Relative trace formula and periods of automorphic forms

August 24 to August 28, 2009

at the

American Institute of Mathematics, Palo Alto, California

organized by

Herve Jacquet, Erez Lapid, and Akshay Venkatesh

Original Announcement

This workshop will be devoted to the study of the relative trace formula and periods of automorphic forms.

In particular, we hope to formulate a precise general conjecture for the exact value of period integrals which encompasses all known cases (either proven, e.g. torus periods on GL(2) (Waldspurger), unitary periods on the general linear group (Jacquet), or conjectural e.g. the work of Ichino and Ikeda on the Gross-Prasad period). The relative trace formula relates periods integrals on two different groups, and often reduces a "difficult" period integral to an "easy" one, thus providing a powerful tool to attack the putative conjecture. Thus far the study of the RTF has been primarily example-based, and we hope to (begin to) develop a general theory.

The main topics for the workshop are

Material from the workshop

A list of participants.

The workshop schedule.

A report on the workshop activities.

Papers arising from the workshop:
Symplectic local root numbers, central critical L-values, and restriction problems in the representation theory of classical groups
Restrictions of representations of classical groups: examples
Transfer to characteristic zero: appendix to "Fundamental Lemma of Jacquet-Rallis in positive characteristics" by Zhiwei Yun
The fundamental lemma of Jacquet-Rallis in positive characteristics