Local Galois representations for higher genus curves

Lead Research Organisation: University of Bristol
Department Name: Mathematics


The aim of this research project is to describe the Galois representation attached to a hyperelliptic curve over a local field. Partial results on this problem exist: in particular, for elliptic curves it is known how to compute the inertia image and, in some cases, even the whole Galois representation. The first step of this project is to complete all the remaining cases, giving an explicit solution which can be implemented in a computer program. For higher genus curves, less is known, so the final objective is to understand the Galois representation for special families of curves, for which recent developments in the theory of models of curves can be applied, and again provide an explicit description of it.


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Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
EP/N509619/1 01/10/2016 30/09/2021
1961436 Studentship EP/N509619/1 18/09/2017 31/03/2021 Nirvana Coppola
Description The main result of the work funded through this award consists of explicitly determine the Galois representation associated to an elliptic or hyperelliptic curve with bad reduction. This problem had already been tackled previously in some special cases, but an explicit general result is not yet available. My contribution consisted of finishing the classification for the elliptic curves case and find some generalisation of this to a special family of higher genus curves. I will report the precise results at the end of the grant.
Exploitation Route An immediate use of these results is an implementation in a computer software in order to compute the Galois representations of a given curve (for elliptic curves it has been done by my supervisor and myself, and for the hyperelliptic case it is work in progress); moreover explicit understanding of Galois representations can be used in other areas of number theory, related to arithmetic invariants associated to curves, such as the computation of conductors and root numbers.
Sectors Other

URL https://arxiv.org/abs/2001.08287
Description Modular method for the Aymptotic Fermat's Last Theorem 
Organisation University of Barcelona
Country Spain 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The aim of this collaboration is to combine my knowledge of explicit computation of Galois representations attached to elliptic curves and previous work of my collaborator to improve some known results on the (generalised) asymptotic Fermat's Last Theorem.
Collaborator Contribution My partner already has a paper where he attacks some cases of the generalised Fermat's equation to give results on the line of the Asymptotic Fermat's Last Theorem for these equations, via the solution of S-units equations and the modular method.
Impact There is not output yet.
Start Year 2020