Cycles on modular varieties (11w5125)


(Institut de Mathématiques de Jussieu)

Samit Dasgupta (University of California, Santa Cruz)

(University of Calgary)



The Banff International Research Station will host the "Cycles on modular varieties" workshop from October 30th to November 4th, 2011.

Finding solutions of polynomial equations using analytic and geometric methods is a classical and highly developed subject. On the other hand, methods for solving Diophantine equations, i.e., finding integer solutions of integral polynomial equations, are usually of an algebraic nature. Hinted at by Dirichlet's famous "class number formula", analytic methods for solving important mathematical equations, like those defining elliptic curves, have seen significant development in the second half of the twentieth century. The major tool allowing for this development is the theory of modularity, which connects the worlds of analysis, geometry and arithmetic. In this workshop, we seek to explore and develop a family of state-of-the art modularity-based techniques for solving Diophantine equations.

The Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery (BIRS) is a collaborative Canada-US-Mexico venture that provides an environment for creative interaction as well as the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and methods within the Mathematical Sciences, with related disciplines and with industry. The research station is located at The Banff Centre in Alberta and is supported by Canada's Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), Alberta's Advanced Education and Technology, and Mexico's Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT).