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Degree d points on algebraic surfaces

March 18 to March 22, 2024

at the

American Institute of Mathematics, Pasadena, California

organized by

Nathan Chen and Bianca Viray

This workshop, sponsored by AIM and the NSF, will be devoted to the study of degree d points on algebraic surfaces over a number field.

The study of degree d points on algebraic curves over ℚ is a rich and mature area of research, with the Abel-Jacobi map and the Mordell-Lang conjecture providing powerful tools for exploration. However, for higher dimensional varieties there is no such approach that works in general. Because of this, we lack even a conjectural framework for understanding which higher dimensional varieties over ℚ should have "many" degree d points.

The workshop will focus on questions aimed at addressing this dearth, concentrating on the case of algebraic surfaces. For instance, what does it mean for a surface over ℚ to have "many" degree d points? What are some geometric constructions that give rise to abundant degree d points? Are these related to geometric measures of irrationality? If HilbdX has a Zariski dense set of ℚ-points for some small d, does that yield any arithmetic or geometric consequences for X? If X embeds into its Albanese, can we obtain results analogous to that of curves?

Participants will be researchers from a broad array of backgrounds (e.g., arithmetic of surfaces, geometry of Hilbert schemes of surfaces, geometric measures of irrationality, arithmetic of 0-cycles, to name a few), ideally with a curiosity and interest in arithmetic questions.

This event will be run as an AIM-style workshop. 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.

Space and funding is available for a few more participants. If you would like to participate, please apply by filling out the on-line form no later than October 18, 2023. Applications are open to all, and we especially encourage women, underrepresented minorities, junior mathematicians, and researchers from primarily undergraduate institutions to apply.

Before submitting an application, please read the description of the AIM style of workshop.

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