Current Developments in Mathematics

On the Cohomology of Locally Symmetric Spaces and of their Compactifications

Leslie Saper

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Abstract

This expository article gives an introduction to the (generalized) conjecture of Rapoport and Goresky-MacPherson which identifies the intersection cohomology of a real equal-rank Satake compactification of a locally symmetric space with that of the reductive Borel-Serre compactification. We motivate the conjecture with examples and then give an introduction to the various topics that are involved: intersection cohomology, the derived category, and compactifications of a locally symmetric space, particularly those above. We then give an overview of the theory of L-modules and micro-support which was developed to solve the conjecture but has other important applications as well. We end with sketches of the proofs of three main theorems on L-modules that lead to the resolution of the conjecture. The text is enriched with many examples, illustrations, and references to the literature.

Article information

Source
Current Developments in Mathematics Volume 2002 (2002), 219-289.

Dates
First available: 29 June 2004

Permanent link to this document
http://projecteuclid.org/euclid.cdm/1088530402

Mathematical Reviews number (MathSciNet)
MR2062320

Citation

Saper , Leslie. On the Cohomology of Locally Symmetric Spaces and of their Compactifications. Current Developments in Mathematics 2002 (2002), 219--289. http://projecteuclid.org/euclid.cdm/1088530402.


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