Princeton University

Abelian varieties with maximal Galois action on their torsion points

David Zywina
January 24, 2013

Associated to an abelian variety A/K is a Galois representation which describes the action of the absolute Galois group of K on the torsion points of A. In this talk, we shall describe how large the image of this representation can be (in terms of a number field K and the dimension of A). We achieve this by considering abelian varieties in families and then using a special variant of Hilbert's irreducibility theorem. Some results of Serre on the mod ell Galois image will also be reviewed. (This is joint work with David Zureick-Brown)

Near-Linear Time Approximation Algorithm for Balanced Separator

Sushant Sachdeva
Institute for Advanced Study
April 16, 2012

The goal of the Balanced Separator problem is to find a balanced cut in a given graph G(V,E), while minimizing the number of edges that cross the cut. It is a fundamental problem with applications in clustering, image segmentation, community detection, and as a primitive for divide-and-conquer on graphs.

Orientability and Open Gromov-Witten Invariants

Penka Georgieva
Princeton University
November 11, 2011

I will first discuss the orientability of the moduli spaces of J-holomorphic maps with Lagrangian boundary conditions. It is known that these spaces are not always orientable and I will explain what the obstruction depends on. Then, in the presence of an anti-symplectic involution on the target, I will give a construction of open Gromov-Witten disk invariants. This is a generalization to higher dimensions of the works of Cho and Solomon, and is related to the invariants defined by Welschinger