Joint IAS/PU Number Theory

\(2^\infty\)-Selmer groups, \(2^\infty\)-class groups, and Goldfeld's conjecture

Alex Smith
Harvard University
September 14, 2017
Take \(E/Q\) to be an elliptic curve with full rational 2-torsion (satisfying some extra technical assumptions). In this talk, we will show that 100% of the quadratic twists of \(E\) have rank less than two, thus proving that the BSD conjecture implies Goldfeld's conjecture in these families. To do this, we will extend Kane's distributional results on the 2-Selmer groups in these families to \(2^k\)-Selmer groups for any \(k > 1\).

The $p$-curvature conjecture and monodromy about simple closed loops

Ananth Shankar
Harvard University
May 11, 2017
The Grothendieck-Katz $p$-curvature conjecture is an analogue of the Hasse Principle for differential equations. It states that a set of arithmetic differential equations on a variety has finite monodromy if its $p$-curvature vanishes modulo $p$, for almost all primes $p$. We prove that if the variety is a generic curve, then every simple closed loop has finite monodromy.

Congruences between motives and congruences between values of $L$-functions

Olivier Fouquet
Université Paris-Sud
April 13, 2017
If two motives are congruent, is it the case that the special values of their respective $L$-functions are congruent? More precisely, can the formula predicting special values of motivic $L$-functions be interpolated in $p$-adic families of motives? I will explain how the formalism of the Weight-Monodromy filtration for $p$-adic families of Galois representations sheds light on this question (and suggests a perhaps surprising answer).

Basic loci of Shimura varieties

Xuhua He
University of Maryland; von Neumann Fellow, School of Mathematics
April 6, 2017

In mod-$p$ reductions of modular curves, there is a finite set of supersingular points and its open complement corresponding to ordinary elliptic curves. In the study of mod-$p$ reductions of more general Shimura varieties, there is a "Newton stratification" decomposing the reduction into finitely many locally closed subsets, of which exactly one is closed. This closed set is called the basic locus; it recovers the supersingular locus in the classical case of modular curves.

Galois Representations for the general symplectic group

Arno Kret
University of Amsterdam
March 30, 2017

In a recent preprint with Sug Woo Shin (https://arxiv.org/abs/1609.04223) I construct Galois representations corresponding for cohomological cuspidal automorphic representations of general symplectic groups over totally real number fields under the local hypothesis that there is a Steinberg component. In this talk I will explain some parts of this construction that involve the eigenvariety.

On small sums of roots of unity

Philipp Habegger
University of Basel
March 9, 2017

Let $k$ be a fixed positive integer. Myerson (and others) asked how small the modulus of a non-zero sum of $k$ roots of unity can be. If the roots of unity have order dividing $N$, then an elementary argument shows that the modulus decreases at most exponentially in $N$ (for fixed $k$). Moreover it is known that the decay is at worst polynomial if $k < 5$. But no general sub-exponential bound is known if $k \geq 5$.

Arithmetic and geometry of Picard modular surfaces

Dinakar Ramakrishnan
California Institute of Technology; Visitor, School of Mathematics
December 8, 2016
Of interest are (i) the conjecture of Bombieri (and Lang) that for any smooth projective surface $X$ of general type over a number field $k$, the set $X(k)$, of $k$-rational points is not Zariski dense, and (ii) the conjecture of Lang that $X(k)$, is even finite if in addition $X$ is hyperbolic, i.e., there is no non-constant holomorphic map from the complex line $C$ into $X(C)$. We can verify them for the Picard modular surfaces $X$ which are smooth toroidal compactifications of congruence quotients $Y$ of the unit ball in $\mathbb C^2$.

Nonabelian Cohen-Lenstra heuristics and function field theorems

Melanie Wood
University of Wisconsin–Madison
November 17, 2016
The Cohen-Lenstra Heuristics conjecturally give the distribution of class groups of imaginary quadratic fields. Since, by class field theory, the class group is the Galois group of the maximal unramified abelian extension, we can consider the Galois group of the maximal unramified extension as a non-abelian generalization of the class group. We will explain non-abelian analogs of the Cohen-Lenstra heuristics due to Boston, Bush, and Hajir and work, some joint with Boston, proving cases of the non-abelian conjectures in the function field analog.

The Hasse-Weil zeta functions of the intersection cohomology of minimally compactified orthogonal Shimura varieties

Yihang Zhu
Harvard University
October 20, 2016
Initiated by Langlands, the problem of computing the Hasse-Weil zeta functions of Shimura varieties in terms of automorphic L-functions has received continual study. We will discuss how recent progress in various aspects of the field has allowed the extension of the project to some Shimura varieties not treated before.