NTS Fall 2011/Abstracts

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September 8

Alexander Fish (Madison)
Title: Solvability of Diophantine equations within dynamically defined subsets of N

Abstract: Given a dynamical system, i.e. a compact metric space X, a homeomorphism T (or just a continuous map) and a Borel probability measure on X which is preserved under the action of T, the dynamically defined subset associated to a point x in X and an open set U in X is {n | T n(x) is in U} which we call the set of return times of x in U. We study combinatorial properties of sets of return times for certain types of dynamical systems for generic points x in X. Among examples of such sets are normal sets which correspond to the system X = [0,1], T(x) = 2x mod 1, Lebesgue measure, U = [0, 1/2]. We give a complete classification of linear Diophantine systems solvable within every normal set. The methods combine the probabilistic method together with the use of van der Corput's lemma. At the end of the talk we will discuss open problems

September 15

Chung Pang Mok (McMaster)
Title: Galois representation associated to cusp forms on GL2 over CM fields

Abstract: We generalize the work of Harris–Soudry–Taylor, and constructs the compatible system of 2-dimensional p-adic Galois representations associated to a cuspidal automorphic representation of cohomological type on GL2 over a CM field, whose central character satisfies an invariance condition. A local-global compatibility statement, up to semi-simplification, can also be proved in this setting. This work relies crucially on Arthur's results on lifting from the group GSp4 to GL4.

September 22

Yifeng Liu (Columbia)
Title: Arithmetic inner product formula

Abstract: I will introduce an arithmetic version of the classical Rallis' inner product for unitary groups, which generalizes the previous work by Kudla, Kudla–Rapoport–Yang and Bruinier–Yang. The arithmetic inner product formula, which is still a conjecture for higher rank, relates the canonical height of special cycles on certain Shimura varieties and the central derivatives of L-functions.

September 29

Nigel Boston (Madison)
Title: Non-abelian Cohen-Lenstra heuristics.

Abstract: In 1983, Cohen and Lenstra observed that the frequency with which a given abelian p-group A (p odd) arises as the p-class group of an imaginary quadratic field K is apparently proportional to 1/|Aut(A)|. The Galois group of the maximal unramified p-extension of K has abelianization A and one might then ask how frequently a given p-group G arises. We develop a theory wherein this frequency is inversely proportional to the size of its automorphism group in a new category and then test this against computations. If time permits, I shall describe progress on the real quadratic case. This is joint work with Michael Bush and Farshid Hajir.

October 6

Zhiwei Yun (MIT)
Title: Exceptional Lie groups as motivic Galois groups

Abstract: More than two decades ago, Serre asked the following question: can exceptional Lie groups be realized as the motivic Galois group of some motive over a number field? The question has been open for exceptional groups other than G2. In this talk, I will show how to use geometric Langlands theory to give a uniform construction of motives with motivic Galois groups E7, E8 and G2, hence giving an affirmative answer to Serre's question in these cases.

October 13

Melanie Matchett Wood (Madison)
Title: The probability that a curve over a finite field is smooth

Abstract: Given a fixed variety over a finite field, we ask what proportion of hypersurfaces (effective divisors) are smooth. Poonen's work on Bertini theorems over finite fields answers this question when one considers effective divisors linearly equivalent to a multiple of a fixed ample divisor, which corresponds to choosing an ample ray through the origin in the Picard group of the variety. In this case the probability of smoothness is predicted by a simple heuristic assuming smoothness is independent at different points in the ambient space. In joint work with Erman, we consider this question for effective divisors along nef rays in certain surfaces. Here the simple heuristic of independence fails, but the answer can still be determined and follows from a richer heuristic that predicts at which points smoothness is independent and at which points it is dependent.

October 20

Jie Ling (Madison)
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November 3

Zev Klagsburn (Madison)
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November 10

Luanlei Zhao (Madison)
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November 17

Robert Harron (Madison)
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December 1

Andrei Calderaru (Madison)
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December 8

Xinwen Zhu (Harvard)
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December 15

Shamgar Gurevich (Madison)
Title: Quadratic reciprocity and the sign of the Gauss sum via the finite Weil representation

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Organizer contact information

Shamgar Gurevich

Robert Harron

Zev Klagsbrun

Melanie Matchett Wood

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