2023 Simons Collaboration on Arithmetic Geometry, Number Theory, and Computation Annual Meeting

Date & Time

Brendan Hassett, Brown University

Edgar Costa, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Brendan Hassett, Brown University
Wei Ho, IAS, Princeton University and University of Michigan
Robert Lemke-Oliver, Tufts University
Wanlin Li, Washington University, St. Louis
David Roe, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
David Zureick-Brown, Emory University

Meeting Goals:

The 2023 Simons Collaboration on Arithmetic Geometry, Number Theory and Computation Annual Meeting will focus on the following themes:

  • Development and organization of software and databases supporting research in number theory and arithmetic geometry
  • Fundamental research in arithmetic geometry inspired by computation and leading to new algorithms
  • Explorations of L-functions, modular forms, and Galois representations with elegant and unusual properties

Talks will present contributions from members of the collaboration and work by leading experts that may inspire future developments.

Collaboration Site
2020 Annual Meeting
2021 Annual Meeting
2022 Annual Meeting

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    Wednesday, January 11

    9:30 AMBrendan Hassett | Rationality and Arithmetic
    10:30 AMBREAK
    11:00 AMWei Ho | TBA
    12:00 PMLUNCH
    1:00 PMDavid Roe | Modular Curves and Finite Groups: Building Connections Via Computation
    2:00 PMBREAK
    2:30 PMRobert Lemke-Oliver | Uniform Exponent Bounds on The Number of Primitive Extensions of Number Fields
    3:30 PMBREAK
    4:00 PMLightning Talks


    9:30 AMWanlin Li | Ordinary and Basic Reductions of Abelian Varieties
    10:30 AMBREAK
    11:00 AMEdgar Costa | Computing Isogeny Classes of Principally Polarized Abelian Surfaces Over the Rationals
    12:00 PMLUNCH
    1:00 PMDavid Zureick-Brown | l-adic Images of Galois for Elliptic Curves over Q
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    Edgar Costa
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Computing Isogeny Classes of Principally Polarized Abelian Surfaces Over the Rationals

    Edgar Costa will describe a practical algorithm, given a principally polarized abelian surface (PPAS) over QQ, to compute all the other PPASs in its isogeny class with a trivial endomorphism ring. This is joint work in progress with Raymond van Bommel, Shiva Chidambaram and Jean Kieffer.

    Brendan Hassett
    Brown University

    Rationality and Arithmetic

    Consider a class of smooth projective varieties that are geometrically rational. When are they rational over a given ground field? Brendan Hassett will discuss arithmetic aspects of rationality criteria and relations with constructions used in arithmetic statistics.

    Robert Lemke-Oliver
    Tufts University

    Uniform Exponent Bounds on The Number of Primitive Extensions of Number Fields

    A folklore conjecture asserts the existence of a positive constant \(c_n\) such that the number of degree \(n\) extensions \(K/Q\) with discriminant bounded by \(X\) is asymptotic to \(c_n\) \(X\). This conjecture is known if \(n\) is at most 5, but even the weaker conjecture that there exists an absolute constant \(C>1\) such that the number of such fields is at most \(O(X^C)\) remains unknown and apparently out of reach.

    Robert Lemke-Oliver will discuss progress on this weaker conjecture (which is termed the “uniform exponent conjecture”) in two ways. First, Lemke-Oliver will reduce the general problem to that of studying relative extensions of number fields whose Galois group is an almost simple group in its smallest degree permutation representation. Second, for almost all such groups, Lemke-Oliver will prove the strongest known upper bound on the number of such extensions. These bounds have the effect of resolving the uniform exponent conjecture for solvable groups, sporadic groups, exceptional groups and classical groups of bounded rank.

    Wanlin Li
    Washington University in St. Louis

    Ordinary and Basic Reductions of Abelian Varieties

    Given an abelian variety \(A\) defined over a number field, a conjecture attributed to Serre states that the set of primes at which \(A\) admits ordinary reduction is of positive density. This conjecture had been proved for elliptic curves (Serre, 1977), abelian surfaces (Katz 1982, Sawin 2016) and certain higher dimensional abelian varieties (Pink 1983, Fité 2021, etc.).

    In this talk, Wanlin Li will discuss ideas behind these results and recent progress for abelian varieties with non-trivial endomorphisms, including the case where \(A\) has almost complex multiplication by an abelian CM field, based on joint work with Cantoral-Farfán, Mantovan, Pries and Tang.

    Apart from ordinary reduction, Li will also discuss the set of primes at which an abelian variety admits basic reduction, generalizing a result of Elkies on the infinitude of supersingular primes for elliptic curves. This is joint work with Mantovan, Pries and Tang.


    David Roe
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Modular Curves and Finite Groups: Building Connections Via Computation

    The study of rational points on modular curves has a long history in number theory. Mazur’s 1970s papers that describe the possible torsion subgroups and isogeny degrees for rational elliptic curves rest on a computation of the rational points on X0(N) and X1(N), and a large body of work since then continues this tradition. Modular curves are parameterized by open subgroups H of GL(2, Zhat), and correspondingly parameterize elliptic curves E whose adelic Galois representation lim E[n] is contained in H. For general H, the story of when X_H has non-cuspidal rational or low degree points (and thus when there exist elliptic curves with the corresponding level structure) becomes quite complicated, and one of the best approaches we have for understanding its large-scale computation. David Roe will describe a new database of modular curves, including rational points, explicit models and maps between models, along with some of the mathematical challenges faced along the way.

    The close connection between modular curves and finite groups also arises in other areas of number theory and arithmetic geometry. Most well-known are Galois groups associated to field extensions, but one attaches automorphism groups to algebraic varieties and Sato-Tate groups to motives. Building on existing tables of groups, Roe and collaborators have added a new finite groups section to the L-functions and modular forms database, which they hope will prove useful both to number theorists and to others who are using and studying finite groups.

    David Zureick-Brown
    Emory University

    l-adic Images of Galois for Elliptic Curves over Q

    David Zureick-Brown will discuss recent joint work with Jeremy Rouse and Drew Sutherland on Mazur’s “Program B” — the classification of the possible “images of Galois” associated an elliptic curve (equivalently, classification of all rational points on certain modular curves XH). The main result is a provisional classification of the possible images of l-adic Galois representations associated to elliptic curves over Q and is provably complete barring the existence of unexpected rational points on modular curves associated to the normalizers of non-split Cartan subgroups and two additional genus 9 modular curves of level 49.

    Zureick-Brown will also discuss the framework and various applications (for example: a very fast algorithm to rigorously compute the l-adic image of Galois of an elliptic curve over Q), and then highlight several new ideas from the joint work, including techniques for computing models of modular curves and novel arguments to determine their rational points, a computational approach that works directly with moduli and bypasses defining equations, and (with John Voight) a generalization of Kolyvagin’s theorem to the modular curves we study.

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