The Tamagawa number formula for affine Kac-Moody groups

24 November 2015
Alexander Braverman

Let F be a global field and let A denote its adele ring. The usual Tamagawa number formula computes the (suitably normalized) volume of the quotient G(A)/G(F) in terms of values of the zeta-function of F at the exponents of G; here G is simply connected semi-simple group. When F is functional field, this computation is closely related to the Atiyah-Bott computation of the cohomology of the moduli space of G-bundles on a smooth projective curve.

I am going to present a (somewhat indirect) generalization of the Tamagawa formula to the case when G is an affine Kac-Moody group and F is a functional fiend. Surprisingly, the proof heavily uses the so called Macdonald constant term identity. We are going to discuss possible (conjectural) geometric interpretations of this formula (related to moduli spaces of bundles on surfaces).

This is joint work with D.Kazhdan.

  • Algebraic and Symplectic Geometry Seminar