PIMS/ UBC Distinguished Colloquium: Jacob Lurie

  • Date: 03/18/2016
  • Time: 15:00
Jacob Lurie, Harvard University.

University of British Columbia


The Siegel Mass Formula, Tamagawa Numbers, and Nonabelian Poincare Duality.


Let L be a positive definite lattice. There are only finitely many positive definite lattices L' which are isomorphic to L modulo N for every N > 0: in fact, there is a formula for the number of such lattices, called the Siegel mass formula. In this talk, I'll review the Siegel mass formula and explain how it was reformulated by Weil as a statement about volumes of adelic groups. I'll then describe some joint work with Dennis Gaitsgory on computing these volumes over function fields using ideas from topology: in particular, a nonabelian version of Poincare duality.

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Location: ESB 2012

A reception will be held from 2:30pm- 3:00pm at the PIMS Lounge, ESB 4133.