Poles of maximal order of Igusa zeta functions

3 November 2015
Johannes Nicaise

Igusa's p-adic zeta function $Z(s)$ attached to a polynomial $f$ in $N$ variables is a meromorphic function on the complex plane that encodes the numbers of solutions of the equation $f=0$ modulo powers of a prime $p$. It is expressed as a $p$-adic integral, and Igusa proved that it is rational in $p^{-s}$ using resolution of singularities and the change of variables formula. From this computation it is immediately clear that the order of a pole of $Z(s)$ is at most $N$, the number of variables in $f$. In 1999, Wim Veys conjectured that the only possible pole of order $N$ of the so-called topological zeta function of $f$ is minus the log canonical threshold of $f$. I will explain a proof of this conjecture, which also applies to the $p$-adic and motivic zeta functions. The proof is inspired by non-archimedean geometry and Mirror Symmetry, but the main technique that is used is the Minimal Model program in birational geometry. This talk is based on joint work with Chenyang Xu.

  • Algebraic and Symplectic Geometry Seminar