Title: Iwasawa theory and the Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer conjecture
Speaker: Sujatha Ramdorai (University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada)
Date: 31 August 2015
Time: 2 pm
Venue: LH-2, Mathematics Department
The celebrated BSD conjecture predicts a deep and mysterious relationship between the algebraic rank
of an elliptic curve defined over a number field and an arithmetic invariant arising from the L-function
of the elliptic curve. More amazingly, it predicts an exact formula for the leading term of the L-function.
Iwasawa theory has proven to be an effective tool in trying to explain the philosophy behind such a
mysterious relationship and also in establishing the conjecture in certain cases. We shall outline this
theory and discuss its applications.