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Algebra Seminar

Local-global principles for rational points and zero-cycles

Julia Hartmann, University of Pennsylvania

Location:  Hill 525
Date & time: Wednesday, 15 November 2017 at 2:00PM - 3:00PM

Abstract:  Given a variety over a field F and a collection of overfields of F, one may ask whether the existence of rational points over each of the overfields (local) implies the existence of a rational point over F (global). Such local-global pinciples are a main tool for understanding the existence of rational points on varieties. 

In this talk, we study varieties that are defined over semi-global fields, i.e., function fields of curves over a complete discretely valued field. A semi-global field admits several natural collections of overfields which are geometrically motivated, and one may ask for local-global principles with respect to each such collection. We exhibit certain cases in which local-global principles for rational points hold. We also show that local-global principles for zero-cycles of degree one hold provided that local-global principles hold for the existence of rational points over extensions of the function field. This last assertion is analogous to a known result for varieties over number fields. 

(Joint work with J.-L. Colliot-Thélène, D. Harbater, D. Krashen, R. Parimala, and V. Suresh)


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