Event Type:

Department Colloquium

Date/Time:

Monday, March 10, 2014 - 09:00 to 10:00

Location:

Kidder 350

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Institution:

University of Rochester

Abstract:

Let f:X -> X be a morphism of varieties over a field of characteristic 0 and let x be a point on X. In many cases, one can show the orbit of x under f can be "p-adically parametrized"; that is, one can find a p-adic analytic map g from a disc in C_p to X such that g(n) = f^n(x) for all n. The existence of such a parametrization allows one to solve the so-called ``dynamical Mordell-Lang problem'' for f, which states that, given a subvariety W of X, the set of n such that f^n(x) is in W forms a finite union of arithmetic sequences. It also allows for the solution of various weak forms of a conjecture of Zhang on the existence of points with Zariski dense orbits.

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