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.