Date & Time: Wednesday, September 03, 2014, 14:30-15:30.
Venue: Ramanujan Hall

Title: Selmer groups and specializations

Speaker: Bharathwaj Palvannan, University of Washington - Seattle

Abstract: The main conjecture of Iwasawa theory (formulated by R. Greenberg) predicts a close relationship between certain algebraic objects (Selmer groups) and certain analytic objects (p-adic L-functions). We will review the statements of the main conjecture in various contexts. At the end, we will see the algebraic analog of certain p-adic factorization formulae obtained by Gross and Dasgupta.