MCM Members Seminar

9:30am, Each Wednesday


Speaker: Dr. Peng Yu (MCM)

Title: CM Values Associated to Special Cycles on Shimura Varieties

Time: 9:30, June 6, 2018

Place: N818

Abstract: Kudla has a program inspired by theta functions and the work of Hirzebruch and Zagier in 1976. Its main goal is to prove that the generating functions arisen from certain arithmetic cycles on orthogonal Shimura varieties are actually modular. As part of the program, Kudla also conjectured a formula that relates the height pairing of the arithmetic cycles with some proper cycles with the central derivative of some Siegel Eisenstein series. The infinite part of the height turns out to be CM values of special functions on Shimura varieties. In this talk, I will present the background of the problem and known results on CM values. If time permits, I will further talk about my work on its applications to Siegel 3-fold case.



Speaker: Prof. Weizhe Zheng (MCM)

Title: Around l-independence

Time: 9:30, May 30, 2018

Place: N818

Abstract: Serre and Tate proposed a number of conjectures on the l-independence of l-adic cohomology. I will survey some old and new results around these conjectures.



Speaker: Dr. Hongbo Yin (MCM)

Title: Cube sum problems

Time: 9:30, May 23, 2018

Place: N818

Abstract: In this talk, I will explain my recent joint work with Jie Shu and Xu Song which says that if p is a prime congruent to 2 or 5 mod 9, then at least one of 3p and 3p^2 is cube sum. I will introduce some background of the cube sum problem first and then focus on the proof of our results. As comparison, if time permit, I will also explain the proof of Satge's classical result that if p is a prime congruent to 2 mod 9 then 2p is a cube sum and also the proof of Dasgupta and Voight's work on Sylvester conjecture.



Speaker: Prof. Binyong Sun (MCM)

Title: Cohomological test vectors

Time: 9:30, May 16, 2018

Place: N818

Abstract: Various types of modular symbols provide a powerful tool to study arithmetic of special values of L-functions. The Archimedean behaviors of the modular symbols are captured by certain restriction maps of relative Lie algebra cohomology spaces. We call these restriction maps modular symbols at infinity. The modular symbols are non-zero and of arithmetic interest only when the associated modular symbols at infinity are non-zero. Moreover, the latter holds if and only if certain invariant linear functionals on cohomological representations do not vanish on the minimal K-types (in the sense of Vogan). We will give some examples of invariant linear functionals on cohomological representations which does not vanish on the minimal K-types, including the Rankin-Selberg case GL(n)xGL(n-1).



Speaker: Prof. Xiaokui Yang (MCM)

Title: Positivity notions in complex differential and algebraic geometry

Time: 9:30, May 9, 2018

Place: N818

Abstract: In this presentation, we will describe the relationship between various positivity notions in complex differential geometry and complex algebraic geometry. We derive several new vanishing theorems for partially positive vector bundles. As applications, we characterize uniruled and rationally connected projective manifolds by using partially positive curvature tensors. In particular, we confirm a conjecture of Yau that a compact Kahler manifold with positive holomorphic sectional curvature is projective algebraic and rationally connected.



Speaker: Prof. Song Wang (MCM)

Title: Langlands and Multiplicities

Time: 9:30, May 2, 2018

Place: N818

Abstract: In this talk, we will survey current status on Langlands program, including recent breakthrough made by V. Lafforgue on Langlands parametrizations. Also, topics on multiplicities will also be addressed, and some ideals on constructing cusp forms of multiplicity greater than $1$ on $SO (2 N)$ over function fields. 




Speaker: Prof. Ye Tian (MCM)

Title: p-converse theorem for elliptic curves with complex multiplication

Time: 9:30, April 25, 2018

Place: N818

Abstract: Let E be an elliptic curve defined over rationals and p a prime. A theorem of Gross-Zagier and Kolyvagin says that if the L-function of E has vanishing order one at the center then the corank of its p-Selmer group is also one. In a joint work with Burungale, we show the converse to the above result in the case that E has complex multiplication and p>3 is ordinary for E. We will introduce the related concepts via the congruent number problem.



Speaker: Prof. Xu Shen (MCM)

Title: The Fargues-Rapoport conjecture

Time: 9:30, April 18, 2018

Place: N818

Abstract: Complex Shimura varieties arise as discrete quotients of certain Griffiths period domains. But things are quite different in the p-adic world. In this talk, we explain some ideas in the recent joint work with Miaofen Chen and Laurent Fargues on the structure of some p-adic period domains. More precisely, we will sketch a proof of the Fargues-Rapoport conjecture: for a basic local Shimura datum (G,b,μ), the weakly admissible locus coincides with the admissible one if and only if the Kottwitz set B(G, μ) is fully Hodge-Newton decomposable.



Speaker: Prof. Wenwei Li (MCM)

Title: On spherical spaces

Time: 9:30, April 11, 2018

Place: N818

Abstract: Spherical varieties are expected to be a general vehicle for extending Langlands program to a relative setting. Over an algebraically closed field, they have been classified in combinatorial terms by Luna-Vust, extending the well-known theory of toric varieties. In this talk, I plan to survey Wedhorn's recent work on spherical algebraic spaces. If possible, I will also sketch some possible mini-projects in this direction.



Speaker: Prof. Yongquan Hu (MCM)

Title: Asymptotic growth of the cohomology of Bianchi groups

Time: 9:30, April 4 (Wednesday), 2018

Place: N817

Abstract: Given a level N and a weight k, we know the dimension formula of the space of classical modular forms. This turns out to be unknown if we consider Bianchi modular forms, that is, modular forms over imaginary quadratic fields. In this talk, we consider the asymptotic behavior of the dimension when the level is fixed and the weight grows. I will first explain the background of this problem, and an upper bound obtained by Simon Marshall using Emerton's completed cohomology. Then I will explain how to improve this bound using the mod p representation theory of GL2(Qp).



SpeakerProf. Baohua FuMCM

TitleEquivariant compactifications of vector groups

Time9:30am, March 28, 2018


Abstract: In 1999, Hassett-Tschinkel considered the equivariant version of this propblem obtained the classification up to dim. 3. I'll report recent progress on this (equivariant) problem. In particular, we obtain the classification up to dimension 5.



SpeakerDr. Qinbo ChenMCM

TitleGevrey genericity of Arnold diffusion

Time9:30am, March 21, 2018


Abstract: It is well known that Arnold diffusion is a typical phenomenon for generic a priori unstable Hamiltonian systems. In this talk, by using variational method, we will show that under generic Gevrey-smooth perturbations, Arnold diffusion still exists in a priori unstable Hamiltonian systems.




SpeakerProf. Xin WanMCM

TitleBSD conjecture and generalizations

Time9:30am, March 14, 2018


Abstract: We first give a survey on BSD conjecture and what is known about it, especially focus on some recent work on the full BSD formula in the rank 0 and 1 cases. Then we also discuss some generalizations to modular forms.