Special Colloquium: An introduction to representations of p-adic groups


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April 16, 2024 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Science Center 507
Address: 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 USA

Jessica Fintzen - University of Bonn

An explicit understanding of the category of all (smooth, complex) representations of p-adic groups provides an important tool not just within representation theory. It also has applications to number theory and other areas, and in particular enables progress on various very different forms of the Langlands program.

In this talk, I will introduce p-adic groups and explain how the category of representations of p-adic groups decomposes into subcategories, called Bernstein blocks. I will then provide an overview of what we know about the structure of these Bernstein blocks. In particular, I will sketch how to use a joint project in progress with Adler, Mishra and Ohara to reduce a lot of problems about the (category of) representations of p-adic groups to problems about representations of finite groups of Lie type, where answers are often already known or are at least easier to achieve.

Talk at 3 pm in Science Center 507; Tea at 4 pm in the Math Common Room