School of Mathematics

Algebraic Cycles on Picarad Moduli Spaces of Abelian Varieties

Michael Rapoport
University of Bonn
November 11, 2010

Picard moduli spaces parametrize principally polarized abelian varieties with complex multiplication by the ring of integers in an imaginary-quadratic field. The loci where the abelian varieties split off an elliptic curve in a controlled way are divisors on this moduli space. We study the intersection behaviour of these divisors and prove in the non-degenerate case a relation between their intersection numbers and Fourier coefficients of the derivative at s=0 of a certain incoherent Eisenstein series for the unitary group. This is joint work with Kudla.

On the Realization of Some Degenerate Automorphic Forms on Certain Griffiths-Schmid Varieties

Henri Carayol
University of Strasbourg
November 10, 2010


Some automorphic forms, despite the fact they are algebraic, do not have any interpretation as cohomology classes on a Shimura variety: therefore nothing is known at present on their expected arithmetic properties. I shall explain how such forms appear to be related to more general objects (Griffiths-Schmid varieties) and discuss some related rationality questions.

An Elementary Proof of the Restricted Invertibility Theorem

Nikhil Srivastava
Institute for Advanced Study
November 9, 2010

We give an elementary proof of a generalization of Bourgain and Tzafriri's Restricted Invertibility Theorem, which says roughly that any matrix with columns of unit length and bounded operator norm has a large coordinate subspace on which it is well-invertible. Our proof gives the tightest known form of this result, is constructive, and provides a deterministic polynomial time algorithm for finding the desired subspace.

The Graph Removal Lemma

Jacob Fox
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
November 8, 2010

Let H be a fixed graph with h vertices. The graph removal lemma states that every graph on n vertices with o(nh) copies of H can be made H-free by removing o(n2) edges. We give a new proof which avoids Szemeredi's regularity lemma and gives a better bound. This approach also works to give improved bounds for the directed and multicolored analogues of the graph removal lemma. This answers questions of Alon and Gowers.

Ground States of the 2D Edwards-Anderson Spin Glass

Michael Damron
Princeton University
November 5, 2010

I will discuss the problem of determining the number of infinite-volume ground states in the Edwards-Anderson (nearest neighbor) spin glass model on $Z^D$ for $D \geq 2$. There are no complete results for this problem even in $D=2$. I will focus on this case and explain recent results which go some way toward proving that (with zero external field, so that ground states come in pairs, related by a global spin flip) there is only a single ground state pair (GSP).

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.