Serre's conjecture II (algebra)

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Not to be confused with the Serre conjecture in number theory or the Quillen–Suslin theorem, which is sometimes also referred to as Serre's conjecture.

In mathematics, Jean-Pierre Serre conjectured[1][2] the following statement regarding the Galois cohomology of a simply connected semisimple algebraic group. Namely, he conjectured that if G is such a group over a perfect field F of cohomological dimension at most 2, then the Galois cohomology set H1(FG) is zero.

The conjecture holds in the case where F is a local field (such as p-adic field) or a global field with no real embeddings (such as Q(√−1)). This is a special case of the Kneser–Harder–Chernousov Hasse Principle for algebraic groups over global fields. (Note that such fields do indeed have cohomological dimension at most 2.[2]) The conjecture also holds when F is finitely generated over the complex numbers and has transcendence degree at most 2.[3]

The conjecture is also known to hold for certain groups G. For special linear groups, it is a consequence of the Merkurjev–Suslin theorem.[4] Building on this result, the conjecture holds if G is a classical group.[5] The conjecture also holds if G is one of certain kinds of exceptional group.[6]


  1. ^ Serre, J-P. (1962). "Cohomologie galoisienne des groupes algébriques linéaires". Colloque sur la théorie des groupes algébriques: 53–68. 
  2. ^ a b Serre, J-P. (1964). Cohomologie galoisienne. Lecture Notes in Mathematics. 5. Springer. 
  3. ^ de Jong, A.J.; He, Xuhua; Starr, Jason Michael. "Families of rationally simply connected varieties over surfaces and torsors for semisimple groups". arXiv:0809.5224free to read. 
  4. ^ Merkurjev, A.S.; Suslin, A.A. (1983). "K-cohomology of Severi-Brauer varieties and the norm-residue homomorphism". Math. USSR Izvestiya. 21: 307–340. doi:10.1070/im1983v021n02abeh001793. 
  5. ^ Bayer-Fluckiger, E.; Parimala, R. (1995). "Galois cohomology of the classical groups over fields of cohomological dimension ≤ 2". Inventiones Mathematicae. 122: 195–229. doi:10.1007/BF01231443. 
  6. ^ Gille, P. (2001). "Cohomologie galoisienne des groupes algebriques quasi-déployés sur des corps de dimension cohomologique ≤ 2". Compositio Mathematica. 125: 283–325. 

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