Number theory seminar

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January - April 2022

28/01/2022 1400 (Online) Bharathwaj Palvannan (IISc)
Title: The congruence ideal associated to $p$-adic families of Yoshida lifts
Abstract: This talk will be a report of work in progress with Ming-Lun Hsieh. Just as in classical Iwasawa theory where one studies congruences involving Hecke eigenvalues associated to Eisenstein series, we study congruences involving $p$-adic families of Hecke eigensystems associated to the space of Yoshida lifts of two Hida families. Our goal is to show that under suitable assumptions, the characteristic ideal of a dual Selmer group is contained inside the congruence ideal.

04/02/2022 1400 (Online) Sujatha (UBC)
Title: Asymptotics and codimensions of modules over Iwasawa algebras
abstract: Let R be the Iwasawa algebra over a compact, p-adic, pro-p group G, where G arises as a Galois group of number fields from Galois representations. Suppose M is a finitely generated R-module. In the late 1970’s , Harris studied the asymptotic growth of the ranks of certain coinvariants of M arising from the action of open subgroups of G and related them to the codimension of M. In this talk, we explain how Harris’ proofs can be simplified and improved upon, with possible applications to studying some natural subquotients of the Galois groups of number fields.

August - December 2021

03/09/2021 1400 (Online) Mihir Sheth (IISc)
Title: mod p local Langlands correspondence for GL_2
Abstract: Let F be a non-archimedean local field of residue characteristic p. The classical local Langlands correspondence is a 1-1 correspondence between 2-dimensional irreducible complex representations of the Weil group of F and certain smooth irreducible complex representations of GL_2(F). The number-theoretic applications made it necessary to seek such correspondence of representations on vector spaces over a field of characteristic p. In this talk, however, I will show that for F of residue degree > 1, unfortunately, there is no such 1-1 mod p correspondence. This result is an elaboration of the arguments of Breuil and Paskunas to an arbitrary local field of residue degree > 1.

01/10/2021 1400 (Online) Santosh Nadimpalli (IIT Kanpur)
Title: Generic representations of $p$-adic unitary groups
Abstract: In this talk, we will discuss genericity of cuspidal representations of $p$-adic unitary groups. Generic representations play a central role in the local Langlands correspondences and explicit knowledge of such representations will be useful in understanding the local Langlands correspondence in a more explicit way. After a brief review of $p$-adic unitary groups, their unipotent subgroups, Whittaker functionals and genericity of cuspidal representations in this context, we will discuss the arithmetic nature of the problem.

08/10/2021 1400 (Online) Aditya Karnataki (BICMR)
Title: Families of $(\varphi, \tau)$-modules and Galois representations
Abstract: Let $K$ be a finite extension of $\mathbb{Q}_p$. The theory of $(\varphi, \Gamma)$-modules constructed by Fontaine provides a good category to study $p$-adic representations of the absolute Galois group $Gal(\bar{K}/K)$. This theory arises from a ``devissage'' of the extension $\bar{K}/K$ through an intermediate extension $K_{\infty}/K$ which is the cyclotomic extension of $K$. The notion of $(\varphi, \tau)$-modules generalizes Fontaine's constructions by using Kummer extensions other than the cyclotomic one. It encapsulates the important notion of Breuil-Kisin modules among others. It is thus desirable to establish properties of $(\varphi, \tau)$-modules parallel to the cyclotomic case. In this talk, we explain the construction of a functor that associates to a family of $p$-adic Galois representations a family of $(\varphi, \tau)$-modules. The analogous functor in the $(\varphi, \Gamma)$-modules case was constructed by Berger and Colmez . This is joint work with L\'{e}o Poyeton.

22/10/2021 1400 (Online) C S Rajan (TIFR Mumbai)
Title: On equidistribution of Gauss sums of cuspidal representations of GL_d(\F_q).
Abstract: We investigate the distribution of the angles of Gauss sums attached to the cuspidal representations of general linear groups over finite fields. In particular we show that they happen to be equidistributed with respect to the Haar measure. However, for representations of $PGL_2(F_q)$, they are clustered around $1$ and $-1$ for odd $p$ and around $1$ for $p=2$. This is joint work with Sameer Kulkarni. x

29/10/2021 1400 (Online) Ritabrata Munshi (ISI Kolkata)
Title: Recent applications of delta symbol
Abstract: The delta symbol is the key in solving many different problems in the analytic theory of numbers. In recent years this has been used to solve various sub-convexity problems for higher rank L-functions. This talk will be a brief report on some new progresses. In particular, I will mention the results obtained in recent joint works with Roman Holowinsky & Zhi Qi and Sumit Kumar & Saurabh Singh.

05/11/2021 2030 (Online) Neelam Saikia (University of Virginia)
Title: Forbenius trace distributions for Gaussian hypergeometric functions
Abstract: In the 1980's, Greene defined hypergeometric functions over finite fields using Jacobi sums. The framework of his theory establishes that these functions possess many properties that are analogous to those of the classical hypergeometric series studied by Gauss, Kummer and others. These functions have played important roles in the study of Apéry-style supercongruences, the Eichler-Selberg trace formula, Galois representations, and zeta-functions of arithmetic varieties. In this talk we discuss the distributions (over large finite fields) of natural families of these functions. For the 2F1 functions, the limiting distribution is semicircular, whereas the distribution for the 3F2 functions is Batman distribution.
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12/11/2021 1400 (Online) Arnab Saha (IIT Gandhinagar)
Title: Differential characters of Anderson modules and z-isocrystals
Abstract: The theory of \delta-geometry was developed by A. Buium based on the analogy with differential algebra where the analogue of a differential operator is played by a \pi-derivation \delta. A \pi-derivation \delta arises from the \pi-typical Witt vectors and naturally associates with a lift of Frobenius \phi. In this talk, we will discuss the theory of \delta-geometry for Anderson modules. Anderson modules are higher dimensional generalizations of Drinfeld modules. As an application of the above, we will construct a canonical z-isocrystal H(E) with a Hodge-Pink structure associated to an Anderson module E defined over a \pi-adically complete ring R with a fixed \pi-derivation \delta on it. Depending on a \delta-modular parameter, we show that the z-isocrystal H(E) is weakly admissible in the case of Drinfeld modules of rank 2. Hence, by the analogue of Fontaine's mysterious functor in the positive characteristic case (as constructed by Hartl), one associates a Galois representation to such an H(E). The relation of our construction with the usual Galois representation arising from the Tate module of E is currently not clear. This is a joint work with Sudip Pandit.

26/11/2021 1400 (Online) Shiv Prakash Patel (IIT Delhi)
Title: A Multiplicity one theorem and Gelfand criterion
Abstract: Let H be a subgroup of a group G. For an irreducible representation \sigma of H, the triple (G,H, \sigma) is called a Gelfand triple if \sigma appears at most once in any irreducible representation of G. Given a triple, it is usually difficult to determine whether a given triple is a Gelfand triple. One has a sufficient condition which is geometric in nature to determine if a given triple is a Gelfand triple, called Gelfand criterion. We will discuss some examples of the Gelfand triple which give us multiplicity one theorem for non-degenerate Whittaker models of GL_n over finite chain rings, such as Z/p^nZ. This is a joint work with Pooja Singla.