NTSGrad Fall 2015/Abstracts

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Sep 08

Vladimir Sotirov

This is a prep talk for Sean Rostami's talk on September 10.

Sep 15

David Bruce
The Important Questions

Did the Universe come from nothing? Why are we moral? Where did we come from? According to some signs on Bascom Hill these are the important questions in life. Sadly the poor person who made these signs does not know what the really important questions are: What is David Zureick-Brown going to saying in his NTS talk? How many rational points are on the projective curve given (in affine coordinates) by: $$y^2 = x^6 + 8x^5 + 22x^4 + 22x^3 + 5x^2 + 6x + 1?$$ If you would like to be enlightened by the answers to these truly important questions come to my talk where everything will be illuminated… Or at least some of the background for Coleman and Chabauty’s method for finding rational points on curves will be discussed

PS: The number of references to Elijah Wood will be bounded — just like the number of rational points on our curves.

Sep 22

Sep 29

David Bruce

Oct 06

Daniel Ross


Oct 13

Eric Ramos

Oct 20

Zachary Charles


Oct 27

Nov 3

Solly Parenti

Nov 04

Vlad Matei
Modular forms for definite quaternion algebras

The Jacquet-Langlands theorem states that given two quaternion algebras, then certain automorphic forms for one of them are in canonical bijection with certain automorphic forms for the other. This seems far too general and also a bit vague.So if one translates the statement of the JL theorem down a bit, we should have that certain classical modular forms should be related to certain "modular forms" on other quaternion algebras. We will define modular forms for quaternion algebras, and we will see that for definite quaternion algebras they are very concrete algebraic objects.

Nov 11

Ryan Julian
What is a K3 surface, and why are K1 and K2 surfaces only studied by mountain climbers?

In preparation for Thursday's talk on the Shafarevich conjecture for K3 surfaces, I will attempt to build up enough of the definitions and background theory of differential geometry to define what a K3 surface is. In particular, I hope to explain how K3 surfaces fit into a larger classification of algebraic surfaces, allowing us to prove theorems in a more restricted setting before tackling surfaces of general type. Time permitting, I might even give a couple examples of K3 surfaces. If we're really lucky, I might even have time to explain the hilarious semi-joke in the title above.

Nov 18



Nov 25



Dec 01

Daniel Ross
Number theory and modern cryptography

This will be a survey-level talk. We'll start with the state of practical RSA and then discuss some cryptosystems that address security-related questions for which there isn't a known answer in the case of RSA. Time permitting, we'll also discuss applications of class field theory to one promising class of such systems.

Dec 09

Jiuya Wang
Parametrization of Cubic Field

The discriminant parametrizes quadratic number fields well, but it will not work for cubic number fields. In order to develop a parametrization of cubic number fields, we will introduce the correspondence between a cubic ring with basis and a binary cubic form. The fact that there is a nice correspondence between orbits under [math]\displaystyle{ GL_2(\mathbb{Z}) }[/math]-action will give the parametrization of cubic fields.

Organizer contact information

Megan Maguire (mmaguire2@math.wisc.edu)

Ryan Julian (mrjulian@math.wisc.edu)

Sean Rostami (srostami@math.wisc.edu)

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