Representations and Characters of GLn(Fq)

11 June 2021
Duncan Laurie

The classification of finite simple groups shows that many (those of Lie type) are obtained as (projectivisations of) subgroups of some $GL_{n}(\mathbb{F}_{q})$.

Green first determined the character table of any $GL_{n}(\mathbb{F}_{q})$ in his influential 1955 paper, while others have since given more explicit constructions of certain `cuspidal' representations.

In this talk, I will introduce parabolic induction as a means of obtaining representations of $GL_{n}(\mathbb{F}_{q})$ from those of $GL_{m}(\mathbb{F}_{q})$ where $m<n$.

Finding the irreducible representations of any $GL_{n}(\mathbb{F}_{q})$ then becomes inductive on $n$ for fixed $q$, with the cuspidal representations serving as atoms for this process.

Harish-Chandra's philosophy of cusp forms reduces the problem to the following two steps:

  •  Find the cuspidal representations of any $GL_{n}(\mathbb{F}_{q})$
  •  Determine the irreducible components of any representation $\sigma_{1}\circ\dots\circ\sigma_{k}$ parabolically induced from cuspidals $\sigma_{i}$

The majority of my talk will then aim to address each of these points.

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