Past Junior Number Theory Seminar

11 October 2010
16:00
Abstract

(Note that the talk will be in L2 and not the usual SR1)

Many interesting features of algebraic varieties are encoded in the spaces of rational curves that they contain. For instance, a smooth cubic surface in complex projective three-dimensional space contains exactly 27 lines; exploiting the configuration of these lines it is possible to find a (rational) parameterization of the points of the cubic by the points in the complex projective plane.

After a general overview, we focus on the Fermat quintic threefold X, namely the hypersurface in four-dimensional projective space with equation x^5+y^5+z^5+u^5+v^5=0. The space of lines on X is well-known. I will explain how to use a mix of algebraic geometry, number theory and computer-assisted calculations to study the space of conics on X.

This talk is based on joint work with R. Heath-Brown.

  • Junior Number Theory Seminar
31 May 2010
16:00
James Maynard
Abstract
We have seen that L-functions of elliptic curves of conductor N coincide exactly with L-functions of weight 2 newforms of level N from the Modularity Theorem. We will show how, using modular symbols, we can explicitly compute bases of newforms of a given level, and thus investigate L-functions of an elliptic curve of given conductor. In particular, such calculations allow us to numerically test the Birch-Swinnerton-Dyer conjecture.
  • Junior Number Theory Seminar
24 May 2010
16:00
Tobias Barthel
Abstract
In the first half of the talk we explain - in very broad terms - how the objects defined in the previous meetings are linked with each other. We will motivate this 'big picture' by briefly discussing class field theory and the Artin conjecture for L-functions. In the second part we focus on a particular aspect of the theory, namely the L-function preserving construction of elliptic curves from weight 2 newforms via Eichler-Shimura theory. Assuming the Modularity theorem we obtain a proof of the Hasse-Weil conjecture.
  • Junior Number Theory Seminar

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