Speaker: Ramesh Gangolli (University of Washington, Seattle, USA)
Date: 18 January 2019
Time: 3 – 5 pm (with a 15 minute break at 3:45)
Venue: LH-1, Mathematics Department
When Harish-Chandra died in 1983, he left behind a voluminous pile
of handwritten manuscripts on harmonic analysis on semisimple Lie
groups over real/complex and p-adic fields. The manuscripts were
turned over to the archives of the Institute for Advanced Study
at Princeton, and are archived there.
Robert Langlands is the Trustee of the Harish-Chandra archive, and
has always been interested in finding a way of salvaging whatever
might be valuable in these manuscripts. Some years ago, at a
conference in UCLA, he encouraged V. S. Varadarajan and me to look
at these manuscripts.
The results of our efforts have resulted in the publication of the
Volume 5 (Posthumous) of the Collected works of Harish-Chandra by
Springer Verlag, which appeared in July this year. This volume covers
only those manuscripts that deal with Real or Complex groups. The
manuscripts dealing with p-adic groups remain in the archive.
My talk will be devoted to an outline of the results in this volume,
without much detail. However, I will try to describe the main
ingredient of the methods that cut across most of this work.