Oberseminar Algebra and Number Theory

The Oberseminar is a meeting that takes place during every week of the semester to discuss and disseminate new research results.

Planned talks for the Winter Semester 2023/24 - Thursday, 4 p.m., Room E60

  • 28.09.2023: Andreas Pieper, The equation of a genus 4 curve from its theta constants
  • 02.11.2023: Jeroen Sijsling, Fundamentalgruppen und Überlagerungen
  • 09.11.2023: Leolin Nkuete, Maximal curves of genus 5
  • 16.11.2023: Valentijn Karemaker, When is a polarised abelian variety determined by its p-divisible group?
  • 23.11.2023: Stefan Wewers, Instabilities of hypersurfaces
  • 01.12.2023: Stefan Wewers, Models of hypersurfaces and BT buildings
  • 21.12.2023: Sabrina Kunzweiler, Modular polynomials via Kani's theorem
  • 25.01.2024: Robert Nowak, Classifying reduction types of genus 2 hyperelliptic curves to characteristic 2 with equidistant branch locus
  • 15.02.2024: Irene Bouw, Abelian varieties over finite fields
  • 22.02.2024: Tim Evink, An equivalence of 2^n-descent and 2^(n-1)-descent using visualisation of Sh[2]

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Abstracts Winter Semester 2023/24

Title : An equivalence of 2^n-descent and 2^(n-1)-descent using visualisation of Sh[2].

Abstract: visualisation of Sh[2] can be used to improve on a 2-descent of an elliptic curve over a number field, which in general is weaker than a 4-descent, and involves working with 2-Selmer groups over a quadratic extension of the base field. In the talk I will explain what this means, and give a condition under which this improvement is actually equivalent to a 4-descent. The argument actually shows that 2^n-descent yields the same rankbounds as a 2^(n-1)-descent over some quadratic field extension. As an example we illustrate the method to a family of quadratic twists of X_0(15).

Semistable reduction of hyperelliptic curves to characteristic 2 is known for requiring different approaches than for other characteristic, and for admitting a great number of reduction types. If we require equidistant branch locus -- a condition which roughly translates to the graph of components not admitting any loops of positive genus -- then the possible reduction types are greatly reduced.

We will classify and analyze these types, describe the MCLF algorithm for computing semistable reduction in these cases, and give bounds on the automorphism groups of the curves for the purpose of calculating conductor exponents.

The classical modular polynomial phi_l parametrizes pairs of elliptic curves connected by an isogeny of degree l. They are an important tool in algorithmic number theory. For instance, modular polynomials are used in point counting algorithms or for the computation of endomorphism rings.
This talk will be about a new method for computing the modular polynomial. It has the same asymptotic time complexity as the currently best known algorithms, but does not rely on any heuristics. One of the main ingredients is the use of Kani's theorem to represent isogenies of elliptic curves as smooth-degree isogenies in higher dimensions. This is based on joint work with Damien Robert.

We will study the Siegel moduli space of abelian varieties in characteristic p and in particular its supersingular locus. We first determine precisely when this locus is geometrically irreducible. Since it was known that the number of components is a class number, this comes down to solving a “class number one problem” or “Gauss problem”.

Next, we will show when a polarised abelian variety is determined by its p-divisible group. This can be viewed as a Gauss problem for central leaves, which are the loci consisting of points whose associated p-divisible groups are isomorphic. Our solution involves mass formulae, computations of automorphism groups, and a careful analysis of Ekedahl-Oort strata in genus 4.

List of previous talks

  • 09.02.2023: Sachi Hashimoto, Geometric methods for finding rational points on curves
  • 17.02.2023: Art Waeterschoot, Base change of nonarchimedean analytic curves and logarithmic differents
  • 11.05.2023: Stefan Wewers, Key polynominals and inductive valuations
  • 25.05.2023: Irene Bouw, Conductor and invariants of Ciani curves
  • 01.06.2023: Jeroen Sijsling, The Revenge on the SIDH (1)
  • 22.06.2023: Jeroen Sijsling, The Revenge on the SIDH (2)
  • 06.07.2023: Tim Evink, Imaginary quadratic fields over which XO(15) has rank 0

  • 09.06.2022: Stefan Wewers, Berkovich curves
  • 02.06.2022: Stefan Wewers, Computing models of curve over local fields, II: Models and valuations
  • 19.05.2022: Stefan Wewers, Computing models of curves over local fields, I
  • 12.05.2022: Irene I. Bouw, Construction and reduction of Ciani curves
  • 21.04.2022: Magnus Heimpel, Uniformization with branched coverings and non-free group actions
  • 18.03.2021: Andreas Pieper, Constructing all genus 2 curves with supersingular Jacobian
  • 25.03.2021: Tim Evink, Two-descent on some genus two curves
  • 01.04.2021: Robert Slob, Primitive divisors of sequences associated to elliptic curves over function fields
  • 22.04.2021: Bogdan Dina, Isogenous (non-)hyperelliptic CM Jacobians: Constructions, results, and CM types
  • 29.04.2021: Jeroen Sijsling, Isogenous (non-)hyperelliptic CM Jacobians: Shimura class groups, algorithms, and equations
  • 06.05.2021: Stefan Wewers, Computing semistable reduction of curves via nonarchimedian analytic geometry
  • 20.05.2021: Stefan Wewers, Computing semistable reduction of curves via nonarchimedian analytic geometry
  • 27.05.2021: Ole Ossen, Semistable reduction of quartics at p=3
  • 15.07.2021: Jeroen Sijsling, Isomorphisms between hyperelliptic and quartic curves
  • 28.10.2021: Tim Evink, A remark on congruent numbers
  • 04.11.2021: Jan Sijsling, Kubische Erweiterungen mit vorgeschriebener Verzweigung (I)
  • 11.11.2021: Jan Sijsling, Kubische Erweiterungen mit vorgeschriebener Verzweigung (II)
  • 18.11.2021: Andreas Pieper, Introduction to Mumford´s theory of theta groups and algebraic theta nullvalues (I)
  • 25.11.2021:  Andreas Pieper, Introduction to Mumford´s theory of theta groups and algebraic theta nullvalues (II)
  • 02.12.2021: Stefan Wewers, Special divisors - an introduction (I)
  • 09.12.2021: Stefan Wewers, Introduction to special divisors, II: The Existence and Connectedness Theorem
  • 16.12.2021: Stefan Wewers, Inroduction to special divisors, III: Kempf's singularity theorem
  • 20.01.2022: David Hokken (Utrecht), Galois Groups of Littlewood Polynomials (VT)
  • 27.01.2022: Barinder Banwait (Heidelberg), Rational p-isogenies of elliptic curves (VT)
  • 03.02.2022: Andreas Pieper, Quotients of superficial abelian varieties by connected subgroups
  • 03.03.2022: Andreas Pieper, The Schottky problem for genus 4 curves
  • 20.10.2022: Stefan Wewers, The arithmetic of algebraic curves: a (biased) overview
  • 27.10.2022: Irene Bouw, Good reduction of hypersurfaces
  • 03.11.2022: Prof. Dr. em. Werner Lütkebohmert, Extension von rigid-analytischen Objekten
  • 10.11.2022: Catherine Ray, Modeling Formal Group Actions using Galois Theory
  • 17.11.2022:  Stefan Wewers: Introduction to GIT, and stability of hypersurfaces
  • 24.11.2022: Ole Ossen: Computing semistable reduction of quartics, I
  •  1.12.2022: Ole Ossen: Computing semistable reduction of quartics, II
  •  8.12.2022: Tim Evink, Rational points on families of hyperelliptic curves
  • 15.12.2022: Pip Goodman, Restrictions on endomorphism algebras

  • 17.01.19: Jeroen Sijsling, Picard-Kurven: Gleichungen und Invarianten
  • 24.01.19: Irene Bouw, Spezielle Picard-Kurven: Twists und Führerexponenten
  • 31.01.19:  Duc Khoi Do, Rekonstruktion von Frobenius-halbeinfachen Weildarstellungen mithilfe ihrer lokalen Polynome
  • 07.02.19: Paula Truöl,  Massey products and linking numbers
  • 02.05.19: Irene Bouw, Der Parshin-Trick
  • 09.05.19: Jeroen Hanselman, Semi-abelsche Varietäten und ihre Néron-Modelle
  • 23.05.19: Duc Khoi Do, Galoisdarstellungen und Endlichkeitssätze
  • 06.06.19: Sabrina Kunzweiler, Die Faltingshöhe, I
  • 13.06.19: Stefan Wewers, Die Faltingshöhe, II
  • 27.06.19:  Jeroen Sijsling, Die Tate-Vermutung
  • 27.06.19: Angel Villanueva, Joint Distribution of Hecke and Casimir Eigenvalues for Automorphic Forms
  • 04.07.19: Irene Bouw, p-dividierbare Gruppen und die Hodge-Tate-Zerlegung
  • 27.06.19: Jeroen Sijsling, Beweis der Mordell-Vermutung
  • 17.10.219: Dr. Sophie Schmieg (Google, USA), Cryptography at Google
  • 24.10.19: Felix Göbler (Frankfurt), Das Zahlkörpersieb
  • 31.10.19: Jeroen Sijsling, Kubische Erweiterung mit vorgeschriebener Verzweigung
  • 14.11.19: Andreas Pieper, Die Leopoldt-Vermutung und die Geometrie der Zahlen
  • 21.11.19: Andreas Pieper, Die Leopoldt-Vermutung und die Geometrie der Zahlen II: Gitterpunkte in Kreuzpolytopen und Kugeln
  • 28.11.19: Sabrina Kunzweiler, Reduktionstypen von ebenen Quartiken
  • 05.12.19: Stefan Wewers, Torische Flächensingularitäten
  • 12.12.19: Bogdan Dina, Hyperelliptic curves with complex multiplication via Shimura reciprocity
  • 23.01.20: Jeroen Hanselman, Algorithmen für das Verkleben von Jacobischen
  • 24.01.20: Tim Evink (Universiteit Groningen), 2-Descent on hyperelliptic curves of genus 2
  • 30.01.20: Duc Do, Galois-Darstellungen elliptischer Kurven mit potentiell guter Reduktion
  • 06.02.20: Robert Slob (Universiteit Utrecht), Divisibility sequences of elliptic curves of characteristic 0
  • 07.02.20: Mike Daas (Universiteit Amsterdam), The sympletic method
  • 28.05.20: Sabrina Kunzweiler, Superelliptische Kurven und ganze Differentialformen
  • 15.10.20: Jeroen Sijsling, Abstieg algebraischer Kurven
  • 22.10.20: Jeroen Sijsling, Abstieg algebraischer Kurven returns
  • 29.10.20: Stefan Wewers, The Tate curve: Illustrating the connection between reduction and non-archimedean uniformization

  • 12.01.17: Stefan Wewers, Picard-Kurven mit kleinem Führer
  • 26.01.17: Jeroen Sijsling, Die Rekonstruktion quartischer Kurven aus ihren Invarianten
  • 02.02.17: Jeroen Hanselman, Non-hyperelliptic genus 3 covers of curves
  • 09.02.17: Mohamed Barakat, Category theory is a programming language
  • 23.02.17: Stefan Wewers, Rigid analytic spaces a la Berkovich and adic spaces: a short introduction
  • 09.03.17: Irene Bouw, Dynamical Belyi maps
  • 20.04.17 Tudor Micu, Etale morphisms
  • 26.05.17 Pinar Kilicer (Oldenburg), On primes dividing the invariants of Picard curves. 
  • 01.06.17 Angelos Koutsianas, The Chabauty-Coleman method and rational points on curves.
  • 20.06.17 Roman Kohls, Spurformel und Gauss-Summen
  • 29.06.17 Irene Bouw, Reduction of Picard curves, I
  • 06.07.17  Jeroen Sijsling, Canonical models of arithmetic (1,∞)-curves
  • 13.07.17 Stefan Wewers, Reduction of Picard curves, II
  • 20.07.17 Jeroen Hanselman, Pairings and line bundles on abelian varieties
  • 26.10.17: Stefan Wewers, "MCLF: ein Werkzeugkasten zur Berechnung von Modellen von Kurven über lokalen Körpern"
  • 02.11.17: Christian Steck, Auflösen von zahmen zyklischen Quotientensingularitäten auf gefaserten Flächen
  • 16.11.17: Jeroen Sijsling, Endomorphismen algebraischer Kurven
  • 23.11.17: Stefan Wewers, Duality and canonical sheaf
  • 30.11.17: Martin Djukanovic, Some remarks on split Jacobians
  • 07.12.17: Martin Djukanovic, Split Jacobians--continued
  • 25.01.18: Jeroen Hanselman, Gluing Curves along their 2-torsion
  • 08.02.18: Sabrina Kunzweiler, Ogg's formula
  • 15.02.18: Tudor Micu, Models, valuations, and Berkovich trees
  • 22.02.18: Stefan Wewers, What is Intersection theory?
  • 19.04.18: Jeroen Sijsling, Split Jacobians in genus 3: an inventory
  • 03.05.18: Jeroen Sijsling, Endomorphisms of kind of special Picard curves and Richelot isogenies
  • 24.05.18: Jeroen Sijsling, Endomorphisms and Divisors
  • 07.06.18: Martin Djukanovic, Families of (3, 3)-split Jacobians
  • 14.06.18: Jeroen Sijsling, Endomorphisms and Divisors II
  • 21.06.18: Sabrina Kunzweiler, Discriminants of hyperelliptic curves
  • 28.06.18: Jeroen Hanselman, Prym Varieties
  • 12.07.18: Stefan Wewers, Resolution of wild arithmetic quotient singularities
  • 25.10.18: Jeroen Sijsling, Eine Datenbank von Belyi-Morphismen
  • 08.11.18: Andreas Pieper, Abelsche Varietäten mit komplexer Multiplikation
  • 15.11.18: Sabrina Kunzweiler, Differentialformen auf hyperelliptischen Kurven mit semistabiler Reduktion
  • 22.11.18: Roman Kohls, Eine obere Schranke für den Führerexponenten einer hyperelliptischen Kurve
  • 29.11.18: Stefan Wewers, Rationale Singularitäten und die kanonische Garbe
  • 06.12.18: Jeroen Hanselman, Ein Algorithmus zum Verkleben einer Kurve vom Geschlecht 1 und einer Kurve vom Geschlecht 2 entlang ihrer 2-Torsion
  • 13.12.18: Matthew Bisatt, Root numbers of abelian varieties

  • 12.05.15: Michel Börner, L-Reihen hyperelliptischer Kurven
  • 26.05.15: Michael Eskin, Semistabile Reduktion von 3-Punkt-Überlagerungen
  • 02.06.15: Stefan Wewers, Semistabile Reduktion einer gewissen Kurve vom Geschlecht 4 über Q_2
  • 09.06.15: Irene Bouw, Konstruktion von Kurven mit schlechter Reduktion an vorgegebenen Stellen
  • 16.06.15: Stefan Wewers, Was ist etale Kohomologie?
  • 23.06.15: Christian Steck, Etale Morphismen
  • 14.07.15: Roman Kohls, Lokale Konstanten und elliptische Kurven
  • 03.08.15: Tudor Micu, A weak version of Beilinson's conjecture for Rankin-Selberg products of modular forms
  • 22.10.15: Stefan Wewers, Reguläre und semistabile Modelle elliptischer Kurven: ein Miniprojekt
  • 05.11.15 Jeroen Hanselman, Bounding the field extension necessary to find a semistable model of finite covers of curves
  • 12.11.15: Stefan Wewers, Arithmetische Flächen
  • 19.11.15: Christian Steck, Reguläre Modelle und Quotientensingularitäten
  • 26.11.15: Christian Steck, ______, Teil 2
  • 03.12.15: Tudor Micu, The Kodaira classification of  the special fiber of the minimal proper regular model of an elliptic curve
  • 10.12.15: Roman Kohls, Classification of automorphism groups of elliptic curves
  • 21.01.16: Christina Höhn, Faktorisieren mit elliptischen Kurven
  • 28.01.16: Tudor Micu, MacLane valuations
  • 04.02.16: Michel Börner, Picard curves and L-functions
  • 11.02.16: Angelos Koutsianas, Computing elliptic curves with good reduction outside S
  • 18.02.16: Christian Steck, Blow-ups
  • 25.02.16: Roman Kohls, The sign of the functional equation of the L-function of an elliptic curve
  • 27.10.16: Angelos Koutsianas, Lebesgue-Nagell equation and the modular Approach
  • 10.11.16: Dimitris Xatzakos (Bristol), Hyperbolic lattice point counting in conjugacy classes 
  • 17.11.16 November: Gunther Cornelissen (Utrecht), A combinatorial Li-Yau equality and rational points on curves
  • 24.11.16 November: Tudor Micu: Sheaves, cohomology and local systems
  • 01.12.16: Roman Kohls, Semistable reduction of curves and Weil-Deligne representations, I
  • 08.12.16 Dezember: Roman Kohls, Semistable reduction and Weil-Deligne representations, II
  • 12.12.16 Dezember: Davide Lombardo (Orsay), On division fields of CM abelian varieties