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Point counting over finite fields and the cohomology of moduli spaces of curves

Sam Payne (UT Austin)
Tuesday, February 13, 2024
4:00-5:00 PM
1360 East Hall Map
Algebraic geometry studies solution sets of polynomial equations. For instance, over the complex numbers, one may examine the topology of the solution set, whereas over a finite field, one may count its points. For polynomials with integer coefficients, these two fundamental invariants are intimately related via cohomological comparison theorems and trace formulas for the action of Frobenius. I will discuss the general framework relating point counting over finite fields to topology of complex algebraic varieties and also present recent applications to the cohomology of moduli spaces of curves that resolve longstanding questions in algebraic geometry and confirm more recent predictions from the Langlands program.
Building: East Hall
Event Type: Workshop / Seminar
Tags: Mathematics
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Colloquium Series - Department of Mathematics, Department of Mathematics