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The Arithmetic Seminar

TOPICS: Arithmetic in the broadest sense that includes Number Theory (Elementary Arithmetic, Algebraic, Analytic, Combinatorial, etc.), Algebraic Geometry, Representation Theory, Lie Groups and Lie Algebras, Diophantine Geometry, Geometry of Numbers, Tropical Geometry, Arithmetic Dynamics, etc.

PLACE and TIME: This semester the seminar meets primarily on Tuesdays at 4:15 p.m, with possible special lectures on Mondays at 3:30 or other days and times. The in-house talks will be in-person, while visitors outside of Binghamton area will be by Zoom: Zoom link

Regular Faculy: Alexander Borisov, Marcin Mazur, Adrian Vasiu,
Post-Docs: Sailun Zhan.

Current Ph.D. students: Patrick Carney, Andrew Lamoureux, Micah Loverro, Sayak Sengupta, Hari Asokan, Mithun Padinhare Veettil.

Graduated Ph.D. students (in number theory and related topics): Ilir Snopce (Dec. 2009), Xiao Xiao (May 2011), Jinghao Li (May 2015), Ding Ding (Dec. 2015), Patrick Milano (May 2018), Changwei Zhou (May 2019).

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Related seminar: Upstate New York Online Number Theory Colloquium (online, irregular):

Previous Arithmetic Seminar Talks

Fall 2022

  • August 30
    Speaker: N/A
    Title: Organizational Meeting
    Abstract: We will discuss plans for this semester
  • September 13
    Speaker: Sailun Zhan (Binghamton)
    Title: P-adic integration and motivic integration
    Abstract: We will give an introduction to some integration techniques in number theory and algebraic geometry, which allow us to compare the number of points over finite fields and some geometric properties between algebraic varieties. If there is time left, we will also talk about an equivariant version.
  • September 20
    Speaker: Alexander Borisov (Binghamton)
    Title: Geometry of algebraic surfaces
    Abstract: I will discuss some standard material on algebraic surfaces, including some material on surfaces with singularities
  • October 11
    Speaker: Sarah Lamoureux (Binghamton)
    Title: ADOs on the Completion of the Maximal Unramified Extension
    Abstract: This past spring, I gave a talk about arithmetic differential operators (ADOs) f : R^d → R, where R is a compact discrete valuation ring. The notion of an ADO generalizes to maps (\hat{R}^{\textup{ur}})^d → \hat{R}^{\textup{ur}}, where \hat{R}^{\textup{ur}} is the completion of the maximal unramified extension of R. This talk explores properties of these maps and their relationship to ADOs from R^d to R.
  • October 18
    Speaker: Alexander Borisov (Binghamton)
    Title: Geometry of algebraic surfaces, Part 2
    Abstract: This is the continuation of my September 20 talk. In particular, I plan to discuss intersection theory on singular surfaces.
  • October 25
    Speaker: Jaiung Jun (SUNY New Paltz)
    Title: From chip-firing games to vector bundles for schemes over natural numbers
    Abstract: In tropical geometry, finite (metric) graphs play a role of algebraic curves. Baker and Norine proved that an analogue of Riemann-Roch theorem holds in this setting. To generalize this result to higher dimension, one is naturally led to study the scheme theory over idempotent semifields (or more generally schemes over natural numbers). I will introduce basic notions and properties for line bundles and vector bundles in this setting. I will also discuss some related concepts (finiteness, flatness, projectivity). This is joint work with James Borger.
  • November 1
    Speaker: Sayak Sengupta (Binghamton)
    Title: Locally nilpotent polynomials over Z (Part III)
    Abstract: This is a continuation of two talks on the subject which were given in the Spring semester of 2022. So far we have defined locally nilpotent polynomials at r, seen several examples of locally nilpotent polynomials for different r's and also stated and proved a complete classification of locally nilpotent polynomials at 1 and -1. In order to prove this classification we only needed tools from elementary number theory. In this talk we will analyze the locally nilpotent polynomials at r when r\in Z without \pm 1. Here we will use a very deep result from algebraic number theory and even then we will see that only the linear polynomials could be studied and understood. I will start with a brief recollection of the major definitions and results, along with some notation and terminology and build our way up to the “general r” case.
  • November 29
    Speaker: Alexander Borisov
    Title: Singularities in birational algebraic geometry
    Abstract: I will give a light overview of various classes of singularities that appear in birational algebraic geometry, with a special emphasis on surface singularities.
  • December 6 (by Zoom: Zoom link )
    Speaker: Krishna Kishore (Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Tirupati)
    Title: Matrix Waring Problem
    Abstract: We will explain the following statement: Let $q$ be a prime power. For every positive integer $k$ there is a constant $C_k$ depending only on $k$ such that for all $q > C_k$ and for all $n \geq 1$ every matrix in $M_n(F_q)$ is a sum of two kth powers. Here $F_q$ denotes the finite field with $q$ elements.
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