Periods and nonvanishing of central L-values for GL(2n)
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Let π be a cuspidal automorphic representation of PGL(2n) over a number field F, and η the quadratic idèle class character attached to a quadratic extension E/F. Guo and Jacquet conjectured a relation between the nonvanishing of L(1/2, π)L(1/2, π ⊗ η) for π of symplectic type and the nonvanishing of certain GL(n,E) periods. When n = 1, this specializes to a well-known result of Waldspurger. We prove this conjecture, and related global results, under some local hypotheses using a simple relative trace formula. We then apply these global results to obtain local results on distinguished supercuspidal representations, which partially establish a conjecture of Prasad and Takloo-Bighash.
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