Number Theory

Title: Periods, L-functions and abelian varieties
Speaker: Keerthi Madapusi Pera
Speaker Info: University of Chicago
Brief Description:
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Periods are a special class of complex numbers, arising as integrals of differential forms on algebraic varieties. L-functions are analytic objects that generalize the Riemann zeta function. Both are objects admitting deceptively simple definitions, but carry deep arithmetic information.

In this talk, I'll explain a relationship between periods of abelian varieties with complex multiplication, and certain Artin L-functions, originally conjectured by P. Colmez, and sketch a proof of it that arose out of joint work with Andreatta, Goren and Ben Howard. Among other applications, this relationship has led to a proof by J. Tsimerman of the Andre-Oort conjecture for Siegel modular varieties.

Date: Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Time: 3:00pm
Where: Lunt 105
Contact Person: Laura DeMarco
Contact email: demarco@northwestern.edu
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