We discuss the construction of totally geodesic cycles in locally symmetric spaces attached to arithmetic subgroups in algebraic groups of type which originate with reductive subgroups of the group . In many cases, it can be shown that these cycles, to be called geometric cycles, yield non-vanishing (co)homology classes. Since the cohomology of an arithmetic group is related to the automorphic spectrum of the group, this geometric construction of non-vanishing classes leads to results concerning the existence of specific automorphic forms.
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Joachim Schwermer, Geometric cycles, Albert algebras and related cohomology classes for arithmetic groups. Groups Geom. Dyn. 5 (2011), no. 2, pp. 529–552