Collaborative Number Theory Seminar at the CUNY Graduate Center

Co-organizers: Gautam Chinta, Brooke Feigon, Krzysztof Klosin, Maria Sabitova, Lucien Szpiro.

The seminar currently meets Fridays 3:00 to 4:30 PM in Room 3212. The CUNY Graduate Center is located on Fifth Avenue, on the east side of the street, between 34th and 35th Streets in midtown Manhattan. For further information, please contact Maria Sabitova.

Spring 2017 Schedule:

February 24: Mihran Papikian (Pennsylvania State University)

Title: Graph laplacians and Drinfeld modular curves

Abstract: The relationship between combinatorial laplacians and automorphic forms is an active area of current research with applications to a variety of problems arising in number theory, group theory, and coding theory. I will discuss certain combinatorial laplacians arising in the theory of Drinfeld modular curves, and their applications to estimating congruences between automorphic forms.

March 3
Joe Kramer-Miller (University College London)

Title: Genus stability in ordinary p-adic towers of curves

Abstract: The topic of this talk is genus growth in Zp\mathbb Z_p-towers of curves in characteristic pp. For example, by work of Katz and Mazur we know that the genus of the pnp^n-th Igusa curve is given by a quadratic in pnp^n. This quadratic genus growth property is known as genus stability.  We show that any tower arising from the monodromy of a family of ordinary varieties is genus stable.  This is the first step towards the geometric Iwasawa theory program devised by Daqing Wan.

March 10
Hisa-aki Kawamura (Hiroshima University)

Title: The semi-ordinary p-stabilization of Siegel Eisenstein series for symplectic groups and unitary groups

Abstract: For each prime number p, we introduce a certain kind of p-stabilization of holomorphic Siegel Eisenstein series for the symplectic group GSp(2n) defined over the field of rational numbers, and for the unitary group U(n,n) defined over an imaginary quadratic field such that the resulting automorphic forms are assembled into the so-called "semi-ordinary" p-adic analytic families, respectively. If time permits, we’ll also show some applications of the above result, for instance, to construct the lifting of p-adic analytic families from GL(2) to GSp(2n) and U(n,n).

April 21
Kimball Martin (University of Oklahoma)

Title: Atkin-Lehner signs and congruences mod 2

Abstract: In the first part of the talk, I will explain some things about the distribution of Atkin-Lehner signs for modular forms fixed level and weight. In the second part of the talk, I will explain how to prove the existence of many congruences mod 2 within a fixed space of modular forms, and how this is related to the first part.

May 5
: Catherine Hsu (University of Oregon)

Title: TBA


May 12
: David Goldberg (Purdue University)

Title: TBA


May 19
: Tobias Berger (University of Sheffield)

Title: TBA


Seminar schedule in past semesters:

Fall 2016
Spring 2016
Fall 2015

Spring 2015

Fall 2014

Spring 2014
Fall 2013

Spring 2013

Fall 2012
Spring 2012

Fall 2011

Spring 2011
Fall 2009
Spring 2009
Spring 2007
Fall 2006
Spring 2006