**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.