Rational structures on automorphic representations

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This paper proves the existence of global rational structures on spaces of cusp forms of general reductive groups. We identify cases where the constructed rational structures are optimal, which includes the case of \({{\mathrm{\mathrm {GL}}}}(n)\). As an application, we deduce the existence of a natural set of periods attached to cuspidal automorphic representations of \({{\mathrm{\mathrm {GL}}}}(n)\). This has consequences for the arithmetic of special values of L-functions that we discuss in Januszewski (On period relations for automorphic L-functions I, pp. 1–46, arXiv:1504.06973, 2015, On period relations for automorphic L-functions II, pp. 1–65, arXiv:1604.04253, 2015). In the course of proving our results, we lay the foundations for a general theory of Harish-Chandra modules over arbitrary fields of characteristic 0. In this context, a rational character theory, translation functors and an equivariant theory of cohomological induction are developed. We also study descent problems for Harish-Chandra modules in quadratic extensions, where we obtain a complete theory over number fields.

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  1. 1.Karlsruher Institut für TechnologieKarlsruheGermany

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