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Are double cosets of cyclic subgroups separable in a special linear group?

Let $A,B \in \mathrm{SL}_3(\mathbb{Z})$. Set $$S = \langle A \rangle \cdot \langle B \rangle = \{A^mB^n : m,n \in \mathbb{Z}\}.$$ Is $S$ closed in the profinite topology on $\mathrm{SL}_3(\mathbb{...
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When does the double coset representative for a congruence subgroup contain a $\text{SL}_2(\mathbb{Z})$-conjugacy class?

In the paper p-adic L-functions and p-adic periods of modular forms, Greenberg/Stevens assert that if $\sigma_l:=\begin{pmatrix}l&0\\0&1\end{pmatrix}$ is the usual Hecke operator at $l$ double ...
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fundamental domains in H^2 containing large balls

I would like to construct a genus $g$ surface regularly tiled by triangles (for example by 238 triangles). Edmunds-Ewing-Kulkarni prove that the only obstruction to doing this is Euler characteristic ...
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Congruence subgroups in arithmetic lattices of $\mathrm{SO}(n,1)$

I am currently reading the paper Deformation Spaces Associated to Hyperbolic Manifolds by Johnson and Millson, Section 7, and the highlighted bit below has been giving me difficulty: Specifically, ...
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Are finite presentations of arithmetic groups computable?

In this famous paper by Borel and Harish-Chandra, Arithmetic Subgroups of Algebraic Groups, it is proved that, in characterisitic zero, arithmetic groups are finitely presented. I have an extremely ...
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What does the $p$-adic closure of an arithmetic lattice look like?

Let $\Gamma$ be an arithmetic lattice in a linear algebraic $\mathbb{Q}$-group $\mathbf{G}$, that is, $\Gamma$ is a subgroup of $\mathbf{G}(\mathbb{Q})$ that is commensurable with $\mathbf{G}(\mathbb{...
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How does $SL_2(\mathbb Z[\sqrt 2])$ embed into $SL(2,\mathbb R)\times SL(2,\mathbb R)$, and what are the centralizers in $Mat(4\times 4,\mathbb Z)$?

I am trying to learn arithmetic groups, from a dynamical point of view. These questions (maybe silly) come to my mind, but I do not know the answer. How does $SL_2(\mathbb Z[\sqrt 2])$ embed into $SL(...
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$\text{PGL}_n(\mathbf{Q}_p)$ and the Congruence Subgroup Property

Suppose $\Gamma$ is a torsion-free lattice of $\text{PGL}_n(\mathbf{Q}_p)$ for $n\geq 3$. Then I know that by the Margulis arithmeticity theorem, $\Gamma$ must be arithmetic. My question is does $\...
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Lower bounds for the top rational cohomology of arithmetic groups

I would like to know what estimates exist for the dimension of $H^d({\rm GL}_2(\mathcal{O}_{K,S}),\mathbb{Q})$ where $\mathcal{O}_{K,S}$ is a ring of $S$-integers in a number field $K$ and $d$ is the ...
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Examples of groups for which Margulis superrigidity theorem applies

I am not an expert at all in the subject of Lie groups, lattices, arithmetic groups and rigidity. But, lately I am interested in Margulis superrigidity theorem, which in most versions can be stated as ...
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Hecke eigensystem in cohomology vs. compactly supported cohomology

What follows is a question that's probably well-known to experts, but I haven't been able to find a reference. Let $\mathrm G$ be a connected, semisimple $\mathbb Q$-group. Let $K \subset \mathrm G(\...
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integer matrices with non-real spectra

I am interested in infinite order elements $A\in SL(3, {\mathbb Z})$ whose spectra are not contained in ${\mathbb R}$ (i.e. such $A$ has two distinct complex-conjugate eigenvalues which are not roots ...
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Automorphisms of products of $GL_n(\mathbb{Z})$ 's

It is a Theorem of Hua y Reiner (1951) that the group or outer automorphisms $Out(GL_n(\mathbb{Z}))$ is either isomorphic to $\mathbb{Z}/2$, if $n$ odd or $n=2$, or to $\mathbb{Z}/2 \times \mathbb{Z}/...
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Cohomology of certain arithmetic groups

This is a question on literature about cohomology of arithmetic groups. Let $M$ denote a quaternion algebra over $\mathbb Q$ and assume it is non-split over $\mathbb R$. Fix a maximal order $\Lambda$ ...
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Non-vanishing of the Borel classes in the cohomology of $SL_n(\mathbb Z)$

The stable real cohomology of $SL_n(\mathbb Z)$ was computed by Borel: it is given by $\mathbb R[z_i\mid i=5,9,13,\cdots]$ with $z_i$ in degree $i$. One may wonder whether the pull back of the stable ...
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Is $SL_n(\mathbb{Z}_p)$ virtually torsion free?

If so, is there a way to conclude this from Malcev's theorem? In general, what is known about virtually torsion freeness of non-finitely generated linear groups?
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nonabelian reciprocity law

I heard the following relation in a talk by Peter Scholze. Could someone explain "in a simple way" what is the precise relation between the polynomial $x^4-7x^2-3x+1 $ and the integral homology of the ...
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Geodesic symmetry of a locally symmetric space

Let $M = \Gamma \backslash G/K$ be a Riemannian locally symmetric space, where $G$ is a connected semisimple Lie group of rank at least $2$, $K$ its maximal compact subgroup and $\Gamma < G$ an ...
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H_3 of SL(n,Z) and SL(n,F_p)

Can anyone tell me what $H_3(SL_n(\mathbb{Z});\mathbb{Z})$ and $H_3(SL_n(\mathbb{F}_p);\mathbb{Z})$ are? It is easy to find references for $H_1$ and $H_2$, but it turns out that I need $H_3$ as well. ...
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Subgroup of $SL_2(O)$ with nice fundamental domain in complex upper half-plane

Let $O$ be the ring of $S$-integers in a real quadratic number field. Let $G$ be an $S$-arithmetic subgroup of $SL_2(O)$ whose intersection with $SL_2(\mathbb Z)$ is not of finite index in $SL_2(\...
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Is there a notion of hyperbolicity for number rings?

For algebraic curves over a nice enough field $k$, we have a notion of what it means to be hyperbolic: If $\overline{C}$ is a smooth projective curve of genus $g$ and $P_1,\dots,P_n$ are closed points,...
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Subgroups of $Sp(2n,\mathbb{R})$ between $Sp(2n,\mathbb{Z})$ and some arithmetic group

The fantastic answers to my previous question Subgroups of $SL_2(\mathbb R)$ which contain $SL_2(\mathbb Z)$ as a finite index subgroup led me to the following question. Let $O_K$ be the ring of ...
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Is the image of an $S$-arithmetic subgroup under a surjective $k$-morphism $S$-arithmetic?

Let $k$ be a global field and let $S$ be a non-empty set of places containing all archimedean ones. Suppose $f:G\to H$ is a surjective $k$-morphism of $k$-groups and let $\Gamma\leq G(k)$ be an $S$-...
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Examples of discrete subgroups of $PSL_2(\mathbf{R})$ with finite covolume and which are not co-compact

Is there a natural example of a discrete subgroup $\Gamma\leq PSL_2(\mathbf{R})$ such that (1) $\Gamma$ has finite covolume (2) $\mathfrak{h}/\Gamma$ is not compact ($\mathfrak{h}$ being the upper ...
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How many ways can I factor a matrix (over $\mathbb{Z}$)?

Let $A$ be a fixed matrix in $M_2\mathbb{Z}$ with determinant $n \neq 0$. Question 1 How many ways can I write $A = XY$ for $X, Y \in M_2\mathbb{Z}$? The answer to this question is pretty clearly ...
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The action of an S-arithmetic group on the hyperbolic plane

I have a really quick question. I am interested in $G=SL_2(\mathbb{Z}[1/p_1,...,1/p_n])$, where $p_1$,..., $p_n$ are prime numbers. Since $G$ is a subgroup of $SL_2(\mathbb{R})$, it acts in the ...
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If $G$ is absolutely simple simply connected, why is G(F_v) quasisimple for almost every valuation v?

Let $G$ be an absolutely simple simply connected and connected algebraic group defined over a global field $k$ with ring of integers $\mathcal{O}$. Fix an embedding of $G$ into $GL_n$. Given $v$ a non-...
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Is the automorphism group of a Calabi-Yau variety an arithmetic group

Let $X$ be a smooth projective variety over the complex numbers with trivial canonical bundle. Suppose that $X$ is Calabi-Yau. Is the automorphism group of $X$ an arithmetic group? What if $X$ is a ...
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How bad is the modular space?

I'm wondering if there is some results about the quotient space $\mathbb{H}^{3}/PSL(2,\mathcal{O}_{K})$? Do we know something about its homology or homotopy groups ? $\mathbb{H}^{3}$ is the hyperbolic ...
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Are the integer matrices in SO(3,2) “boundedly generated”?

Let $G$ be the subgroup of integer matrices in $\mathrm{SO}(3,2)$. (The invertible linear maps from a $5$ dimensional real vector space to itself which leave invariant a nondegenerate symmetric ...
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What is the most efficient way to factor a matrix into a given set of generators?

I am studying finite index subgroups of certain finitely presented groups. The particular conditions on my groups make this problem easier than I phrase it here, but I am curious about a more general ...
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Is there a bound on the rank of finite index subgroup of SL_3(Z)?

Is there an $N \in \mathbb{N}$ such that every finite index subgroup of $\mathrm{SL}_3(\mathbb{Z})$ has a generating set of size $N$?
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Volume of arithmetic quotients of symmetric spaces

Now let $\textbf{G}$ be some connected semisimple linear algebraic group over a number field $F$. Let $G_{\infty}$ be $\textbf{G}(\mathbb{R}\otimes_{\mathbb{Q}} F)$. Let $K_{\infty}$ be a maximal ...
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Is there a generalization of the “characteristic polynomial” to other split/quasi-split algebraic groups?

Let $G = GL_n$ over a field $F$, and let $\gamma \in G(F)$ be a semisimple element. The characteristic polynomial $c_\gamma(t)$ of $\gamma$ encodes a fair bit of information about $\gamma$. ...
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Cohomology of discrete group with compact support

This is closely related to a previous question on the topic, but hopefully adds some motivation. Let $G_{/\mathbf Q}$ be a semisimple group, $K\subset G(\mathbf R)$ a maximal compact subgroup, and $...
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orbits of linear algebraic group $G({\Bbb Q}_p)$ acting on subgroups of ${\Bbb Q}_p^n$

Let $G\subseteq GL(n)$ be a linear algebraic group, and let $G({\Bbb Q}_p)\subseteq GL(V)$ act on a ${\Bbb Q}_p$-vector space V of finite dimension. Consider the action of $G$ on abelian subgroups $L\...
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Abelianization of Hilbert modular group

Let $d>0$ be a square free positive integer and let $\mathcal{O}_d$ be the ring of integers in $\mathbb{Q}[\sqrt{d}]$. What is the abelianization of the Hilbert modular group $\text{SL}_2(\mathcal{...
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Is the fundamental group of an open arithmetic Riemann surface contained in $\Gamma(2)$

Let $X$ be a non-compact Riemann surface with universal covering $\mathbb H$ and suppose that the fundamental group of $X$ is an arithmetic subgroup of $\mathrm{Aut}(\mathbb H) = \mathrm{PSL}_2(\...
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Who first showed that $SL(n,O_K)$ is a lattice for a number ring $O_K$?

Let $O_K$ be the ring of integers in an algebraic number field $K$. Assume that $K$ has $r$ real embeddings and $s$ pairs of complex conjugate complex embeddings. There is then an injective ...
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Holomorphic cusp forms and cohomology of GL(2,Z)

Let $V_{k}$ denote the complex representation of $\mathrm{GL}(2)$ given by $\mathrm{Sym}^k(V)$, where $V$ is the defining 2-dimensional representation. Assume that $k$ is even. I would like to compute ...
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Minimal number of generators for $GL(n,\mathbb{Z})$

$\DeclareMathOperator{\gl}{GL}\DeclareMathOperator{\sl}{SL}$From de la Harpe's book "Topics in Geometric Group Theory" I learnt that $\gl(n,\mathbb{Z})$ is generated by the matrices $$s_1 = \begin{...
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symmetric theta structures and arithmetic subgroups

A symmetric theta structure is a theta structure that commutes with (a lift of) the natural involution $\imath: A \to A$ an an abelian variety. For simplicity I will assume that $A$ is a surface. Now,...
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Reference for the fact that $SL_n(O_K)$ surjects onto $SL_n(O_K/I)$ for any ideal I

Let $\mathcal{O}_K$ be the ring of integers in an algebraic number field $K$ and let $I \subset \mathcal{O}_K$ be a nonzero proper ideal. It is not hard to see that the map $\text{SL}_n(\mathcal{O}_K)...
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Subgroups of $SL_3(\mathbb{Z})$ that are finitely generated, Zariski-dense, infinite index, and torsion-free

My question stems from Misha's answer of a MathOverflow question. Misha supplied the following question in his answer: Open question: Does there exist a finitely generated Zariski-dense torsion-...
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Non existence of cyclic infinite linear algebraic groups

Let $G$ be a linear algebraic group defined over some algebraically closed field $\mathbb{K}$ and also over some subfield $k\subset \mathbb{K}$. There is thus a natural group structure on the set of $...
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What can the theory of automorphic forms for $SL(n,\mathbb{Z})$ say about $SL(n,\mathbb{Z})$?

While reading "Automorphic Forms and L-functions for the Group $GL(n,R)$" by D. Goldfeld, I've got a feeling that linear groups over $\mathbb{R}$ and $\mathbb{Z}$ are considered only as technical ...
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Pre-images of unipotent elements in $\operatorname{SL}_{n}(A)$

The starting point of this question is the (presumably) well-known theorem (the proof I know is from Abelian $\ell$-adic representations and elliptic curves from J-P.Serre in which it is a lemma for $...
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Is SL_n of an order in a number ring finite-index in SL_n of the number ring?

Let $\mathcal{O}$ be the ring of integers in an algebraic number field and let $R \subset \mathcal{O}$ be an order. For instance, we might have $\mathcal{O} = \{\text{$x+i y$ $|$ $x,y \in \mathbb{Z}$}...
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Discussion of specific arithmetic triangle groups?

Arithmetic triangle groups were classified in Takeuchi, Arithmetic triangle groups, J. Math. Soc. Japan Volume 29, Number 1 (1977), 91-106. The (2,3,7) case was discussed in detail in a number of ...
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Generating congruence subgroups of SL_n over totally imaginary number rings

Fix some $n \geq 3$. Let $k$ be an algebraic number field with ring of integers $\mathcal{O}$ and let $\alpha$ be an ideal of $\mathcal{O}$. Define $\text{SL}_n(\mathcal{O},\alpha)$ to be the ...