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Geometric cycles, arithmetic groups and their cohomology

Author: Joachim Schwermer
Journal: Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. 47 (2010), 187-279
MSC (2000): Primary 11F75, 22E40; Secondary 11F70, 57R95
Published electronically: February 2, 2010
MathSciNet review: 2594629
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Abstract: It is the aim of this article to give a reasonably detailed account of a specific bundle of geometric investigations and results pertaining to arithmetic groups, the geometry of the corresponding locally symmetric space $X/\Gamma$ attached to a given arithmetic subgroup $\Gamma \subset G$ of a reductive algebraic group $G$ and its cohomology groups $H^{\ast }(X/\Gamma , \mathbb C)$. We focus on constructing totally geodesic cycles in $X/\Gamma$ which originate with reductive subgroups $H \subset G$. In many cases, it can be shown that these cycles, to be called geometric cycles, yield non-vanishing (co)homology classes. Since the cohomology of an arithmetic group $\Gamma$ is strongly related to the automorphic spectrum of $\Gamma$, this geometric construction of non-vanishing classes leads to results concerning, for example, the existence of specific automorphic forms.

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Joachim Schwermer
Affiliation: Faculty of Mathematics, University of Vienna, Nordbergstrasse 15, A-1090 Vienna, Austria, and Erwin-Schrödinger International Institute for Mathematical Physics, Boltzmanngasse 9, A-1090 Vienna, Austria

Keywords: Arithmetic groups, geometric cycles, cohomology, automorphic forms
Received by editor(s): September 12, 2008
Received by editor(s) in revised form: June 8, 2009
Published electronically: February 2, 2010
Additional Notes: This work was supported in part by FWF Austrian Science Fund, grant number P 16762-N04.
Article copyright: © Copyright 2010 American Mathematical Society