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Motivic Haar Measure on Reductive Groups

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 Printed: Feb 2006
  • Julia Gordon
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We define a motivic analogue of the Haar measure for groups of the form $G(k\llp t\rrp)$, where~$k$ is an algebraically closed field of characteristic zero, and $G$ is a reductive algebraic group defined over $k$. A classical Haar measure on such groups does not exist since they are not locally compact. We use the theory of motivic integration introduced by M.~Kontsevich to define an additive function on a certain natural Boolean algebra of subsets of $G(k\llp t\rrp)$. This function takes values in the so-called dimensional completion of the Grothendieck ring of the category of varieties over the base field. It is invariant under translations by all elements of $G(k\llp t\rrp)$, and therefore we call it a motivic analogue of Haar measure. We give an explicit construction of the motivic Haar measure, and then prove that the result is independent of all the choices that are made in the process.
Keywords: motivic integration, reductive group motivic integration, reductive group
MSC Classifications: 14A15, 14L15 show english descriptions Schemes and morphisms
Group schemes
14A15 - Schemes and morphisms
14L15 - Group schemes

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