##### Department of Mathematics,

University of California San Diego

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### Algebra Seminar

## Igor Rapinchuk

#### Michigan State University

## Abstract homomorphisms of algebraic groups and applications

##### Abstract:

I will discuss several recent results on abstract homomorphisms between the groups of rational points of algebraic groups. The main focus will be on a conjecture of Borel and Tits formulated in their landmark 1973 paper. Our result settle this conjecture in several cases; the proofs make use of the notion of an algebraic ring. I will conclude by discussing several applications to character varieties of finitely generated groups and group actions. For the pre-talk: I will recall some basic concepts from the theory of algebraic groups and outline a general philosophy for the study of rigidity phenomena between the groups of rational points of algebraic groups.

Host: Alireza Salehi Golsefidy

### February 8, 2016

### 2:00 PM

### AP&M 7321

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