Decomposing symmetric powers

Beyond Endoscopy
Topic:Decomposing symmetric powers
Speaker:Bill Casselman
Affiliation:University of British Columbia
Date:Friday, September 30
Time/Room:2:00pm - 2:50pm/S-101
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One problem raised recently by Langlands in connection with the trace formula was the decomposition of symmetric powers of irreducible representations of $\mathrm{GL}(2)$. There is a classical formula for this. I shall explain a new version of this formula and, with luck, describe computer experiments examining the extent to which the idea will work for other groups.