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Xuhua He (University of Maryland), Geometric Methods in Representation Theory
March 24 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Title: Cocenters and representations of p-adic groups
Abstract: It is known that the number of conjugacy classes of a finite group equals the number of irreducible representations (over complex numbers). The conjugacy classes of a finite group give a natural basis of the cocenter of its group algebra. Thus the above equality can be reformulated as a duality between the cocenter (i.e. the group algebra modulo its commutator) and the finite dimensional representations.Now let us move from the finite groups to the $p$-adic groups. In this case, one needs to replace the group algebra by the Hecke algebra. The work of Bernstein, Deligne and Kazhdan in the 80’s establish the duality between the cocenter of the Hecke algebra and the complex representations. It is an interesting, yet challenging problem to fully understand the structure of the cocenter of the Hecke algebra.In this talk, I will discuss a new discovery on the structure of the cocenter and then some applications to the complex and modular representations of $p$-adic groups, including: a generalization of Howe’s conjecture on twisted invariant distributions, trace Paley-Wiener theorem for smooth admissible representations, and the abstract Selberg Principle for projective representations. It is partially joint with D. Ciubotaru.