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Fixed points on spherical buildings

A crucial aspect of the Bruhat–Tits theory of affine buildings is the Bruhat–Tits fixed-point theorem, which, in one of many formulations, states that, if $\Gamma$ is a group of isometries of an ...
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Does the "building of parabolics" of a semisimple group have a simplex corresponding to the entire group?

Let $G$ be a semisimple (not just reductive) group over a field $k$. I believe that the question I am asking is what was meant in the second paragraph of Tits building of a linear algebraic group. I ...
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Parahoric subgroup over a local field

$\DeclareMathOperator\SL{SL}$Let $F$ be a local field and $\mathcal{O}_{F}$ its valuation ring. Let $\pi\in \mathcal{O}_{F}$ be a uniformizer and $\mathfrak{p}=\pi\mathcal{O}_{F}$. Let $G$ be a split ...
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Why inherit the Tits systems structure by a $B$-adapted homomorphism?

Let $(G,B,N,S)$ be a Tits system and $\phi\colon G\longrightarrow \hat{G}$ a $B$-adapted in the sense of the paper Groupes réductifs sur un corps local: I of Bruhat–Tits. They said that $\phi$ is a $B$...
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Is it possible to detect when a maximal parahoric subgroup is (hyper)special from its finite reductive quotient?

Let $F$ be a $p$-adic field with residue field $k$ and let $G$ be a connected reductive group over $F$. Let us assume that $G$ is simply connected as an algebraic group over an algebraic closure of $F$...
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Confusion regarding special parahoric subgroups of the unitary group

This question is to clarify some confusion about special parahoric subgroups of a unitary group $G = \mathrm U_n(F)$ in an odd number of variables, with respect to an unramified quadratic extension $E/...
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Criterion for a collection of simplexes to lie in a common apartment (in a spherical building)

In Klyachko's paper "Equivariant vector bundles on toral varieties" I saw a statement about the Tits building of $\operatorname{GL}(n, \mathbb{C})$. I was wondering if this statement/...
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Problem with affine root subgroups of $SU_3$ ramified, residue characteristic $p=2$

Let $L/K$ be ramified quadratic extension of local fields, and let characteristic of the residue field of $K$ be $2$. Let $\mathbb{G}=SU_3$, $G=\mathbb{G}(K)$. Let $\text{val}$ be a valuation on $K$ ...
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Kazhdan's property (T) for $\tilde{C}_2$-lattices

It is known that higher rank lattices have property (T) and also that lattices on 2-dimensional Euclidean buildings have property (T) provided the thickness $q+1$ of the building is large enough (...
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Volume of double cosets $BwB$

In Macdonald's book "Spherical functions on a group of $p$-adic type", Prop. (3.1.7), it is stated that if $w=w_1\dots w_r$ is a reduced word for $w\in W$ (the affine Weyl group), and if $q(...
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The space of $p$-adic norms

The 1963 paper by Goldman and Iwahori The space of $p$-adic norms deals with the space of norms on a finite dimensional vector space $E$ over a locally compact complete discrete valuation field $K$. I ...
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Tits Reductive Groups over Local Fields Example 1.15 (Quasi-split special unitary groups in odd dimension)

I hope this question about Tits's paper "Reductive groups over local fields" in Algebraic groups and discontinuous subgroups ends up having an easy answer, but I'm a little stuck on the ...
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What is wrong with $A^{(2)}_{2n}$?

When dealing with affine Kac-Moody groups, especially geometrically (e.g. by examining their affine flag varieties or affine Grassmannians) I've been taught that time and time again, issues arise in ...
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Bruhat-Tits theory: how does the normalizer act on an apartment?

Let $G$ be the points of a split, simply connected, semisimple algebraic group over a $p$-adic field $k$. Let $T$ be a maximal torus of $G$, $T_c$ its unique maximal compact subgroup, and $N$ the ...
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Full automorphism group of a Bruhat-Tits building

If we start with a semisimple algebraic group $G$ defined over a non-archimedean local field and want to understand the relationship of this group with the full type-preserving automorphism group of ...
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Homology of a semisimplicial scheme

This is a question about the homology of a complex made of algebraic varieties. Consider the following subgroups of $\mathrm{SL}_3$ (defined over $\mathbb{Z}$). $$ P_{1,2} = \left\{\left(\begin{...
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Cycles in Tits building

Tits building for an $n$-dimensional vector space $V$ is defined to be the simplicial complex corresponding to the poset of proper and non-zero subspaces of $V$. It is denoted by $T(V)$. This is known ...
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Poset of degree zero bundles

Let’s assume we are working on a smooth projective curve $X$. For any vector bundle $E$ on $X$, the poset of non-trivial proper sub-bundles of $E$ is in bijection with the poset of non-zero proper sub-...
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Query about Bruhat-Tits buildings over completions of fields with respect to a valuation, but the residue class field is not necessarily finite

I'm reading Soulé's article "Chevalley groups over polynomial rings", and he has a situation where $k$ is an arbitrary field, not necessarily finite, then you take a simple transcendental extension of ...
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Pointwise stabilizer of an apartment of the Bruhat-Tits building of $\mathrm{SL}_n(\mathbb{Q}_p)$

Denote by $X$ the Bruhat-Tits building of $\mathrm{SL}_n(\mathbb{Q}_p)$. Let $\Sigma$ be the fundamental apartment of $X$. Let $\Gamma=\mathrm{SL}_n(\mathbb{Z}[\frac{1}{p}])$. We can prove that the ...
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Directed galleries of the building of type $\widetilde{A}_{n}$

Let $X$ be the affine building of $GL_n(\mathbb{Q}_{p})$. We call oreinetd chamber of $X$ every sequence $\overrightarrow{C}=(s_1,...,s_n)$ of vertices such that $C=\{s_1,...,s_n\}$ is a chamber of $X$...
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Tits building of free modules

The Tits building for a vector space $V$ denoted by $T(V)$ is defined as a simplicial complex whose vertices are non-zero proper sub-vector spaces and edges are inclusion of subspaces and $i$-...
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Classifying some specific type of vector bundles by buildings

Assume $C$ is a curve and $p={\infty}$ a point at infinity such that $C\setminus p$ is an affine curve $U=Spec(A)$ and let $R$ be the local ring at $p$ which is a DVR. Let $F$ be a fixed free module ...
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Is the poset of affine subspaces of a vector space highly connected?

The question is in the title. Fix a field $k$. Let $P_n$ be the poset of proper nonempty affine subspaces of $k^n$ under inclusion. The geometric realization $|P_n|$ is $n$-dimensional. Is it $(n-...
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Relationship between the p-radical subgroups and the parabolics in a BN-pair generality

A theorem of Quillen says that if $G$ is a finite Chevalley group over characteristic $p$, then the poset $\mathcal{A}_p(G)$ of nontrivial elementary abelian subgroups of $G$ is homotopy equivalent (I ...
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Reference request: existence of a subgroup of $G(\mathcal O_k)$ that is "uniform" across $P \overline{N}$

Let $G$ be a connected, reductive group over a $p$-adic field $k$. Let $P_0$ be a minimal parabolic subgroup of $G$ containing a maximal split torus $A_0$. Let $K$ be a maximal compact open subgroup ...
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Does $G$ act 2-transitively on its Bruhat-Tits building?

Let $k$ be a finite extension of $\mathbb{Q}_p$ and let $G$ be a semisimple Lie group over $k$. We consider the action of $G$ on its Bruhat-Tits building $X$. Question: If $x,y,x',y'$ are vertices, ...
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Decomposition of linear groups into free products

I recently learnt about Nagao's theorem which states $SL_2(k[t])\cong SL_2(k)\ast_{B(k)}B(k[t])$ for a field $k$. I read in "A.W. Mason, Serre's generalization of Nagao's theorem" that a theorem of ...
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Valuations of root group elements appearing in the intersection of Iwasawa and Cartan double cosets

$\newcommand{\GL}{\operatorname{GL}} \newcommand{\diag}{\operatorname{diag}} \newcommand{\val}{\mathit{val}}$Let $F$ be a local non-Archimedean field with valuation $\val$ and $G$ be (the $F$-points ...
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Smith normal form and affine buildings

In Smith Normal Form of powers of a matrix someone has commented saying that one can reformulate many questions about Smith normal forms in the language of affine buildings. I wanted to know of a ...
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Tits building of a linear algebraic group

I have a basic (probably naive) question about Tits buildings. Let $G$ be a (connected) linear algebraic group over a field $k$ (I am interested in the case where $k$ is algebraically closed but I ...
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Bruhat-Tits building of $SL_n(\mathbb{Q})$, hyperbolic isometries and its axis

Consider $G=SL_n(\mathbb{Q})$ and $p$ a prime integer. Associated to $G$ and $p$ we have its Bruhat-Tits building $\Delta$. It is well known that $\Delta$ can be provided with a canonical $CAT(0)$ ...
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Parahorics in nonsemisimple reductive algebraic groups

If $G$ is a semisimple algebraic group over a local field with finite residue field $K$ and $x$ a point in the Bruhat-Tits building $B(G, K)$ then the parahoric group scheme $P_x$ is a group scheme $P$...
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Functoriality of parahorics

We know from Landvogt's work (Crelle #518, 2000) that if $G$ and $H$ are two reductive groups and $f:G \rightarrow H$ is a morphism that there is a map $\hat{f}$ from $\mathcal{B}(G, K)$ to $\mathcal{...
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Does every Coxeter group arise from a BN-Pair? Does $\text{PGL}_2(\Bbb{Z})$?

The question is in the title. Maybe I should explain my interest in it though. To every Coxeter group $(W,S)$ (and even more general groups) and a system of parameters $(a_s,b_s)_{s \in S}$ one can ...
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abelian subgroups of SL(n,Q_p)

Does anyone know where I can find a classification of abelian subgroups of SL(n,Q_p) isomorphic to (Q_p)^{n-1} up to conjugacy? Even for n=2, it would be very useful. For example, over R, there are ...
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State of the art knowledge about homology of $SL_2(k[t,t^{-1}])$

What is the current state of knowledge of the group homology of $SL_2(k[t,t^{-1}])$? I am mostly interested in the case $k$ is algebraically closed of characteristic zero. The most recent work I am ...
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Spherical building at infinity for $SL(n, \mathbb{Q}_p)$

Is there somewhere I can read about the spherical building at infinity for $SL(n, \mathbb{Q}_p)$? I'm looking for something with lots of explicit examples and computations. (I have books on the ...
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Extension of Tits' theorem on groups with a BN-pair of rank ≥ 3

Tits has proved that a finite simple group $G$ with a BN-pair of rank $n \ge 3$, is of Lie type. Let $B$ be the Borel subgroup and $(W,S)$ the Coxeter system. The subset lattice of the set $S$ is ...
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Bruhat-Tits building for $PGL_2(F)$ and repressentation theory

I am trying to understand representation theory of $GL_2(F)$ where $F$ is a finite extension of $\mathbb{Q}_p$. I am using the following paper of Colmez to understand it: https://webusers.imj-prg.fr/~...
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Affine building for SL(n)

Following Garrett's book, we have the usual description of affine buildings of SL(n) in terms of homothety classes of lattices. So let $F$ be a local field, $\mathcal{O}$ be its ring of integers and $\...
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Describing the action of $^2E_6(q)$

One of the constructions of the group $^2E_6(q)$ was presented by Tits in his paper "Les «formes réelles» des groupes de type $E_6$". It is being constructed by looking at the action of $^2E_6(q)$ on ...
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When are maximal compacts same as maximal parahorics?

Let $G$ be a reductive algebraic group over a complete non-archimedean field $k$. We know that maximal compacts are exactly the same as maximal parahorics when the Iwahori is open compact subgroup of $...
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What are the special parahoric subgroups in unitary groups?

Let $L$ be a $p$-adic field and let $L'/L$ be a quadratic extension. Let $U_{L'/L}(n)$ be a quasi-split unitary group of $n\times n$ matrices with entries in $L'$. I'm curious about what the special ...
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How do you understand the Moy-Prasad filtration of G_2?

Starting on page 44 of this paper of Reeder and Yu, the authors describe the first graded piece of the Moy-Prasad filtration on $G_2$ at a certain point (in this case it's $GL_2$ of the residue field),...
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Is the Steinberg representation always irreducible?

Let $\mathbb{F}$ be a field. The Tits building for $\text{SL}_n(\mathbb{F})$, denoted $T_n(\mathbb{F})$, is the simplicial complex whose $k$-simplices are flags $$0 \subsetneq V_0 \subsetneq \cdots \...
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Global bound for number of vertices in Bruhat-Tits building

Let $G$ denote a semisimple linear algebraic group over $\mathbb Q$ and let $r$ be its absolute rank. For any prime $p$ let $v_p$ be a vertex of the Bruhat-Tits building of $G({\mathbb Q}_p)$ and let $...
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Buildings for Affine groups

Let $G$ denote one of the classical groups over a finite field. Is there a natural way to associate a building to the affine group $V\rtimes G$, and an analog of the Solomon-Tits theorem?
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Pairs of rays in euclidean buildings

In section 4.1.3 of Kleiner and Leeb's paper on symmetric spaces and euclidean buildings, there's a result about pairs of rays from the same point initially spanning a flat triangle (or being ...
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Is a cocompact CAT(0) periodic?

Let $X$ be a CAT(0) space and $G$ its group of isometries. Then $X$ is said to be cocompact, if there exists a compact set $K\subset X$ with $X=G.K$. The space $X$ is called periodic, if there exists ...
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