The orbit method and analysis of automorphic forms
Akshay Venkatesh (Stanford University)
MSRI: Simons Auditorium
In the analytic theory of automorphic forms, especially in higher rank, one encounters complicated integrals over Lie groups which must be either evaluated or estimated. I will discuss how Kirillov's orbit method allows one to do this, at least heuristically. These ideas can often be made rigorous; I will apply it to evaluate the average value of L-functions over certain (Gross-Prasad) families, in any rank. This evaluation also uses Ratner's theorem on measure rigidity. Joint work with Paul Nelson.