Of Problems and Numbers

A conference in honour of Roberto Dvornicich's 70th birthday.

Conference postponed indefinitely: see below
Dipartimento di Matematica, Pisa

Conference postponed

Based on the evolving events across the world, we feel that we have no choice but to postpone the conference 'Of Problems and Numbers' indefinitely. As you can imagine, it is far too early to know when we'll be able to reschedule it: as the situation becomes clearer, and hopefully improves, we will get back to you with further information. We still very much wish for the conference to take place, as soon as that can happen in a serene atmosphere and without any risks for all those involved.

We look forward to meeting you all in Pisa at some point in the future.


  • COBBE Alessandro (Universität der Bundeswehr München)
  • CORVAJA Pietro (Università di Udine)
  • DAVID Sinnou (Université Pierre et Marie Curie)
  • DEL CORSO Ilaria (Università di Pisa)
  • GREITHER Cornelius (Universität der Bundeswehr München)
  • HABEGGER Philipp (Universität Basel)
  • MASSER David (Universität Basel)
  • PALADINO Laura (Università della Calabria)
  • PATI Maria Rosaria (Université de Lille)
  • PELIKAN József (Eötvös Loránd University)
  • PERELLI Alberto (Università di Genova)
  • VIOLA Carlo (Università di Pisa)
  • ZANNIER Umberto (Scuola Normale Superiore)


COBBE Alessandro

An epsilon constant conjecture for higher dimensional representations

The equivariant local epsilon constant conjecture was formulated in various forms by Fontaine and Perrin-Riou, Benois and Berger, Fukaya and Kato and others. If $N/K$ is a finite Galois extension of $p$-adic fields and $V$ a $p$-adic representation of $G_K$, then the above conjecture describes the epsilon constants attached to $V$ in terms of the Galois cohomology of $T$, where $T$ is a $G_K$-stable $\mathbb Z_p$-sublattice $T$ such that $V=T\otimes_{\mathbb Z_p}\mathbb Q_p$.
Here we will discuss the case when $N/K$ is at most weakly ramified (this includes the case of tame ramification) and $T=\mathbb Z_p^r(\chi^\mathrm{cyc})(\rho^\mathrm{nr})$, i.e. the $\mathbb Z_p$-module $\mathbb Z_p^r$ with the trivial action of $G_K$ twisted by the cyclotomic character and by an unramified representation $\rho^\mathrm{nr}:G_K\to\mathrm{Gl}_r(\mathbb Z_p)$. The main results generalize previous work by Izychev, Venjakob, Bley and the author. This is a joint work with Werner Bley.


On the local-to-global principle for value sets

Given a finite morphism $f: X \to Y$ between algebraic curves over a number field $k$, we study the set of rational points $y\in Y(k)$ such that for every place $p$ of $k$, there exists a $p$-adic point $x_p\in X(k_p)$ such that $f(x)=y$. In the particular case in which $X$ and $Y$ are elliptic curves, this problem was investigated by Dvornicich and Zannier.

DAVID Sinnou

Heights of units, higher order invariants

We shall discuss recent results obtained jointly with F. Amoroso which build on earlier work of R. Dvornicich and F. Amoroso on heights of units and related higher order invariants.



GREITHER Cornelius

Fitting ideals of modules in cyclotomic Iwasawa theory

When exploring the Galois module structure of class groups, we are led to the study of modules over the Iwasawa algebra $\Lambda[G]$, where $G$ is the group of a given Galois extension $L/K$ of algebraic number fields. It is probably impossible to describe these modules $X$, which arise as projective limits of $p$-parts of class groups, with absolute precision, that is up to isomorphism over the Iwasawa algebra. A much more tractable substitute for the isomorphism class of $X$, which still contains a lot of information on $X$, is afforded by the Fitting ideal of $X$ over $\Lambda[G]$. (Note that in the Iwasawa theoretic setting, the module $X$ is usually infinite, so there is no class number, contrary to the situation over a number field.) The main arithmetical ingredient in the description of these Fitting ideals is a suitable (equivariant and $p$-adic) L-function, which lives in (a localization of) the Iwasawa algebra. However, in general one cannot expect the Fitting ideal in question to be generated by this function, because there is a deep obstruction coming from class field theory which usually prevents the Fitting ideal from being principal. The point is that $X$ rarely has projective dimension 1 over $\Lambda[G]$. Thus there is more to the complete determination of the Fitting ideal than just the equivariant L-function. We will try to explain this algebraic aspect as well; in this part of the story, the technique of complexes and resolutions is very helpful.
In this talk I will be reporting on recent joint work with M. Kurihara, H. Tokio, and T. Kataoka.


Asymptotics of the Norm of a Sum of Roots of Unity

Thanks to Mann's Theorem and its refinements we understand when a sum of roots of unity of fixed length vanishes. However, it is not well understood how small the archimedean absolute value of a non-zero fixed-length sum of roots of unity can be. The product of these absolute values over all Galois conjugates is the field norm. In this joint work with Vesselin Dimitrov we investigate the asymptotic behavior of this norm. For example, if the vector of roots of unity appear in an equidistributed sequence, the relative norm approaches a Mahler measure. Our result has connections to work of Dvornicich and Zannier on sums of roots of unity that vanish modulo a prime. Our method is inspired by work of Duke


Unlikely intersections for algebraic curves in products of Carlitz modules.

In the last two decades there has been much study of what happens when an algebraic curve in $n$-space is intersected with two multiplicative relations $$x_1^{a_1} \cdots x_n^{a_n}~=~x_1^{b_1} \cdots x_n^{b_n}~=~1 \tag*{($\times$)}$$ for $(a_1, \ldots ,a_n),(b_1,\ldots, b_n)$ linearly independent in ${\bf Z}^n$. Usually the intersection with the union of all $(\times)$ is at most finite, at least in zero characteristic. Recently there have been a number of advances in positive characteristic, even for additive relations $$\alpha_1x_1+\cdots+\alpha_nx_n~=~\beta_1x_1+\cdots+\beta_nx_n~=~0 \tag*{(+)}$$ provided some extra structure of Drinfeld type is supplied. After briefly reviewing the zero characteristic situation, I will describe work with Dale Brownawell for $(+)$ and Carlitz modules.


Recent results in local-global divisibility

We explain the link between the local-global divisibility problem and a classical question posed by Cassels on the divisibility of the elements of the Tate-Shafarevich group in the Weil-Châtelet group. We give an overview of the results achieved for both problems since their formulations. In particular we show the most recent results achieved in local-global divisibility.

PATI Maria Rosaria



My time with Roberto at the IMOs

I first met Roberto at the IMO (International Mathematical Olympiad) held in 1988 in Australia, and we have been good friends ever since then.
In the talk I will recall some personal memories, and also give a glimpse of some competition mathematics.


Universality theorems for L-functions

After a brief survey of earlier value-distribution results for the Riemann zeta function, we discuss the ideas behind Voronin's universality theorem (1975). Then we present a recent universality result in the eigenvalue aspect for a family of Maass L-functions (joint work with G. Cherubini).


The permutation group method: a survey

In an old joint paper (R. Dvornicich & C. Viola, Some remarks on Beukers' integrals, Colloquia Math. Soc. János Bolyai 51 (1987), 637-657) Roberto and I gave the first improvements upon Apéry's irrationality measures of $\zeta(2)$ and $\zeta(3)$. We obtained these results using analytic estimates of suitable linear combinations of Beukers' integrals. Since the appearance of our paper, several improvements concerning the diophantine approximations of $\zeta(2)$, $\zeta(3)$, the dilogarithms of suitable rational numbers etc. were obtained by various authors using the permutation group method introduced in 1996 by G. Rhin and myself. I will sketch the most recent results in this field.


Irreducibility over cyclotomic fields

We shall illustrate some results obtained jointly with Dvornicich, concerning "explicit" irreducibility theorems over cyclotomic fields.


The talks will take place in the 'Aula Magna' of the Department of Mathematics in Pisa

Dipartimento di Matematica
Università di Pisa
Largo Bruno Pontecorvo 5

Please refer to this page for information on how to reach the mathematics department.

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  • Residence Le Benedettine.

    The university guesthouse. The cost for a basic single room is about 35€/night, and several more options are available. Breakfast can be added for 5€/day. Tourist tax (1.50€) not included.

  • Hotel Verdi.

    Single room 55€/night (bed & breakfast), double room for single use 70€/night, double room €90/night. Tourist tax (1.50€) not included.

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Registration & Participants

Please register here if you would like to attend.

  • ALESSANDRÌ Jessica (Università di Pisa)
  • ALI Aslam (Technische Universität Kaiserslautern)
  • AMOROSO Francesco (Université de Caen)
  • BANDINI Andrea (Università di Pisa)
  • BARROERO Fabrizio (Università degli studi Roma 3 & RNTA)
  • BEHFOROOZ Hossein (Utica College, Utica, New York)
  • BHAKTA Subham (University of Goettingen)
  • CAPUANO Laura (Politecnico di Torino)
  • CASSOU-NOGUES Philippe (Université de Bordeaux)
  • COBBE Alessandro (Universität der Bundeswehr München)
  • COPPOLA Giovanni (Università di Salerno)
  • CORVAJA Pietro (Università di Udine)
  • DAVID Sinnou (Université Pierre et Marie Curie)
  • DESCHAMPS Claude
  • DEL CORSO Ilaria (Università di Pisa)
  • DDAMULIRA Mahadi (Graz University of Technology)
  • FREY Linda (University of Copenhagen)
  • GALGANO Vincenzo (Università di Pisa)
  • GHIDELLI Luca (University of Ottawa)
  • GNAWALI Santosh (University of Kaiserslautern)
  • GREITHER Cornelius (Universität der Bundeswehr München)
  • HABEGGER Philipp (Universität Basel)
  • HACHEM Hichri (IPEIM Monastir university)
  • KOFLER Lukas (University of Cambridge)
  • LEONARDIS Antonino
  • LOMBARDO Davide (Università di Pisa)
  • MASSER David (Universität Basel)
  • NUCCIO Filippo (Université de Lyon, UJM Saint-Étienne)
  • PALADINO Laura (Università della Calabria)
  • PASUPULATI Sunil Kumar (Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Thiruvananthapuram)
  • PATI Maria Rosaria (Université de Lille)
  • PELIKAN József (Eötvös Loránd University)
  • PERELLI Alberto (Università di Genova)
  • PLESSIS Arnaud (Université Grenoble Alpes)
  • PUJAHARI Sudhir Kumar (University of Hong Kong)
  • SHAHZAD Ahmad (University of Management and Technology, Lahore)
  • TALAMANCA Valerio (Università Roma Tre & RNTA)
  • TERRACINI Lea (Università di Torino)
  • TURCHET Amos (Scuola Normale Superiore)
  • VENEZIANO Francesco (Università di Genova)
  • VERZOBIO Matteo (Università di Pisa)
  • VIOLA Carlo (Università di Pisa)
  • VRIONI Brikena (Polytechnic University of Catalonia)
  • WALDSCHMIDT Michel (Sorbonne University)
  • WATHEK Chammam (Majmaah University KSA)
  • ZAHOOR Sadiah (University of Sheffield)
  • ZANNIER Umberto (Scuola Normale Superiore)

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Organising committee

Francesco Amoroso

Université de Caen

Ilaria Del Corso

Università di Pisa

Davide Lombardo

Università di Pisa