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Jordan Ellenberg, UW Madison

Title: Expander graphs, gonality, and Galois representations

Abstract: TBA

Shuichiro Takeda, Purdue

Title: On the regularized Siegel-Weil formula for the second terms and

non-vanishing of theta lifts from orthogonal groups

Abstract: In this talk, we will discuss (a certain form of) the Siegel-Weil formula for the second terms (the weak second term identity). If time permits, we will give an application of the Siegel-Weil formula to non-vanishing problems of theta lifts. (This is a joint with W. Gan.)

Xinyi Yuan

Volumes of arithmetic line bundles and equidistribution

In this talk, I will introduce equidistribution of small points in algebraic dynamical systems. The result is a corollary of the differentiability of volumes of arithmetic line bundles in Arakelov geometry. For example, the equidistribution theorem on abelian varieties by Szpiro-Ullmo-Zhang is a consequence of the arithmetic Hilbert-Samuel formula by Gillet-Soule.

Jared Weinstein, IAS

Title: Resolution of singularities on the tower of modular curves

Abstract: The family of modular curves X(p^n) provides the geometric link between two types of objects: On the one hand, 2-dimensional representations of the absolute Galois group of Q_p, and on the other, admissible representations of the group GL_2(Q_p). This relationship, known as the local Langlands correspondence, is realized in the cohomology of the modular curves. Unfortunately, the Galois-module structure of the cohomology of X(p^n) is obscured by the fact that integral models have very bad reduction. In this talk we present a new combinatorial picture of the resolution of singularities of the tower of modular curves, and demonstrate how this picture encodes some features of the local Langlands correspondence.

David Zywina, U Penn

Title: Bounds for Serre's open image theorem


Soroosh Yazdani, UBC and SFU

Title: Local Szpiro Conjecture

For any elliptic curve E over Q, let N(E) and Delta(E) denote it's conductor and minimal discriminant. Szpiro conjecture states that for any epsilon>0, there exists a constant C such that Abs(Delta(E)) < C (N(E))^{6+\epsilon} for any elliptic curve E. This conjecture, if true, will have applications to many Diophantine equations. Assuming Szpiro conjecture, one expects that there are only finitely many semistable elliptic curves E such that min_{p|N(E)} v_p(\Delta(E)) >6. We conjecture that, in fact, there are none. In this talk we study this conjecture in some special cases, and provide some evidence towards this conjecture.

Zhiwei Yun, MIT

Title: From automorphic forms to Kloosterman sheaves (joint work with J.Heinloth and B-C.Ngo)

Abstract: Classical Kloosterman sheaves are rank n local systems on the punctured line (over a finite field) which incarnate Kloosterman sums in a geometric way. The arithmetic properties of the Kloosterman sums (such as estimate of absolute values and distribution of angles) can be deduced from geometric properties of these sheaves. In this talk, we will construct generalized Kloosterman local systems with an arbitrary reductive structure group using the geometric Langlands correspondence. They provide new examples of exponential sums with nice arithmetic properties. In particular, we will see exponential sums whose equidistribution laws are controlled by exceptional groups E_7,E_8,F_4 and G_2.

David Brown, UW Madison



Bryden Cais, UW Madison

Title: On the restriction of crystalline Galois representations
Abstract: We formulate a generalization of a conjecture of Breuil (now a theorem of Kisin) on the restriction of crystalline p-adic Galois

representations to a general class of infinite index subgroups of the Galois group. Following arguments of Breuil, we will explain the proof of our generalization in the Barsotti-Tate case.

Tom Hales, University of Pittsburg


At the International Congress of Mathematicians in India in August, Ngo Bao Chau was awarded a Fields medal for his proof of the "Fundamental Lemma." This talk is particularly intended for students and mathematicians who are not specialists in the theory of Automorphic Representions. I will describe the significance and some of the applications of the "Fundamental Lemma." I will explain why this problem turned out to be so difficult to solve and will give some of the key ideas that go into the proof.

Jay Pottharst, Boston University

Title: Iwasawa theory at nonordinary primes


Melanie Matchett Wood, Stanford and AIM



Samit Dasgupta, UC Santa Cruz



David Geraghty, Princeton and IAS



Toby Gee, Northwestern



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