Abstract homomorphisms of algebraic groups and applications

Abstract homomorphisms of algebraic groups and applications

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Igor Rapinchuk, Michigan State University
IAS Room S-101

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.