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Durham University

Department of Mathematical Sciences

Seminar details

Arithmetic Study Group: Lines on cubic hypersurfaces

Presented by Rainer Dietmann, Royal Holloway

19 January 2021 13:00 in Zoom

Trevor Wooley has shown that every rational cubic hypersurface of dimension at least 35 contains a rational line. In this talk I want to report about recent joint work with Julia Brandes, reducing this 35 to 29 in the generic case of smooth cubic hypersurfaces. One of the key ingredients is a result by Browning, Heath-Brown and myself on intersections of cubic and quadric hypersurfaces. I also want to discuss the related problem of finding lines on cubic hypersurfaces defined over p-adic fields, to give explicit examples of smooth rational cubic hypersurfaces of dimension 9 not containing any rational line, and to mention a few applications of our results.

Contact herbert.gangl@durham.ac.uk or jack.g.shotton@durham.ac.uk for more information

For the zoom link, please contact the organizer.