MIT Lie Groups Seminar

2023 - 2024

Meetings: 4:00pm on Wednesdays

This seminar will take place either in-person or online. For in-person seminars, it will be held at 2-142. You are welcome to join in-person seminars by Zoom. For remote participation, the Zoom link is the same as last year's. You can email Ju-Lee Kim for the Zoom meeting Link. To access videos of talks, please email Ju-Lee Kim for the password.

Fall 2023

  • September 13

    David Vogan


    Generalizing endoscopic transfer

    Abstract: The notion of endoscopic group was created by Langlands, Shelstad, and others beginning in the 1970s, in order to study problems in harmonic analysis on a reductive group $G$: for example, the nature of {\em characters} of irreducible representations of $G$. An endoscopic group $H$ for $G$ is a smaller reductive group, equipped with a natural ``endoscopic transfer'' map from characters of $H$ to characters of $G$.

    Perhaps the simplest example of such an endoscopic group is the Levi subgroup $M$ of a rational parabolic subgroup $P = MU$. Endoscopic transfer in this case is just the Mackey-Gelfand notion of {\em parabolic induction} from $M$ to $G$.

    This example of rational parabolic induction is almost never mentioned in the literature on endoscopy, because endoscopy offers little that is new in that case. But I believe that it sheds some light on the nature of the Langlands-Shelstad theory.

    I will talk about a (real groups) generalization of endoscopic groups and endoscopic transfer, for which the simplest example is the Levi subgroup $L$ of a theta-stable parabolic; and transfer is {\em cohomological induction} from $L$ to $G$. The formalism appears to make sense for any local field, and should lead to a generalized definition of endoscopic transfer once an appropriate local Langlands conjecture is proved.

    This is joint work with Lucas Mason-Brown and Jeffrey Adams.



  • September 20

    Huanchen Bao


    Symmetric subgroup schemes, Frobenius splittings, and quantum symmetric pairs

    Abstract: Let G be a connected reductive group over an algebraically closed field. Such groups are classified via root data and can be parameterised via Chevalley group schemes over integers. In this talk, we shall first recall the construction of Chevalley group schemes by Lusztig using quantum groups. Then we shall discuss the construction of symmetric subgroup schemes parameterising symmetric subgroups K of G using quantum symmetric pairs. The existence of such group schemes allows us to apply characteristic p methods to study the geometry of K-orbits on the flag variety of G. This leads to a construction of Frobenius splittings via quantum symmetric pairs, generalising the algebraic Frobenius splittings by Kumar-Littelmann. This is based on joint work with Jinfeng Song (NUS).


  • September 27

    George Lusztig


    Pre-cuspidal families and indexing of Weyl group representations

    Abstract: We define pre-cuspidal families in proper parabolic subgroups of a Weyl group and show how to use them to index the irreducible representations of that Weyl group in terms of certain pairs of finite groups.

  • October 4

    Kenta Suzuki


  • October 11

    Pablo Boixeda Alvarez


  • October 18

    Charlotte Chan
    (U. Michigan)


  • October 25

    Chengze Duan
    (U. Maryland)


  • November 1


  • November 8

    Junliang Shen


  • November 15

    Akshay Venkatesh
    (IAS, Princeton)


  • November 22


  • November 29

    Tsao Hsien Chen
    (U. Minnesota)


  • December 6

    Spencer Leslie
    (Boston College)


  • December 13



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Ju-Lee Kim
Zhiwei Yun