Colloquium: Rohit Nagpal (U. Chicago)

February 23, 2018 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Keller 401

Speaker: Rohit Nagpal
Title: Stability in the high dimensional cohomology of certain arithmetic groups

Abstract: Borel-Serre duality relates high dimensional cohomology of arithmetic groups to the low dimensional homology of these groups with coefficients in the Steinberg representation. We recall Bykovskii’s presentation for the Steinberg representation and explain its connection to modular symbols. Next, we describe the Steinberg representation as an object in a symmetric monoidal category, and use its presentation to describe an action of the free skew commutative algebra. Finally, we perform a Gröbner-theoretic analysis of this action to obtain new information on the homology of certain arithmetic groups with coefficients in the Steinberg representation. For example, we show that the sequence of homology groups H_1(Gamma_n(3), St_n) exhibit representation stability. This is an ongoing project with Jeremy Miller and Peter Patzt.