On the Cohomology of Locally Symmetric Spaces and of their Compactifications

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This expository article is an expanded version of talks given at the "Current Developments in Mathematics, 2002" conference. It 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 (see math.RT/0112251) 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.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Saper, L

Cited Editors

  • Jerison, D; Lusztig, G; Mazur, B; Mrowka, T; Schmid, W; Stanley, R; Yau, S-T

Published Date

  • 2003

Book Title

  • Current developments in mathematics, 2002

Start / End Page

  • 219 - 289

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Place of Publication

  • Somerville, MA