Compactifying Spec $\mathbb{Z}$

5 November 2009
The spectrum of the integers is an affine scheme which number theorists would like to complete to a projective scheme, adding a point at infinity. We will list some reasons for wanting to do this, then gather some hints about what properties the completed object might have. In particular it seems that the desired object can only exist in some setting extending traditional algebraic geometry. We will then present the proposals of Durov and Shai Haran for such extended settings and the compactifications they construct. We will explain the close relationship between both and, if time remains, relate them to a third compactification in a third setting, proposed by Toen and Vaquie.
  • Junior Geometry and Topology Seminar