Abstract

We study representation zeta functions of finitely generated, torsion-free nilpotent groups which are groups of rational points of unipotent group schemes over rings of integers of number fields. Using the Kirillov orbit method and $\frak{p}$-adic integration, we prove rationality and functional equations for almost all local factors of the Euler products of these zeta functions. We further give explicit formulae, in terms of Dedekind zeta functions, for the zeta functions of class-$2$-nilpotent groups obtained from three infinite families of group schemes, generalizing the integral Heisenberg group. As an immediate corollary, we obtain precise asymptotics for the representation growth of these groups, and key analytic properties of their zeta functions, such as meromorphic continuation. We express the local factors of these zeta functions in terms of generating functions for finite Weyl groups of type~$B$. This allows us to establish a formula for the joint distribution of three functions, or ``statistics'', on such Weyl groups. Finally, we compare our explicit formulae to $\frak{p}$-adic integrals associated to relative invariants of three infinite families of prehomogeneous vector spaces.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1080-6377
Print ISSN
0002-9327
Pages
pp. 501-550
Launched on MUSE
2014-03-26
Open Access
No
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