# Weil's conjecture on Tamagawa numbers

In mathematics, the **Weil conjecture on Tamagawa numbers** is the statement that the Tamagawa number of a simply connected simple algebraic group defined over a number field is 1. In this case, *simply connected* means "not having a proper *algebraic* covering" in the algebraic group theory sense, which is not always the topologists' meaning.

## History

Weil (1959) calculated the Tamagawa number in many cases of classical groups and observed that it is an integer in all considered cases and that it was equal to 1 in the cases when the group is simply connected. The first observation does not hold for all groups: Ono (1963) found examples where the Tamagawa numbers are not integers. The second observation, that the Tamagawa numbers of simply connected semisimple groups seem to be 1, became known as the Weil conjecture.

Robert Langlands (1966) introduced harmonic analysis methods to show it for Chevalley groups. K. F. Lai (1980) extended the class of known cases to quasisplit reductive groups. Kottwitz (1988) proved it for all groups satisfying the Hasse principle, which at the time was known for all groups without *E*_{8} factors. V. I. Chernousov (1989) removed this restriction, by proving the Hasse principle for the resistant *E*_{8} case (see strong approximation in algebraic groups), thus completing the proof of Weil's conjecture. In 2011, Jacob Lurie and Dennis Gaitsgory announced a proof of the conjecture for algebraic groups over function fields over finite fields.[1]

## Applications

Ono (1965) used the Weil conjecture to calculate the Tamagawa numbers of all semisimple algebraic groups.

For spin groups, the conjecture implies the known Smith–Minkowski–Siegel mass formula.[1]

## See also

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## Further reading

- Aravind Asok, Brent Doran and Frances Kirwan, "Yang-Mills theory and Tamagawa Numbers: the fascination of unexpected links in mathematics", February 22, 2013
- J. Lurie, The Siegel Mass Formula, Tamagawa Numbers, and Nonabelian Poincaré Duality posted June 8, 2012.