Cohomology bounds and growth rates

June 4 to June 8, 2012

at the

American Institute of Mathematics, Palo Alto, California

organized by

Robert Guralnick, Terrell Hodge, Brian Parshall, and Leonard Scott

Original Announcement

This workshop will be devoted to questions associated to the following 1984 conjecture of Guralnick's: There exists a ''universal constant'' $C$ which bounds 1-cohomology, in the sense that if $H$ is any finite group and $V$ is any faithful, absolutely irreducible H-module, then $$ \dim H^1(H, V ) \le C. $$

Over 25 years later, this conjecture remains open, but some recent developments have revealed new avenues for investigation. For example, relaxing the constraint on the term ''universal'' a bit, it has been recently shown that in the case of finite groups of Lie type $H = G(q)$, there are constants $C(\Phi)$, depending only on the root system $\Phi$ of the associated algebraic group $G$, which bound $\dim H^1(H, V )$, the 1-cohomology as above.

Significant topics envisioned for workshop investigations include:

Material from the workshop

A list of participants.

The workshop schedule.

A report on the workshop activities.

Papers arising from the workshop:
Stabilisation of the LHS spectral sequence for algebraic groups
First cohomology groups for finite groups of Lie type in defining characteristic
Extensions for finite Chevalley groups III: Rational and generic cohomology
Bounding the dimensions of rational cohomology groups