Deligne–Lusztig duality and wonderful compactification

Joseph Bernstein, Roman Bezrukavnikov*, David Kazhdan

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We use geometry of the wonderful compactification to obtain a new proof of the relation between Deligne–Lusztig (or Alvis–Curtis) duality for p-adic groups and homological duality. This provides a new way to introduce an involution on the set of irreducible representations of the group which has been defined by A. Zelevinsky for G= GL(n) and by A.-M. Aubert in general (less direct geometric approaches to this duality have been developed earlier by Schneider-Stuhler and by the second author). As a byproduct, we describe the Serre functor for representations of a p-adic group.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-20
Number of pages14
JournalSelecta Mathematica, New Series
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2018


FundersFunder number
Russian Academic Excellence Project5-100
US-Israel BSF2016363
National Science FoundationDMS-1601953
Horizon 2020 Framework Programme669655
European Research Council291612


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    • 20G25
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