Seminar series
Tue, 28 Mar 2023
14:00 - 15:00
Dougal Davis
University of Melbourne

I will explain an ongoing program, joint with Kari Vilonen, that aims to study unitary representations of real reductive Lie groups using mixed Hodge modules on flag varieties. The program revolves around a conjecture of Schmid and Vilonen that natural filtrations coming from the geometry of flag varieties control the signatures of Hermitian forms on real group representations. This conjecture is expected to facilitate new progress on the decades-old problem of determining the set of unitary irreducible representations by placing it in a more conceptual context. Our results to date centre around the interaction of Hodge theory with the unitarity algorithm of Adams, van Leeuwen, Trapa, and Vogan, which calculates the signature of a canonical Hermitian form on an arbitrary representation by reducing to the case of tempered representations using deformations and wall crossing. Our results include a Hodge-theoretic proof of the ALTV wall crossing formula as a consequence of a more refined result and a verification of the Schmid-Vilonen conjecture for tempered representations.

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