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November 15, 2023 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Science Center 507
Address: 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 USA

Ananth Shankar - Northwestern University

Consider the setting of a smooth variety $S$ over $\mathbb{F}_q$, and an $\ell$-adic local on $S$ which has finite determinant and is geometrically irreducible. Work of Lafforgue proves that such a local system must be pure, and it is conjectured that the action of Frobenius at closed points is semisimple. I will sketch a proof of this conjecture in the setting of mod $p$ Shimura varieties, and will deduce applications to the existence of CM lifts of certain mod p points. If time permits, I will also address the question of integral canonical models of Shimura varieties.
This is joint work with Ben Bakker and Jacob Tsimerman.