Belgian-Dutch Algebraic Geometry seminarFebruary 1, Utrecht. See website.
Intercity Number Theory SeminarMarch 1, Groningen. The first talk takes place in room 165 of the Bernoulliborg and the
three other talks take place in room 253.
|12:00-13:00||Dino Festi (Mainz), A method to compute the geometric Picard lattice of a K3-surface of degree 2|
Abstract. K3 surfaces are surfaces of intermediate type, i.e., they
are in between surfaces whose arithmetic and geometry is fairly well
understood (rational and ruled surfaces) and surfaces that are still
largely mysterious (surfaces of general type). The Picard lattice of a
K3 surface contains much information about the surface, both from a
geometric and an arithmetic point of view. For example, it tells about
the existence of elliptic fibrations on the surface; if the surface is
over a number field, then by looking at the Picard lattice one can
have information about the Brauer group, and the potential density of
rational points. Although much effort, there is not yet a practical
algorithm that, given an explicit K3 surface, returns the Picard
lattice of the K3 surface. In this talk we are going to give an
overview on how practically compute the geometric Picard lattice of a
K3 surface of degree two over a field of characteristic zero.
|13:45-14:45||Florian Hess (Oldenburg), Partially euclidean global fields|
|15:00-16:00||Marc Paul Noordman (Groningen), Algebraic first order differential equations|
Abstract. Autonomous algebraic first order differential equations (i.e.
differential equations of the form P(u, u') = 0 for P a polynomial
with constant coefficients) can be interpreted as rational
differential forms on an algebraic curve. In this talk, based on joint
work with Jaap Top and Marius van der Put, I will explain how this
perspective clarifies the possible algebraic relations between
solutions of such differential equations. In particular, we will see
that there are almost no algebraic relations between distinct
non-constant solutions of the same differential equation, unless that
differential equation comes from a one-dimensional group variety.
|16:15-17:15||Jan Vonk (Oxford), Singular moduli for real quadratic fields|
Abstract. The theory of complex multiplication describes finite
abelian extensions of imaginary quadratic number fields using singular
moduli, which are special values of modular functions at CM points. I
will describe joint work with Henri Darmon in the setting of real
quadratic fields, where we construct p-adic analogues of singular
moduli through classes of rigid meromorphic cocycles. I will discuss
p-adic counterparts for our proposed RM invariants of classical
relations between singular moduli and the theory of weak harmonic
Intercity Number Theory SeminarMarch 15, Utrecht. The morning lecture takes place in KGB Atlas (Koningsbergergebouw Budapestlaan 4a-b, 3584 CD Utrecht) and in the afternoon we are in MIN 2.01 (Minnaertgebouw Leuvenlaan 4, 3584 CE Utrecht).
|11:00-12:00||Efrat Bank (Technion, Israel), Primes in short intervals on curves over finite fields|
Abstract. We prove an analogue of the Prime Number Theorem for short intervals on a smooth proper curve of arbitrary genus over a finite field. Our main result gives a uniform asymptotic count of those rational functions, inside short intervals defined by a very ample effective divisor E, whose principal divisors are prime away from E.
In this talk, I will discuss the setting and definitions we use in order to make sense of such count, and will give a rough sketch of the proof.
This is a joint work with Tyler Foster.
|13:15-14:15|| Francesca Balestrieri (MPIM Bonn, Germany), Arithmetic of zero-cycles on products of Kummer varieties and K3 surfaces|
Abstract. The following is joint work with Rachel Newton. In the spirit of work by Yongqi Liang, we relate the arithmetic of rational points to that of zero-cycles for the class of Kummer varieties over number fields. In particular, if X is any Kummer variety over a number field k, we show that if the Brauer-Manin obstruction is the only obstruction to the existence of rational points on X over all finite extensions of k, then the Brauer-Manin obstruction is the only obstruction to the existence of a zero-cycle of any odd degree on X. Building on this result and on some other recent results by Ieronymou, Skorobogatov and Zarhin, we further prove a similar Liang-type result for products of Kummer varieties and K3 surfaces over k.
|14:15-15:15||Kęstutis Česnavičius (Orsay, France), Macaulayfication of Noetherian schemes|
Abstract. To reduce to resolving Cohen-Macaulay singularities, Faltings initiated the program of "Macaulayfying" a given Noetherian scheme X. Under various assumptions Faltings, Brodmann, and Kawasaki built the sought Cohen-Macaulay modifications without preserving the locus where X is already Cohen-Macaulay. We will discuss an approach that overcomes this difficulty and hence completes Faltings' program.
|15:30-16:30||Judith Ludwig (Heidelberg, Germany), Perfectoid Shimura varieties and applications|
Abstract. Given a tower of Shimura varieties (where the level at a fixed prime p grows) one may ask whether one can equip the inverse limit with a geometric structure.
As I will explain in the talk, this is possible in many cases. The geometric structure is that of a perfectoid space.
I will then show you the impact of this results by explaining some applications.
Intercity Number Theory SeminarMarch 28, Leiden. This is a Thursday. All talks will be held in the Pieter de la Courtgebouw, room A5-47, which is walking distance from the train station. The PhD defense of Anna Somoza takes place in the Academiegebouw.
|11:00-12:00||Christophe Ritzenthaler (Rennes), Reduction of plane quartics|
Abstract. Given a smooth plane quartic over a discrete valuation field K, we give a characterization of its reduction type (i.e. smooth plane quartic, hyperelliptic genus 3 curve or bad) over K in terms of the existence of a special plane quartic model and over the algebraic closure in terms of the valuations of the Dixmier-Ohno invariants of C. Joint work with Qing Liu, Elisa Lorenzo García and Reynald Lercier.
|12:45-13:45||Pınar Kılıçer (Groningen), Modular invariants for genus-3 hyperelliptic curves|
Abstract. We discuss the connection between invariants of binary octics and Siegel modular forms of genus 3. Using this
connection, we describe certain modular functions for hyperelliptic curves of genus 3 whose denominators are
divisible by the primes of bad reduction for the associated hyperelliptic curves. We hope that this research will
lead to an analogue of the Igusa invariants for hyperelliptic curves of genus 3. This is a joint work with Sorina
Ionica, Kristin Lauter, Elisa Lorenzo Garcia, Maike Massierer, Adelina Manzateaunu and Christelle Vincent.
|14:00-15:00||Elisa Lorenzo-García (Rennes), Modular expressions for Shioda invariants|
Abstract. Let C be a genus 3 hyperelliptic curve. It isomorphism class is determined by the so-called Shioda invariants J2,J3,...,J10. By using some previous results and alternative invariants of Tsuyumine, we give a modular expresion (in term of theta constants) for the products Ji*Di where D is the discriminant of the curve C. As as a consequence we present a set of absolute invariants of C as Siegel modular functions. In the special case in which C has CM, we give an easy computable criterium for determining the type of bad reduction of a prime dividing the denominator of any of these absolute invariants (by Kilicer's talk results we already know that such a prime is of bad reduction).
|16:15-17:15||Anna Somoza (Leiden), PhD defense|
Seminarium Computer Algebra Nederland / Intercity Number Theory SeminarApril 12, UvA Amsterdam. The first three lectures will be in room C0.110 in Science Park 904. Tim Dokchitser's inaugural lecture will be in the Aula.
|10:15-11:15||Steffen Löbrich (UvA), On cycle integrals of meromorphic modular forms|
Abstract. In joint work in progress with Markus Schwagenscheidt, we study cycle integrals of meromorphic modular forms associated to quadratic forms of negative discriminant. In particular, we relate them to evaluations of locally harmonic Maass forms at CM-points. This allows us to generalize a recent theorem by Alfes-Neumann, Bringmann, and Schwagenscheidt on the rationality of these cycle integrals in several directions.
|11:30-12:30||Alex Bartel (Glasgow), Torsion homology and regulators of isospectral manifolds|
Abstract. It is well known by now that two drums that sound the same
need not look the same. But how different can they really look? There
are two general constructions of such pairs of "drums", a representation
theoretic one due to Sunada, and a number theoretic one due to Vigneras.
After introducing the general setting and recalling the two
constructions, I will discuss what can be said about the homology groups
of such isospectral manifolds, e.g. for what primes p the p-torsion in
the homology can differ. The answers in the two settings look very
different... until one looks more closely! This is joint work with Aurel
Page, and, fittingly for the occasion, it was originally inspired by the
work of Tim and Vladimir Dokchitser on the Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer
|13:30-14:30||Maarten Derickx (MIT), Modularity of elliptic curves over totally real cubic fields|
Abstract. The key ingredient in Wiles' proof of Fermat's last theorem is his proof that all semistable elliptic curves over Q are modular. Wiles' techniques were later extended by Breuil, Conrad, Diamond and Taylor to prove modularity of all elliptic curves over Q. Using improvements in modularity lifting techniques Freitas, Le Hung and Siksek later proved that all elliptic curves over real quadratic fields are modular. In this talk I will discuss how the techniques for real quadratic fields together with new modularity lifting results due to Thorne and to Kalyanswamy can be used to prove modularity of elliptic curves over totally real cubic fields.
|16:00-17:00||Tim Dokchitser (Bristol / UvA), Inaugural lecture|
Intercity Number Theory SeminarMay 10, Leiden. The first talk will take place in room B3 of the Snellius building. The afternoon talks take place in room 412 and will be followed by the awarding of the Compositio Prize 2014-2016 to James Maynard, and a reception.
|11:00-12:00||Guido Lido (Leiden, Roma), Computations in the Poincaré torsor and the quadratic Chabauty method|
Abstract. Joint work with Bas Edixhoven.
Faltings's theorem states that a curve C of genus g>1 defined over the
rationals has only finitely many rational points. In practice there is
no general procedure to provably compute the set C(Q). When the rank
of the Mordell-Weil group J(Q) (with J the Jacobian of C) is smaller
than g we can use Chabauty's method, i.e. we can embed C in J and,
after choosing a prime p, we can view C(Q) as a subset of the
intersection of C(Qp) and the closure of J(Q) inside the p-adic
manifold J(Qp); this intersection is finite and computable up to
finite precision. Minhyong Kim has generalized this method inspecting
(possibly non-abelian) quotients of the fundamental group of C. His
ideas have been made effective in some new cases by Balakrishnan,
Dogra, Muller, Tuitman and Vonk: their "quadratic Chabauty method"
works when the rank of the Mordell-Weil group is strictly less than
g+s-1 (with s the rank of the Neron-Severi group of J). In this
lecture we will give a reinterpretation of the quadratic Chabauty
method, only using the Poincaré torsor of J and a little of formal
geometry, and we will show how to make it effective.
|13:15-14:15||Damaris Schindler (Utrecht), On prime values of binary quadratic forms with a thin variable|
Abstract. A result of Fouvry and Iwaniec states that there are
infinitely many primes of the form x^2+y^2 where y is a prime
number. In this talk we will see a generalization of this theorem to
the situation of an arbitrary primitive positive definite binary
quadratic form. This is joint work with Peter Cho-Ho Lam and Stanley
|14:30-15:30||Peter Koymans (Leiden), The spin of prime ideals and applications|
Abstract. Let K be a cyclic, totally real extension of Q of degree at
least 3, and let σ be a generator of Gal(K/Q). We further assume that
the totally positive units are exactly the squares of units. In this
case, Friedlander, Iwaniec, Mazur and Rubin define the spin of an odd
principal ideal a to be spin(σ, a) = (α/σ(α))K, where α is a totally
positive generator of a and (*/*) is the quadratic residue symbol in
K. Friedlander, Iwaniec, Mazur and Rubin prove equidistribution of
spin(σ, p) as p varies over the odd principal prime ideals of K. In
this talk I will show how to extend their work to more general
fields. I will then give various arithmetic applications.
This is joint work with Djordjo Milovic.
|15:45-16:45||James Maynard (Oxford), Dense clusters of primes in subsets|
Abstract. We discuss how one can generalize weak versions of the prime
k-tuples conjecture to apply to arbitrary well-distributed sets of
integers and primes, with good uniformity in the results. This has
several consequences for large gaps between primes, strings of
congruent primes, and many primes in short intervals.
Intercity Number Theory SeminarSeptember 6, Nijmegen.