Department of Mathematics

Colloquium

  •  Solving polynomials with (higher) positive curvature
  •  09/14/2017
  •  4:10 PM - 5:00 PM
  •  C304 Wells Hall
  •  Jason Starr, Stony Brook University

A smooth solution set of a system of complex polynomials is a manifold that can be studied geometrically. About 15 years ago, two results proved the existence of solutions of the system over a "function field of a complex curve" (Graber-Harris-Starr) and over a finite field (Esnault) provided the associated complex manifolds have positive curvature in a weak sense (rational connectedness). More recently, when the manifold satisfies a higher version of positive curvature (rational simple connectedness), a similar result was proved over a function field of a complex surface (de Jong-He-Starr). I will explain these results, some applications to algebra (Serre's "Conjecture II", "Period-Index"), and recent extensions, joint with Chenyang Xu, to "function fields over finite fields" and Ax's "PAC fields".

 

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