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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

2:10 p.m.

BA6183

PhD Candidate: Jerrod Smith

Supervisor: Fiona Murnaghan

Thesis title: Construction of relative discrete series representations for $p$-adic $\mathbf{GL}_n$

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Abstract:

Let $F$ be a nonarchimedean local field of characteristic zero and odd residual characteristic. Let $G$ be the $F$-points of a connected reductive group defined over $F$ and let $\theta$ be an $F$-rational involution of $G$. Define $H$ to be the closed subgroup of $\theta$-fixed points in $G$.

The quotient variety $H \backslash G$ is a $p$-adic symmetric space. A fundamental problem in the harmonic analysis on $H \backslash G$ is to understand the irreducible subrepresentations of the right-regular representation of $G$ acting on the space $L^2(H\backslash G)$ of complex-valued square integrable functions on $H\backslash G$. The irreducible subrepresentations of $L^2(H\backslash G)$ are called relative discrete series representations.

In this thesis, we give an explicit construction of relative discrete series representations for three $p$-adic symmetric spaces, all of which are quotients of the general linear group. We consider $\mathbf{GL}_n(F) \times \mathbf{GL}_n(F) \backslash \mathbf{GL}_{2n}(F)$, $\mathbf{GL}_n(F) \backslash \mathbf{GL}_n(E)$, and $\mathbf {U}_{E/F} \backslash \mathbf{GL}_{2n}(E)$, where $E$ is a quadratic Galois extension of $F$ and $\mathbf {U}_{E/F}$ is a quasi-split unitary group. All of the representations that we construct are parabolically induced from $\theta$-stable parabolic subgroups admitting a certain type of Levi subgroup. In particular, we give a sufficient condition for the relative discrete series representations that we construct to be non-relatively supercuspidal. Finally, in an appendix, we describe all of the relative discrete series of $ \mathbf{GL}_{n-1}(F)\times \mathbf{GL}_{1}(F) \backslash \mathbf{GL}_{n}(F)$.

A copy of the thesis can be found here: thesis_jmsmith-27-01-2017

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