# Special Year Seminar

## On Local Systems of Geometric Origin

I will discuss the following conjecture: an irreducible $\bar{Q}$$_{\ell}$-local system L on a smooth complex algebraic variety S arises in cohomology of a family of varieties over S if and only if L can be extended to an etale local system over some descent of S to a finitely-generated subfield of complex numbers. I will describe the motivation for this conjecture coming from relative p-adic Hodge theory, known partial results, and possible approaches (not very successful so far) to formulating a purely $p$-adic (and thus hopefully more tractable) version of this conjecture. A large part of the talk will be expository, including material based on the ideas of Hélène Esnault, Raju Krishnamoorthy, and Josh Lam.

### Date & Time

November 01, 2023 | 2:00pm – 3:00pm