Seminar Event Detail

Group, Lie and Number Theory

Date:  Monday, February 13, 2017
Location:  4088 East Hall (4:10 PM to 5:30 PM)

Title:  Generalized Kuga-Satake theory and good reduction properties of Galois representations

Abstract:   Given a smooth projective algebraic variety over a number field F, one obtains a compatible system of geometric representations of the absolute Galois group of F on the l-adic cohomology groups of the variety; at a more basic level, the different l-adic realizations all at least bear the mark of the variety having good reduction modulo almost all primes. In many cases it is natural to regard these representations as valued in some subgroup of the linear group--for instance, the representation on even-degree cohomology will take values in an appropriate orthogonal group--and a group-theoretic perspective can then suggest new questions in both geometry and arithmetic--for instance, does an orthogonal representation on even degree cohomology lift to the corresponding spin (or spin similitude) group? Classical motivation for asking such questions comes from the Kuga-Satake construction, which carries out precisely this lifting procedure in the case of the degree 2 cohomology of a K3 surface, and finds the associated "Kuga-Satake abelian variety" as output.

My talk will introduce this circle of ideas, and then discuss some refined Galois-theoretic evidence for a "generalized Kuga-Satake theory:" namely, when F is a number field, I'll explain when one can lift all the l-adic realizations of a motive over F through some central quotient of reductive groups (eg, (G)Spin to SO), with independent-of-l control of "good reduction" properties.


Speaker:  Stefan Patrikis
Institution:  University of Utah

Event Organizer:   Wei Ho   


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