A group acting on a regular rooted tree has the congruence subgroup property if every subgroup of finite index contains a level stabilizer. The congruence subgroup problem then asks to quantitatively describe the kernel of the surjection from the profinite completion to the topological closure as a subgroup of the automorphism group of the tree. We will study the congruence subgroup property for a family of branch groups whose construction generalizes that of the Hanoi Towers group, which models the game “The Towers of Hanoi".

# Past Algebra Seminar

Deformation quantization modules or DQ-modules where introduced by M. Kontsevich to study the deformation quantization of complex Poisson varieties. It has been advocated that categories of DQ-modules should provide invariants of complex symplectic varieties and in particular a sort of complex analog of the Fukaya category. Hence, it is natural to aim at describing the functors between such categories and relate them with categories appearing naturally in algebraic geometry. Relying, on methods of homotopical algebra, we obtain an analog of Orlov representation theorem for functors between categories of DQ-modules and relate these categories to deformations of the category of quasi-coherent sheaves.

Let $p$ be an odd prime and $n$ a natural number. We determine the irreducible constituents of the permutation module induced by the action of the symmetric group $S_n$ on the cosets of a Sylow $p$-subgroup $P_n$. In the course of this work, we also prove a symmetric group analogue of a well-known result of Navarro for $p$-solvable groups on a conjugacy action of $N_G(P)$. Before describing some consequences of these results, we will give an overview of the background and recent related results in the area.

Unitary highest weight modules were classified in the 1980s by Enright-Howe-Wallach and independently by Jakobsen. The classification is based on a version of the Dirac inequality, but the proofs also require a number of other techniques and are quite involved. We present a much simpler proof based on a different version of the Dirac inequality. This is joint work with Vladimir Soucek and Vit Tucek.

For $G$ connected, reductive algebraic group defined over $\mathbb{C}$ the Springer Correspondence gives a bijection between the irreducible representations of the Weyl group $W$ of $G$ and certain pairs comprising a $G$-orbit on the nilpotent cone of the Lie algebra of $G$ and an irreducible local system attached to that $G$-orbit. These irreducible representations can be concretely realised as a W-action on the top degree homology of the fibres of the Springer resolution. These Springer fibres are geometrically very rich and provide interesting Weyl group combinatorics: for instance, the irreducible components of these Springer fibres form a basis for the corresponding irreducible representation of $W$. In this talk, I'll give a general survey of the Springer Correspondence and then discuss recent joint projects with Daniele Rosso, Vinoth Nandakumar and Arik Wilbert on Kato's Exotic Springer correspondence.

Formally, the Fourier coefficients of Eisenstein series on Kac-Moody groups contain as yet mysterious automorphic L-functions relevant to open conjectures such as that of Ramanujan and Langlands functoriality. In this talk, we will consider the constant Fourier coefficient, if it even makes sense rigorously, and its relationship to the geometry and combinatorics of a Kac-Moody group. Joint work with Kyu-Hwan Lee.

Let k be a characteristic $p>0$ perfect field, V be a complete DVR whose residue field is $k$ and fraction field $K$ is of characteristic $0$. We denote by $\mathcal{E} _K$ the Amice ring with coefficients in $K$, and by $\mathcal{E} ^\dagger _K$ the bounded Robba ring with coefficients in $K$. Berthelot's classical theory of Rigid Cohomology over varieties $X/k((t))$ gives $\mathcal{E} _K$-valued objects. Recently, Lazda and Pal developed a refinement of rigid cohomology,

i.e. a theory of $\mathcal{E} ^\dagger _K$-valued Rigid Cohomology over varieties $X/k((t))$. Using this refinement, they proved a semistable version of the variational Tate conjecture.

The purpose of this talk is to introduce to a theory of arithmetic D-modules with $\mathcal{E} ^\dagger _K$-valued cohomology which satisfies a formalism of Grothendieck’s six operations.

In the 1990s Moy and Prasad revolutionized the representation theory of p-adic groups by showing how to use Bruhat-Tits theory to assign invariants to representations of p-adic groups. The tools they introduced resulted in rapid advancements in both representation theory and harmonic analysis -- areas of central importance in the Langlands program. A crucial ingredient for many results is an explicit construction of (types for) representations of p-adic groups. In this talk I will indicate why, survey what constructions are known (no knowledge about p-adic groups assumed) and present recent developments based on a refinement of Moy and Prasad's invariants.

Roughly speaking, a commutative-by-finite Hopf algebra is a Hopf

algebra which is an extension of a commutative Hopf algebra by a

finite dimensional Hopf algebra.

There are many big and significant classes of such algebras

(beyond of course the commutative ones and the finite dimensional ones!).

I'll make the definition precise, discuss examples

and review results, some old and some new.

No previous knowledge of Hopf algebras is necessary.