School of Mathematics Colloquium
Thursday, February 18, 2010 - 4:00pm
1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Let k be a p-adic field and K/k function field in one variable over k. We discuss Hasse principle for existence of rational points on homogeneous spaces under connected linear algebraic groups. We illustrate how a positive answer to Hasse principle leads for instance to the result: every quadratic form in nine variables over K has a nontrivial zero.