American Institute of Mathematics, Palo Alto, California
Alexander Polishchuk, Alexei Skorobogatov, and Yuri Zarhin
This workshop, sponsored by AIM and the NSF, will be devoted to the integral motive, Chow groups and etale cohomology of abelian varieties, and applications to arithmetic geometry.
Grothendieck's standard conjecture C asserts that for a smooth projective variety over a field, the Kunneth projectors with rational coefficients are classes of algebraic correspondences. This is known for abelian varieties. Moreover, one has a Kunneth decomposition of the motive of an abelian variety in the category of Chow motives with rational coefficients. A canonical and functorial decomposition was found by Deninger and Murre using a generalisation of the Fourier-Mukai transform on Chow groups introduced by Beauville.
Passing from rational to integral coefficients leads to many intriguing questions. Do there exist an integral Fourier-Mukai transform or an integral analogue of the Deninger-Murre decomposition? Do the divided powers exist in the even etale cohomology groups of an abelian variety? Does the Hochschild-Serre spectral sequence for the etale cohomology of an abelian variety with finite or integral coefficients degenerate?
These questions have applications to the computation of the Brauer group of abelian varieties and K3 surfaces. In the case when the ground field is an ''arithmetic'' field or a function field, understanding cohomology is crucial for studying the behaviour of the Mordell-Weil rank in elliptic pencils and in towers of function fields.
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The workshop will differ from typical conferences in some regards. Participants will be invited to suggest open problems and questions before the workshop begins, and these will be posted on the workshop website. These include specific problems on which there is hope of making some progress during the workshop, as well as more ambitious problems which may influence the future activity of the field. Lectures at the workshop will be focused on familiarizing the participants with the background material leading up to specific problems, and the schedule will include discussion and parallel working sessions.
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