Abstract homomorphisms of algebraic groups and applications

Rapinchuk 2018 02 13

Igor Rapinchuk
Michigan State University
February 13, 2018

I will discuss several results on abstract homomorphisms between the groups of rational points of algebraic groups. The main focus will be on a conjecture of Borel and Tits formulated in their landmark 1973 paper.
Our results settle this conjecture in several cases; the proofs make use of the notion of an algebraic ring. I will mention several applications to character varieties of finitely generated groups and representations of some non-arithmetic groups.