GCOE Spring School on Representation Theory

Date:12-17 March 2009
Venue:Graduate School of Mathematical Sciences, The University of Tokyo, Japan [ Access ]

Mini-courses given by


Thu, 12 March
Fri, 13 March Sat, 14 March Mon, 16 March Tue, 17 March
09:30-10:30   Zierau 09:30-10:30   Zierau 09:00-10:00   Zierau 10:00-11:00   Krötz 11:00-12:00   Zierau
11:00-12:00   Krötz 11:00-12:00   Trapa 10:15-11:15   Mehdi 11:15-12:15   Trapa 13:30-14:30   Mehdi
13:30-14:30   Trapa 13:30-14:30   Krötz 11:45-12:45   Krötz 13:30-14:30   Zierau 15:00-16:00   Krötz
15:00-16:00   Mehdi 13:00-14:00   Trapa 15:20-16:20   Mehdi 16:30-17:30   Trapa

Titles & abstracts [ pdf ]

Bernhard Krötz: Harish-Chandra modules
Abstract: We plan to give a course on the various types of topological globalizations of Harish-Chandra modules. It is intended to cover the following topics:
  1. Topological representation theory on various types of locally convex vector spaces.
  2. Basic algebraic theory of Harish-Chandra modules
  3. Unique globalization versus lower bounds for matrix coefficients
  4. Dirac type sequences for representations
  5. Deformation theory of Harish-Chandra modules
The new material presented was obtained in collaboration with Joseph Bernstein and Henrik Schlichtkrull. A first reference is the recent preprint "Smooth Frechet Globalizations of Harish-Chandra Modules" by J. Bernstein and myself, downloadable at arXiv:0812.1684v1.
Salah Mehdi: Enright-Varadarajan modules and harmonic spinors
Abstract: The aim of these lectures is twofold. First we would like to describe the construction of the Enright-Varadarajan modules which provide a nice algebraic characterization of discrete series representations. This construction uses several important tools of representations theory. Then we shall use the Enright-Varadarajan modules to define a product for harmonic spinors on homogeneous spaces.
Peter Trapa: Special unipotent representations of real reductive groups
Abstract: These lectures are aimed at beginning graduate students interested in the representation theory of real Lie groups. A familiarity with the theory of compact Lie groups and the basics of Harish-Chandra modules will be assumed. The goal of the lecture series is to give an exposition (with many examples) of the algebraic and geometric theory of special unipotent representations. These representations are of considerable interest; in particular, they are predicted to be the building blocks of all representation which can contribute to spaces of automorphic forms. They admit many beautiful characterizations, but their construction and unitarizability still remain mysterious.

The following topics are planned:

  1. Algebraic definition of special unipotent representations and examples.
  2. Localization and duality for Harish-Chandra modules.
  3. Geometric definition of special unipotent representations.
Roger Zierau: Dirac Cohomology
Abstract: Dirac operators have played an important role in representation theory. An early example is the construction of discrete series representations as spaces of L2 harmonic spinors on symmetric spaces G/K. More recently a very natural Dirac operator has been discovered by Kostant; it is referred to as the cubic Dirac operator. There are algebraic and geometric versions. Suppose G/H is a reductive homogeneous space and $\mathfrak g = \mathfrak h + \mathfrak q$. Let S\mathfrak q be the restriction of the spin representation of SO(\mathfrak q) to HSO(\mathfrak q). The algebraic cubic Dirac operator is an H-homomorphism \mathcal D: V \otimes S\mathfrak qV \otimes S\mathfrak q, where V is an $\mathfrak g$-module. The geometric geometric version is a differential operator acting on smooth sections of vector bundles of spinors on G/H. The algebraic cubic Dirac operator leads to a notion of Dirac cohomology, generalizing $\mathfrak n$-cohomology. The lectures will roughly contain the following.
  1. Construction of the spin representations of \widetilde{SO}(n).
  2. The algebraic cubic Dirac operator \mathcal D: V \otimes S\mathfrak qV \otimes S\mathfrak q will be defined and some properties, including a formula for the square, will be given.
  3. Of special interest is the case when H=K, a maximal compact subgroup of G and V is a unitarizable $(\mathfrak g,K)$-module. This case will be discussed.
  4. The Dirac cohomology of a finite dimensional representation will be computed. We will see how this is related to $\mathfrak n$-cohomology of V.
  5. The relationship between the algebraic and geometric cubic Dirac operators will be described. A couple of open questions will then be discussed.
The lectures will be fairly elementary.


Supported by the Global COE Program "The research and training center for new development in mathematics".

Organizers: T. Kobayashi,

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