Completed Cohomology of Shimura Curves and a p-Adic Jacquet-Langlands Correspondence

James Newton
Member, School of Mathematics
February 9, 2011

In this talk, I will describe a construction of a geometric realisation of a p-adic Jacquet-Langlands correspondence for certain forms of GL(2) over a totally real field. The construction makes use of the completed cohomology of Shimura curves, and a study of the bad reduction of Shimura curves due to Rajaei (generalising work of Ribet for GL(2) over the rational numbers). Along the way I will also describe a p-adic analogue of Mazur's principle in this setting.

Bypassing UGC From Some Optimal Geometric Inapproximability Results

Rishi Saket
Princeton University
February 8, 2011

The Unique Games conjecture (UGC) has emerged in recent years as the starting point for several optimal inapproximability results. While for none of these results a reverse reduction to Unique Games is known, the assumption of bijective projections in the Label Cover instance seems critical in these proofs. In our work we bypass the UGC assumption in inapproximability results for two geometric problems, obtaining a tight NP-hardness result in each case. This talk shall focus on one of the problems as described below.