Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: The Artin-Tate pairing on the Brauer group of a surface

Seminar | October 8 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 784 Evans Hall

 Tony Feng, Stanford

 Department of Mathematics

There is a canonical pairing on the Brauer group of a surface over a finite field, and an old conjecture of Tate predicts that this pairing is alternating. In this talk I will present a resolution to Tate’s conjecture. The key new ingredient is a circle of ideas originating in algebraic topology, centered around the Steenrod operations. The talk will advertise these new tools (while assuming minimal background in algebraic topology).

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