SMS scnews item created by Bill Unger at Wed 4 May 2011 1133
Type: Seminar
Distribution: World
Expiry: 5 May 2011
Calendar1: 5 May 2011 1505-1600
CalLoc1: Carslaw 535A

Computational Algebra Seminar: Weinstein -- An overview of the local Langlands program

Speaker: Jared Weinstein (Boston University)
Title: An overview of the local Langlands program
Time & Place: 3:05 - 4:00pm, Thursday 5 May, Carslaw 535

Is there any structure to the set of algebraic extensions of the field
of rational numbers Q? Can we describe the linear representations of its
absolute Galois group?  These questions lead to class field theory and,
ultimately, the Langlands program.  They become far simpler if Q is replaced
by a local field such as Q_p. We will give a motivated introduction to the
"local Langlands program", which is an attempt to describe all the
representations of the absolute Galois group via objects that seem to
have nothing to do with Galois theory.

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