London Number Theory Seminar

UCL King's Imperial College


The London Number Theory Seminar is held weekly, on Wednesdays, during term time. The location of the seminar cycles between KCL, Imperial College and UCL.

NB Kevin is away this week and has only just noticed that LNTS is starting this week (24th April) not next! Details are here. Kevin will sort out these web pages when he gets a stable internet connection...

OLD STUFF: This term (Spring 2019), the seminar will be hosted by UCL, and will be on Wednesdays at 4pm in room 505 of the maths department (25 Gordon St), starting 9th Jan. The organisers are Chris Birkbeck and Alex Torzewski. Up to date details are here. The seminar will be preceded by tea/coffee in the 6th floor common room.

09 Jan 2019 - Adam Morgan (Glasgow)
Title: Parity of Selmer ranks in quadratic twist families.
Abstract: We study the parity of 2-Selmer ranks in the family of quadratic twists of a fixed principally polarised abelian variety over a number field. Specifically, we prove results about the proportion of twists having odd (resp. even) 2-Selmer rank. This generalises work of Klagsbrun–Mazur– Rubin for elliptic curves and Yu for Jacobians of hyperelliptic curves. Several differences in the statistics arise due to the possibility that the Shafarevich–Tate group (if finite) may have order twice a square.

16 Jan 2019 - Helene Esnault (Freie Universität Berlin)
Title: Vanishing theorems for étale sheaves
Abstract: The talk is based on two results: Scholze’s Artin type vanishing theorem for the projective space, which I proved without perfectoid geometry (which implies in particular that it holds in positive characteristic), and a rigidity theorem for subloci of the l-adic character variety stable under the Galois group over a number field (joint work in progress with Moritz Kerz).

23 Jan 2019 - Adam Logan
Title: Automorphism groups of K3 surfaces over nonclosed fields

Abstract: Using the Torelli theorem for K3 surfaces of Pyatetskii-Shapiro and Shafarevich one can describe the automorphism group of a K3 surface over ${\mathbb C}$ up to finite error as the quotient of the orthogonal group of its Picard lattice by the subgroup generated by reflections in classes of square $-2$. We will give a similar description valid over an arbitrary field in which the reflection group is replaced by a certain subgroup. We will then illustrate this description by giving several examples of interesting behaviour of the automorphism group, and by showing that the automorphism groups of two families of K3 surfaces that arise from Diophantine problems are finite. This is joint work with Martin Bright and Ronald van Luijk (University of Leiden).

30 Jan 2019 - Jan Kohlhaase (Universität Duisburg-Essen)
Title: Fourier analysis on universal formal covers
Abstract: : The p-adic Fourier transform of Schneider and Teitelbaum has complicated integrality properties which have not yet been fully understood. I will report on an approach to this problem relying on the universal formal cover of a p-divisible group as introduced by Scholze and Weinstein. This has applications to the representation theory of p-adic division algebras.

06 Feb 2019 - Mladen Dimitrov (Université de Lille)
Title: p-adic L-functions of Hilbert cusp forms and the trivial zero conjecture
Abstract: In a joint work with Daniel Barrera and Andrei Jorza, we prove a strong form of the trivial zero conjecture at the central point for the p-adic L-function of a non-critically refined cohomological cuspidal automorphic representation of GL(2) over a totally real field, which is Iwahori spherical at places above p. We will focus on the novelty of our approach in the case of a multiple trivial zero, where in order to compute higher order derivatives of the p-adic L-function, we study the variation of the root number in partial finite slope families and establish the vanishing of many Taylor coefficients of the p-adic L-function of the family.

13 Feb 2019 - Yiannis Petridis (UCL)
Title: Symmetries and spaces [Inaugural lecture]
Abstract: It is a long established idea in mathematics that in order to understand space we need to study its symmetries. This is the centrepoint of the Erlangen program, which, published by Felix Klein in 1872 in Vergleichende Betrachtungen über neuere geometrische Forschungen, is a method of characterizing geometries based on group theory. In a group we can multiply, while on a space we can integrate. I will explore the link between the two starting with the mathematics of the seventeenth century and leading to the arithmetic of elliptic curves.

20 Feb 2019 - Pankaj Vishe (Durham)
Title: Rational points over global fields and applications.
Abstract: We present analytic methods for counting rational points on varieties defined over global fields. The main ingredient is obtaining a version of Hardy-Littlewood circle method which incorporates elements of Kloosterman refinement in new settings.

27 Feb 2019 - Martin Gallauer (Oxford)
Title: How many real Artin-Tate motives are there?
Abstract: The goals of my talk are 1) to place this question within the framework of tensor-triangular geometry, and 2) to report on joint work with Paul Balmer (UCLA) which provides an answer to the question in this framework.

06 Mar 2019 - Edgar Assing (Bristol)
Title: The sup-norm problem over number fields.
Abstract: In this talk we study the sup-norm of automorphic forms over number fields. This topic sits on the intersection of Quantum chaos, harmonic analysis and number theory and has seen a lot progress lately. We will discuss some of the recent result in the rank one setting.

Note: This seminar will take place in room 500.

13 Mar 2019 - Jan Vonk (Oxford)
Title: Singular moduli for real quadratic fields and p-adic mock modular forms
Abstract: The theory of complex multiplication describes finite abelian extensions of imaginary quadratic number fields using singular moduli, which are special values of modular functions at CM points. I will describe joint work with Henri Darmon in the setting of real quadratic fields, where we construct p-adic analogues of singular moduli through classes of rigid meromorphic cocycles. I will discuss p-adic counterparts for our proposed RM invariants of classical relations between singular moduli and the theory of weak harmonic Maass forms.

​ 20 Mar 2019 - Alice Pozzi (UCL)
Title: The eigencurve at Eisenstein weight one points
Abstract: Coleman and Mazur constructed the eigencurve, a rigid analytic space classifying p-adic families of Hecke eigenforms parametrized by the weight. The local nature of the eigencurve is better understood at points corresponding to cuspforms of weight greater than 1, while the weight one case is far more intricate. In this talk, we discuss the geometry of the eigencurve at weight one Eisenstein points. We focus on the unusual phenomenon of cuspidal Hida families specializing to Eisenstein series at weight one. We discuss the relation between the geometry of the eigencurve and the Gross-Stark Conjecture.

The seminar will be preceded by various study groups.

A list of previous seminar talks is here.


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