Peter Patzt


Purdue University


Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm



RH 440R

The level p congruence subgroup of SL_n(Z) is defined to be the subgroup of matrices congruent to the identity matrix mod p. These groups have trivial cohomology in high enough degrees. In the 1970s, Lee and Szczarba gave a conjectural description of the top cohomology groups of these congruence subgroups. In joint work in progress with Miller and Putman, we show that this conjecture is false and that these congruence subgroups have extra exotic cohomology classes in their top degree cohomology coming from the first homology group of the associated modular curve. I will also discuss a result with Miller and Nagpal on a stability pattern in the high dimensional cohomology of congruence subgroups.