Topology Seminar: The geometric average size of Selmer groups over function fields

Aaron Landesman
Monday, December 10, 2018 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Vincent Hall 301

We use topological methods to investigate the average size of n-Selmer groups of elliptic curves over F_q(t).
Loosely speaking, the n-Selmer group of an elliptic curve measures objects which look like the n-torsion of the elliptic curve.
We relate the question of computing the average size of the n-Selmer group to demonstrating
homological stability for a sequence of moduli spaces
of these n-Selmer elements.
Via monodromy arguments, we show the number of components of these moduli spaces stabilizes, which determines the
average size after taking a large q limit.