Fourier Spectrum of Polynomials Over Finite Fields

Shachar Lovett
Institute for Advanced Study
November 2, 2010

Let $f(x_1,...,x_n)$ be a low degree polynomial over $F_p$. I will prove that there always exists a small set $S$ of variables, such that `most` Fourier coefficients of $f$ contain some variable from the set $S$. As an application, we will get a derandomized sampling of elements in $F_p^n$ which `look uniform` to $f$.

The talk will be self contained, even though in spirit it is a continuation of my previous talk on pseudorandom generators for $CC0[p]$. Based on joint work with Amir Shpilka and Partha Mukhopadhyay.

Shimura Varieties, Local Models and Geometric Realizations of Langlands Correspondences

Elena Mantovan
California Institute of Technology; Member, School of Mathematics
November 1, 2010

I will introduce Shimura varieties and discuss the role they play in the conjectural relashionship between Galois representations and automorphic forms. I will explain what is meant by a geometric realization of Langlands correspondences, and how the geometry of Shimura varieties and their local models conjecturally explains many aspects of these correspondences. This talk is intended as an introduction for non-number theorists to an approach to Langlands conjectures via arithmetic algebraic geometry.

Semiclassical Eigenfunction Estimates

Melissa Tacy
Institute for Advanced Study
October 29, 2010


Concentration phenomena for Laplacian eigenfunctions can be studied by obtaining estimates for their $L^{p}$ growth. By considering eigenfunctions as quasimodes (approximate eigenfunctions) within the semiclassical framework we can extend such estimates to a more general class of semiclassical operators. This talk will focus on $L^{p}$ estimates for quasimodes restricted to hypersurfaces and the links between such estimates and properties of classical flow.

The Mathematical Truth

Enrico Bombieri
Institute for Advanced Study
October 29, 2010

In this lecture, Enrico Bombieri, IBM von Neumann Professor in the School of

Mathematics, attempts to give an idea of the numerous different notions of truth in mathematics. Using accessible examples, he explains the difference between truth, proof, and verification. Bombieri, one of the world’s leading authorities on number theory and analysis, was awarded the Fields Medal in 1974 for his work on the large sieve and its application to the distribution of prime numbers. Some of his work has potential practical applications to cryptography and security of data transmission and identification.

Explicit Serre Weight Conjectures

Florian Herzig
Institute for Advanced Study
October 28, 2010

We will discuss a generalisation of Serre's conjecture on the possible weights of modular mod p Galois representations for a broad class of reductive groups. In good cases (essentially when the Galois representation is tamely ramified at p) the predicted weight set can be made explicit and compared to previous conjectures. This is joint work with Toby Gee
and David Savitt.

A Semistable Model for the Tower of Modular Cures

Jared Weinstein
Institute for Advanced Study
October 27, 2010

The usual Katz-Mazur model for the modular curve $X(p^n)$ has horribly singular reduction. For large n there isn't any model of $X(p^n)$ which has good reduction, but after extending the base one can at least find a semistable model, which means that the special fiber only has normal crossings as singularities. We will reveal a new picture of the special fiber of a semistable model of the entire tower of modular curves. We will also indicate why this problem is important from the point of view of the local Langlands correspondence for $GL(2)$ .