Deligne-Lusztig theory: examples and applications IV

May 24, 2024
Geometry and representation theory are intertwined in deep and foundational ways. One of the most important instances of this relationship was uncovered in the 1970s by Deligne and Lusztig: the representation theory of matrix groups over finite fields is encoded in the geometry of a natural "partition" of flag varieties. Recent developments have revealed rich connections between Deligne-Lusztig varieties and geometry studied in number-theoretic contexts. In this lecture series, we give an example-based tour of these ideas, focusing on how to extract concrete information from theory.