Eventss

2019 May 27

NT & AG Seminar "A dream desingularization algorithm", Michael Temkin

2:30pm to 3:30pm

Abstract: Any birational geometer would agree that the best algorithm for resolution of singularities should run by defining a simple invariant of the singularity and iteratively blowing up its maximality locus. The only problem is that already the famous example of Whitney umbrella shows that this is impossible, and all methods following Hironaka had to use some history and resulted in more complicated algorithms. Nevertheless, in a recent work with Abramovich and Wlodarczyk we did construct such an algorithm, and an independent description of a similar
2019 May 21

Landau Lecture 3: Liftings mod p2 and the Nygaard filtration

Lecturer: 

Prof. Luc Illusie (Université Paris-Sud)
1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

Ross 70

Liftings mod p2 and the Nygaard filtration

Abstract: I will revisit old results on liftings mod p2 and decompositions of de Rham complexes in positive characteristic (Deligne-I.) at the light of relations recently discovered independently by Bhargav Bhatt and myself between cotangent complexes, de Rham-Witt, and derived de Rham complexes.

2019 Jun 20

Groups & dynamics seminar: Noam Kolodner (HUJI) - Surjectivity of morphisms of labeled core-graph under the action of automorphisms of a free group

10:00am to 11:00am

For a finitely generated subgroup H of the free group F_r, the Stallings graph of H is a finite combinatorial graph, whose edges are labeled by r letters (and their inverses), so that paths in the graphs correspond precisely to the words in H. Furthermore, there is a map between the graphs of two subgroups H and J, precisely when one is a subgroups of the other. Stallings theory studies the algebraic information which is encoded in the combinatorics of these graphs and maps.
2019 Jun 13

No seminar (IMU annual meeting)

10:00am to 11:10am

Abstract: A Markov chain over a finite state space is said to exhibit the total variation cutoff phenomenon if, starting from some Dirac measure, the total variation distance to the stationary distribution drops abruptly from near maximal to near zero. It is conjectured that simple random walks on the family of $k$-regular, transitive graphs with a two sided $\epsilon$ spectral gap exhibit total variation cutoff (for any fixed $k$ and $\epsilon). This is known to be true only in a small number of cases.
2019 Apr 15

NT & AG Lunch: Yakov Varshavsky "Geometric class field theory"

1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

Faculty lounge, Math building
In a series of 2 talks I will try to explain that in the function field case the unramified global class field theory has a simple geometric interpretation and a conceptual proof. We will only consider the unramified case (see, for example, https://arxiv.org/pdf/1507.00104.pdf or https://dspace.library.uu.nl/handle/1874/206061) Key words: Abel-Jacobi map, l-adic sheaves, sheaf-function correspondence. P.S. Michael will continue his series of lectures on May 6.
2019 Apr 29

NT & AG Lunch: Yakov Varshavsky "Geometric class field theory, II"

1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

Faculty lounge, Math building

Geometric class field theory is an analog of the classical class field theory over function fields in which functions are replaced by sheaves. In the first part of my talk, I will formulate the result and explain its proof over C (the field of complex numbers).  

In the  second part of the talk, I will try to outline the proof in the case of finite fields and indicate how this result implies the classical unramified global class field theory over function fields. 

Most of the talk will be independent of the first one. 
2019 Jun 18

Dynamics Lunch: Matan Tal " Construction of a random walk on a lattice that is asymptotically appropriate for the ambient group (SLn(R))."

12:00pm to 1:00pm

The talk will be based on work done by Furstenberg, taken mainly from his paper "Randon Walks and Discrete Subgroups of Lie Groups". We will present the idea of a boundary attached to a random walk on a group, and explain intuitively how it can be applied to prove that SL2(R) and SLn(R) - for n greater than 2 - do not have isomorphic lattices. Then we focus on a key step in that proof: Constructing a random walk on a lattice in SLn(R) that has the same boundary as a "spherical" random walk on SLn(R) itself.
2019 May 20

Landau Lecture 2: Old and new on the de Rham-Witt complex (NT - AG Seminar)

Lecturer: 

Prof. Luc Illusie (Université Paris-Sud)
2:30pm to 3:30pm

Location: 

Ross 70

Old and new on the de Rham-Witt complex

Abstract: After reviewing the definition and the basic properties of the de Rham-Witt complex for smooth schemes over a perfect field, I will discuss the new approach to the subject developed by Bhatt, Lurie and Mathew.

I will explain the main results and sketch work in progress on the problems raised by this theory.

2019 Apr 11

Groups & Dynamics Seminar: Erez Nesharim (Technion) - The t-adic Littlewood conjecture is false

10:00am to 11:00am

Location: 

Ross 70
The Littlewood and the p-adic Littlewood conjectures are famous open problems on the border between number theory and dynamics. In a joint work with Faustin Adiceam and Fred Lunnon we show that the analogue of the p-adic Littlewood conjecture over \mathbb{F}_3((1/t)) is false. The counterexample is given by the Laurent series whose coefficients are the regular paper folding sequence, and the method of proof is by reduction to the non vanishing of certain Hankel determinants.
2019 Apr 08

NT & AG Seminar - Daniel Disegni

2:30pm to 3:30pm

Location: 

Ross 70A
Title: p-adic equidistribution of CM points on modular curves Abstract: Let X be a modular curve. It is a curve over the integers, whose complex points form a quotient of the upper half-plane by a subgroup of SL(2,Z). In X there is a natural supply of algebraic points called CM points. After an idea of Heegner, they can be used to construct rational points on elliptic curves.

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