Event time:

Monday, October 21, 2024 - 4:30pm

Location:

KT 801

Speaker:

James Hotchkiss

Speaker affiliation:

Columbia University

Event description:

The period-index problem is a classical problem about finite-dimensional division algebras over a field. When the base field is the function field of a complex variety, there is a longstanding conjecture, which is wide open for function fields of threefolds and beyond. I will discuss recent perspectives on the conjecture from topology, Hodge theory, and moduli theory. Finally, I will explain a result showing that, roughly speaking, topological solutions to the conjecture exist for complex function fields of arbitrary dimension.

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