Kazhdan's Property (T) for Linear Groups Over General Rings

LIE GROUPS, REPRESENTATIONS AND DISCRETE MATH
Topic:Kazhdan's Property (T) for Linear Groups Over General Rings
Speaker:Yehuda Shalom
Affiliation:IAS
Date:Tuesday, March 21
Time/Room:11:30am - 12:30pm/S-101

We will discuss the following very recent result: Theorem. Let R be any finitely generated associative (not necessarily commutative) ring, with 1. Then for any n > stable range rank of the ring R, the group EL_n(R) has Kazhdan's property (T). The group EL_n(R) is the group generated by the elementary subgroups of GL_n(R) (when R is not commutative, SL_n(R) doesn't even make sense). Special important cases of the theorem are that SL_n(Z[x]) has (T) for n >3, SL_n(Z[x,y]) has (T) for n >4 etc. The proof is cohomological, and doesn't give any explicit Kazhdan constants. We will discuss it in a very friendly manner, leaving out some "black boxes" and assuming no prior familiarity with property (T).