The volume of a homogeneous space associated with the group of adèles (cf. Adèle) of a connected linear algebraic group defined over a global field with respect to the Tamagawa measure. Here is the subgroup of consisting of those adèles for which
for any character of which is defined over (the product is taken with respect to all valuations in the set of normalized valuations of ). The finiteness of the Tamagawa number follows from reduction theory (see ).
When describing the values of it is convenient to distinguish the cases of unipotent groups, algebraic tori and semi-simple groups. For unipotent groups the Tamagawa number is always equal to 1. If is an algebraic -torus, then
where and are the order of the one-dimensional Galois cohomology group of the module of rational characters of the torus and the order of its Shafarevich–Tate group, respectively. On the basis of this formula an example was constructed of a torus for which is not an integer . The determination of the Tamagawa number of a semi-simple group over a number field can be reduced to the case of a simply-connected group : Let be a semi-simple -group, let be the universal covering which is defined over , let be the fundamental group of , and let be its character group; then
where , and is the order of the kernel of the canonical mapping
It is the conjectured that for all simply-connected groups the Tamagawa number is equal to 1 (the Weil conjecture). This was proved for most types of simple groups over number fields (, , ), and also for Chevalley groups over number fields (see ) and over global function fields .
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