NTS ABSTRACTSpring2019
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Jan 23
Yunqing Tang |
Reductions of abelian surfaces over global function fields |
For a non-isotrivial ordinary abelian surface $A$ over a global function field, under mild assumptions, we prove that there are infinitely many places modulo which $A$ is geometrically isogenous to the product of two elliptic curves. This result can be viewed as a generalization of a theorem of Chai and Oort. This is joint work with Davesh Maulik and Ananth Shankar. |
Jan 24
Hassan-Mao-Smith--Zhu |
The diophantine exponent of the $\mathbb{Z}/q\mathbb{Z}$ points of $S^{d-2}\subset S^d$ |
Abstract: Assume a polynomial-time algorithm for factoring integers, Conjecture~\ref{conj}, $d\geq 3,$ and $q$ and $p$ prime numbers, where $p\leq q^A$ for some $A>0$. We develop a polynomial-time algorithm in $\log(q)$ that lifts every $\mathbb{Z}/q\mathbb{Z}$ point of $S^{d-2}\subset S^{d}$ to a $\mathbb{Z}[1/p]$ point of $S^d$ with the minimum height. We implement our algorithm for $d=3 \text{ and }4$. Based on our numerical results, we formulate a conjecture which can be checked in polynomial-time and gives the optimal bound on the diophantine exponent of the $\mathbb{Z}/q\mathbb{Z}$ points of $S^{d-2}\subset S^d$. |
Jan 31
Kyle Pratt |
Breaking the $\frac{1}{2}$-barrier for the twisted second moment of Dirichlet $L$-functions |
Abstract: I will discuss recent work, joint with Bui, Robles, and Zaharescu, on a moment problem for Dirichlet $L$-functions. By way of motivation I will spend some time discussing the Lindel\"of Hypothesis, and work of Bettin, Chandee, and Radziwi\l\l. The talk will be accessible, as I will give lots of background information and will not dwell on technicalities. |
Feb 7
Shamgar Gurevich |
Harmonic Analysis on $GL_n$ over finite fields |
Abstract: There are many formulas that express interesting properties of a group G in terms of sums over its characters.
For evaluating or estimating these sums, one of the most salient quantities to understand is the {\it character ratio}: $$trace (\rho(g))/dim (\rho),$$ for an irreducible representation $\rho$ of G and an element g of G. For example, Diaconis and Shahshahani stated a formula of this type for analyzing G-biinvariant random walks on G. It turns out that, for classical groups G over finite fields (which provide most examples of finite simple groups), there is a natural invariant of representations that provides strong information on the character ratio. We call this invariant {\it rank}. This talk will discuss the notion of rank for GLn over finite fields, and apply the results to random walks. This is joint work with Roger Howe (TAMU). |
Feb 14
Tonghai Yang |
The Lambda invariant and its CM values |
Abstract: The Lambda invariant which parametrizes elliptic curves with two torsions (X_0(2)) has some interesting properties, some similar to that of the j-invariants, and some not. For example, $\lambda(\frac{d+\sqrt d}2)$ is a unit sometime. In this talk, I will briefly describe some of the properties. This is joint work with Hongbo Yin and Peng Yu. |
Feb 28
Brian Lawrence |
Diophantine problems and a p-adic period map. |
Abstract: I will outline a proof of Mordell's conjecture / Faltings's theorem using p-adic Hodge theory. Joint with Akshay Venkatesh. |
March 7
Masoud Zargar |
Sections of quadrics over the affine line |
Abstract: Abstract: Suppose we have a quadratic form Q(x) in d\geq 4 variables over F_q[t] and f(t) is a polynomial over F_q. We consider the affine variety X given by the equation Q(x)=f(t) as a family of varieties over the affine line A^1_{F_q}. Given finitely many closed points in distinct fibers of this family, we ask when there exists a section passing through these points. We study this problem using the circle method over F_q((1/t)). Time permitting, I will mention connections to Lubotzky-Phillips-Sarnak (LPS) Ramanujan graphs. Joint with Naser T. Sardari |
March 14
Elena Mantovan |
p-adic automorphic forms, differential operators and Galois representations |
A strategy pioneered by Serre and Katz in the 1970s yields a construction of p-adic families of modular forms via the study of Serre's weight-raising differential operator Theta. This construction is a key ingredient in Deligne-Serre's theorem associating Galois representations to modular forms of weight 1, and in the study of the weight part of Serre's conjecture. In this talk I will discuss recent progress towards generalizing this theory to automorphic forms on unitary and symplectic Shimura varieites. In particular, I will introduce certain p-adic analogues of Maass-Shimura weight-raising differential operators, and discuss their action on p-adic automorphic forms, and on the associated mod p Galois representations. In contrast with Serre's classical approach where q-expansions play a prominent role, our approach is geometric in nature and is inspired by earlier work of Katz and Gross.
This talk is based joint work with Eishen, and also with Fintzen--Varma, and with Flander--Ghitza--McAndrew. |