Torsion for abelian varieties of type III and new cases of the Mumford-Tate conjecture
Linfoot Number Theory Seminar
22nd November 2017, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Howard House, 4th Floor Seminar Room
Mordell-Weil’s theorem states that, for an abelian variety defined over a number field K, the group of K-rational points is finitely generated. More precisely it can be seen as a product of a free group by a finite subgroup of torsion points over K. One can wonder if we can get an uniform bound for the order of the subgroup of torsion points over a finite extension L over K, depending on the degree of this extension and the dimension of the abelian variety, when the abelian variety varies in a certain class. This question is commonly known as the “Strong Uniform Boundedness Conjecture”. For elliptic curves defined over a number field K, Merel proved in 1994 that we can indeed get a uniform bound using methods developed by Mazur and Kamienny.
A complementary question would be to ask if we can get a bound for the order of the subgroup of torsion points over a finite extension L over K, depending on the degree of this extension and the dimension of the abelian variety, when L varies over all the finite extensions of K and the abelian variety is fixed. This question had been already answered by Hindry and Ratazzi for certain classes of abelian varieties.
In this talk we focus our attention on this last question and extend the previous results. We are going to present some new results concerning the class of abelian varieties of type III in Albert’s classification and “fully of Lefschetz type” (i.e. whose Mumford-Tate group is the group of symplectic or orthogonal similitudes commuting with endomorphisms and which satisfy the Mumford-Tate conjecture). Moreover, we are going to give an explicit list of abelian varieties which satisfy Mumford-Tate conjecture.