2015 Dec 24

# Amitsur Algebra: Michael Larsen (Indiana U)

12:00pm to 1:15pm

## Location:

Manchester Building (room 209), Jerusalem, Israel
Title: Character values on compact simple Lie groups Abstract: This work is part of a joint project with Aner and others to find upper bounds for values of irreducible characters in two related settings: compact simple Lie groups and finite groups of Lie type. I will discuss the first case, presenting bounds of the form $$|\chi(g)| = O(\chi(1)^\alpha),$$
2015 Nov 19

# Amitsur Algebra: Avinoam Mann (HUJI), "Irreducible characters of some p-groups"

12:00pm to 1:15pm

## Location:

Manchester Building (room 209), Jerusalem, Israel
Abstract: We will discuss the characters of some classes of finite p-groups, in particular groups of maximal class and generalizations, and normally monomial groups.
2016 Jan 14

# Amitsur Algebra: Frauke Bleher (U of Iowa): Holomorphic differentials in positive characteristic

12:00pm to 1:15pm

## Location:

Manchester Building (room 209), Jerusalem, Israel
Title: Holomorphic differentials in positive characteristic Abstract: This talk is about joint work with Ted Chinburg and Aristides Kontogeorgis. Let X be a smooth projective curve over an algebraically closed field k of positive characteristic p. Suppose G is a finite group with non-trivial
2015 Dec 03

# Amitsur Algebra: Boris Plotkin (Hebrew U)

12:00pm to 1:15pm

## Location:

Manchester Building (room 209), Jerusalem, Israel
Title: Algebraic Geometry in an arbitrary variety of algebras and Algebraic Logic Abstract: I will speak about a system of notions which lead to interesting new problems for groups and algebras as well as to reinterpretation of some old ones.
2017 Dec 28

# Amitsur Algebra: Ari Shnidman (Boston College), "The behavior of rational points in one-parameter families"

12:00pm to 1:00pm

## Location:

Ross 70, Math Building, Givat Ram
Title: The behavior of rational points in one-parameter families Abstract: How often does a "random" algebraic plane curve f(x,y) = 0 have a solution with rational coordinates? In one-parameter "twist" families of elliptic curves, Goldfeld conjectured that there should be a rational point exactly half of the time. Recent progress towards this conjecture makes use of Selmer groups, and I'll explain the geometric idea underlying their construction. I'll also describe results for families of curves of higher genus, and abelian varieties of higher dimension.
2017 Jan 26

# Amitsur Algebra: Lev Glebsky, "Approximations of groups and equations over groups"

12:00pm to 1:00pm

## Location:

Manchester Building, Room 209
Title: Approximations of groups and equations over groups. Abstract: The talk is largely based on the paper which may be found here: https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1UN3b4~FOr6ze Abstract: Let G be a group and K a class of groups. I define a notion of approximation of G by K and give several characterizations of approximable by K groups. For example, the sofic groups, defined by B. Weiss, are the groups approximable by symmetric (or alternating) groups. In the case of sofic groups we have that the following are equivalent:
2017 Jan 19

# Amitsur Algebra: Yiftach Barnea, "Old and New Results on Subgroup Growth in Pro-p Groups."

12:00pm to 1:00pm

## Location:

Manchester Building, Room 209
Title: Old and New Results on Subgroup Growth in Pro-p Groups. Abstract: I will survey our current knowledge about subgroup growth in pro-p growth. In particular I will present new solutions to long standing open problems in the area: 1. What is the minimal subgroup growth of non-$p$-adic analytic pro-$p$ groups? (Joint work with Benjamin Klopsch and Jan-Christoph Schlage-Puchta.) 2. What are the subgroup growths of the Grigorchuk group and the Gupta-Sidki groups? (Joint work with Jan-Christoph Schlage-Puchta.)
2017 Jun 22

# Amitsur Algebra: Jan Dobrowolski

12:00pm to 1:00pm

## Location:

Manchester 209
Title: Inp-minimal ordered groups. Abstract. The main goal of the talk is to present the proof of the theorem stating that inp-minimal (left)-ordered groups are abelian. This generalizes a previous result of P. Simon for bi-ordered inp-minimal groups.
2016 Dec 29

# Amitsur Algebra: Igor Rivin, "Random integer matrices"

12:00pm to 1:00pm

## Location:

Manchester Building, Room 209
Title: Random integer matrices Abstract: I will discuss various models of random integer matrices, and their (occasionally surprising) properties. Some of the work discussed is joint with E. Fuchs.
2017 May 04

# Amitsur Algebra: Jasbir Chahal, " A tale of three elliptic curves"

12:00pm to 1:00pm

## Location:

Manchester 209
Title: A tale of three elliptic curves. Abstract: We will show how the arithmetic of three elliptic curves answers three old questions in the Euclidean geometry.
2016 Dec 08

# Amitsur Algebra: George Glauberman (Chicago)

12:00pm to 1:15pm

## Location:

Manchester Building, Room 209
Title: Fixed points of finite groups on modules Abstract: Suppose G is a finite group, p is a prime, S is a Sylow p-subgroup of G, and V is a G-module over a field of characteristic p. In some situations, an easy calculation shows that the fixed points of G on V are the same as the fixed points of the normalizer of S in G. Generalizations of this result have been obtained previously to study the structure of G for p odd. We plan to describe a new generalization for p = 2. (This is part of joint work with J. Lynd that removes the classification of finite simple groups
2017 Mar 02

# Amitsur Algebra: Lev Glebsky, " Almost Congruence Extension Property for subgroups of free groups"

12:00pm to 1:00pm

## Location:

Manchester Building, Room 209
Title: Almost Congruence Extension Property for subgroups of free groups. Abstract. The talk essentially based on: https://arxiv.org/abs/1606.02345 Let G be a group and H
2017 Feb 09

# Amitsur Algebra: Evan DeCorte, "The spectral method for geometric colouring problems"

12:00pm to 1:00pm

## Location:

Manchester Building, Room 209
Title: The spectral method for geometric colouring problems
2017 Jun 29

12:00pm to 1:00pm

## Location:

Manchester 209
Title: Stability patterns in representation theory and applications Abstract: Many natural sequences of objects come equipped with group actions, e.g. the symmetric group on n letters acting on a space X_n. This leads to fundamental instability of invariants, such as homology, arising from the representation theory of the sequence of groups. Representation stability is a new and increasingly important set of ideas that describe a sense in which such sequence of representations (of different groups) stabilizes.
2017 Jan 12

# Amitsur Algebra: Uriya First, "Semisimply degenerate quadratic forms and a conjecture of Grothendieck and Serre"

12:00pm to 1:00pm

## Location:

Manchester Building, Room 209
Title: Semisimply degenerate quadratic forms and a conjecture of Grothendieck and Serre (joint work with E. Bayer-Fluckiger) Abstract: