Representation Growth of Finitely Generated Torsion-Free Nilpotent Groups: Methods and Examples
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameDoctor of Philosophy
This thesis concerns representation growth of finitely generated torsion-free nilpotent groups. This involves counting equivalence classes of irreducible representations and embedding this counting into a zeta function. We call this the representation zeta function. We use a new, constructive method to calculate the representation zeta functions of two families of groups, namely the Heisenberg group over rings of quadratic integers and the maximal class groups. The advantage of this method is that it is able to be used to calculate the p-local representation zeta function for all primes p. The other commonly used method, known as the Kirillov orbit method, is unable to be applied to these exceptional cases. Specifically, we calculate some exceptional p-local representation zeta functions of the maximal class groups for some well behaved exceptional primes. Also, we describe the Kirillov orbit method and use it to calculate various examples of p-local representation zeta functions for almost all primes p.