Classification of Pseudo-reductive Groups (AM-191)

Classification of Pseudo-reductive Groups (AM-191)

Brian Conrad and Gopal Prasad

Print publication date: 2017

ISBN: 9780691167923

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Abstract

This book goes further than the exploration of the general structure of pseudo-reductive groups to study the classification over an arbitrary field. An Isomorphism Theorem proved here determines the automorphism schemes of these groups. The book also gives a Tits-Witt type classification of isotropic groups and displays a cohomological obstruction to the existence of pseudo-split forms. Constructions based on regular degenerate quadratic forms and new techniques with central extensions provide insight into new phenomena in characteristic 2, which also leads to simplifications of the earlier work. A generalized standard construction is shown to account for all possibilities up to mild central extensions. The results and methods developed in this book will interest mathematicians and graduate students who work with algebraic groups in number theory and algebraic geometry in positive characteristic.