MATH Seminar

Title: Subspace configurations and low degree points on curves
Seminar: Algebra
Speaker: Borys Kadets of University of Georgia
Contact: David Zureick-Brown,
Date: 2022-10-18 at 4:00PM
Venue: MSC N304
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The hyperelliptic curve given by the equation $y^2=f(x)$ with coefficients in $\mathbf{Q}$ has an unusual arithmetic property: it admits infinitely many points with coordinates in quadratic extensions of $\mathbf{Q}$ (namely $(a, \sqrt{f(a)})$). Hindry, motivated by arithmetic questions about modular curves, asked if the only curves that possess infinite collections of quadratic points are hyperelliptic and bielliptic; this conjecture was confirmed by Harris and Silverman. I will talk about the general problem of classifying curves that possess infinite collections of degree $d$ points. I will explain how to reduce this classification problem to a study of curves of low genus, and use this reduction to obtain a classification for $d \leq 5$. This relies on analyzing a discrete-geometric object -- the subspace configuration -- attached to curves with infinitely many degree $d$ points. This talk is based on joint work with Isabel Vogt (arXiv:2208.01067).

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