Abelian varieties isogenous to Jacobians

Algebra Seminar
Friday, April 28, 2017 - 11:05am for 1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Skiles 006
Ananth Shankar – Harvard University – http://www.math.harvard.edu/~ashankar/
Padmavathi Srinivasan
Chai and Oort have asked the following question: For any algebraically closed field $k$, and for $g \geq 4$, does there exist an abelian variety over $k$ of dimension $g$ not isogenous to a Jacobian? The answer in characteristic 0 is now known to be yes. We present a heuristic which suggests that for certain $g \geq 4$, the answer in characteristic $p$ is no. We will also construct a proper subvariety of $X(1)^n$ which intersects every isogeny class, thereby answering a related question, also asked by Chai and Oort. This is joint work with Jacob Tsimerman.