Alina Bucur of the University of California, San Diego

Title: Effective Sato-Tate under GRH

Abstract: Based on the Lagarias-Odlyzko effectivization of the Chebotarev density theorem, Kumar Murty gave an effective version of the Sato-Tate conjecture for an elliptic curve conditional on the analytic continuation and the Riemann hypothesis for all the symmetric power L-functions. Using similar techniques, Kedlaya and I obtained a similar conditional effectivization of the generalized Sato-Tate conjecture for an arbitrary motive. As an application, we obtained a conditional upper bound of the form O((logN)^2(loglogN)^2) for the smallest prime at which two given rational elliptic curves with conductor at most N have Frobenius traces of opposite sign. In this talk, I will discuss how to improve this bound to the best possible in terms of N and under slightly weaker assumptions. Our new approach extends to abelian varieties. This is joint work with Kiran Kedlaya and Francesc Fite.

Kiran Kedlaya of the University of California, San Diego

Title: Frobenius structures on hypergeometric equations

Abstract: Hypergeometric equations are a class of ordinary differential equations with strong ties to geometry and arithmetic. In particular, each hypergeometric equation parametrizes a family of motives with associated L-functions; the minimal example of this is the Gaussian hypergeometric equation corresponding to the Legendre family of elliptic curves. We sketch an algorithm, based on work of Dwork, to compute these L-functions using the existence of p-adic analytic “Frobenius structures” on the equation. This is expected to be useful for building tables of hypergeometric L functions for the LMFDB.

For a positive integer $n$, we compute the shape of a totally real multiquadratic extension of degree $2^n$ in which the prime $2$ does not ramify. From this calculation, we see that the shape of such a number field is parametrized by the generators of its $2^n-1$ quadratic subfields. Restricting to the case $n=3$, we use this parametrization to count the number of triquadratic extensions of bounded discriminant and bounded shape parameters. We then show that, as the discriminant goes to infinity, these shapes become equidistributed in a regularized sense in the subset of the space of shapes of rank $7$ lattices that contains them.

Taylor Markham of the University of Calgary

Title: Integer Factorization

Abstract: The security of many modern day cryptosystems are impacted by the fact that it is computationally difficult to factor large numbers. This talk will give an introduction to the general number field sieve, which is currently the most efficient algorithm for factoring large integers.

I will present on the paper “Largest initial segments pointwise fixed by automorphisms of models of set theory” by Enayat, Kaufmann, and McKenzie.

https://arxiv.org/abs/1606.04002

Keller Hall 301

I will present on the paper “Largest initial segments pointwise fixed by automorphisms of models of set theory” by Enayat, Kaufmann, and McKenzie.

https://arxiv.org/abs/1606.04002

Keller Hall 301

Speaker: Stuart White (U. of Oxford)

Title: Amenable Operator Algebras

Abstract: Operator algebras arise as suitably closed subalgebras of the bounded operators on a Hilbert space. They come in two distinct types: von Neumann algebras which have the flavour of measure theory, and C*-algebras which have the flavour of topology. In the 1970’s Alain Connes obtained a deep structural theorem for amenable von Neumann algebras, leading to a complete classification of these objects. For the last 25 years the Elliott classification programme has been seeking a corresponding result for simple amenable C*-algebras, and now, though the efforts of numerous researchers worldwide, we have a definitive classification theorem. In this talk, I’ll explain what this theorem says, and the analogies it makes to Connes work, using examples from groups and dynamics as motivation. I won’t assume any prior exposure to operator algebras or functional analysis.